I am African American
I also identify as Black
But I don’t have to tell anyone this fact
As soon as you see me you know
I am African American
I am Black
Raised in an era where I was commanded to stay in my place
i have never been unaware of the inderground racism of America
Unfounded presumptions about me and my community
I have been the “only one” many times
From my first real job in 1969 to my last real job in 2014
I have done private sector, government and education
In each place I worked harder to prove the doubters wrong even as they questioned my right to be in their presence
Today’s climate of unfettered racism, though a disappointment, is no real revelation to me
Which is why I feel compelled to address this hot spot of “Black Lives Matter”
Responses are appreciated, but reflection (rather than reaction) is encouraged first
A View From Monday
Why should Black Lives Matter?
Because for too long they have not mattered enough. Seen as a monolith rather than individuals, the lynching/murder of one equals the lynching/murder of all in our collective hearts. In the minds of the silent majority, not so much. Such horrors viewed in silence is tantamount to assent, pretty much like those viewing parties/picnics held back in the day at the foot of a tree upon which hung strange fruit harvested in southern soil.
Yes, Black Lives do Matter to us; it is our assertion of the right to our humanity, to live without fear of of being accosted and harmed without reason or logic while the society that surrounds us can blithely devalue our loss, condemn our anger, reject our pain and question our frustration by demanding that we relinquish our sovereignty to their command that All Lives Matter.
All Lives do Matter, but when you reject my right to point out that the value of my life is too often subjective, allow you to defame character in death as though execution was warranted and long overdue, that we must be the first to forgive when our hearts are broken, then we have a problem. Until this changes, our assertion must continue to be because All Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, in fact, Black Lives Must Matter.