What does it mean to be black in America? When will senseless killings, oppression, degradation of the black man stop? African Americans lament poor treatment from the police who are meant to protect; they don’t get jobs as easily as other races, and suffer discrimination at almost every turning of life’s progress…. it goes on and on. Funny, the hypocrisy of a country which preaches fairness and equality ever so loudly. Social media has come abuzz with yet another disturbing killing of a black man by the police, an institution meant to protect lives.
A black man – Alton Sterling, 37, selling CDs near a supermarket was killed- execution style yesterday July 5 by police in Baton Rouge, La. In the disturbing footage, the deceased had already been pinned down by the police, but unsatisfied, they aimed for the gun and shot him right in the head. It is heartrending and now, once again the ever tiring song is being sang #BlackLivesMatter is trending yet again.
Here are thoughts from people on twitter:
In summary, we recall Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams’ powerful speech at the BET Awards on violence against the black race at the BET’Award which deservingly garnered a standing ovation but rubbed wrongly on “some” who called for his sack. Excerpt:
“This invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind, while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil, black gold.”
“There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us – and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.
Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.
And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down..
We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”