Before I go into this article I would like to honor the spirit of Alton Sterling and Philando with a candle and a moment of silence……
Now, here is why I don’t care……
You see, I’ve seen this scenario play out since the proliferation of cellular phone recordings over the last few years. In fact, black death is becoming prime time media and water cooler fodder to be digested for about two weeks then discarded till the next shooting or news of a zoo gorilla caring for a precocious black kid.
It goes like this…
Black male/female does misdemeanor crime or minor questionable activity. White male/cop shoots or kills them in cold blood.
Conservative media says that’s what he gets for breaking the law/fighting back. Liberals call for peace, marches and prayer rallies. #blacklivesmatter hash tags take over the Internet. The victim’s name get hashtagged. Protests/Riots take place. People get arrested.
2 week conversation. Story dies down. Months go by. People move on.
After time passes and the anger and protests die down, police officer/murderer goes to court. Insert Al Sharpton.
NOT GUILTY is the verdict. The officers get rich from Gofundme.
The family gets a little over a million dollars in a city settlement agreement (sometimes).
Repeat cycle…..repeat cycle….repeat cycle….
I read a brief article and consciously decided not to watch any footage of the Alton Sterling shooting. I will not read any more articles about it. I will not watch the news ( which I barely do anyway). My social media interactions will be curated. I will not take on this pain. I will not hash tag or wear a hoodie again (R.I. P Trayvon)
It sucks at my soul. I hate seeing black people get murdered. Most importantly I hate Black folks cowardly responses.
Here are the most popular.
#Blacklivesmatter is nothing more than a social media hashtag till popular news media moves on. Name me one substantial thing the black lives matter pseudo-movement has done to stop police brutality. Name me one thing it has done to stop killings in Chicago. Name me one inner city school that has improved by it. It may raise awareness but knowledge without action is stupidity.
I haven’t seen one law change or one innocent person receive justice due to the “movement” that moves nothing.
It’s a cute logo though.
All this was done and Trayvon Martin’s killer is walking around AND profiting from his death. I guess the gods old and new don’t love us black folk.
I used to bitch and complain myself till I realized that my life is my own and only i can change my life and environment. I realized i can beat the devil but i had to beat the one within FIRST, then spread that power i gained outward.
We complain too much about what the white man is doing to us. We talk too much about his perceived power. We men talk about him like he is a boogeyman. Unbeatable. Untouchable. The white man is a genius for making us feel that way. We shook. Scared to death and scared to look.
The white man is doing what he has been doing for 400 years. Hell, since he repurposed gunpowder. He is great at keeping a foot on your black ass neck, using you for financial gain and murdering you. This is what warfare is about. The whiteman may be the ultimate warrior.
We say “Let go and let god”
You don’t know how often I see posts on social media about the “evil” whiteman on …HIS…white owned and police monitored Facebook and Instagram.
Here is a simple question to my people:
Are we out thinking white men? Are we using some of their knowledge to become better? Are we organizing, Are we stealing part of their legacy like they did ours? Do we see the white man as our competitors? Do we wanna compete? Do we really think the whiteman out thinks us on every level? Or are we whining and complaining like bitches???
Dr Claude has an answer:
Do we also utilize “silent weapons for quiet wars“? Do we produce our own propaganda? Do we have think tanks? Are we proactive? Are we really at war with them? Or do we get emotional and reactionary when the news tells us too?
Jill Scott has an answer.
The Dallas Shooter(s) and Black men:
Whether you think the Micah X Johnson event was real or it was fake doesn’t matter. It is irrelevant.
What matters is that Micah X (the govt/false flag etc for you conspiracy nuts) did more for the black family then Trayvon’s Martin’s dad did for his son, more than Mike Browns dad did for his son and the list goes on.
Tamir Rice and Akai Gurley don’t have men in their family??
Eric Garners wife is a lil hood. So was he.
No thugs in the family?
Black men believe in Jesus and other crucified saviors so much and are quick to go to churches and temples to hear how their “saviors” SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES for their sins for the whole human family but they wont dare die for their OWN blood families. The irony.
We praise Malcolm, Marcus and Martin and don’t even realize they REALLY lived the life of Jesus by DYING for us!
Until INJUSTICE is met with INJUSTICE by the men in the families of these victims, I will not take on their pain or trauma.
If their own fathers, uncles, and cousins aren’t willing to die for their own kin, I won’t cry or stress for them either. If the men in these families won’t stand up, I’m not standing up or being emotional for them either.
I CAN’t care about them because black men don’t care enough. We aren’t leading enough. We aren’t strategic enough. We aren’t courageous, proactive or bold enough.
I empathize and I’m sympathetic but I will not take on the pain, trauma, stress and confusion of another criminal police shooting that will not lead to justice. It’s bad for my spirit. It kills my courage.
We’d rather talk about black women’s hair, Empire, how they behave, shame their bodies and call them bitches in our music and conversation. We seem to be more viscous online then in real life. We like safe rebellion like profile pics and meme. We like wearing purses and midriff shirts.
But…I think the skirts are starting to fit better on black men. The tight pants are reflective of our state of being. The effeminate attitudes are the by products of our collective failings.
Black lives don’t really matter to black men nowadays. We are becoming more lost, cowardly and underappreciated by the
This is why I don’t care. By August, you’ll be over it. Sad but true. Maybe sooner.
You say your Kings, God’s, And Divine right?
Well … you will keep getting sacrificed for the world to see while the universe screams out “SHOW ME !!!
We didn’t learn from Trayvon. We didn’t.
The best thing to do is get a friend from every race and ethnicity and utilize them, their knowledge, perspective and resources to get ahead. The best thing a black man can do is get a good, sharp business minded woman on his side, stfu and listen. More on that another time…
Niggas are scared of revolution.
Peace, power & prosperity.
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