The above photo comes from the Bronx, NY. The little boy holding the poster is one of about 200 people who demonstrated there after the shooting of Remarley Graham in March of 2012. He was just yet another Black young man killed in the prime of life by a New York City police officer.
How many times does this happen in this country? Does America have a vendetta against the Black male–and for what? Black men have been targeted for well over 200 years and their lives not valued for much. When a Black man was killed in the past; this had devastating impact on his family, community, and the psyche of the entire race.
Trayvon Martin’s case just got headlines, but this happens every single day somewhere in America.
There are things that you demonstrate for. There may be things that you march for. But it’s high time for the Black community to stop being so diplomatic–and FIGHT for what we love and care about–literally! We don’t have to be nice. Why should we be?
There are some days when I just sit and think about a lot of things that I want to write about on this blog and can’t wait to log on to do so. However, I don’t want to write anything just to be yet another invisible voice in the land of the internet. No. I want to move people to DO SOMETHING wherever they are in order to bring about change.
Late last night, I was watching Jet Li’s Fearless. Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li’s Fearless in the United Kingdom and in the United States, is a 2006 film directed by Ronny Yu and starring Jet Li. It is loosely based on the life of Huo Yuanjia, a Chinese martial artist who challenged foreign fighters in highly publicised events, restoring pride and nationalism to China at a time when Western imperialism and Japanese manipulation were eroding the country in the final years of the Qing Dynasty before the birth of the Republic of China. In the movie, the character made a comment about unity: he said that the reason why the people were treated so badly by the foreigners is because they were not together as a people. They disrespected each other–and they were hated because of that ignorance. He acknowledged that this was a sickness in his people. His response was for them to unify and have mutual respect for each other as countrymen. This would give them power.
And I say to Black people, we too must stop allowing ourselves from being exploited by our enemy. Because of our disunity; this gives our oppressor power over us–even when we have the power to control out destiny; we allow those who hate us to continue to oppress our people, simply because we don’t know how to treat each other.
An enemy will always attack you where you’re weak and the Black family is the weakest link in our community. The Black male is targeted because it is the male who heads the family. When you take away the head; you destroy the family. This is precisely what is happening to our people.
Whenever I see Black celebrities or Blacks who have definite power economically, politically, socially, etc., and these people speak for the community in the media; I always wonder, just who do they know and are they really speaking for us? Many don’t even live among us. How do you speak for a people that many try to avoid? Some could be considered as co-conspirators with our oppressor. And just let me be very clear what I’m saying when I use the word: O-P-P-R-E-S-S-O-R. I’m talking about WHITE PEOPLE. They are our enemy. Period.
And it’s high time Black folks wake the hell up and realize that.
White people will always involve themselves in movements, activities, philosophies, ideologies, and with people who they consider downtrodden–but make now mistake; this is just a way for them to aid and assist in order to control, manipulate, dominate and annihilate. Ask the American Indian.
A strong people EMPOWERS THEIR OWN. And this is where Black people need to strengthen in order to be the powerful people we know that we can be.