I turned 27 years old today, and as a black man (by all standards in America) today that is a miracle. It seems weird being older than some of my idols (like Tupac and Biggie – whom were 25 and 24 years old when they died. Although in those cases, they both died presumably from black-on-black gun violence.
I can no longer ignore what is currently taking place in the United States. The ongoing police shootings of unarmed black men is outrageously infuriating.
It amazes me that Black American’s are literally saying, “please do not kill us – we matter just as much as other lives” and people still have the audacity to say, “ummm, but All Lives Matter.” For one, I find that to be highly disrespectful – clearly all lives matter but by saying this you are simple causing a distraction from a very specific problem that is affecting your fellow countrymen. By saying All Lives Matter is the equivalent of showing up to a breast cancer fundraiser and protesting the fact that all other cancers aren’t being discussed.
I am University educated, from a great family, I have a career, and I should feel safe within my own country. I should not have to fear interactions by law enforcement and I should not be afraid walking in my own upscale neighbourhood due to the fact that my appearance means that I shouldn’t be there.
I won’t get carried away by going into detail on each and every case because we all know what is taking place; however, we need to come together as citizens of this earth to stand up for injustice – things worth fighting for are rarely easy.