There aren’t enough cameras in the world to capture all the injustice that’s happening against black lives – Me.
As excited as I was to upload a new look and gush about my baby’s progress yesterday, I couldn’t. I found it hard and uncomfortable to post about something as trivial as fashion when gruesome videos of people who share the same skin colour as myself being murdered keep popping up.
I’ve never felt comfortable sharing my opinion on political issues on a platform that was initially created for lighthearted content. Seeing this message wedged in between a post about makeup and another about shopping the latest trends is something might offend a few people.
But then I thought about it again and decided what’s the end use of a platform if you can’t use it to educate, to help someone or at the very least to express your inner thoughts?
Sharing a picture on Instagram, or retweeting a #BlackLivesMatter photo or writing a blog post will not save any lives or bring those back whom we’ve lost already. But in the grand scheme of things, it offers a sense of unity. A sense of sensitisation that not only are people not oblivious to what’s going on around us but we are all READY FOR A CHANGE.
The same thing goes for peace marches and protests. The #BlackLivesMatter movement has never been about violence. It’s not about spewing hate against white people. It has NEVER been. Not every white person or white cop for that matter agrees with what has happened. Hell there are white activist fore-fronting the need for change. That’s because it’s always been about ‘HOW ABOUT YOU TREAT US LIKE HUMANS? HOW ABOUT YOU NOT ASSUME EVERY BLACK MAN YOU COME ACROSS IS VIOLENT OR HAS A CRIMINAL HISTORY?!’ I sympathise with the families of the 5 police officers that were shot dead yesterday during a peaceful protest. Clearly the protesters had no idea those snipers had other plans of their own. The last thing they wanted was for people to have an excuse to yet again refer to Black people as savage, violent animals (which they did, SMH). People react to crises in different ways. A few people will choose to go down the violent route. But an eye for an eye only makes the whole country blind.
All we want is to be treated as humans. To exist as black people but with the same privileges as every average white person.
I don’t live in America but I’m black, African and about to bring a child into this world where by default we as a people have to be twice as good or fight twice as hard as the average person to survive.
Nobody is too far away to make a difference.
To voice protest for Alton Sterling and Philandro Castille visit the links on Beyonce.com.
To support Issa Rae’s campaign to financially support Alton Sterling’s family visit her GoFundMe page.
I’ll resume posting next week, have yourselves a lovely weekend! xxxalton sterlingblack lives matterphilandro castilleracesensitive