This is America

A while back I made a statement on one of my social media accounts stating to be aware of those people who are “Pro-Fetus but Anti-child.”

This particular quote comes from Bakari Sellers, an African-American attorney, political commentator, and politician.

First, let’s be really clear here. I’m neither pro-life or pro-choice. This is a hard fence to straddle because what it all boils down to is what a woman decides to do with her body and what’s inside of her. Women have abortions for many different reasons and quite frankly I don’t think that white males (or any male) should be telling women what they should or should not be doing with their bodies. But these particular people like to be in control so therefore they like to put laws into place that will somehow stroke their little egos.Secondly, the statement was clearly directed to those people who are against abortions, but are not willing to do anything to help the child once they are here on Earth.

Meaning,

  • Police are not about All Lives Matters–they will kill our black and brown boys for no reason.
  • The system is built and design to destroy black and brown kids, they see us as a threat and as long as they can use us a pawn they will. They are willing to lockup innocent people in order to make themselves look good.
  • The Government is steadily cutting funds to help low income households with children.
  • Our schools are neglecting our children, especially in the inner cities. They are failing to proper teach our kids.

Furthermore, how is it that you are all about pro-life but then in the next breath you push the death penalty?

This is America!

A lot of this stirred up emotions within me after watching the latest Netflix movie, “When They See Us” by Ava DuVernay. The movie provides a timeline of events around the story of 5 black boys between the ages of 14-16 years old in Central Park during the Spring of 1989. They were wrongfully accused of raping a white female jogger that night and spent years in jail for a crime they did not commit.

This film stood out to me because a very close relative of mine (I’ll refer to him as King-because black men are indeed Kings). King was charged for a crime that he did not do back in the 70’s. I am unaware of the particular crime he was charged for but that’s irrelevant at this point. The point is, he spent 2 years in jail for someone else’s crime–for something he did not do. Why? Because unlike white people, black people don’t get the privilege of being young teens and adults. They can’t just play around and have fun and people just say, “oh they were just being kids”. We don’t get the same privilege. So when King was just out and about doing whatever he so desired, there was a person who said he committed the crime because he was black and had a Afro. Well everyone had Afro’s in the 70s. The goal with King’s case, and many others, wasn’t to find the correct person, the goal was to find the person who was vulnerable. The person who fit the so-call description. The black person, the one that can’t afford a lawyer and the one who appears to be a threat.

So, this is The America we live in today. A country that is still divided and leaning more towards a dictatorship state. We live in a country where the minority, whether it be by race or gender, is still looked down upon. We live in a country where kids are being trapped in cages but yet we scream pro-life. We live in a country where we are still debating over health care and who should be covered. We live in a country where the word equality is bounced around like a volleyball but yet no one has catched on and practiced being equal.

Basically it boils down to being privileged and of the upper echelon….if you fall into one of those two categories then perhaps this is the best place in the world.

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