To my brother and sister,
Today we live in a new century dawn. The history of the past has been recycled into a new version that is turning out to be worse than what it was before. I have seen a lot of things in my little time on Earth. Some great things. Some absolutely terrible things; but it’s turning out at the end of the day that we have officially started a World War 3. This time is not about countries going against each other but it’s about all of us going against ourselves. I woke up this morning with a heavy heart. Your new day is supposed to be opened to an amazing resurgence of energy. Your life is at your hands to conquer. It was told to me that always make your day as great as if it was your last; but today it is not. We live in a world now where we are divulged and invested with brands and celebrities. Not investment in our communities. We love watching sex and violence on television; but we don’t take the time to know or love our own neighbor. We have time to complain about our government; but we don’t take the time to make the change and go out to vote. Yes, our vote matters. Yes, we all matter. Our community law enforcement are now not trusted in our community; due to the lack of training and some funding. While society instills in these government roles that we don’t understand or even care; therefore, they can do whatever they want in our community. Not their fault. It’s ours. We let it happened and now we have to take action. We have to develop roles in our communities that make our government officials and law enforcement know that yes, we do matter because if it wasn’t for us; they wouldn’t even have their jobs and money to put food on their table. This shouldn’t be our standard. We are not less than. We are the United States of America.
Some racial groups won’t understand what we go through and we wouldn’t understand what they went through because their society history is different. We have to understand and I will understand that everyone’s views are not all the same either. I learned that the hard way and that’s ok. As a black man, I too have been put in a position where I felt that my life was going to be in jeopardy in the hands of a police officer. I was even doubted by my other racial counterparts; but I still rose from those ashes and still continuing to do so. My brothers and sisters; you are strong and resilient. You are amazing and we can do anything that we put our minds to; don’t be afraid. Be strong. To my celebrity brothers and sisters that have this universal voice. Invest your money where your mouth is. If you want to make a statement. If you really want to change the course then start it with the people that need jobs and education. Our communities are filled with bright, beautiful, and strong talents that need to be introduced into the world. Gucci, Versace and Tom Ford has their investments built up. Do they want you to have a title song based off of their name. Absolutely! They just moved their stock into another portion of the top 1%. Are you still upset that Bernie Arnault not taking your phone calls or scheduling meetings? Then go out there and create in your community that will become a fierce competitor against them. That’s how you become a legend. The world would not pay attention to you unless you really get them where it hurts. Their pocketbooks. That is where the change happens. We protest at the front of the local police station and in front of our governments; but they laugh at us at the end because at the end of the day what does that really achieve other than news coverage. Again, the solution; their pocketbooks.
After listening from a speech from sports newscaster Dale Hansen of WFAA 8 ABC,
“A white man in America doesn’t die for selling cigarettes on the street corner; gets a ticket. A white man in America doesn’t die for having a broken tail light; He gets a ticket.” A person of color gets a busted tail light and gets pulled over; He gets shot dead out of fear that police officer thinks that the person of color will kill him.”
Lastly to everybody that reads this letter; Black Lives Matter isn’t a movement that alienates white people. A law school professor said it best and I’ll recite;
“Black Lives Matter is not about white people. It does not exclude white people. It does not accuse white people, unless you are a specific white person who perpetrates, endorses, or ignores violence against black people. If you are one of those people, then somebody had better be saying something to you.” Black lives Matter movement is about violence against the police to ignore (and invert) the casual reality that the movement arose as an effect of police violence. Yes, the movement is about violence. In that it is about the subject matter of violence, but it is not about retaliation against the violence that it is about. It is tragic fact that rage as a consequence of racial injustice sometimes gets enacted as violence (although in reality as often as we might expect, given the long-standing causes of that rage) We can all lament the fact that violence begets violence. But we can’t even do that if we ignore the violence that has done. and is doing, the begetting.”
I’m with you,