I think we both want the same outcome. We want safety. We want to feel respected and we want to know that our country is doing it’s best to support it’s citizens and further progress towards equality.
When I am able to look at you for just what you are… a human being. A brother. A mother. A sister. A father. I see that we are not so different.
For too long, powers from above on all sides have tricked us into becoming reactive bidders, ready to pounce on those that could be a threat to our way of life. They have blind folded us with a cloak of primitive emotion while leading us across hot coals and into battle with our own communities.
The basic rights to live in peace and to be equal should not need to be met with brutality and injustice. And I challenge you to argue that.
Years and generations of trauma have weighted heavily on the shoulders of black men and women while all the while Our justice system, governments and leaders continue to rattle the barred cages they have thrown them in, taken aback, confused and angry when those oppressed look back with distrusting eyes, poised in a defensive position ready to hurt those who have hurt them.
Why do you fear sharing your privilege? Who twisted the truth so much that it made you believe that only one could fit on your pedestal? We do not want to take your place in the journey that is life. We only wish to share that path with you, allowed to see the same beautiful pathways of opportunities that you have.
The water only gets muddied when those in power find a way to use our differences to fuel the hunger they have for control. They do not want us to get along, you and I. For what keeps them up at night is not the fear that tomorrow may not bring us the progress that we crave but that this progress might enlighten us, pulling back the curtain and showing us that we are one of the same and that we can all still protect our way of life while also marching side by side to support our brothers and sisters that have not yet found equality.