The Fight

Suspect Dies Baltimore

Let me preface this by saying I love ALL people. I believe in peace, love, and unity. I do not condone violence, looting, or rioting….AND I love my community and my country. However, I am deeply saddened by what I perceive as great injustices in our country.It is extremely difficult for those outside of the Black American community to really understand why the recent murders of unarmed black men has cause such outrage, protests, and civil unrest. The has come about due to the a systematic and generational issue regarding how the Black man is perceived and treated, and it has been bubbling under the surface for a while. The uproar in Ferguson, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Sanford, and inner cities across America are not a result of of ONE isolated incident but numberable incidents that have been swept under the rug, ignored, or the account of what happened falsified by those in power. As black man in America you are viewed as a suspect, less than, and a threat from the time you are born til the grave. Abuse of power by some, not all,  police;  an unequal judicial system and  the black man is not a new problem. South Central Los Angeles has experienced it and witnessed flames engulf its community by those that felt powerless on more than one occasion. The South has experienced it throughout Jim Crow and segregation. The North has experienced it as men migrated from the South in hopes of a providing a better life for their families, but faced opposition and still no level playing field. Today, we are constantly seeing Black men released from prisons around the country after serving decades for crimes that they did not commit, because they were viewed as guilty even without proper evidence. Even those who do achieve a certain level of success, wealth, and education still have to constantly PROVE that he belongs and do far and above his counterparts in an effort to gain a respect that may never come his way….he is still a threat. It does not matter if you are the CEO, CFO, a PHD, a war veteran who has given his all is service to his country, or even the President of the United States of America, many individuals cannot see beyond skin tone. Somehow, when we lead there is a cry to “Take Back America”, but the last time I checked I am American also. The question then is who has taken America and who do we need to get it back from?  Black men experience the the looks of others as we walk down the street; being pulled over while driving in certain neighborhoods; the holding of the purse on an elevator; not being spoken to in the hallways of corporate America; our salaries not equal to that of our counterparts, and having to fight for every inch of success in life. The unfortunate result of these situations is that we often start to have a disdain for our own skin tone and it shows in how we treat ourselves and others within our own community. We attempt to destroy each other to get out of the barrel, because of  the limited allotments of those who can “make it out the hood” in any given area of expertise. These plights tends to siphon a bit of the hope and confidence we try to have for the world and ourselves. Thus, you are left with two choices, either give up and purposely destroy everything in your path to “fight the power”. The other choice is to get a new resolve and fight to change the system, inspire the generation behind you to be better, and fight to be a better SELF. Really when you look at it you only have one option to FIGHT. It’s just going to be how you choose to fight. For generations we have tried to be accepted, to assimilate, to lessen our light. However, it does not matter how much we try to be less than, we cannot because we are strong, we are light, we are who we were created to be. We are kings, leaders, warriors, fathers, husbands, priest, teachers, elders, innovators, creative, and we are strong. When we open our mouths people listen. When our fist are raised, people see it’s power. When we create it, it shifts an entire culture. When we move, people are captivated or scared of where we’re going. So fight on…

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