We say "Black lives matter" yet we continue to support and watch so called reality and tv shows that depict "Blacks" as ignorant, drug dealing, back stabbing, law breaking, scandalous, impious (Damn, that sound like "Empire"), pimps and prostitutes that are named after food and leprechauns!! "Black lives matter" yet we continually patronize company brands that offer not one cent towards college scholarships to assist the under served and disenfranchised youth of the ghetto. "Black lives matter" yet we instigate, film and make viral videos of violence as if it's golden. We say "Black lives matter" yet the majority of Americans of African descent don't empathize with or support any African cause. As a matter of fact, anything African we detest. "Black lives matter" yet the "Black" American women has been so sexualized that her worth as a companion are determined by how good she twerks and not her intellect, character and domestic skills. We rant "Black lives matter" yet adages like #teamdarkskin and #teamlightskin are acceptable on social media and everyday expression. "Black lives matter" yet no one is called out on this ignorance. I challenge anyone reading this, to tune into any hip hop video channel that is playing current rap. Turn the volume off and watch with an open mind. Look at facial expressions, look at the body movements, take in and analyze the imagery. What do you think? How do you feel? How would you interact with a people who were the constituent of this entertainer? Yes, I know that one should not judge a people based on what's shown on television, but folks image is very powerful. It can be positive or detrimental to a people. Prior to the holocaust, Hitler and the 3rd Reich portrayed Jewish people as stupid, untrustworthy, greedy, materialistic, heathenish, sexual deviants....this was the only way that he could get the German people to condone and aid in the genocide of these people. Now imagine if Hitler were alive and in power today or any Hitler like leader... who do you think his prime target would be? I'll wait.......
Now I know that I have used the word "black" numerous times, I want to emphasize that in reality this is just a word. It does not begin to describe who we are, the greatness we have given the world or our history. In actuality, we, "Black" Americans have no clue of our ethnic affliation, so we unite and simplify ourselves by using the word "black". Moreover, we cannot allow propaganda to divide the masses. Injustice, anguish and evil have no color!!! Because the senseless murder of any precious life is an disservice to humanity. My utmost goal and desire is to eradicate pain, suffering and oppression of ALL people. This is my Utopian ideal. My point today is we can chant, rant, scream and yell "Black lives matter" until our faces are pale, but true, positive change starts from within. Self respect hence respect of others starts from within, knowledge and understanding starts from within..... Love starts from within, and you cannot truly love if you're concerned only because it's now some group!!!
In my ever so humble opinion... #MyLifeAlreadyMatters because I say so!!!!