Wounds of racism are not healed, the bandage has been pulled back time and time again until it is ripped off and replaced. The bandage that is there can’t begin to cover the gashes and bullet holes that have been put into the backs of people because of the color of their skin. Racism is a fire that has branded itself into generations and the burn hurts…still. This is not a post-racial America, this is a post blatantly racist America. Remember when Ye said, “Racism still alive, they just be concealin’ it.” Welp, like the very weapon that is concealed on a human body, racism is the weapon concealed in many human’s hearts. It’s been hiding out behind badges, voters, and presidential candidates. It has been quietly and cleverly infiltrating governments and systematically crushing those that it opposes and sadly racism has had centuries to do it that it is deeply rooted.
It burns white hot feelings when you see that the past has left behind a residual of a racist system and a dangerous and deadly residue in the present. It’s the stink that just won’t quit, it is an evil that is damn resilient. The shackles and chains have been replaced with handcuffs and a prison system and poverty that is very much systemic. We have had a system that was intentionally built to keep its foot on the necks of black people. We are calling it out because it is wrong, it is evil. We live in a society that would much rather preserve the life of a black gorilla ( an animal that was very much likened to black people in the past) rather than consider the life of a (black) child that could have been killed. There was more of an uproar caused because the gorilla was “gunned down” to save the life of a (black) child, but no uproar when the life of a black child is gunned down by police. The knife is being twisted in what was supposed to be “healed”. The scars are constantly being reopened. It is the situations like these why there is a such a strong defense of why Black Lives Matter because they do, to us, and to many they do not, clearly. The gorilla’s death was deemed much more important than the hundreds of fleeing refugees who happened to drown off of the coast of Libya. What were they escaping exactly? Oh, the usual, hate, discrimination, and oppression. It’s not just America, it is very much the world that needs healing. This is what we are all dealing with.
In this day, we have a golden rattle, a spoonful of money-fed cry baby, toddler-running his way to the white house, building his campaign off of fear, racism, classism, sexism, and hate. Following their leader, out comes the many supporters, the bigots, the very people some thought we were safe from in this “post-racial America”, clearly they were wrong, something we already knew. With Lord Voldemort running for president, we now get to see just how many death eaters we are dealing with and it’s terribly sad to see that it’s a country filled with them. Wonder what ‘merica will be like if Lord Voldemort wins? The phone’s ringing, be right back… Oh, it’s the past calling, it’s saying it wants its place back and this time it wants to build a wall.
Racism is so many things, it is a wall, a weapon, a fire, and it’s a brand in the backs of people. Racism has roots, it is evil.
Racism is not dissolved, not yet. Please don’t make the dangerous mistake of believing that it is. As long as differences exist and there are those willing to point them out and hate on them, then all kinds of -isms and -phobias will continue to exist. Just because hate can then it will. If you see injustices then correct it. Your voice and actions are everything. Stand for the lives that are being oppressed and help protect those lives. Don’t ever make the mistake of watching someone put their foot on someone else’s neck and you say that is not what is going on. Don’t allow any type of hate to win and don’t stand by and say that it is not your responsibility, it is. The people who stand by and do nothing are just as much accountable as the oppressors.
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