Because I’m tired of people being raggedy
A long one…
…I’ve been resting…but I saw a status that poked me a bit.
I can say this now…and I say it without apology or holding my tongue.
First, I acknowledge and pay respect to the individuals who lost their lives in Kabul. It’s hard to see families break down when their loved ones are brought home with American flags draped over their coffins. I hope to never have to experience that. Ever.
I saw a status that called people who don’t stand for the flag a “disgrace”, and I hope to share some perspective.
A few years ago, a friend of mine who had fought for this country came into my inbox and basically told me that unless I laced my boots up and fought for this country, I had no right to ever criticize America…that’s where I struggle…I struggle with veterans who think that they have the right to tell me how to think, act, stand or speak with regards to this country because of a decision they made in serving this country as military personnel.
I will always do my best to support the decisions of friends who choose to go into the military. I support my younger brother who is a Marine.
What I find the most disconcerting is that people will mourn the death of individuals who have lost their lives in combat overseas, but remain silent when Black people are unjustly killed right here on American soil by police officers and racist bigots…and then have so much to say in opposition to movements like Black Lives Matter (which shouldn’t be a movement, but rather an understanding) when a Black person is killed in a city like Chicago.
You did not grieve for Atatiana…you backed the Blue.
You did not grieve for Tamir…you backed the Blue.
You did not grieve for Sweet Aiyana…you backed the Blue.
You did not grieve for Akai…you backed the Blue.
You did not grieve for Elijah…sweet Elijah…you backed the blue.
You did not grieve for Beautiful Breonna…you backed the Blue.
You. Did. Not. GRIEVE for George Floyd…you waited for every piece of evidence to come out about him that would justify him no longer existing on this earth, and you backed the Blue.
With footage of Derek Chauvin’s KNEE on his neck for almost ten minutes…you watched that man die, having not resisted…you contributed to Derek’s bail, you prayed for his family, and you backed the Blue.
When Black people are murdered because of the color of their skin…are their killers a disgrace?
When our Forefathers…some of whom owned Blacks as slaves, would maim, rape, and kill enslaved Black people…were they a disgrace? They had statues erected in their honor…so certainly their good outweighed their bad, right? If a few Negro heads had to roll for democracy and the birth of this great nation, so be it.
When fire hoses and dogs were turned on Black people who protested and marched for equality…were those officers a disgrace?
In the eyes of so many Americans, a disgrace is anything that would dare to challenge the status quo…and the reason why racism no longer exists, never existed, or no longer has any bearing in the eyes of the average American citizen is because RACISM IS the status quo. Racism IS business as usual. RACISM doesn’t exist because RACISM has proven to BE the American way for so many.
So what if a few Blacks can’t afford healthcare?
So what if COVID 19 affects the Black community at larger rates?
So what if the number of Black people who die from COVID 19 is significantly larger than any other group in certain areas?
So what if a few Black people get shot by the police?
The response to Black Lives Matter is All Lives Matter…followed by Blue Lives Matter…but no one who Backs the Blue or drives around with that Blue painters tape on their car, or adorns decals of the American Flag with that blue line in the stripes would ever agree that just like their lives matter, the life of an unarmed Black person matters…creating Blue Lives Matter as a response is saying directly to Black people…if you die, you die.
It broke my heart to see a mother kneel down as she met her son’s flag draped coffin as his body was returned home…
…but I realize that so many of you who would call someone who doesn’t stand for the flag a “disgrace”, would never shed a tear seeing Elijah McClain’s mother break down after taking Elijah off life support…
Seeing Emmett Till’s mutilated body wouldn’t move you after he was murdered for whistling at a White woman…and his murderers were acquitted.
He was a kid. A kid.
Tamir Rice was a kid.
Trayvon was a kid.
Aiyana was a kid.
The story of 4 little girls from Birmingham, Alabama who were murdered after a church was bombed by an angry White mob doesn’t move you to tears.
A white man walking into a church and murdering Black worshippers doesn’t move you…the decedent’s family’s forgiveness moves you.
Botham Jean being murdered in his own apartment doesn’t move you…his brother’s forgiveness of Botham’s murderer moves you.
A difference in perspective is what caused me and a lifelong friend to never reconcile, and unfortunately I will never ever get the chance to…but even in our difference of opinion, I would never call him a disgrace because I care more about the message of equity and unity than calling him anything other than “brother” or “friend”.
People become strangely patriotic when Americans die in combat overseas, but say nothing when Americans die at the hands of domestic terrorists.
I was shamed and made to believe that I feed into the liberal trash being broadcasted by the media and that I’m a race-baiter who is the lowest of the low for spreading divisive rhetoric…but to me, the lowest of the low are people who claim to love this country, but do nothing to speak out against injustices just because the hue of another person’s skin must obviously warrant some of that treatment.
If you ask me, THAT isn’t very patriotic at all. If America stands for liberty and justice for ALL…you better start offering up that same energy at the dinner table and at your churches because I guarantee you…the hatred that so many accuse me and others of spreading is a lot closer to your homes than you even realize.
…but I’m not so naive to the fact that many of you actually know that.
Why is it sadder and more appropriate to mourn the death of someone who gave their all for this country than someone who did their best to just stay alive IN this country?
Stories of fathers-to-be tug at heartstrings…but what about Elijah? He wanted to be somebody. Aiyana wanted to be somebody?
Tamir…he wanted to be somebody.
Trayvon could’ve been somebody.
Addie May wanted to be somebody.
Little Carol wanted to be somebody.
Little Cynthia wanted to be somebody.
Little Carole wanted to be somebody.
Emmett wanted to be somebody.
They all had dreams…didn’t they? Didn’t they dream the dream you quote “MLK” for dreaming?
Or is his dream only relevant when combatting people fighting for equity?
If you’re going to call someone who sit or kneels during the Pledge of Allegiance a disgrace…
You’d better offer that same energy to those who disgrace their badge and uniform when they take another Black life without flinching.
Why isn’t Brian Encina a disgrace? A man couldn’t control his ego long enough to just give Sandra Bland a ticket and keep it moving…he had to exercise his dominance and put her in her place…now she no longer exists.
…but he’s human just like us, right?
So what was Sandra Bland?
The officer who murdered Philando Castile, a licensed gun owner in the car with his partner and child made a simple mistake, right? Sometimes it just happens….but Eric Garner panicking and struggling to breathe was resisting arrest. He wasn’t only human. Mike Brown wasn’t only human. Walter Scott wasn’t only human. Ahmaud Arbery wasn’t only human.
Chiiiile…y’all out here being situationally patriotic. You might stand for the flag, but you got your back turned on your fellow citizens who were trying to do every day things like run to the corner store, leave from their brand new job, lay down in their bed and rest, walk around in their apartment, walk around in their home, BE A KID, BE A KID, BE A KID…