Like Michael Jackson, the King of Pop mentioned, “They don’t actually care about us.” It’s no secret that gun violence has despatched shock waves by means of our nation. We additionally know that racial inequality stays in each facet of life. Gun violence has not solely impacted our nation, nevertheless it has shattered our Black communities. Racial inequality not solely exists in our justice system, prisons, housing, and job alternatives, but additionally by means of gun violence. We now have mentioned that the system just isn’t working, however in hindsight it’s. It’s doing precisely what it was created to do-lock up as many Black and brown folks as potential.
The Heart for American Progress (CAP) has reported some disturbing statistics that aren’t too stunning. First, “Younger Black People (ages 15 to 34) expertise the best charges of gun homicides throughout all demographics.” Our younger individuals are dying by the palms of nonsense. Our future is dying as a result of our authorities chooses to disregard the lives which have already been misplaced particularly for Black and brown youngsters. CAP additionally famous that Black People are ten occasions extra probably than White People to die by gun murder.” They don’t actually care about us! And why would they? Of their minds, the extra Blacks that get killed, that’s one much less Black particular person they’ve to fret about.
Nonetheless, it have to be acknowledged we are able to’t count on change from others till we maintain ourselves accountable for our personal actions. Black on Black crime has to cease. We will’t preserve killing one another after which demand change when others kill us. We now have a authorities that was not constructed for us. We now have a authorities that was based with out us in thoughts as a result of we have been thought-about property, not folks.
We even have a governor who has a self-agenda and blames all the pieces on psychological sickness. Sure psychological sickness is actual, however we are able to’t make that as a continued excuse for all the pieces. Simply take into consideration what Governor Aboott needs to do now, which is to pardon a convicted assassin. Daniel Perry, who’s white, was simply discovered responsible of killing Garrett Foster, a white navy veteran, who participated in a Black Lives Matter protest towards police brutality in Austin, Texas again in July 2020. If Perry was Black, would he have an opportunity at being pardoned? And what about justice for this household who now has to relive this second that modified their complete lives. We now have a president who’s demanding change however is blocked by Republicans. They don’t actually care about us! Simply take a look at the previous few occasions and what has transpired.
We even witnessed racial discrimination when two out of three representatives have been expelled over protesting on the home flooring in regard to the Nashville taking pictures. Each representatives, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson are Black, and the third consultant, Georgia Johnson, who’s white, was not expelled. She took half in the identical protest however was not met with any penalties. They broke home guidelines through the use of a bullhorn to talk once they weren’t requested or acknowledged to talk. Their mics have been even reduce off once they began speaking about gun violence. A subject that isn’t being talked about sufficient with laws. Contemplating the state of our nation, acts like this are wanted to get the eye of those that consider nothing is mistaken. As Malcom X mentioned, “by any means mandatory,” and that’s what they did. This expulsion was an abuse of energy and intentional racism at its most interesting. When Johnson was confronted by reporters on how she averted expulsion, she mentioned, “It may need one thing to do with the colour of our pores and skin.”
However how many individuals should die to ensure that change to occur? What number of extra youngsters must die to get an sincere dialog going about how this can be a drawback? The Nashville taking pictures and now the Louisville taking pictures that has left six folks lifeless, together with the shooter. This now appears to be our norm. The shooter was white and naturally psychological sickness is part of the dialog.
All the things we’re witnessing is simply historical past repeating itself. And we are able to thank integration for lots of our issues. Integration actually damage our communities and the Black race as a complete. Integration began with the historic Brown v. The Board of Training outlawed segregation in colleges in 1954 and Ruby Bridges grew to become the primary Black particular person to combine a faculty within the south. Since then, we’ve by no means been the identical.
We will additionally contribute a number of issues to the Dixiecrat (also called State’s Rights Democrat). In response to Britannica, Dixiecrat is a “member of a proper wing Democratic splinter group within the 1948 U.S. presidential election organized by Southerners who objected to the civil rights program of the Democratic celebration.” They have been towards racial integration and defied federal regulation. They have been additionally in favor of the Jim Crow legal guidelines and different components that contributed to racial segregation.
If we aren’t cautious, we’re going to lose all the pieces our ancestors fought for. Dr. King needed separate however equal. We’re separate however we’ve by no means been equal and we gained’t ever be till we resolve to get up, find out about our historical past, educate this historical past to our youngsters so we gained’t enslave our future. George Santayana mentioned, “Those that don’t keep in mind the previous are condemned to repeat it.”