I have recently been doing a lot of thinking and pondering. I was debating on whether or not to write on the Sandra Bland incident and I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to say about the situation. There was so much valid and also invalid information being revealed about Sandra Bland’s death and I was at a loss for words. Therefore, I decided to wait until more information was revealed and confirmed. But while I waited another Black life was unfortunately taken by an “officer.” Mr. Sam Dubose, an unarmed black man was unnecessarily slain by a University of Cincinnati officer, Ray Tensing. It seems crazy to continually hear about the senseless killings of Black Americans. It is easy to feel as though there is some unspoken agenda to get rid of as many black lives as soon as possible. But I’ve come to realize that isn’t the case. What we are witnessing at an alarming rate is the same thing that has been happening for centuries. Blacks have been murdered by whites in power since the first day they stepped foot on North American soil and even before they crossed the Atlantic ocean. There are numerous cases of blacks being killed by police and white parties in general and getting away with it. Just think about the numerous lynchings, rapes and murders committed against innocent blacks when we were only worth 3/5 of a person.
The reason it seems like blacks are just being killed left and right and out of the blue is because we as a group are now bringing attention to the murders and we are no longer letting the killers get away with it. Within the last few decades we have seen the rise of a new wave of conscientious black people who are fully aware of the effects of both systematic and blatant racism taking place. Unfortunately, society as a whole was living under this false idea that racism was dead and we didn’t have to worry about hate crimes and race. This oh so naive idea was shattered when the world watched George Zimmerman get acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin. I’m honestly sick and tired of hearing about another one of my people’s lives being taken. I know social activists are exhausted fighting for people to recognize that black lives matter and are just as valuable as their counterparts. You wonder if all the protests, hashtags, rallies and exposures are even worth it. But then you have to remember it IS worth it. The idea that maybe in 25 or 50 years down the line, our children won’t have to worry about losing their lives while walking down the street with a hoodie on at night, or while driving, or while playing on the front lawn. The hope that one day our black children will be able to walk in peace with their heads held high and not have to worry about looking at someone the wrong way and losing their lives. NO ONE should be killed for simply being one ethnicity versus another.
So now as I sit here writing I wonder if I will live to see the day when those in power are held accountable for their actions and blacks will stop being murdered for simply being black. The odds seem slim, but I intend on remaining hopeful.