America asks: Stand up and die fast or sit down and die slow?

Written by on July 20, 2020

COVID riot season morally compromised Black America 

In the middle of a pandemic, racism is still king. COVID riot season has morally compromised Black America while the virus has officially taken a backseat to the race wars being incited. As the people wrestle with our grief, our anger, our desire for peace, and yearning for justice by any means necessary (violent or otherwise), Uncle Sam keeps asking us, “Would you like to stand up and die fast or sit down and die slow?”

This is the question America has been asking it’s black citizens for decades, if not centuries. When this dilemma is explained to white counterparts and how heavy this chip weighs on our shoulders, we may get a look of pity. We may even draw a tear or two that guilts them into feeling like they should protest on our behalf with signs of solidarity. In the aftermath, what does that get us but more allies who can’t do much or simply won’t? Even our white friends go to our events, examine our culture like we are animals on their trip through the Savannah, they eat our food and celebrate in our customs. They sing our songs. They laugh with our children. They hang out in our homes and still let the names of our fallen go into the fog of their past, shelved next to other repressed reminders of the horrors white America and its white privilege wreak on black souls every single day. Black America can now add COVID 19 to the list of black-seeking missiles, right next to the KKK (or cops? The two seem synonymous), vaccines, and Bill Gates. News flash to the world: Black folks are tired. Soul tired. Old people might sit this one out but please be reminded that the millennial folks of today have it in them to change the game, especially since we outnumber the baby boomers. Let There Be Fire: A Call to Black America is a 3-part essay addressing what we should do next.

Let There Be Fire: A Call to Black America, Part 1

Criminal or Not, WE WANT JUSTICE

It is well known that Black America is a house divided. The evidence lies among the resulting ruin we live in; we are accustomed to our own destruction. So, it is not surprising that Candace Owens doesn’t stand for a criminal like George Floyd

to be made a martyr for the civil unrest that has been brewing in the belly of Black America for centuries, especially as of the past few decades. She references American conservative author Shelby Steele and the notion that Black America is the only community that will “cater to the bottom denominator of our society.” Fox Friend and former Tucson police officer Brandon Tatum has gone viral with a finger-wagging response condemning (presumably black) people protesting one man’s death, rioting, and the destruction and looting of black businesses. He joins the chorus of folks who ask, “What have you accomplished?” 

“We are the only community that caters to the bottom denominator of our society,” says Candace. ‘If there is a person who has spent multiple times in prison, you are not going to see a bunch of Latinos coming out demanding justice for this person.”

Watch the whole video here.

Tatum and Owens are voices that stand on the side of blackness that says that black lives won’t matter until black lives matter to black people (in perhaps the most abrasive ways possible). While accountability is necessary for all delinquents in any society, understand that that is not and should never be up for global discussion. The ills sickening the black community is a discussion black people need to have with black people without everybody else’s interpretation, input, and (raggedy) two cents. The topic of discussion right now is simply justice. Was it justice for that black criminal to not have a fair trial? Was it justice for that black criminal who did have a trial (let’s assume that it was fair and among a jury of his/her peers) get exponentially more time on the books than that convict’s white counterpart? Simply put, criminal or not, we want justice.

Out of the mouth of babes. NAACP San Francisco Chapter President Alysia Reaves speaks at an S.F. rally protesting police brutality. “During this time of high political and social climate, right now is the prime time to take action and make positive change.”
Photo Courtesy of Oakland Voices / Aleshia Reaves.

If what is a humane consequence, justice, or moral is the surface of the middle of the ocean, a black person in America is on the ocean’s floor. While crime is wrong, separating good and evil becomes a challenge when the scales of justice are not leaning in your favor and the fine line between good and bad thins by the minute. George Floyd may not be the martyr the media has made him in the name of Black Lives Matter, but his death is the last straw, the one that has broken the camel’s back. How impotent you look when you decide to yell at the camel, reprimanding it for its pain. While some of us who choose to antagonize the Black community for our just anger may come from a place of constructive criticism, it would behoove them to also note how the dissonant melody they croon misdirects our energy away from the overall goal. Now is not the time to nitpick with each other about private matters; the days of bringing irrelevant people into our culture needs to be over. Now is the time to decide how we will exact the necessary consequence when ANY black life is unjustly taken no matter who has taken it. We only hear about it when the police do it, but in our neighborhoods, we get to be on one accord, unified enough to know when something is wrong and have the wherewithal to effectively handle it. Black America needs to regroup and when regrouping is needed, solitude is a must. Now may also be the time for Black America to pack up and separate from the outside world.” 

Read the entire essay here.

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