Found this powerful and poetic statement on facebook today.
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“I’m thick-skinned. I don’t cry easily. But today, USA, you are *really* trying to force water out my eyes. I can’t wear my hair natural in schools or in locs for a job. I can’t give myself or my children a name reflective of my ancestry. I can’t talk about how we used to be inventors, kings & queens, cause I’m lying. I can’t talk about we used to be enslaved, cause I need to “get over it.” I can’t date across color lines or live across invisible property lines without your glare & distain (at best) and you calling the cops on our pool party (at worse). I can’t ask for assistance without being a lazy free-loader, I can’t be an industrious go-getter unless I’m a drug dealer, athlete or rapper. I can’t talk back but I better answer you quick enough. I can’t wear a hoodie when it starts to rain & I can’t catch a cab even in a suit. When I’m verbal you say I’m an angry black person & when I silently take a knee or raise a fist, I’m an ungrateful troublemaker. If I’m innocent you frame me, if I do something wrong you over-sentence me. If I’m homeless you criminalize me, if I’m on my way home you profile me. If I’m a working man, hands up, protecting my disabled client you shoot me. If I’m POTUS you blatantly disrespect me. If I’m a child I’m tried like a man; if I’m a man I’m talked to like a boy. I can’t protect my mind from your media & miseducation. I can’t protect my body from your beatings & bullets. I can’t drive to that new job; be lost, be in a fender-bender or have my car break down, sell dvd’s or loosies; play with a toy gun in an open-carry state; pull out or reach for my wallet without having my life snuffed out! No ticket. No summons. No jury. Straight execution in the street, & you’re NEVER held accountable. So tell me— what must a black/brown person do to co-exist side-by-side with you and just LIVE? I know a white “troubled loner” can kill 9 blacks in a church & still live. I know a terrorist suspect involved in a shootout with multiple police can live. I know white men taking over government property forcefully with ammo for weeks can live. Where’s MY playbook in this rigged game? Spell it out for me, so I can warn my husband, my sons, my daughter, my brother, my sista-girls, my friends… WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU *NOT* TO KILL ME?”