Before I write anything else, justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all of the victims of police brutality and senseless murder.
I was supposed to be shooting a segment with a French media outlet this morning to talk about why Black Americans are protesting. Explaining our plight to millions of French people would have been a wonderful opportunity to get the message out, but the fact of the matter is that The Message was recorded by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982 and the Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
The truth of what is happening in the streets right now remains nestled in our DNA—the abuse, the fear, along with the courage and unrelenting ability to survive. We have survived it all, much to the chagrin and dismay of our oppressors.
This morning, while I was getting ready for the shoot, the lyrics of “Fight the Power” played in my mind. “Fight the power. Fight the powers that be.”
I can talk to the entire globe until I’m blue in the face (and I will), but it will be nothing that hasn’t been said before.
I’m told that Black activists are beginning to see a shift in sympathy towards Black Americans as tech investors are competing over who can donate more to Black Lives Matters and apolitical super stars are beginning to speak out against systemic oppression.
Drake shared a poem by Assata Shakur entitled “I Believe in Living”:
I have been locked by the lawless.
Handcuffed by the haters.
Gagged by the greedy.
And, if I know anything at all,
it’s that a wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down.
The paradigm shift is inevitable. We cannot continue on as a culture without acknowledging the brutality and savagery of Black death at the hands of white supremacist police. For every action there is a reaction, and every season turns.
George Floyd is counting on us, as was Emmett Till and every Black American before, between and after these human beings lost their lives. The future generation is counting on us to protect it and create a better world for them. They’re counting on us to leave the world better than we left it. Let’s do our parts and make safety, protective legislation and equality a reality for them.