In light of the recent rash of cases where police are killing unarmed Black men and women. The violence that are taking place in our communities, the almost helpless feeling we are having in terms of: unemployment, poverty, poor education, the cycle of mass incarceration and the unfairness concerning our treatment when we are going through the criminal justice system compared to whites. The list can go on and on…
As I was thinking about this, many of us are really true humanitarians and will accept anyone, will assist anyone not born in this country. One reason is to show that what the establishment say about us is false. We are as human just as you, yet the privileges that are given to immigrants is real. As a Black person, or African American our family ties were severed a long time ago. Unlike many others, they have a place to go, to a familiar place and have connections to their land that Black people (African Americans) do not have that benefit. Now this is not a anti-immigrant post, this is real. As a people historically, where are we going to go, to get away from all this institutionalized racism? As descendants of the slave trade, We All We Got!
Speaking from my present occupation, I work around many and interact with different ethnic groups on a daily. I’m the only Black Person/African American; I work with people from Vietnam, Bangladesh, Iraq, Thailand, Mexico, Lebanon, Albania and a few from Africa. Now of course, I have to maintain standards for myself to treat others like I want to be treated. I have nothing against immigrants at all they are hard working business people who show up and work every day in their various business. Oh, by the way, my present occupation is a commercial property manager/maintenance/security you get the picture.
The reason I am writing this blog post is because I remember a couple of stories where crimes were committed in this country, and all the criminals had to do is get on a plane and go back to where they came from. Now, as for Black people we do not have that luxury at all. We can’t get away from the institutionalized racism that is in education; the job market (especially in corporate America), the criminal justice system, etc. As much as I love the thought of going back to Africa the question remains should I and which part, even after a DNA test to show where my roots are should I go back to stay?
I am sure for those who are conscious Afro-Centric and showcase Pan-Africanism this thought has come across your mind. We have a lot of work to do here Black folks within our families, within our neighborhoods, our schools, our churches our communities. Unfortunately, we do not have the ties that the majority of immigrants have, most of us can not freely get on a plane even with a map in hand and be familiar, and able to reunite with family, even descendent ones. Many of us continue to attempt to maintain that tie and root to the motherland, yes, and we should never let go of this, it is because of their strength that I’m able to write this today, let us not forget our ancestors who perish on that dark journey.
In conclusion, as a people as descendants of some of the strongest people in history. We have that strength in us, to never forget home, but remember we do not have that same luxury as those who can set up shop or can leave at their choosing.
I can’t, what about you? Oh, by the way, no one is coming to our rescue either. We All We Got!