A Black Blogger’s Response to Fatal Police Shootings


I am a black blogger. And, while I do current event round-ups which sometimes include political news, I usually do not get too deep into judicial politics.  But today, I’m going to give my response as it relates to the fatal police shootings. Like fellow black blogger Lisa a La Mode, this space where my passions merge is mine to determine how I use it and when and where I see fit. And, even though I may not plaster this space or my social profiles with "Black Lives Matter" content, it does not in any way mean that I've forgotten that I'm a black woman. And, it certainly does not mean I'm not heartbroken when I see injustice. Hell, I fear for my own and my children's lives.

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But let me stop for a moment and ask this question. We're talking about racism and hate, right? Yet, we reward a man who fertilizes the soil that breeds such hate and racism, by bringing him closer to being the leader of the free world. When fatal police shootings like these occur, it incites outrage. But where is the outrage when the presumptive GOP nominee in the great United States of America, use his platform to regularly incite political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist,  misogynist and birther, who does not believe people of color are real Americans. Even a mosquito is higher up on his priority list.

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Like President Obama said, "this isn’t a black issue, it’s an American issue."  Go back to my previous point and ask are we doing enough? Besides calling out our friends and families who don't flood their feeds with anger. Are we calling out the leaders that we put in place? These leaders ultimately make the laws, and use the power that we give them. Do these leaders act on our behalf and in an apolitical bipartisan manner? Even if it may go against their political party? The burden of this fight extends beyond us, it should extend to our legislators and representatives.

If we want to make real change, don't just get angry and destroy our own communities. Use the POWER that we do have. This November, if you're able to VOTE then vote, but don't just stop there! Hold the law makers responsible for how they use the vote you give them. Hold CONGRESS and the HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES responsible.  Make it difficult in a - responsible manner, for them to truly ignore us! This is a human fight, so stand up as a community, channel our anger, and express our anguish by letting our voice be heard - NONVIOLENTLY.

Let the politicians and legislators know it’s time to denounce hate and racism at all levels, and November will be a referendum on them. Let them know that we’re demanding social and judicial changes.

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