Sam ran for his life. As stated by an eloquent mind on Twitter, “Being black in America is a radical act.” Why did he shoot him? It's my conclusion that based upon the countless other black lives that didn’t matter, he probably figured he receive a slap on the wrist if that, as so many of his brothers in blue have for taking the same action. That officer was indicted for murder, but will he get out in two years like the officer who shot Oscar Grant, who was unarmed and sitting down?
My faith in the justice system has been shot straight to hell. I have grown to expect more heartless cops to kill more and more blacks, because they can get away with it. The thought takes me back to Dr. King. When I look around for our leaders, for our voice, for our force, I think of Dr. King. He would have wanted us to fight with marches and protests. We’ve done all that. He would have wanted us to be peaceful. We have done that as well. I think about the NAACP and recall that even the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was being led (in some parts) by a white woman and we didn’t even know. Because “being black” is in right now, unless you are actually black, when it comes to our attractive features, musical ways of expression, swag, and body types, we can't lose. I’m very interested in seeing how people would react to terrorism against white girls with small waists, full lips, big asses, and black boyfriends.
I live in Atlanta and I think of him often. I think of why every black city in America probably has a street and/or school named after him. I wonder what he would be organizing right now and why there is no one in popularity or power to carry his torch. Why are celebrities so calm? Are they afraid of what they might lose? Are they unaffected because they are recognizable and a police won’t mistake them for a regular black person? Where are our leaders who have nothing to do but evoke change? Where are the people who are fed up?
Where is Dr. King? We need him. We can vote. We get paid to work. We can sit down and eat in restaurants. We ride in the front of city buses. We can pee inside the house. We can hire white maids. We can marry white people. Hell, we can marry same-sex people, but we are still BLACK. Jews can hide the fact that they’re Jewish. Gays can hide the fact that they are gay. We can never escape being black. And I personally, do not wish to. I just want to be able to live in spite of it.
Written by Tiffany Black
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