The Six Freedoms Kept From Black Folk’s Grasp
Being Black in America is one hell of an experience that white people, definitely would not trade. Being Black in America means automatically to be feared as “America’s Boogeyman”. Being Black in America means that you will have to give your children, very unique “talks” (that no other race has to do) to keep them from getting lynched. Being Black means that you are infinitely the “other” to the white person’s “self”.
I never seen any document that attempts to word out the lack of freedoms Black people exist with. Here, after all of my studies and observations, I realize that there are Six freedoms — essential human rights — Black people do not have:
- Freedom of Emotion
- Freedom of Space (Appearance)
- Freedom of Memory
- Freedom of Healing (Recovery)
- Freedom of Self-Defense
- The Freedom to Protect the Other Five
I think it’s important to note these freedoms locked away from Black people are also freedoms that white people have in abundance. Technically, regardless of whatever is going on, all civil rights goals (concerning people of color) revolve around either one or many of these Six Freedoms. The control of Black people banks off of whether Black folks have these freedoms or not. Therefore, these Six Freedoms ought to be fought for passionately.
Hence, a lot of white resistance to Black civil rights (now called “social justice” work) is all about maintaining power over Black people. Having particular Freedom like the Freedom of Self-Defense means that if a cop, deranged white person, or whoever under a white supremacy wants to freak out and murder (read: LYNCH) a Black person for merely existing, that white supremacy agent might get their heads blown off preemptively.
Looking at these Six Freedoms, they damn near look like Infinity Stones from Marvel Comics. There’s a lot of power in these freedoms being kept from grasp; people can be literally eradicated. If someone doesn’t have a particular freedom — or if that freedom is controlled by an outside antagonist — that’s a lot of power over…