Do Black Lives Matter in America, Really?
If black lives matter, why did policemen kill Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile at point-blank range this week? If black lives matter, why were both men said to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Is that justification? If black lives matter, why didn’t either cop think to use his taser before his gun? Is that not an option anymore?
If black lives matter, what gave Micah Xavier Johnson the right to retaliate and take the lives of 5 officers in Dallas. Now, five families are cemented in grief because he was “mad about black lives matter.” This senseless act resulted in the loss of HIS life too – Death by robot. An entire nation watched several people get murdered right on their mobile devices. Is this enough to make America realize that simply saying black lives matter and all lives matter won’t cut it?
Black Leaders Emerge
First of all, I’m going to say this and I don’t care if it makes you mad. In fact, get mad. We cannot continue to ignore what we do to one another either. Even more, if black lives matter, why have blacks been killing other blacks at a staggering rate within the last 35 years!? Let’s march about that! Let’s create a movement and a hashtag called #BlacksLoveBlacks!
I don’t have any sons, but I hurt about the what’s happening to black men and women in this country. Once again, I am totally in shock and I’m completely horrified about the events that took place this week in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas. I still wonder about Sandra Bland and Michael Brown. Therefore, the only thing that can take this aching in my chest away right now is the emergence of a modern-day Moses, Malcolm X, or Martin Luther King Jr. To them, black lives mattered, and they did something about it!
We are marching in the streets and speaking before thousands around the nation, but what are we really doing about it? Worse, we’re constantly pitted against another sect. Blacks against whites. Blacks against the cops. Blacks against blacks, even.
It’s Time for Gun Control
There is no reason any human being in this country should need a semi-automatic rifle. For that matter, no one should, for any reason, lawfully walk into a gun shop and purchase one! Gun control has to become a verb in this country TODAY.
Gunfire killed Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile, in addition to the 5 officers slain in Dallas. Castile died because he told the officer that he had a weapon but had a permit to carry. He was abiding by the law! So, a busted tail light and the truth, cost this man is life, and his girlfriend and her daughter will never be the same again.
As for Sterling, I saw what the rest of America saw – a black man pinned down on the ground and unable to move. They promptly executed him. Gunshots to the chest (multiple times) at point blank range.
An American Conspiracy?
I still cannot wrap my mind around all of this. I am trying to find some rhyme or reason our country has come to this. As I watched Wolf Blitzer on CNN Thursday and took in the commentary among Don Lemon and Corey Jackson, I had a startling thought. I wondered if the Democrats had concocted and executed some plot this week to swing more voters from the black community and anti gun rights folks, by sacrificing the lives of two innocent black men. It’s election year, and stranger things have happened.
You see, Lyndon B. Johnson Johnson reportedly said,
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference… I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years”.”
He then signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ending the Jim Crow era. Jackpot.
The second big jump is the one that you likely thought of first: The Civil Rights Act of 1964. Its passage in July of that year was the culmination of a long political struggle that played out on Capitol Hill. When he signed the bill, President Lyndon Johnson reportedly said that Democrats would, as a result, lose the South for a generation. It’s been longer than that. – The Washington Post
Then, I watched the developments of the police ambush in Dallas, nearly in a state of paralysis. I thought, Hmmm. The Republicans have responded.
This video is up close and personal!
A Call to Action
My conspiracy theories aside, it’s beyond time to take action! We talk about it, but It’s not enough, and the problem is much larger than life in America – the land of the free. Who is going to stand up today? What ended the Jim Crow era in America was leadership and organization. Right now, Black America is a nation within a nation and we’re lost. I am begging someone to please stand up and take the lead and spearhead a campaign to end police brutality, hate crimes, and the lack of adequate gun control RIGHT NOW.
2 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter, Right?”
I think BlacksLoveBlacks would be a great hashtag but the reason we have to keep reminding people that BlackLivesMatter is because the judicial system doesn’t seem to recognize that our black men matter.
To your point, black males are killing each other at alarming rates. They are also being hunted down and incarcerated for those crimes (there’s even a t.v. show about it, First 48). However, when black males are killed by Cops or nonblack citizens, even when seen by millions on video, there doesn’t seem to be the same level of pursuit for justice.
I don’t know about anyone else, but in my home we were taught not to hit our siblings but it was strongly emphasized that we’d better not allow anyone in the streets to hit our siblings without stepping in to help. Translation, it’s not okay that we kill each other but we better not be quiet and let ANYONE get away with it.
I totally agree with your views on this, Sherese. I just couldn’t address the whole issue without mentioning what we also do to one another.