Somehow, we are here again. We are here trying to explain to the country how oppressive it has been to black Americans throughout history. Slavery wasn't enough. Reconstruction and the Black Codes weren't enough. Segregation and Jim Crow wasn't enough. Redlining wasn't enough. The War on Drugs twice wasn't enough. Rodney King wasn’t enough. The election of Barack Obama was a trick on our minds. Trayvon Martin and Colin Kaepernick weren’t enough but here we are again. It seems different, feels different and sounds different than it has in the past. 

It seems that white citizens and white cops in our country either get it or they are tired of being associated with the racist just because they are white. I hope they get it and are tired. They aren’t the only ones though. Many of us still suffer from biases that looks at black America and the plight of black Americans in a society where whiteness is implicitly the standard of who we all need to be. I don’t exclude myself from these biases and thoughts.

Black folks have long been the victim of oppression by the U.S. government and its citizens in the form of profiling, being denied home and business loans, discrimination in the workplace, being over-policed and given harsher sentences for similar crimes as their white counterparts. Then we wonder why black communities can’t pull themselves together by their bootstraps. It’s all in the data and facts — just look at it.  When reality hits that we are within one lifetime of segregation and the proceeding generation has been targeted by oppressive laws and power that is out of their hands, it is no surprise to me that a revolution has arrived on our doorstep. 

As this movement continues, I want to help bridge the gap between anyone who has the opposite perspective or wants to learn about what this fight for actual human rights and not just civil rights is all about.  

Every Saturday for the foreseeable future I will be hosting calls on race, racism and white privilege through the lens of my life. My hope is to share openly and vulnerably so you feel safe to do the same. In two weeks we’ve had over 30 attendees. Join us starting tomorrow, June 13 at 4 p.m. EST!  
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