Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nephews, Nieces, Best Friends, Acquaintances, Co-Workers, Neighbors, PEOPLE.
I was watching the movie "A Bronx Tale" with my mother and aunt one lovely summer day. There are quite a few scenes where young Italian boys jump Black boys. My aunt asked that we change the movie instantly.
"It's hard for me to watch this knowing that it's still happening today".
It's heartbreaking, maddening, gut wrenching, riot worthy, disgusting, unapologetically wrong.
We live in a world where injustice has no voice.
Watching videos of young boys, and girls get beaten by police officers, or to see a man going into his home, and to have NEIGHBORS call the cops because a black man shouldn't be living in a "certain" neighborhood.
I just have one question... WHY?
Why did this happen? Who let this happen? When will this end? How can we create a world where we can all be equally loved, cherished, and seen as community? I honestly it'll take a very long time, not even in my lifetime, where we will see a change in what's happening today.
Nothing is happening about the sorrow, the hurt, the pain. What can you do with a corrupt government? What can you do when a police officer pulls the trigger than asks questions? What can you do when the police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor are still sleeping soundly? What can you do when you let your son go out, and you're afraid that he might not come home?
What can WE do?
This is breaking down our culture, our faiths, our communities, our health, our GENERATIONS!
George Perry Floyd
Michael Brent Charles Ramos
Manuel Elijah Ellis
Atatiana Koquice Jefferson
Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.
Charles Roundtree Jr.
Botham Shem Jean
Antown Rose Jr.
Stephone Alonzo Clark
Charleena Chavon Lyles (with child)
Terrence LeDell Sterling
Joseph Curtis Mann
These names date back to 2016.
No I have not had a family member, a friend, neighbor, etc that has come across a fatal encounter with a police officer. Knowing that this has happened to so many beautiful Black people who had so much to bring to the world hurts my soul. They were my family members, my friends, my neighbors!
More than ever we need to stand together, grow together, create together, learn together, be TOGETHER. We are not out numbered.
BLACK LIVES MATTER