Our hearts are heavy and our prayers go out to the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
I probably should’ve posted something regarding all of this when it first happened but the truth is, I just needed some time to digest it all.
Is this really real? Is the color of my skin a target for a hidden agenda? In 2016… Is this really our reality?
We’re sitting back and watching as our people are being exterminated. Yes, exterminated. As if we’re animals or even worse, pests. As if we asked to come to this country in the first place.
“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”
But how? The racism in this “free” country has reached new heights as we watch government officials kill people then go home to their families as another the little girl receives the news that her father isn’t coming home tonight or ever again.
How can we continue to move forward when our sons, fathers and brothers are being taken away so senselessly? Their lives are reduced to a hashtag in the blink of an eye. Again… is this really real?
Over the past couple of days, we’ve seen our country spawn completely out of control. Last Wednesday, Alton Sterling was murdered by Baton Rouge police officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake outside of a convenience store where he often hung out and sold cd’s. He was shot 6 times and died at the scene. The officers were placed on paid administrative leave and the death of Mr. Sterling is still undergoing investigation.
The very next day, another video made its rounds of the after math of Philando Castile’s murder by yet another police officer after being pulled over for a “routine” traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Castile was in the car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, as well as his 4 year old daughter.
These two shootings alone sparked a nationwide outrage. Protesters have gathered in cities all around the world demanding justice for black lives.
Artists, entertainers and athletes have been using their platforms to speak to our people regarding the recent situations. While many have recorded songs, there is one that stood out to us.
His name is name is LG and he’s from New Orleans, La which is just about 65 miles south of Baton Rouge, La where Alton was murdered. He traveled a ways to create a visual that was centered around the convenient store where the murder took place. It’s become a memory shrine dedicated to Sterling and the owner allowed an artist, Jo Hines, to paint his picture on the outside of the store in honor of his memory. Mourners have gathered there day after day, protesting and consoling each other.
Here’s “Food For Thought”… hope everybody’s eatin’:
It’s time for us to start fighting back for what we believe in. If we don’t accomplish that then what are we achieving?