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The Book Of DMAQ. Life Matters.

Grab some lemonade, this is gonna take a minute.

When I began typing the follow up to the the #‎Dallas post, I was so sure that I had the words to properly express my perspective about race, politics and law enforcement in this country. Then THIS picture shows up in my news feed. Thanks for sharing Meggett Veronique. It changed the course of what I would like to respectfully share.

First, THE SHEER SHOCK OF IT ALL. I only know about 4 curse words but I used all 4 of them as I wondered why Ieshia Evans was standing there by herself, in the face of a wave of police completely armed in RIOT gear. Secondly, why would these same officers be bum rushing a clearly unarmed, completely still, SILENT woman. No, I don’t know all of the details. No I didn’t see the before and after but my common sense tells me this young woman isn’t carrying an AR-15 rifle. I don’t believe she is about to go all Kill Bill on these dudes…

Many of you are not gonna like what I’m about to say but then again, it isn’t you who have to worry about being shot because of the color of your skin either.

Hmmm…Black Lives Matter. Let me get this straight. People are actually upset that young black men and women are speaking up for themselves. WOW. I’m beginning to get a clearer picture of what must NOT be happening…

The murders of young latino men and women aren’t spattered across media outlets day after day.

The murders of young asian men and women aren’t run on continual loop across social media.

The murders of young native american men and women aren’t remotely mentioned via ANY media of ANY type.

The murders of young white men and women who are senselessly shot by police aren’t being reported right along side the stories of Black Lives Matter.

OR…maybe what a lot of these young people are talking about just might BE their reality. I could BE wrong, but did a lot of young white men get shot up during the OCCUPY Movement? Because they did a whole lot of sit ins and clogging up city streets as I recall it…I know the police were out en force to protect and serve but I don’t recall white kids all shot up a lll across the nation. Nor am I advocating that should have happened…

Consider this, Dr. King was among hundreds of young black men killed for saying Black Lives Matter. 1963.The March On Washington. I’ll just leave THAT right there…

Truth really be told, scholars of all colors have stated throughout the history of this country whatever happens to black people in this country will eventually happen to other minorities in this country. Don’t believe it? Ask my latino brothers and sistas how this year’s politics are shaking out over immigration. The politics of race and assimilation have always been at play within the black community. To those of middle eastern decent, can you really move around without feeling profiled? Everyone says we need to have a serious discussion about race in this country until it comes time to actually come face to face with each other to do it. and it really gets sketchy when it’s YOUR diverse set of friends the conversation takes place among. Right? All In love. So here goes…

Okay. Saying Black Lives Matter rubs you the wrong way. What if the name was Justice For All or All Lives Matter or Life On Earth Matters saying that the senseless murders of young black men is a problem. Would that encourage you to support the marchers raising their voices against the senseless killing of young black men? Please think before you answer that…

Racial profiling. Hasn’t THAT been the case of blacks in America for at least 4 centuries? And isn’t THAT what has lead to the deaths of many young black men dating back beyond Emmett Till? You can’t VOTE because you’re being discriminated against? That’s STILL going on with black folk. My asian fam, you cannot tell me it’s all good that your community was immediately profiled during WWII as your family members were placed in concentration camps within these very United States Of America.

By the same token. Black people. Quit blaming white people for things that we could correct within our own homes and communities.

Black men. Stop killing other BLCK MEN. Especially in Chicago. It’s hard to make the case if WE are the one’s killing ourselves on the daily. Even in cases where it IS police brutality of systematic racism. If you don’t like the statistics that are constantly quoted concerning black on black crime, don’t contribute to or become one. Funny thing, the majority to this nation’s black men are NOT being murdered by white police officers in white communities…wait for it…

Black people. Quit complaining that the system is rigged if you are not willing to show up at city hall and participate in the dismantling of said rigged system. Register to vote, THEN ACTUALLY VOTE. If you don’t like the voting process, try this: run for office, continue running until you win a seat on city council, governor or congress.Then change the government from the inside. Be a legalized disruptor. As much as it pains me to say it, look at what Donald Trump has managed to do with ZERO political clout. UGH…Don’t say it can’t be done.

White people. Please understand, you DON’T understand what it is to be a black in America.You just DON’T. And as much as you would like to think has changed in 2016 America, your ability to LISTEN and PROCESS what these young men and women are expressing will be the catalyst for what happens next. I don’t believe all white people in this country are racists. By the same measure, white people should understand black people (especially black men) are tired of being shot and killed. On the regular. By Law Enforcement. And getting away with it. Every black man you see isn’t plotting to shoot police officers and yell F*** The Police. I’ve been black all my life and I’ve never uttered that phrase even as I listened to an NWA cassette tape.

Take a REALLY GOOD look at the young lady in the picture. I don’t care what color she is. Let’s go a bit farther with this one. The bigger point is, she’s somebody’s daughter. And she’s somebody’s mother. Insert a latina, white, asian, bi-racial, native-american woman’s face in this photo, then tell me with a straight face that you wouldn’t be SERIOUSLY concerned about what was going to happen next? The nation isn’t all up in an uproar? That woman would be lauded as a New American Heroine for standing up to injustice…

I am infuriated by what that sick and derranged individual did in Dallas. My heart hurts for the city as I invested 10 years of my life in the DFW. I am so beyond heated that a black man has made it 1000x harder to be a black man in America. This coward inflicted a lot of grief, resentment and pain toward protesters AND members of law enforcement mourning the loss of life. Because of this coward, otherwise proud and decent black men have to consider they too can be mistaken for and misidentified as people of interest anytime something goes wrong where people of different races and cultures converge.

As a Christian, I will pray for his family’s loss. Frankly it is one of the hardest things any person of faith can choose to do. May God and the rest of us have mercy on his family. They didn’t pull the trigger nor plant the idea for this murderer to be carried out. But still, the human side of me carries anger and vengeance that only my God can take from me. Just keeping it 100…

While we are deeply mourning the death’s of the brave and decent men of the Dallas Police department who deserve all the well earned respect and admiration from each and every last one of us, please, do not forget the young men the the Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights Police needlessly killed .Because their lives mattered as well. Right?

I believe ALL LIVES MATTER. Moving forward, the hashtag that should be posted in all matters of race relations should simply read #‎LivesMatter. The challenging part about this is, it appears to be the case the black ones are the those continually reported as dead. Ask yourself. Why is that?

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