Words cannot describe the level of sadness, hopelessness, and anger that I felt this morning when the first thing that I saw was another black man has yet again been shot and killed by the police. As as I sit and write this I am still at a loss of words. There is a legacy of the murder and genocide of African American men on this soil. These men can never rest in peace because they died in traumatic and horrific ways. Their spirits and the spirits of thousands of our murdered brothas and sistas will not rest until something is done. However, we keep praying the same prayer, crying the same tears, and marching the same march. So many of us are looking for answers and solutions, but we continuously come up short. When I think of the murders of these two men and the countless others, I think about how it could have been anybody. It could have been my own family. It could have been the people I know personally and hold near and dear to my heart.
Why is it that these brothas had to go? Who is giving the cops the rights to just arrest and kill us whenever they want to? And why isn’t anything being done about it? Why aren’t we killing them, getting true justice for the thousands of black men and women who have lost their lives at the hand of racist police, KKK, and other hate groups? They say #alllivesmatter, but if all lives matter then why aren’t our lives mattering too? These cops should be in jail awaiting their court date like everybody else, not on paid administrative leave.
My heart goes out to the families and communities of them both. These are two men who have been taken away from their families. Their lives have been cut short. And the women are left to pick up the pieces that this racist white supremacist system has left. This is a destructive cycle to the black family, and we must realize that we have enemies and are at war out here. For the sake of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, for the sake of Sandra Bland and Rekia Boyd, for the sake of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, for the sake of all the people who have lost their lives because of hatred for our people and because of the disregard for our lives, we need to come together and stop crying and praying for peace. Our oppressors will not give us freedom. We must take it.