Normally I choose not to speak out about politics, race, and other controversial matters. However, with every thing that’s been happening, I cannot stay silent because I deem it necessary to start this conversation and share the knowledge I’ve acquired. Though this may be a sensitive topic, we need to engage in change. This starts with conversation and stepping outside yourself to do something great.
In America, there has been systematic racial profiling dating back before the 1960’s. Police Brutality is at the forefront of the current discussions of systemic inequality. In New York and all over the world, people have been protesting the inequalities that African Americans experience. However, viewing the faces of the protest, it is gratifying to see Caucasian faces ready and willing to fight in a unified front.
So I’ve compiled a list of 5 videos to allow your mind to process what has been going on. It’s been 20 years since Amadou Diallo, what has changed?
1. Minister Louis Farrakhan discusses racial inequalities on Donahue (1990)
2. Malcolm X’s Speech on Police Brutality
3. Muhammad Ali on Racial Integration
4. Systemic Racism Explained
1. All Lives Matter
To be clear, All lives matter! However, think about this scenario to help you understand why we say black lives matter. Charlie is actively in the water, on the verge of drowning but working tirelessly to stay afloat. Bill is on the shore, unharmed and currently labeled as an onlooker as Charlie struggles. The lifeguard comes, who is in greater need of help at this moment?
Yes, Bill’s life matters, but Bill is not in immediate danger. Charlie is. Charlie represents the black culture. For over 400 years, our lives have been deemed ‘trivial’ while Bill’s life, who represents the white culture, has been deemed ‘of importance.’ I’m not going to elaborate more on this matter as my goal for this post is to share knowledge. However, if you’ve watched the videos, you should have a better understanding of what I mean.
Hope you’ve learned something new today. Until next time.