“I Can’t Breathe”

In the words of a U.S. army ranger, Nick Irving.  Some perspective .ranger pic

“I’ve been told that I’m “not black enough” by individuals of my own pigmentation simply because I talk a certain way and dress different. So be it. That really doesn’t concern me. What does concern me is the fact that an extraordinary amount of time, effort, and attention is being focused on a couple of highly publicized events, when there are very real problems with us as human beings at hand.

Is there a such thing as racism? Of course. I’ve experienced it multiple times. Is there a such thing as a crooked cop? Of course. I’ve experienced it. With the two experiences stated, after the individuals got to know me as a human, I was viewed as such. A human.

I also believe in the power of trend and television. We see what’s trending in the media and we join in. I don’t see the same fervent protests at the White House to get better PTSD treatment for our men and women returning from war, nor do I see the same angered demonstrations over millions of children dying from not getting a meal as I see with the outcry in Ferguson, New York, etc. It’s simply because one topic is being publicized and others are not.

The change I look forward to is when a Kardashian is no longer a household name, publicized 24/7 on the “news” and social media, and has the same relevance as a spent cigarette filter. Change will not occur if the change does not start from within the individual.

Television Programming = programming the individual by “telling your vision.”

In order to progress as a RACE, we must start caring for the human RACE as one.”

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5 Responses to “I Can’t Breathe”

  1. LadyPinkRose says:

    I could not agree with this post more. It is high time we started acting like the brothers and sisters we are, regardless of race. And as for more funding for PTSD and more help, my cry is out there among all others who sees our government cutting back in ALL the wrong places. Great post and I do thank you! Love, Amy

  2. Dearest friend
    Color doesn’t matter to me, I grew up in a racist household. I think traveling, professional experiences and faith have changed racist thoughts. I’m a 100% of what you are say. To many people don’t find out the truth behind the headline, it’s easier to watch shallow people live shallow lives. There are many examples all around of us famous and not who give large and small to make a difference in someone’s life. I no longer watch news or read articles unless I care enough to dig for more information. The key reason I love the U2 & MJB song One is the line “One world, one life, you’ve got to do as you should…..your sisters and brothers” If we all did small things to better others life’s we can change the world. A dream, maybe? One I like to dream of.
    Thank you for following my blog and I’m following you as well.
    M

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