Talia Ford, 11th Grade
Thurgood Marshall Academy
What comes to the mind when the phrase “Black Lives Matter” comes to light? When the hash tag is pressed? When those of us who click the hash tag or heart the phrase of “Black Lives Matter”? We see the pictures of police brutality, the pictures of “We are Trayvon Martin”; “We are all Michael Brown”; “Say her name of Sandra bland”; Eric Garner and the newest addition of Sam DuBois.
Within hearing these names, brings a pit of rage, a sense of hate within the thought alone that the men in uniforms meant to protect and defend us are the ones that are provoking and degrading us. We ask who are they to freely kill our generation off and walk away with a sense of pride and appreciation and leave us with only a sense of sorrow and strong passion for vengeance.
This article will not be about the injustices brought on our people, but about being black in a white society and the consequences of it. This article will be about who we are and what we stand for. Being black is a state of mind and a color not a definition. Although we are defined as black, that is not what we are, we are kings and queens. We are built by royalty, by descents of strong passionate African people. Being black in America can be a beautiful yet a tragic experience. Beautiful because we have made America into what it is today, and we get to invest in it. The tragic aspect of it, is that being black is a crime in itself. Being black is a crime because those who think we are inferior know the real truth of how we are in fact powerful.
The knowledge, the skills and the blood we carry are powerful. They know without the soul and blood of our people they would not have the beautiful sites they look upon with pride and integrity. “Whatever the white man has done, we have done and often better,” Mary McLeod Bethune once stated.
This year alone we have passed rights. We passed the right to have gay marriages and now people have the right smoke marijuana. The only thing left is to pass the right to being black in America. “A white face goes with a white mind, a black face goes with a white face, and very seldom a white face will have a black mind,” said poet and activist, Nikki Giovanni. The way I interpret this quote, is that the ironic part about this generation of black and white, is that white people love our culture, but don’t love us. They want the physical appearance and the benefits we have, but do not want the consequences we receive.
Those on the outside looking in cannot fathom the thought of what is our reality. The reality of going on the news and hearing the ways of how our people are being killed and no trial. How this generation will have to tell the next to tread lightly among the world around you because your color will determine how you live your life and when you live your life. Instead, we need to tell them that everyone’s perceptions are not their reality.
The black community needs reformation, needs more of a voice. We are not to be shut down by those who think they are better than us and who feel the need to pick us off because they are scared that we are more vigorous, sovereign, and prevailing. Starting now, we will not bow down to racism or watch our generation weaken from gunshots given by pathetic racist men but we will rise and overpower the reality that has been given to us. We will overcome. We will achieve greatness and finally give them something and someone to really fear – the almighty Nubian Kings and Queens of America.