Monday, 11 July 2016
WHAT REALLY MATTERS?
I believe, it is my time to speak. I had planned other motivational posts for this weeks Monday Motivation however, I cannot bypass this. Normally, with many 'controversies' that happen in this world, I have a few tweets, or a few captions on instagram, but never elaborate on how I really feel about the tragedies that are happening in this world today.
I have not necessarily been silent, but I have not said much, and a lot of the reason is because I feel at this point I am in a state of shock over everything that is happening.
Over the last few weeks, we have had a number of awful events that have happened in the United States of America, from Christina Grimmie's murder, to the shooting in Orlando and of recent this weeks police vs the people shootings.
We all saw the 'hashtags' and we all know what it has resulted in over the past weekend.
I am not one to normally jump onto the band wagon and follow the crowd. I definitely am very observative and tend to not say much and would rather listen to each parties point of view. So despite what the mainstream and social media has told us, I looked out for more evidence, and stories behind these incidents. I also wanted to hear everybody's opinion on the entire issue that has broken out into an outrage worldwide from black people and even other races who have stood by the black race. I also wanted to listen to and understand why people are hailing #alllivesmatter and hear their point of view, because we have to be honest here, everybody is entitled to their own opinion.
There is a huge debate happening right now. This is the Black Lives Matter vs All lives Matter. So I do not loose your attention or perhaps have you wondering or figuring out which one I support, I am of course all the way #teamblacklivesmatter!
Whilst it is not a joke, or a competition but it is important you have an understanding of the debate and place yourself in a position where you see fit to your understanding and knowledge of the debate.
The All lives Matter movement has not got a concrete message because it is ONLY a RESPONSE to Black Lives Matter! It is only an argument. There is no actual intent or meaning behind it, if there were no Black Lives Matter movement, what would be the need of an All Lives Matter movement? The BLM movement has erupted from frustration and anger at a result of repetitive murder within the black community, wether you find faults or justifications as to why or where it started, it still has a legitimate source.
All lives matter is acceptable if ONLY blacks were included and the fact of the matter is, we are not included in the 'all'. Why should we be silenced for speaking out? How can we just put away and forget the past and move on where as it is evident that we are still suffering the effects of slavery today.
In my honest opinion, the Black Lives Matter movement goes beyond police brutality. This movement occurs to most if not all industries. Black Lives Matter is relevant to the Entertainment, Fashion and Media industry, it pertains to the corporate world of finance, law and business, it effects our every day lives, our children, their schools and far beyond.
The understanding of lighter is always better is obvious, and this is pretty clear across the board.
In my experience of being a black woman, I feel that I have definitely had to work just that bit extra EXTRA hard to 'prove' myself. In a lot of cases, it seems you have to lose a bit of yourself in order to be recognised and even so, it is only a consideration.
A lot of ALM 'activists' have the biggest issue of all with black people who are 'lower class' or living in deprived and less fortunate conditions, their excuse is, they put themselves in that situation. However, there is not one of them I have noticed who have pointed out the issues with black people who perhaps are educated, rich and live more comfortable lifestyles... and the effects the system has on them. If you think that even those 'types' of black people have it easy, you are absolutely wrong. The effects of inequality is apparent and absolutely evident even amongst the most well spoken, intelligent and educated black people.
Wether it be for a job position, a position at school or college or university or just in general, when you have darker skin, you are always at least 98% 'considered' if you could be accepted.
Why is it in order to be mainstream in the entertainment industry you have to 'sell out'? Why do you have to lose a lot of your culture and become an entirely different person in order to get a cheque? Why are black models in the fashion industry paid less than white models, ever wondered why Kate Moss is retired and Naomi is still on the catwalk till date? Why is there always that token black girl in the fashion industry? What about all the other beautiful gorgeous models even with the 'correct' stats.
My point is, it is HARDER to make it or be accepted when you are black. This is the realest I have ever been on the internet, but I am speaking from the heart. I have felt and seen the suffering,
I am not going to speak on 'White privilege' as I have no idea how it feels to be white. Equally, white people have absolutely no right to speak on the effects black people encounter daily because they do not know what it feels like to be black.
This is the reason why Black Lives Matter, I am all here for this movement, and I am so happy we are finally able to take a stance and come together as a community and open up on how we really feel.
Many people have taken the time to dig deep into both cases, looking at the background records of Alton Sterling and digging up his criminal records, as well as digging as far down to find out issues in regards to Philando Castle. Despite everything you can dig up, there is absolutely no justification whatsoever for a person to loose their life at the hands of the police in that manner. It is embarrasing for America that this year alone there has been over 550 shootings by the police. It is appalling! Something needs to be done.
What shall we do about this amongst our community? I believe we still need to stand firm together, support each other, love each other, bless each other, pray for one another. Not only through comfort in these testing times but in general through pushing each other up, guiding one another... Black people are so talented, beautiful and creative and together we are extremely powerful. I am proud of the colour of my skin, I love my culture and heritage and I am blessed to be a black woman.
With this, I would like to offer my condolences to those who have lost their lives, and to anyone who has lost a loved one due to gun violence.
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