A Work To Be Done
Updated: Jun 16, 2020
Good evening readers! Quite naturally, I've taken time to process everything that's been going on in our world right now. Between dealing with Covid-19, preparing for the Elections coming up and the recent uproar in protests after our brothers Amaud Arbery, George Floyd and sister Breonna Taylor's recent murders. It's been a lot and I've gathered the thoughts and emotion to speak on it.
What's Been Going On?
On February 23rd, 2020 a story surfaced about a 25 year old black man in Glynn County Georgia named Amaud Arbery who was pursued, shot and killed while jogging in his neighborhood by two armed white men in a pick up truck named Travis and Gregory McMichael.
On March 13th, 2020 a 26 year old black woman named Breonna Taylor was shot and killed inside of her own home by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) who were executing a "no-knock" search warrant in Louisville, Kentucky.
On May 25th, 2020 a 46 year old black man named George Floyd was murdered on video in the middle of the street during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. Three police officers had him detained in hand cuffs faced down on the ground while one white police officer knelt on Floyd's neck and stayed there for nearly 10 minutes. Although Floyd made a plea over and over again about his breathing being restricted, the officer Derek Chauvin, did not remove his knee from off of his neck. George Floyd died in front of the world.
Let's Get REAL
***Racism- a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others. (reference Dictionary.com)
***White Supremacy- the belief, theory, or doctrine that white people are inherently superior to people from all other racial and ethnic groups, especially Black people, and are therefore rightfully the dominant group in any society. (reference Dictionary.com)
***Systemic Racism- An understanding that racism is rooted into society due to a history of slavery. When racist people that have all the wealth, own all businesses both private and corporations, and they seek to shut off access to opportunities to blacks and other minorities. Examples are in public, private schools, universities, police departments,judicial system, city, state and federal governments, health care, banking, mortgage lending, housing. (reference UrbanDictionary.com)
As many of you have seen and read throughout the years whether it was in history class in high school, on the news or down the street where you lived, Racial Divide, White Supremacy and Systemic Racism has been prevalent especially towards the Black Community. We have always been a people in oppression, treated less than our white counterparts, judged and ridiculed based on our skin color, racially profiled by white supremacists etc. We as African Americans here in the U.S and Black people all over the globe have come a long way. We have endured. We have witnessed. We have overcame many obstacles. Because of the challenges and brutalities we've faced over the years, we are STILL a gracious, hearty, tenacious and able-bodied people. We are capable of withstanding the storm and we over-stand how to maneuver through the life we live every day despite the oppression.
This is the first time in my adulthood (I'm 24 years old) where I have witnessed police brutality and blatant racism. While it is only unfortunate events that have transpired, I am proud to witness and be apart of the monumental movement "Black Lives Matter". For many young adults like myself, it is very different from seeing something live in real time versus reading it in a text book.
What amazes me now in this hour is the significant out pour of black voices speaking and standing against it in real time. I believe we've come together in a way that would make our ancestors proud. It's also a beautiful thing to see how powerful social media is during this time. We have been able to connect with our black community from around the world in solidarity!
How Can I Be Apart Of This Change?
This is a very important time for young adults everywhere to see where they can lend a helping hand. Protests from all over the world are going on in support of the "Black Lives Matter" movement and it is beautiful but we have a lot of work that needs to be done. We need every body. We need every black body. We need every one serving as an allied member.
For those of us that want to help support, I encourage you to do what I am doing and speak out. I've been to peaceful protests supporting the movement but I know I can't fly out to every protest going on in the world. I also understand some people can be intimidated by that sort of thing because it could go left field depending on who is in the crowd. If you are unable to physically go out and protest, I encourage participation in online protests and sharing the stories of the lives we've recently lost. Flood the news medias with articles, share posts with friends and family, record a video of your solidarity, take a picture of your ally-ship and post it. The power of social media is endless and people are always watching!
Another way to help support is by supporting black owned businesses. The black dollar is powerful in itself but we need more help corporately. As things begin to open back up, have a date night or a night out with friends and eat at a black owned restaurant. Seek out and buy goods from black owned businesses so that the wheel begins to turn.
More importantly, when the opportunities come about, make sure you VOTE. Many new justices are surfacing because of our protest, but we need laws in place to ensure the safety of minorities all over the country and the world.
How else can an elected official make change for a community they do not understand? We need more people of color in offices where change is made. Our government should look like the world we live in. We are a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicity. Our laws should be made by people who look like us, not just one portion of the population.
I've had conversations with friends about my stance spiritually on this entire movement. While I explicitly state that I do not condone violence, I am empathetic enough to understand the passion of my people and I understand "the why". I believe God is pained too. To see His children be treated this way, to see His children be this divided among one another like this HAS to be pulling on his heart strings. If Jesus wept at the death of one friend, can you imagine the tears flowing from the death of thousands? It's not what he wants for our lives at all.
It's been raining like crazy here in New Jersey. Pouring down rain, thunder, lightening almost every other night it seems. I associate rain with cleansing and overflow of blessings. I believe in this hour God is correcting some things concerning us. I believe when it rains, He is setting things in order again. He is cleaning. He is pouring strength into the weak hearted. He is comforting the restless. He is humbling the arrogant and giving the meek a voice. I believe a work is being done in the Heavens because a work is being done here on Earth.
God is moving around.
My Pastor Angela Brown of The Perfecting Church (woop woop! lol) gave a speech at a peaceful rally a couple of weeks ago along with a few elected officials from different organizations. She referenced the book Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 in the Bible and I couldn't have agreed more with the passage according to this time.
Their IS a time for everything. God understands that. We should understand that. THIS time, is a time of change. It's a time of reform. It's a time of uprooting the old and planting the new. God is holding our hand in this time believe it or not. He has sent the Comforter for a reason and we should lean on Him throughout all of this. Many nations around the globe have fallen on their faces in prayer for this world. It's been something incredible to see as well. People praying in the streets, just worshiping God and repenting.
For those of us who have peacefully supported, done all we knew how to do in order to evoke change..."be not weary in well doing, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (reference Galations 6:9)