It has been a year since Mike Brown has been murdered and it seems that the violence in America, the violence against black and brown people has only multiplied. The toll of killings by police actually just reached 700 today.
There's so many layers into the disease America is suffering from. It's a violent disease and simutaneously a racist disease. And I have to admit I have not always been as "woke" as I am today. Things changed ever since February of 2012, when I helped cover the murder and trial of Trayvon Martin for Global Grind. I truly started to gain perspective of this country's ugly and was old enough to comprehend and feel what was happening. I was always aware of the race issues but I wasn't as in tune to the end results of those race issues, the actual discriminatory behavior, the injustice. It seems like things have only gotten worse since then.
Story after story have grabbed me and what's been angering to me, besides the fact that young black and brown women are being killed without a thought, besides the fact that there is basically never any justice for those murders, besides the fact that black and brown people are also being kept in jail for crimes they did not commit... one of the distinctly disturbing things to me is the silence and avoidance from many people. It's urks me that this is not being treated as a STATE OF EMERGENCY. Why is this not being treated like a major act of terrorism. This very act of disdain and neglect is why we constantly scream Black Lives Matter.
I've been trying to understand the silence. Is it because it does not effect you that you stay silent? But that is like being a man and not supporting women's rights, or being straight and not supporting LGBTQ rights. It's all unsettling to me. To watch or be aware of others suffering and stay silent is a sin. Is it because you think ignoring the issues will make them go away? Is it because you're scared of what you may do or say?
"Do you think black people, or women or people in the lgbtq just love talking about their oppression? I talk about this sh*t because it's my life.... If you are an ally and you recognize these things it's up to you now to also talk about it. It doesn't mean you talk over, it means you amplify our voices."
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I have also realized that there are a many "Taylor Swifts/Iggy Azaleas" in this world. There are many people completely unconscious or understanding to the inequalities for people of color. It's not in their perspective or even a thought. When Nicki was airing out the racism in the music industry, how amazing would it have been if Taylor, in the position she is in, to have instead supported Nicki's statements. But she was not aware of it, it didn't even cross her mind that this was a race issue and not a feminist issue.
We need more people to be aware of oppression, and especially be aware of an oppression that is taking so many lives on the daily. Be conscious, be aware and then make noise. Do not move along silently. Ignoring race/racism is why we've been dealing with the same issues for decades. TALK ABOUT IT!