Written By Robyn Jasmine for A Brown Belle Exchange
The last 72 hours have been exhausting to say the least. The country that we live in has been in an uproar (once again) due to the slaughter of Black Men.
I used the word slaughter, because that’s exactly the term that fits best. The killing of a large number of people or animals in a cruel or violent way.
The large number of people being Black individuals (men predominately) and the violent cruel way, is at the hands of Police officers by way of gun fire or excessive force.
Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Sandra Bland. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray. Mike Brown. Walter Scott. Eric Garner. Laquan McDonald. Sean Bell.
The names are endless. It’s a sad reality that is all to familiar.
I wanted to write a piece that spoke on the injustice, and how we needed a change, and what can we do to protect our men, but…. I’m tired.
Tired of having to repeat my stance on these types of issues. Tired of even having “these types of issues”. Tired of adding another hashtag to a black man’s name. I’m so TIRED of being fearful of the safety for the black men in my family.
It’s like a genocide. Black men are so internally powerful. Their strength surpasses any understanding. So because of this, people are afraid. They are afraid to embrace our Black kings, so they kill them. They jail them. They demean them. They abuse them.
And the absolute worst part about all of this is, they are not held accountable. We have seen time and time again, police officers take the law into their own hands. Police men become the judge, jury, and executioner all without being held liable.
Since when, can you blatantly murder someone in cold blood, and the whole crime is seen vividly on camera, but still not be convicted, let alone CHARGED for murder?
And speaking of “being seen” on camera, today’s technology has made it so easy to whip out your smartphone so fast and hit the record button, you can even live stream the video, so there is no manipulation of the content.
Yet and still, in the words of Jesse Williams “Even with videotaped evidence of police destroying black people, many freedom-loving Americans remain unconvinced of a systematic problem.”
ALL WE EVER DID WAS BE BLACK.
We didn’t have a choice in the matter. We were born on this earth with skin darker than others and we wore it with pride. We didn’t ask to be slaves. We didn’t ask for constant targets to be placed on our backs. All we ever did was be BLACK. And if being Black meant that we would be oppressed for hundreds of years even after supposedly conquering freedom, then I am sure the choice will and would remain the same.
Being black also instills in us, magic. You may have heard it referred to as #Blackgirlmagic or even #Blackmenmagic.
This magic allows us to utilize the tools we were naturally given to overcome any obstacle faced at us due to the color of our skin. Black people are resilient. Black people are capable. Black people are strong. We will overcome.
“I remember Marvin Gaye used to sing to me, he had me feeling like Black was the thing to be. And suddenly the ghetto didn’t seem so tough, and though we had it rough, we always had enough.” – TupacShakur
Keep ya head up Kings.