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So I wake up this morning, and have the unfortunate task of having to stomach yet another video posted on social media of a man being shot and killed. This morning, I saw another name as a hashtag.
Because it matters ….
If you were watching the BET Awards last night, then you know that Jesse Williams was given the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award. If you watched further, you would have heard this young gentleman render a powerful and thought-provoking speech. I was listening to him, and I immediately got engrossed in what he was saying; it flowed like spoken word poetry.
An unarmed Black man gets gunned down by police, because they posed “some type of threat.” Man or woman ends up dead in police custody in a jail cell. Everyday I look at social media or the news and another person has been shot and killed. Everyday, I see a new #JusticeFor… hashtag. Everyday, a new cause and a new case to fight for equality on. I will never stop praying for those who have lost their lives in the past couple years, but I feel like there is no end to this insanity.
My husband and I were having a discussion about the latest tragedies, where innocent black lives are being taken for no particular reason. I told him how it literally made me sick to think about; to know that yet another man/woman/child is being slain by a white person. I am usually not one to focus solely on the specifics of it just being black on white crime, but lately it’s hard to ignore or spin any other way.
My husband on the other hand, had a different perspective of the situation. I am paraphrasing what he said, but he basically asked this question:
black people are using these opportunities to rally, march and speak out about the racial war between us and white people, but what about the internal race war against ourselves?
That question really made me think long and hard about things. Most times, when I am on Facebook, I see just as much violence between blacks as I do against us. On one hand, I stand firm and will support the hash tag #BlackLivesMatter at every opportunity, but at the same time, when will our race begin to take on that mentality with each other?
Once again, news broke of a White police officer shooting an unarmed Black male because of “fear for his life”. In this particular incident, Officer Michael Slager was arrested and charged with the murder of Walter Scott. Based on video footage that was released, it was evident that Slager made a bad decision, and thus is being punished for that decision.