I want to say so many things regarding black people and white police, brutality, racial profiling.
July 5th; Alton Sterling is shot, in the chest, at close range, while pinned to the ground by two officers.
July 6th, Philando Castile is shot, while his four-year-old daughter watches from the backseat of the car. His girlfriend streams his pain live for the world to see.
I have so much grief to express, so many tears I’ve shed.
But I have no words.
Here’s what a poet friend of mine; Jason Nkwain, wrote in response to these incidents.
And here’s art by Laolu Senbanjo, that tells a story. It’s the story of what today’s America is like for we blacks.
I’m left to grieve for the world, speechless. What can we do? What haven’t we done? What did we ever do?
I have a question….
Disclaimer: this question might be considered offensive to some folk.
P.S, it is not intended to spark hate or be offensive, it is intended to spark conversation…
Ok so here’s my question… If given the chance in today’s America or perhaps today’s world, for black people to enslave white people the way they did blacks during slavery, would Black people do it?
Our wounds are deep and our scars will never fade. The history can never be forgotten. But will hurting the ones who hurt us make the pain go away? Will holding on to this pain somehow make our struggles less of a burden?
This is what I say. I say the only way to beat racism is to take our wounds, our scars, our history, and make it beautiful. It’s to rise up to excellence and be majestic and unapologetic about who we are.
We are a people, stronger than chains or beatings, stronger than plantation farms or forced labour. Stronger than abuse or insult. We are strong even when we are at our weakest.
So while we can never forget who we are because we will carry our scars until the end of time, we can also not live in perpetual hate and limit our possibilities. We must not find every excuse to relive our torture, to blame, even though the blame is very justified.
We must wear our scars with pride, and March in strength to excellence, for the strong were born to fight!! We must fight!
Happy Fourth America!