Segregation and discrimination?
What has happened to our nation?
We’re the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
So what has happened to our brothers and our sisters, screaming nothing but fear and pain?
Where has our freedom gone?
We’re dubbed one of the greatest nations in the entire world, so why are we causing harm behind closed doors?
Did we all forget what we learned in history class?
Did we seem to forget the speech that meant to unite us all?
Didn’t we have a dream? Just like Martin Luther King Jr, did?
53 years later and his dream has been pushed off the edge.
Why is it that 53 years later, there’s more blood being shed?
Martin Luther King Jr once said “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
All men are created equal…
So how come many have the guts to judge a person by the color of their skin, and not by their character?
How come we still live in a nation, where people of color have to dwell in stereotypes and negativity?
Why do we choose to live in a world where we blindly separate black and white?
Shouldn’t we all live in an array of technicolor?
Many might say “but we have all co-existed, segregation is no longer around”
But, take a look around you, our brothers and sisters are dying, they’ve become victims of senseless crimes, what do you mean we have all co-existed?
Don’t you see racism is still alive?
Victims of police brutality, stereotypes, discrimination, poverty….
Don’t you see?
How could we let this be?
We’ve let our fellow Americans down, and the best we could do is sent apologies via social media.
It’s time to make a change, it’s time to stand up for what is right.
No longer should a person be victimized by the color of their skin or where they came from.
Each person is the same from within.
All with a heart, a brain, and a set of organs that keeps them alive.
Let’s fight in the names of those who are unheard, let’s fight for the ones who’ve died in the arms of brutality.
We can no longer allow our nation to dissipate in this kind of way.
What happened to feeling safe in the arms of a police officer?
What happened to feeling safe while walking down the street?
You might say “oh, but he was wearing a hoodie and looked all ‘thug’, wouldn’t you be scared too?”
But child, do you not hear yourself?
How can articles of clothing intimidate one to pull the trigger?
Was it because it was an african American boy underneath all that clothing?
See how you’re all silent?
Now it’s one boy dead, and hundreds to mourn in his name.
How did we let it get this way?
Martin Luther King Jr stood on a podium back on 1963 for this.
He risked it ALL to one day put an end to this!
So, how come we’ve paid him no mind?
How have we allowed ourselves to fall asleep every night after watching a brother get ruthlessly shot on CNN?
God, I can feel my gut wrench as I hear another name being let out on TV.
Another name who once was, who no longer is.
A name that will lie underneath the dirt hole that has been buried for him.
This world was made for all of us, it was created to be our home.
And we’re destroying it with every chance that we get.
We riot, we loot, and we kill all in the name of peace.
But how blind can you be to add more fuel to the fire?
More than 50 years ago, men and woman protested peacefully down the streets for our civil rights.
Men and women died for the cause, men and women were jailed for the cause.
So how come were turning back history and living it all over again?
It’s become quite apparent that those who fought never seemed to matter anyway.
We’ve simply stepped over their graves and never even said a thank you.
Instead of fighting as our eyes burn red with anger, let our hearts fill with love and with care.
Let’s protect ourselves from the evils that reside in this world.
All we truly have is each other.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said “I have a dream…”
Let’s make his dream become a reality.
Let us begin to end the suffering of those who cry in pain and writhe in agony.
Let’s speak for those who were unheard.
And let’s begin to build our nation from the ground up, and stand united.
May God bless the United States of America.