I have to be honest with you, with the recent murder of George Floyd, it’s too much!
My question is…Why now, what’s different?
Is it the callousness of seeing someone put a knee in someone’s neck for over 8 minutes? Or was it just the last straw? As we ran with Ahmaud Arbery, we still continued to say Breonna Taylor’s name. We watched Amy Cooper call the police on a black man with the intent to bring harm. Then after that, we saw George Floyd literally lose his breath as he whispered his mother’s name for the last time.
It’s too much. It’s way too much. The frustrating part for me personally, is that we have been crying out for so long. We’ve seen video after video. So many that I honestly can’t bear to watch them all.
It’s too much.
I will say, I am glad that we are finally examining race and racial bias as it pertains to black people in this country and across the globe.
For so long as a black person, and a person with friends of many different ethnic backgrounds, most of the time I have been able to avoid the conversation of race. But what I have noticed from listening to other people, as they talk about race, they try to treat people with respect and love.
With that being said, most people from my experience believe that racism is using a derogatory term or judging someone based upon their skin color. In other words, they “see no color” even as we kneel peacefully to be seen and heard, they never acknowledged race in America.
Truthfully I find it to be much deeper than that, basically a dirty darkness that was born with America.
Racism is systemic, meaning it works without effort. Its roots have taken place in areas of education, where it was separate but equal, and now we have “neighborhood” school, even though we don’t live in the same communities. There’s real estate, as we look at the old policies of redlining.
And as we shine the spotlight today, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color and in particular black people. Why is that?
Why is it that while we all sit here on quarantine we see the nation revolt against policing in this country.
The spotlight is on America.
Will we lead the world? Will we right these wrongs? I’m not sure, but if not now…then when?
Understand that as black people, we have fought and served this country just as anyone else has. We are police officers that serve the community too. So this is not to say we don’t love this country or we are against the police. But we are here and we are demanding a change.
I think it’s important to talk about race, and to learn from one another. And not just learn from one another but study, read, watch.
We do this so that we can respect people and their cultures, and at times step in their shoes and view the world from their eyes.
So this is my voice and my platform, and I’m using this to push the issue of love, equality, and justice. Indeed Black Lives Do Matter.
By: Isabell Wilkerson
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
By: Richard Rothstein
New York Times Bestseller • Notable Book of the Year • Editors’ Choice Selection
This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).
By: Michelle Alexander
Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
Most important of all, it has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” As the Birmingham News proclaimed, it is “undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.”
Now, ten years after it was first published, The New Press is proud to issue a tenth-anniversary edition with a new preface by Michelle Alexander that discusses the impact the book has had and the state of the criminal justice reform movement today.
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