As I pen this article, I am reminded of the atrocities that have been placed on Black human beings based on the color of our skin. The only difference is melanin. I’m also reminded that I need to use my platform for the good of ALL people. I am angry and it pains me that in the 21st century, racism is still a thorn in the lives of black men and women. We are not judged by our character and accolades. Bigots feel that black skin is a threat to those who do not look like them. Racist police officers, KKK, Skinheads, etc. perpetuate hate and feel they are the superior race. We know that goes back to the conception of this country. The need for one race of people to dominate another. The constitution says, “…all men are created equal’ but blacks, Latinos, and other so-called minorities were not included in the equation. We have the same systems in our bodies as everyone else: 1. Circulatory system 2. Digestive system and Excretory system 3. Endocrine system 4. Muscular system 5. Nervous system 6. Renal system and Urinary system 7. Reproductive system 8. Respiratory system 9. Skeletal system 10. Integumentary system / Exocrine system 11. Immune system and lymphatic system. We bleed red, cry, or rejoice when we are in pain or have been injured, lost a loved one, the birth of a new child, a son or graduating from high school and college, and the death of a loved one. We want our children to live in a world that is free from judgment/ prejudice. As a mother of a respectable 38-year-old son, who has a degree, I fear for his safety. He stands 6’4” tall but he is a gentle giant. Yet the world of hatred and bigotry automatically criminalizes him for being tall.
So, where do we go from here? We vote in the 2020 Presidential Elections along with local, county, and state elections, too! We decide who can run this country from the president to the commissioners. Today, we must take back our basic human rights by speaking up, having dialogue, signing petitions, press conferences, peaceable marches, educating young adults about the importance of voting because yes you do have a voice and it needs to be heard. I vote because my 95 year old father had to pay poll taxes in order to exercise his right to vote. Do not COVID-19 keep you away from the polls. Put your mask and gloves on and do the right thing. The Isley Brothers, “Harvest for the World” and Marvin Gay’s “What’s Going On” summarizes our plight. They were written in the 20th century and they still apply today.
Yes, I am angry but I’m more determined than ever to make a difference using my platform in the classroom and my business. What say ye?