Holler if you hear me
Growing up as a black men in America is dangerous, inspiring, traumatic, and life-changing. Leaving your house and returning home alive is not guaranteed. Mothers and wives pray every day for the safety of their black kings. Besides stressing over their mental and physical wellbeing.
Understanding why someone hates you because of race or skin color will always be an unsolved human puzzle. Taking someone’s life and destroying a family’s future leaders can never be justified. Watching a child grow up without its father is beyond criminal. Destroying the family bond creates racial bitterness, hatred, and chaos.
Believing that America’s injustice and racial climate will improve is a dream put off by most people. Solving America’s biggest issue is a mountain the world hasn’t fully climbed.
Progress can’t be measured by another’s race measurements. Evaluating authentic progress involves all parties becoming mirrors to each other’s pain. However, the black race continues to take a back seat on the bus in 2022.
The players are different, but the game is the same
Seeing Colin Kaepernick lose his job for making a peaceful gesture of social change is unacceptable. Shockingly, America will tolerate horrible crimes of certain people. But, when a black man challenges injustice and corruption within a billion-dollar system, his position is eliminated. Speaking the truth in America is more dangerous than running a red light blindfolded.
Acquiring wealth, education, and power does not exempt a black man from becoming a hashtag in America. Imagine if Trayvon Martin were still alive. Think of all the knowledge and positive influence he’d have on youth culture. We’ll never know the full impact and value of Trayvon Martin.
Because his life didn’t matter enough to someone on February 26, 2012. Black men, in 2022 have achieved unthinkable success in finance, technology, and humanity. Unfortunately, when they get pulled over, none of that matters. They all become Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, and the list goes on.