For an entire 401 years, black Americans have been systemically targeted through an oppressive agenda. From lynchings, to buck busting/buck breaking of male slaves and rape of female slaves, to being listed as the first “stocks” on Wall Street in New York City, to Jim Crow Laws, to the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments, to the bombing and arson of successful and affluent black businesses and communities (Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK—and there were many more), to the stealing of intellectual property (including musical lyrics and styles and inventions, to the deliberate separation of black families by facilitating the dispersion of drugs into black communities and then giving maximum prison sentences to black offenders who sold/used drugs (later called The War On Drugs), to the assassination of black activists such as Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, and Dr. Martin Luther King (along with countless others)—black Americans have suffered by the tenets of systemic racism, to the highest degree! No other race has endured what black Americans have, on American soil!
Fast forward 60 years, and the injustices suffered by black Americans has not changed. Since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, the overt signs of systemic racism appeared to improve, with the legislation including language that covered such verbiage of outlawing discrimination based on race, religion, sex, or creed, and prohibiting discrimination in public places. It also strengthened the enforcement of voting rights and desegregation of schools. Sadly, what hasn’t changed, is the violence that black Americans suffer at the hands of the police.
It seems the entire world has had enough! The countless injustices and murders of black Americans, at the hands of police officers is now finally getting a global spotlight that it deserves! Each one of us has a duty to speak out against the unnecessary violence perpetrated by the police. There have been protests with echoes of anger, pain, unrest, retribution—all from a build up of disenchantment of the treatment of citizens by the police. It’s time to band together, get organized and help to create lasting change—Black Lives Matter!