The Beginning of a Powerful Movement in Black History

Black History Month is now among us, and as we use this month to commemorate powerful leaders and trailblazers amongst the African American race, I believe this should also be a time to pay tribute to those who unfortunately lost their lives to unjustified crimes, and the power and strength of a community to grow a movement that rose from those tragedies.

The month of February also signifies Trayvon Martin’s birth, and even sadly, his death. He would have celebrated his 24th birthday today; however, unfortunately, his life was snatched away from him only shortly after his 17th birthday. The tragedy of Trayvon’s death also marks the beginning of one of the most powerful movements for Black Americans. Black Lives Matter became a powerful and earth-shattering force, because of such utter disregard for such an innocent Black life taken from this world so soon, simply because his appearance was perceived to be a “threat” and “suspicious”.

On February 26, the world was rocked by the news that Trayvon, an unarmed 17-year old child, was shot and killed because one man single man called the police on him for being what he assumed to be suspicious. Even after George Zimmerman was told NOT to follow him, he disobeyed and felt that he had to be responsible for an unnecessary “consequence” for Trayvon. He was doing absolutely nothing wrong, and what is painful is to know that no one on this earth expects to be so innocently living life, just for it to be taken away from you in a second.

In an even more outrageous occurrence, Zimmerman was acquitted of charges of second degree murder, based on what the jury felt was self-defense. It was because of this ruling, Black Lives Matter was created by three amazing women; Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors. This organization was formed to take on a fight against institutionalized racism and police brutality against black people.

Sadly, since Trayvon’s death, there have been other tragic events to occur in the Black community, all riddled with the same questions, mainly beginning with “why?”

Why are people who are doing absolutely nothing to lose “threat or fear” being killed, and officers using that lie to justify their actions? Why is it that families of these victims constantly let down by a justice system that does not see blatant crimes being committed?

Unfortunately, Trayvon’s untimely passing was truly an unnecessary and jarring tragedy; however, it has created such a response from communities that have now shed a gleaming light on injustice everywhere, and brought the African American community together to take a stand against what would become a widespread and unfortunate epidemic on the Black community.

Even nearly 7 years later, the circumstances surrounding Trayvon’s murder and other murders since are still haunting and even give some pause to doing things that felt like normal innocent behavior in the past. Walking down your neighborhood street becomes a hesitant decision, wearing a hoodie may cause sideways glances, seeing a police officer behind you makes you wonder if they will notice the color of your skin as a reason to pull you over. It’s like living your life walking on eggshells; not knowing whether your presence alone is causing someone “fear for their life.” This is our reality, and on most days some of our biggest and most pressing fears; to be misjudged, falsely accused, and paying an unnecessary price for the color of our skin.

In this month, it is important to reflect on history; and in order to do that, we cannot forget the movement that was sparked and ignited due to this unfortunate situation.

Happy Birthday, Trayvon. We will continue to strive for the justice you deserved.

🖤

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#WhitWritesHerNovel: Writing with a Baby

One of my “lows” of writing right now, is writing while keeping up with an active 10 month old baby.  My daughter is now able to climb onto things, take small steps with the assistance of the couch, walker, jumper and anything else.  She is also choosing to play with any and everything that is not the toys that our family and friends have spent good money on for her, lol.  With my husband and I splitting the responsibilities, one of us has to watch the little one at all times.  This definitely puts a damper on the writing process.  Between yelling at her to not put something in her mouth, to her trying to touch all the keys on my keyboard or take my pen from me, it is a challenge.  I realized that I am going to have to carve away some “me” time in order to get the peace and quiet that I need to get some writing done.  This will require me to either become a night owl, or an early bird.  I also try to take advantage of any moment that she is sleeping.

I truly don’t mind doing either one; however, being a wife, mother and working woman are 3 balls that are hard to juggle.  If I had one wish right now, it would be to have at least another 4-6 hours in my day (to include a nap time).  Now that I have fully committed to publishing my book, I definitely have realized the strain it puts on time, when you have other responsibilities in your life.  I am doing the best I can with it, though.  I try to keep my writing materials handy, so if an idea comes to me and I can’t sit down and write it out, I try to type the key points into my memo pad on my app.  That way, when I finally do get the time to sit down and write, I am not completely upset that I lost my entire thought.

If anyone is having this particular issue, let me know how you got through it, or if you have an idea, I’d love to hear it!

#WhitWritesHerNovel : My Personal Novel Writing Movement!

I made a few Resolutions this year, which is something I don’t NORMALLY do; mostly because I never follow through. This year, I told myself that it would be different. If I only do 1 thing on this list, I will see it all the way through. One of those things, was starting my first novel.

I started in October, actually. The idea just came to me all of a sudden. Once the ideas started flowing, I just started typing. I have always wanted to write a novel, but I never had an idea that was good enough to get me going. Now, I can’t stop thinking about my novel. I have been going steady with it so far, and let me tell you, it’s not an easy task. I try to write ideas down as much as possible. I have memo pad apps on my phone, and I keep a pen and paper on me whenever I need to. It is definitely a great experience, especially for someone who loves to write like I do. I told myself that if I only publish and print one copy, for myself, then I would feel like I have accomplished the ultimate goal in my life, and that is to be published and have a book on my shelf with my name on it.

I figure on my blog, I will document this journey as well. I will use the hashtag #WhitWritesHerNovel in the title of the blogs that I post pertaining to my highs and lows of going through the novel writing process. I hope that I get people to read it and follow along to support this venture with me. Hopefully, you see my posts and we can connect on the joys of writing!

If there is anyone out there looking to start a novel or start writing for any reason I say GO FOR IT!! Write until you can’t write anymore. You can’t find out how far you can go with it until you start.

Good luck to anyone writing out there! I hope we all accomplish our personal goals, as well as any other dreams we have! J