A Message To My Community: The Charleston Massacre and Why I'm Fed Up


I tried to avoid social media yesterday because I didn't want to see any ignorant comments about the Charleston Church Massacre. Unfortunately, I'm not shocked to hear about the latest "modern day lynchings" in the Black community. Dylann Roof  21 was arrested Thursday as the suspect in the Charleston Church Massacre murders of: Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lance, Myra Thompson, Susie Jackson, and Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.

After watching ABC news today, I found myself numb once again trying to access the reality of what it means to be Black in America. As we all know this tragedy comes at a time of heightened racial division. If the antics of Rachel Dolezal weren't enough, the Black community has once again arrived to ask questions. Questions of why the actions of Dylann Roof is considered a Hate Crime but when an officer completes the same murder their crime is considered self-defense? Why does it take the death of 9 innocent beings in a CHURCH to solidify that Black Lives Matter? Why are individuals now tuning into the idea that racism exists? What's the purpose of trying to find an explanation to justify Roof's actions? Is it so Roof will get off as another case of White Privilege and insanity?
How do we remain safe in places that are suppose to protect us from evil? And my all time favorite, why are people protecting the terrorists who continuously show disdain for the Black community and ideologies that educate us on the reality of a "broken system"? See, the historical lens on racial divide people are just now starting to understand didn't just began with the Charleston Shootings and Birmingham Chruch Bombings.

It started...
  • When we saw Kendrick Johnson become the new Emmett Till
  • When Trayvon Martin was painted as a thug
  • When people tried to justify the murder of Renisha Mcbride
  • When orange juice was enough to take La'tasha's life
  • When they were afraid of John Crawford
  • When they proclaimed, Tamir Rice's life had no meaning
  • When they burnt down Black Wallstreet 
  • When KimberlĂ© Crenshaw forced us to SAY HER NAME
  • When they sodomized Abner Louima  
  • When Walter Scott was shot running away
  • When they refused to give Troy another chance
  • When Eric was asking to breathe again
  • When Tanisha Anderson death was caused by physical restraint
  • When Rodney King was on bended knee 
When people forgot that the system created these avenues for tragedies to divide our ideas on the "America Dream". Somewhere they must have forgotten about the Black Reality!
    And you want me to pretend like everything, is not Black and White. To act like I don't have to worry about my life or my people's life. To accept the attacks towards me for going against the system. No, I won't. I won't apologize for being Black and standing by my community! I refuse to be afraid! We've come this far by ancestors who've fought for our civil rights and I will continue to exercise the right to keep them. 

    These incidents of racial controversy are coming without breaks. Taking a toll on the mental and physical being of my community. I ask that today and for the rest of week we do something once a day that works towards progress. The progress of our people, ours goals, our health and mental being! We must STAND TOGETHER and continue praying. This too shall come to past but please mark my words THIS WON'T BE THE LAST.