@Joseph You are correct the influence of the historical impact of institutionalized and internalized oppression is numbing. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
@BJ it is interesting you share that thought because many forget that the initial push during the civil rights movement was not so much for integration but equality. Some would argue that the black community was much stronger and independent when it had to rely on its own citizens as resources. Thank you for reading and sharing your perspective on this topic!
@Schan Thank you for the encouraging words and thank you for reading and joining the discussion!
@Brandon It is amazing the somewhat mundane issues folks take for granted but for others something as benign as a broken tail light can quickly put marginalized folks in harms way due to the propaganda of pronounced aggression against minority groups. Thank you for reading.
@Donna Frazier You are so right Sis that when you live under such high alert and stressful times you have to find ways to find peace and center yourself or like you say you can be driven mad with worry. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
Great article! As mother to a little one-I hold my breath because I wonder when will the day come that others may not think he's so cute any more? I pray...all the time, that one day soon things will change in a positive direction.
There is no escape via our own state or country (or in the world) from internationalized institutionalized racism but institutionalized resistance by all means historically and presently that is not collectively suicidal. In that regard MLK was CORRECT in terms of strategies (Remember America is the only country that has used the "BIG BOMB" against its "enemies"!)
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Powerful. Authentically Written. Beautifully Human. Thank you my friend for your poignant point of view. It's real.
Then let me help you understand what I meant about Dr. King's teachings. What Dr. King was trying to teach us was not to wait for the approval or cooperation of public officials, but to take charge of the situation ourselves. If we wait there will be no action. Dr. King was about self-empowerment not permission. But since we don't understand his methods, we are frustrated and afraid.
This is all the way real. I'm sick and tired of everything u just named. I shouldn't have to be worried about going to the house safely because of something like expired tags or a tailight being out.
@Yi Hero it is very stressful to deal with this type of trauma on an everyday basis and yes it gets even more infuriating when the mainstream seems to move forward in a blissful air of detachment. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
@thomas cooper I think you are correct is is a very complex problem but I think the frustration comes from when authority figures do not seem willing to engage in the conversation or even address that there is a problem. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this topic.
@marcus holland Thank you man and thank you for reading!
Thanks for the Link Bro Easley, I believe it is time for a divorce. What do I mean? People get divorced all the time because of irreconcilable differences. I think the time has come for black people to consider separation and let us have a couple of states that we can have and live in peace. Dr. King which many did not know, said temporary separation from the whites of America would be good. https://keyamsha.com/2015/04/04/the-necessity-for-temporary-segregation/
Would a battered wife continue to come back for more abuse or would she separate from her abuser. Unfortunately there is no other solution that to start building communitites that we can live in peace together.....All this "We need to come together crap is for cowards who feel that one day white people are going to wake up and treat you right, while our children continue to suffer.....Black America, we are grown now. We must stop acting like their children begging and pleading with them to treat you right....We need a national debate on this
Deep. You basically summed up all my emotions in one article. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I'm tired of all the injustice in the Just Us system. I hate to say it this way but, most whites don't care about the struggle we go through as black people. As long as it isn't affecting them they see no problem with it. And even in instances were they are affected you see little to no response from them. As in the case of the 19 year old Dylan Noble. The conservative media only wants to focus on the issues when it's a black cop that shots a white teen, as in the case of 18 year old Gil Collar. They only care about it when they can use it to further their means of hate and bigotry. It's a sad world we live in nowadays.
Powerfully articulated, brother! And I, too, have found myself in this crippling mindset. I have had to find ways to calm myself and breath because if I didn't, I would go mad at comments like, "you know more whites are shot than blacks." Ya think? There's 194 million white people in this country and 33 million black people. If the numbers REALLY added up, blacks would not be shot at 30 TIMES the rate of the number of white people, but folks don't care to do the REAL math when it comes to those numbers. These are the kinds of responses that just last week had me wanting to curl up into a ball and never leave my house again. If I didn't have a peace that passes all understanding, I'm sure I would never see the light of day again.
I fully understand your fears, Br. Easley. I will not deny that the reasons for them are real because they are. I was reading an article by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar the other day. His Father and grandfather were both law enforcement officers---cops, and he took a balanced approach to this points out stats that show that more whites have been shot by cops than blacks. In any case, this is a very complex problem that I will not try to analyze in this space, but I will say that the solution lies in a concerted effort to address and resolve some very serious social issues. Interestingly, Martin Luther King, Jr. provided us with the formula for doing it, and though we celebrate his birthday with "parties and parades," as my friend Harry Belafonte referred to them, we don't seem to know anything about what Dr. King was trying to teach us. However, when we apply those lessons, I think the problems will be solved.
Awesome awesome awesome read Charles!
@Warren Sally We are definitely on the same page. My mom insisted we watch Roots and it was hard to process for a very long time but I appreciated the cultural awakening it had on folks. I too am ready for some affirming stories like the journey to being the first Black President. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
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