The recent brutal killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor showed the world the blatant disrespect that police have for black lives in America. Their MURDER shined a spotlight on police violence, the cult like culture, and militarization of Police Departments across the United States.
However, let's not forget Ahmaud Aubrey who was MURDERED by Gregory McMichael (Former Law Enforcement) and his son Travis McMichael. His murder shined a spotlight on the systematic corrupt American Justice System. It wasn't until public outcry which led to an OUTSIDE investigation that exposed a biased system, that nearly allowed two murders to go free.
Understand this, Black Americans aren't mad, we're fed up. Fed up with COUNTLESS UNARMED black men and women dying by the hands of ruthless, uneducated thugs America calls police officers. Fed up watching officer after officer kill lawlessly with NO HESITATION and NO REPERCUSSIONS.
People across the world are witnessing America's police departments waging war, applying military force, and using chemical warfare against Americans. People are also watching the deployment of the ACTUAL MILITARY against AMERICAN CITIZENS on American soil.
People have marched, protested, rioted, and burned s**t up before and nothing has changed. Blood has been shed, lives have been lost, and nothing has changed. Now is the time to do things different.
America needs to recognize Police Violence, Systematic Corruption, Police Harassment, and the Militarization of Police Departments are more than Black and Brown problems, they're American Problems.
The questions remain: What's the solution? What needs to change? What's the agenda moving forward?
What's the Solution:
The first solution to making any kind of change in America is exercising your right to VOTE.
All of the marching, protesting, rioting, and even looting - none of that means ANYTHING if YOU don't VOTE.
What NEEDS to Change:
What's the AGENDA Moving Forward:
Below is what I think should be two of the most important agendas moving forward.
Registration and Education
The most powerful tool Americans have is our power to vote. However, the power in exercising that right starts with Registering to vote. That power then grows by educating yourself and the people around you on the power of voting.
Change in communities starts with educating yourself and voting on the candidates that benefit your community. Americans put to much attention on the presidential election and not enough on the candidates who DIRECTLY impact their community. The presidential election is important for the face of this country. However they are not as important to communities as candidates running for your local governors, mayors, board of educations, police chiefs, judges, and district attorneys. Those election determine the laws in individual states, how much funding schools will get, how police will be governed, and/or how police violence will be handled.
Address Black on Black Crime (Publicly)
Black on black crime is plaguing the black community. We as black Americans need to hold every killer accountable – white or black. The anger we have now because Derek Chauvin MURDERED George Floyd is the same anger we need to have when the next black or brown person is killed by someone that looks like them. The celebrities that are speaking out now need to speak out the next time there is a brother, sister, mother, or father taken by the hands of one of his own. We need to public organizations like Black Lives Matter to mobilize and speak out against all violence against black people not just violence committed by someone who doesn’t look like us.