Fruitvale station my feeling leaving the theater was not anger nor hatred toward the profiling overly zealous police officers who only addressed half of the population involved in the altercation, and resulted in the killing of an innocent young black man.
My heart was broken at how dispensable black male life has been and is in this country better yet this world. How brilliant and caring and smart and mean and disrespectful and ignorant we are! How we are no better yet more importantly no less than any other race of people but this society has not valued us as such. I go to the scriptures for comfort and reminding that God loves us, values us, wants to include us in His Kingdom.
It is our time black men to stop looking at each other as dispensable as less than and recognize we are just as good as the next man. It's time for us to stop beating ourselves up and know we are no worse than the next man.
What do we have to lose by standing up for our people standing up for our families our communities.
My heart breaks thinking about the young black men on the street right living a life that is the only thing they know. Now whether if these things should be legal or not is for a different discussion but today the laws are the laws and unless they are a terror to good works (against those doing good) we should do our best to obey them. For the sake of our family for the sake of our purpose on this earth.
I'm not promoting nor do I endorse to live a life of fear and bondage but I am saying let us bear the infirmities of the weaknesses of this society so that we may enjoy and have our share in the goodness this society.
So if that means not getting high so that I can remain free, though maybe a little more stressed or uneasy, but still free and try to find other ways to cope.
If it means not selling drugs and working one, two, even three menial jobs but also be able to see our families, love our families, and be present then lets make that sacrifice.
Let us be humble on our own terms by our own choice to be humble and not due to humiliating circumstances that fall to us or we fall in.
Lets trust GOD who sees all and will judge all. The oppression, the corruption, the deception He will judge and render to those accordingly. Let us not be numbered with them and try to fight them with their weapons. Let us not take eye for an eye but let vengeance have its place.
My sisters my daughters my mothers, fathers, abolitionist family, and those who have an understanding of the young black male we welcome but will not depend on your support. It would be great to have some doors of opportunity opened to us by you, to have your words of encouragement, and your helping hand. But I'm sure you understand we won't rely on it, we can't, just as you can't.
Young Black Male, holla at me lets do this I got your back! You got mine? Now is the time, we are already running behind.
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