History is repeating itself and it is scary the question I ask is have we truly overcome? Change has happen but certain things stay the same. It was a time in the past where we where scrutinized just because of the color or our skin. Sadly, the same horrible have and still happen where police brutality and murders are acceptable. The reality that our men of color are considered criminals. That they walk out with their hands up and still are shot like animals. They speak against the police and they are choked until they have a heart attack and die. We walk outside with a hoodie, skittles and Arizona drink to be shot to death by a wanna be cop who playing officer. Another man in California who is mentally disable shot. Rodney King beaten to a bloody mess.
As history is repeating itself the men of today and yesterday want to be recognized as being A Man. That he is not the title of a slave, an animal, a slave, a servant or worker. A man who is human and deserves respect.
Every man of color isn't out to rob, steal and life should have value. That he shouldn't be hosed down , beaten and abused. His life has value. He is worthy to grow up and go to college. He is worthy enough to walk to the store but more than anything be treated justly and not viewed as a predator.
Yet, I must also look at this and say to our men of color. There is some things we need to clean up in our back yard. It still till this day bother me that African- American men call one another "Nigger". Yet ready to go to war and protest when another person from another race does the same thing. We can't expect some one not to use it against us when we use it so loosely and freely. Food for thought we fought so hard to be called Negro and African - American. Now we go and say I will disrespect our ancestors who fought and died so that word wouldn't be used.
When will it stop?
When will we stop repeating history?
We 've lost millions of men to black on black crime. Each day another mother, wife, sister , grandmother and aunt burying a child because of senseless acts of crime. It sickens me that we've lost more children, boys, teens and men to crimes we've done ourselves. Those who killed over wearing the wrong color, a corner and drug wars. We are screaming for the police to see us as human beings but yet our acts for ourselves speak otherwise.
Am I next is the question our men ask when they walk the streets? Will an officer of the law kill me or another man of color? Our sons who fear the cops cars also fear sitting on their porch because they may be shot.
We have to wake up and really not take a look at the enemy but ourselves and our actions.
©2014 Tamyara Brown -Tamluvstowrite
Author Tamyara Brown
My love for writing is unconditional. It is my sanity in this crazy world.