Is Love Really Love?
Okay, so before I start this post, I’d like to say that I’ve grown a bit tired. Tired of hurting over all of this. Tired of talking about racism. Tired of worrying for my son and daughter for the years they will spend without me on this earth. And even in the moments that I am here, that I can’t be in their presence. I mean the truth of the matter is, I already have to worry about drunk drivers on the road in the days and night. Not only that, but I have to worry about people that would mistreat them in their schools. I have to worry about child abusers, molesters, and rapists. People who will judge them for their beliefs, and practices of life. And to top it all off, after almost 450 years, I STILL have to worry about RACISM. I mean I am ACTUALLY, GENUINELY concerned about RACISM. For someone who tries very hard to not say negative things, That is bulls#$#%!!! Yeah…I said it. It really is. That’s really just the tip of the iceberg on what I wanted to say. So I guess now, we can get to the blog already in progress.
I’ll just say that. One of the latest and greatest in the world of police violence. I guess that seems a little broad, so I’ll try to break it down a bit more. The latest person to be killed (I would say murdered, but I guess that’s for a grand jury to decide…RIGHT!) at the hands of police officers who just so happen to be white. I speak of the color of their skin, because the man killed on their shift was black. Why does that matter? Normally, I’d say it doesn’t. Today it does though. It matters, because of the way he was killed. It matters because it’s another killing that didn’t have to occur. It’s the police. The people that are sworn to serve and protect. Now in past blogs, I’ve been pretty critical of black people and their actions that lead up to these killings, so let me just take a moment to be critical of Alton Sterling for a moment:
First and foremost Mr. Sterling, why in the world were you out at midnight, selling CDs, at a corner store…WITH A GUN? That’s a problem for me. If you felt the need to carry a gun while you were out after midnight, with your children at home, it’s possible that you should not have been there. You should have been home with your family. You should have been a responsible black man and not a statistic, like they believe all or most of us to be. Com’on man!! For real. Take your Black @ss back home and work during normal business hours so you can get home safe to those babies that love you so much!! To the family of Mr. Sterling, I apologize if that sounded harsh, but I wanted to make sure that Alton Sterling gets his proper due in this as well. We as African Americans have a tendency to not look at the situations as a whole, because of how racism feels. But that’s all I’m gonna say about Alton Sterling from that point of view.
Now everyone else, it’s your turn. Not just white folks, but to the world of people out there that still believe that we’ve made strides in racism.
Here’s the thing: Racism is NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING DEAD!! More people are seeming to die daily at the hands of racism than ever before. At the hands of racist cops at that! The problem I have with racism isn’t that it exists, so much as it is that people turn a blind eye to it. They say that the greatest achievement of the devil was convincing the world that he didn’t exist. Because the truth of the matter is that he, the devil, is alive and well, and he works through the world and the media daily, to say that things like racism does not exist. This is crazy, why am I even writing about this at this point?
Let me take a second to get to the real problem though. Big Businesses and mainstream media. We all know how the media portrays these situations. They play it over and over again on CNN, MSNBC, or whatever news outlets you can find. It’s on TV, every hour, on the hour, saying WARNING: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO CONTAINS DISTURBING/GRAPHIC CONTENT. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Then we get to watch in absolute horror a video that shows us nothing except a black man or woman being accosted by police officers. Or a police car driving up aggressively on a 10 year old kid playing with a toy gun killing him within seconds of the stop. The mainstream media has it’s way of causing immediate outrage, but never checking back in after the first two days to report that justice has been served. I can remember last year when that kid went into the church in Charleston, SC to kill those 9 people. They made such a big deal out of this white kid, who went into a church where people were minding their business and welcomed him to kill all of those people. Then days later, the ONLY reason the church got anymore coverage was because The President of the United States was on TV giving a eulogy singing “Amazing Grace”. I mean, let’s keep it 110 here. That’s the reason.
Then low and behold a club gets shot up in Orlando…It just so happens to be a “Gay” Club.
The FOLLOWING STATEMENTS ARE NOT TO OFFEND…READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED…
When this club got shot up, you had all kinds LGBTQ groups immobilized and the media and business all over the world were absolutely outraged. “How could someone go into a club and shoot it up? This is ABSOLUTELY the WORST form of HATE ever”, they procclaimed. HATE CRIMES disgust people. But somehow not as much when they involve black people. Again, Yeah, I said it!! There were funds created called ONE ORLANDO to stop acts of violence against gays in the city of Orlando. Businesses all over the country have given to this cause as if that’s the only cause out there. This might sound insensitive to the lives lost on that evening, but that is definitely not the first club to be shot up by a person, and it certainly won’t be the last. Is it so terrible because the people in the club were homosexual? Not sure. That’s not the point though. The question I pose is this: Where were the LGBTQ, and the media, and big business when that church got shot up. Where were the funds for those 9 families? Where were the funds raised by businesses in this country for the city and people of FLINT when they didn’t even have clean water to drink? Where were they? #BlackLivesMatter? Oh I’m sorry, ALL LIVES MATTER RIGHT? Love is LOVE, right? Love can’t be Love, because there is no Love shown to poor people, or Black People or urban areas, in these moments. If Alton Sterling had been a gay man, at the corner store, people would have said, he was wrongly accused, and that he was just trying to make money to feed his family, when police assaulted him. But instead, we will look into his past and make him out to be a thug, because he carried a gun. Now where are the second Amendment proponents out there? After all, he had the right to bear arms…But that same right got him shot a few nights ago…HMMM…
This is the point…If LOVE Is LOVE, and ALL LIVES MATTER, it has to be that way across the board. Not when corporations or the media choose them to matter. It’s annoying. It’s sickening. It’s down right wrong altogether. I want all the people that changed their Facebook page and prayed for Orlando and Paris, to do the same for the people in clubs, at corner stores, or wherever there are people that lose their lives daily. For the Black Lives that get lost on a daily basis due to police violence because IT DOES EXIST. White folks, gay folks, everybody, Stand up for the black lives too. If it was your family member, you’d want to be represented fairly. I rarely see my white friends stand up for #BlackLivesMatter. Is it because the word black is in front of it? Does that mean it’s none of your business? Just saying. If your white child, was hanging out with my black child in that moment, would it matter then? Think about it….If this sounds like I’m angry, it’s because I am. The question is…Why aren’t you?
More to come…
Breaking NEWS: Another Black Man gets shot!!! This time in his car with his girlfriend and child. From what I understand about the story, he was ACTUALLY a law abiding citizen (Must be hard to believe), who informed the police officer that He had a concealed weapon and had a permit to do so. I wonder if that would have happened to a card carrying member of the NRA. Even watching this video he seemed SOOOO Threatening…
When is this gonna stop? When will the Powers that Be, and the people who come out to get speed bumps and street lights placed on their block, stand up for these innocent people being terrorized by the police. This is getting to the point where it’s not just an isolated incident. I understand that YOU may have had some bad experiences with people of COLOR in your life, but truth be told, haven’t you had some similarly bad things happen to you at the hands of white people too? It doesn’t make you scared of white folks in general. Does it? It doesn’t make you clutch your purse at the sight of a white man in a bar or ATM. And it doesn’t make those of you that are police officers shoot White Men IN THEIR CARS, WITH THEIR CHILDREN. What the #$** was that Officer thinking? He shot 4 times. He could have injured the other two passengers in the car. What in the world people? What’s the solution for all this?
Oh…I know...ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE (PAID) WHILE A GRAND JURY TAKES 5 DAYS TO DECIDE THAT THE OFFICER ACTED OUT OF FEAR FOR HIS OWN LIFE!!! GOT IT!!