To my fellow brothers,
I need to talk to you guys for just a moment. As most of you may know, our community has yet again experienced the loss of two fellow brothers due to police brutality. The names of these brothers are Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Everything I’ve read tells me that these brothers were trying to survive the daily grind of life like the rest of us. However, these police officers apparently didn’t see it that way. These police officers saw these black males as threats and decided that their lives were not worth the living of. What do we do when the people who are suppose to protect us decide that we’re not worth being alive anymore? Many are us are now living with that question and as a result we’re confused and in a daze. However, I want to suggest three things that we can do to get through this battle together.
1. We must stand together in every way possible. If we have any petty or legit disagreements, we must work to solve them. There is a bigger issue going on with us as a community and the issue is survival. So many times we are fighting and fussing with each other getting away from what the real enemy is. What would happen if we came together and put our differences aside working to solve the real problems going on in our community? However, if we have a disagreement with each other, we should handle it like grown men and come to a resolution immediately! Life is too short and too much is on the line for us to be fussing at each other like children. In whatever way possible, it’s time for us as black men to stand united on these issues in our community. It’s not about who gets the credit or who has the idea. It’s about working together to ensure that our society is safe for the next generation of black males. Remember that in 100 years, most of the issues we’re arguing and fussing about really won’t matter. Let’s move on and attack the real issues going on in our community.
2. Be educated on the political process, the candidates running and vote. Some say that who we vote for doesn’t matter because of the system. I agree and disagree. I agree because the system is so entrenched in our society that it seems like it doesn’t matter who you vote for. I disagree because I’m convinced that if we put the right people in power, our country can be a safe place for every person, especially black males. A lot of the issues in our community take place because we’re putting in office the wrong people. Also, there are far too many people in political offices that do not have the intention of the people they serve in mind. This has caused so many people to be skeptical of the entire political process. It is up to us as black males to be educated on who we’re voting in and bug the heck out of the people in these positions until something changes.
3. See your value and the value of your fellow black males through Christ. Let me preface this by saying that even though everyone reading this blog doesn’t believe in God or Jesus, I believe this point is relevant to all. As I mentioned earlier, the police killing black males (and others including black females) for no good reason says that the black (and anyone else) lives they kill don’t matter. Too many of us live our lives under the assumption that we are not valued, loved and appreciated (this is not just a problem for black males but for FAR too many of us as a whole). Because of us feeling under-appreciated, we live in a way that devalues who we are. This is why many of us sag our pants and in general don’t take care of ourselves. As I said in my Facebook post today, so many of us are so used to dysfunction that it’s become the norm for us. So many black males are used to feeling dysfunctional that it’s become a normal feeling to them. It is so normal that they can’t explain why they’re behaving the way they are. Through the death of God’s son, Jesus Christ, He settled the issue of our worth. The Bible in 1 Peter talks about us being a “holy nation, a royal priesthood.” How are we behaving like royalty when we don’t take care of ourselves or tear down a fellow brother (or another human being)? To my black brothers, please don’t allow society to determine how you see yourself. In Christ we are loved and accepted. We do not have to continue living life below the value that God sees us as. Treat yourself like royalty and make a difference in this world.
Brothers, I love you all and want you to know that I’m in this battle with you. I’m brainstorming ways that I can get involved with this battle. What is going on hurts my heart as a black male myself with a family and others who really love me. I struggle daily with a lot of things like you may as well, but I’m determined to stand with you to fight this battle. Brothers, let’s encourage one another and stick together through thick and thin. We will overcome these issues. We will fight together for change. Our time is now!
Your brother in the fight with you,