Do Our Black Lives Really Matter?
Since the tragic deaths of both Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown, we have witnessed a phenomenon known as the Black Lives Matter Movement thrust themselves onto the world stage by their confronting that arm of government tasked with protecting and/or occupying our communities (depending on whom you ask). By doing so, BLM has struck an all too familiar yet melodious cord, thus compelling us to examine how issues of race, whether directly on indirectly, affect us all.
On one hand I cannot help but to be ingratiated to BLM in acknowledging their unwavering commitment towards pursuing justice on behalf of a class who, systematically, has been mistreated since the inception of this great republic. However on the other hand, I am equally dissatisfied that not only BLM, but the black community has failed to organize ourselves with the respect to addressing the issue of black on black violence.
Data recovered from any and every reliable source reveal a disturbing pattern, primarily that blacks in particular are more likely to be killed by other blacks than of any ethnic group or police department in this country. In fact, blacks are responsible for killing other blacks at the highest rate which far exceeds the total of blacks killed at the height of the Ku Klux Klan’s deadly reign. What this says is that we have become our own worst enemy. How can we honestly expect for those in power to stop killing us with impunity, when we terrorize and kill ourselves?
I have a suggestion, along with marching on City Hall or stopping cars on the freeway, doesn’t it make sense that we march on the Southside of Chicago (or any other ghetto in Black America) and demand that our people stop the wanton killing of one another? Our acquiescence in the senselessness of fratricide gives those outside the black community the impression that we have no qualms with killing one another, nonetheless are upset when the police do it to us. Furthermore, it adds credence to the mendacious claims made by the Guiliani’s of the world.
If we are unwilling to address this harsh and ugly truth, that we as black people know exists, any attempt to make significant or realistic progress in hope of altering our current conditions is simply a figment of someone’s utopian imagination.
If our black lives really matter, let us hold ourselves to a higher standard first before we seek to hold anyone else not in support of our people’s interest accountable. Only then in my humble opinion, will we be able to knock down the edifices which perpetuate the oppression of our people…