“If Emmett Till is the tree, then Amadou Diallo, DJ Henry, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and all the others are the strange fruit that dangle from it.”
Many have questioned my desire to major in Africana Studies in college. I’ve heard things like “There’s no money in that” or “So what are you doing to do with that degree?” I was always eager for knowledge and curious when it came to my past. Being a black child in school, the things I learned in elementary school were quite different than what I learned in college. It was more raw, way realer, it wasn’t sugar coated. What took place many years ago is no different than what is taking place today.
Sadly, most people can never begin to understand what others are feeling unless they are directly affected by it. Too often, we hear similar stories with the same outcome. This is modern day slavery here in America.
Stolen from Africa. Brought to America. Fighting on arrival. Fighting for survival. – Bob Marley
The list can go on and on with the names of the young black men who have lost their lives to someone who took an oath to serve and protect them. As I watched the reaction of Trayvon and Mike Brown’s mother, the look on Eric Garner’s wife, I couldn’t help but release a stream of tears, and no pun intended but feel like I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t help but develop this anger within myself. I couldn’t help but question the possibility that these men could’ve been my father, my cousins, or even my man. These women who will never get to see, hug, or kiss the men that they call son, father, husband again. The worst part about it all is the fact that they have to be ok with the fact that their killers won’t be indicted.
There is absolutely NOTHING you can do to protect the fate of the black men in your life anymore. A bounty has been placed on the head of black men in America. There is going to be a war and I just hope we all are prepared. Langston Hughes once said:
Negroes, sweet and docile, meek, humble, and kind. Beware the day they change their mind.
Education is key. YES. I do agree that we must educate our children about Black pride, power and protection to prepare them for a society that deems them dispensable. But what happens when the “educated” get mistaken or pose as a threat. Then what?? I am praying for my future sons and they are not even here yet…
Stripped with a heavy heart,
D. Wil xoxo