06 Oct Op/Ed: Have You Had ‘The Talk’ Yet?
Have you had THE TALK with those around you yet?
Because if you haven’t, then there is absolutely no time like the present to do so.
Yes, it will be hard, it will be emotional, and it will be difficult, but it MUST be done. As we stand on the precipice of change in either direction, the #BlackLivesMatter movement needs to become entrenched into the American psyche just as much as that damn gorilla that everyone was tweeting about. Just as much as the Jon-Benet Ramsey case that refuses to go away 20 years ago. Et cetera, et cetera.
WHY, you may ask?
Because I, for one, am sick and tired of MY people being shot and killed on the streets. I, for one, am sick of tired of being told that I am just supposed to accept it everyday and not speak out against it. I, for one, am TIRED of having to explain my blackness, the micro-aggressions I face nearly every single day as a black man. I, for one, am OVER being told that I am over-reacting, that I am exacerbating the problem, and that I am whining, and that I am ‘The Angry Black Man’.
Well, guess the f*ck WHAT?
Maybe YOU should be angry too. Maybe YOU should not question what a person of color says to you when asked about his or her daily life and what they have to endure as a minority. Maybe YOU should consider that their lives are not YOURS, and that your white privilege is not a switch that has to be self-activated and yet you benefit from whether you realize it or not.
People of color should be DEMANDING that everyone around them get right or get gone when it comes to this issue. People of color should be DEMANDING that better laws come into play that will protect ALL of our citizens of every hue for the improvement of our society as a whole. People of color should be actively seeking allies to confront this issue.
At this point in the game, I do not really care if people that don’t look like me don’t want to have THAT discussion. I really do not care if they don’t prefer to speak about race relations or #BlackLivesMatter because it upsets them. It upsets ME to have to speak about it too, but guess what?
It is a dialogue and discussion that must be had in order to rectify the situation we currently live in.
So I implore everyone to have THE TALK with those around you and find out whether or not they are WOKE. These are the types of conversations that we must have with those that claim to love/support/understand what is going on. If they are not true, then they cannot be allies in the way we need. And it has to hurt before it heals.
I realize that not everyone is strong enough to go THERE and the work of a few brave people will be enjoyed by the masses. That is arguably the most important point that people have to remember in order to see this through and ensure that we are charting on the right side of history. I am asking that more brave souls come to the forefront and lead by example.
Do NOT allow the quest for joy to be a co-conspirator against the truth that lies in front of you which you continue to deny.
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