I have been wanting to write this post to all of you for so long but did not know how to go about it. I did not know how to really start, so I guess i'll start with introducing you to two stories. One of them I am sure you have read on my blog before.
A couple days ago I watched a Ted Talk in which a young muslim lady named Susanne Barakate talks about how her brother and her sister in law were tragically murdered by their neighbor whom had been harassing them in the past. She gives a descriptive story of the incident and how there has been no justice for her family. The link to the Ted Talk is below if you want to hear the story.
Islamophobia Killed My Brother
Also, There is a post I wrote a couple months ago called Family Violence: We Have Lost Love In Our Homes and I share the sad news of a young boy who was murdered by his own mother because she hated the fact that he was gay.
Why am I sharing these heavy stories? It is because there is a lot of work that needs to be done.
The several hate crimes happening amongst other underrepresented communities is to much and it is difficult to know that the generation coming after us has to experience this as well. That is why I named this post " Dear Black People" because I am calling out the warriors in the black community. I know we are hurting, the hate crimes, police brutality, and racism that has been thrown at us for centuries can be extremely draining. Watching the news and seeing your kind murdered but not receiving the real, honest reason for it is disheartening. It is difficult to forget..
Sandra Bland; a 28 year old black women who was pulled over by police and then arrested. Three days later was found hanged in her jail cell. Verdict? Labeled as a "suicide" lots of questions has still been unanswered.
Eric Gardner who was taken down by three police men and pinned to the floor in a choke hold for about 15-19 seconds while being arrested. " I can't breathe" he said eleven times times.. He lost consciousness and medical examiner pronounced him dead at the scene. Verdict?: The officer Daniel Panteleo was not indicted. $5.9 million dollars was paid to the family. ( Money can never repay the life of a loved one)
And so much more..
Dear Black People,
Let us not be remembered as people that just sat around and only spoke up when someone like us was targeted. Instead, let us be remembered as people that stood up for every victimized community no matter how many times we were hit and being forced down.
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