Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rise Up

Hey peeps.

Last night I had a conversation with some family members about civil rights issues. More specifically the issues pertaining to the black community. After hearing about a recent news story where a young black man was severely brutalized by a white police officer, we began to speak on the lack of black civil leader presence on these issues. Some may argue that cases like Trayvon Martin vs George Zimmerman prove otherwise but what about the many cases that are not made public. Those cases are barely even given a second glance. Who speaks for those youth without a voice.

I'm sure we've all heard of the recent civil upset in Nigeria. Over 200 young schoolgirls were kidnapped by a terrorist group called Boko Haram. Boko Haram is translated to "Western Education is sin" which basically explains their reasoning behind the kidnapping. This kidnapping gave birth to a global outrage, which also resulted in the #BringBackOurGirls media campaign. 

This is only one of many cases where our civil rights are being abused. I know many people are thinking that there is nothing we can do to help these girls or the other numerous cases where the African American community is under attack. But I want to remind everyone that there is always something we can do, just like the many man and women before us who changed the face of history by doing something.

Men like Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X who made it their lives mission to speak for a nation of people whose very sense of being was under oppression. They demanded better for themselves as well as others and would stop at nothing to get it. They used their words on a grand scale and made it apparent that they would not back down from what they believed in; despite the threats against them. Women like Maya Angelou and Mary McLeod Bethune who never let their gender, let alone their race stop them from breaking down barriers that oppressed them. Maya used her experiences with discrimination coupled with her presence at racial empowerment rallies to accomplish this. While Mary in 1904, made the first school for African American girls in Florida, which helped make room for a greater movement of education.

You see, we all can play a role in empowering ourselves as a race. We need a generation of young dedicated individuals to Rise Up and demand better for themselves. Not only for the black community but for all races, all genders and all sexual orientations. I strongly believe that no one is better than any other, an should be treated as such. So I'll leave you the words of a great Macklemore song that sums it all up nicely:

" No freedom til we're equal, damn right I support it."


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