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America

There are so many things to talk about. But I fear that if I talk about what is really on my mind many people won’t want to read about it. If you haven’t been able to tell, I’m interested in getting justice for every single person who has been done wrong and who continuously gets done wrong. I have to be honest though, when it involves people who look most like me, it strikes a different cord. I figure it might be because those who look most like me are those who get treated the worse.



You see or hear proof of what I’m saying 5 to 6 times a week if not everyday of the week.

Example: The Flint crisis, Central Park Five, property value decreasing if you’re selling while black. That is only three examples, I could have listed a lot more. I’m not going to do that. I’m sure you get the point.

I have to say, I have nothing against anyone. I just feel really messed up about situations like this. I believe it’s sad that things like this still happen. I don’t know the answer to correcting the way some people see us. I thought if people of color moved to their own separate island things could change. But I’m sure if we were lucky enough to get that type of freedom; someone would want to burn the island down. Not being dramatic. It’s just that history has proven that is something that could happen (Black Wall Street).

Don’t think I see everyone through the same lens because that isn’t the case. I just know there are some people who want us to remain here, because as long as we’re here they can feel superior, and countless other benefits of us remaining here. It’s sad but true.

For many years black and brown people have been treated unfairly, partly because of their skin color, but mainly we have allowed it. Everyday I have the same argument with my boyfriend; he loves to say, “Black Americans are weak! They only kill you’ll and treat you that way because you’re weak!” That is what I have to hear everyday.

I have to say though, it gets under my skin, partly because it’s true. Also there are some things African Americans had to endure and are still dealing with, because they’re more concerned about making sure their family is safe. To be honest many of us have only been taught to survive, not thrive. Thriving is completely different from surviving.

Thriving: To prosper; be fortunate or successful.

Surviving: To remain or continue in existence or use.

I figure Black Americans handle things differently because we have been under a thumb since we have been on this earth. Although you have some who are fearless regardless of the trials and tribulations they face. Then you have others who are tired of getting beaten on, either physically or indirectly. They’re just tired of feeling the sting, so they find a way to have a nice quiet corner they can call theirs’, in hopes to not be bothered. But the government doesn’t sleep, if they want you they’re going to find a way to get you.

I figure people from other countries or islands don’t understand the way we do things because in their life time they’ve had it hard, “True”. But many haven’t had to deal with daily interactions with people who would oppress them if given the chance.

I feel as a Black American, I’m one of the least protected. Someone could walk up to me and choose to end my life for any reason and most likely they would only get a slap on the wrist.

Q: Why?

A: Because my skin wasn’t the color of importance.

Everyday a black or brown person is being arrested, killed, discriminated against, and anything else you could think of. All because of ignorance and control.

I could go on and on, but I want to hear what are some of your thoughts on this subject.

As Always….

Information Provided By: www.dictionary.com, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood,_Tulsa, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Park_jogger_case, http://www.unz.com/isteve/blacks-and-property-values/,

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Series Review · Thoughts

Series Review: When They See Us

Spoiler Alert: If you’re the type that wants to know nothing before watching a show or movie. You might not want to read this, because there are spoilers all up and through here.

Well hey Everyone!!!

 

As you know it’s Saturday; the day after the last day of school. My journey begins.

I know this is a little different then the things I usually write about, but I really wanted to bring this series to you all’s attention. I was watching a short series about the Central Park Five. I have to say it was very emotional to watch. It starts off just following five young boys.

Before this incident the boys did not know each other.  Maybe two out of the five did. What was so bad about it, these boys got convicted for something they had nothing to do with. The crime they were charged with was rape in the third degree. The woman they were accused of raping almost died. What made it even worse was she didn’t remember who raped her.

Many of the boys stayed in juvenile detention for almost all of their teens, and got out when they were grown men. The all had it hard, but in my opinion the one who had it the hardest was Korey and the reason I say that is because he got out after serving 12yrs of his life behind bars. Mind you for a crime he did not commit and he was only 16 at the time of conviction. Having to shower with grown men in an adult prison.

I have to say Ava DuVernay did a superb job on this. I felt everything those young boys went through. They endured things no child should have to go through. No matter what social class, financial level, race, or culture a child is a child. The one thing I wish those people who put them there would have done is imagine if it were their niece, nephew, daughter, or son before they decided to take these young boys innocents away from them.

Imagine if you had to grow up fast because someone felt your life wasn’t important enough to save. What if it came done to politics, when it was your turn to take the stand or be judged? How would you feel about serving time then?

These are questions I would loved to ask that prosecutor, female detective and all of the cops that coerced those boys to lie about their involvement as it pertained to that case. Going as far as not letting them relieve themselves, eat, or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of integration.

Truth is I can go on and on about this, but I really want to see what you all think about this series. Please come back once you’ve watched it, and let me know what you thought about it.

Below are pictures of the boys then and now. They’re in a better place now. But what was taken can not be given back.

Warning: Know that this is going to be a tear jerker (if you’re overly emotional like me).

 If your interested in seeing the series, check it out on Netflix. 

For me it was 5 stars. I loved it and hated at the same time. Loved it because they had the chance to tell their story, and I loved the way it was told. Hated it because of all the things they went through when convicted of a crime they did not do.

 

Photos Provided By: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-myth-of-the-central-park-five, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/opinion/why-trump-doubled-down-on-the-central-park-five.html, https://www.mediavillage.com/article/when-they-see-us-a-30-year-old-horror-story-for-our-times/

 

As Always……