It’s been a few days now since the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five police officers in Dallas, and I haven’t posted anything on the site partially in an attempt to gather my thoughts. If you stroll through my social media pages, you’ll will see short blurbs and videos expressing my outrage over what has happened within the last week. However, I’ve yet to publicly state my peace on the matter. And so here I am today. Saddened by the state of this country, angered by moral hypocrisy and ignorance, and humbled to be among the living of an endangered people.
Look, I won’t attempt to beat what should be an obvious dead horse, but I will offer my two cents on the nonsense. While Beyoncé is not responsible for this debate, she has definitely brought about the resurgence of the conversation. A conversation that still baffles me is even taking place. It might be 2016, but some things apparently never get old.
Black Power, Black Lives matter, and similar pro-black sentiments, have never been created with an anti-white premise. They were created as an expression for black men and women to embrace and rally behind in the face of injustice and inequity. Injustice and inequity subtly, and sometimes overtly, perpetuated by the governing authorities of a given place and time in the U.S. When black lives were trampled, overlooked, and lost, it was movements sparked by the chants of “Black Power,” that showed this country and the world, that people of color are united in our demand for something better. That the unfortunate accepted norms, were no longer tolerable. And that our voices will be heard and change must be imminent.
Happy Friday folks,
Welcome to another rendition of Firing Off Friday. This week I think I’m actually going to touch on the Black Lives Matter movement. Up until now, I haven’t said a whole lot about it. And that’s not because I don’t support it, but rather I didn’t know how to gather my frustrations to put into a post. I’m still not sure I do, but at least I’m going to try and make an attempt. So forgive me if my thoughts bounce from A to B rather quickly.