Life in My Words
By: Monique K. Rose
We respond with violence.
But are we changing systemic corruption by destroying businesses, looting,
and hurting innocent people?
We resorted to those tactics for decades. Has it worked?
Was justice served for Trayvon Martin when we rioted?
Did Eric Gardner’s case stop “I can’t breathe” altercations from police?
In my eyes, barbaric behavior has only led to more inequality.
As I contemplate the trials and tribulations of life and the depressing circumstances in 2020 so far, I realize that we’re more likely to make changes when we have a seat at the power table.
We need more Black politicians, especially in the Senate.
We need more Black officers, more Black educators,
more Black owned businesses in all communities.
Despite the multifarious barriers and systemic racism that hinders
Black people from succeeding, it's not impossible to overcome.
We will see unprecedented changes when we collectively lessen the gap of inequality by taking back ownership! There’s no doubt white supremacy exist but that it’s also Black talents, skills, and ideas that make some of these white owned institutions superior. Let's not forget that Slavery was the use of exchanging Black people, termed Negros, for labor and exchange of goods. The American slave trade started in Massachusetts on a ship called Desire. Americans always had a desire for Black strength and Black ability. They needed to exchange Black people for labor and money. Slavery is still, in a different form, embedded heavily in our systemic corruption. Some argue that White people are afraid of becoming the minority. Could this be the reason for the hate?
In my eyes it’s not about competing for wealth or superiority between race. It’s really about improving Black behavior, Black perspectives, Black culture and establishing Black power by having more Black people on powerful platforms. How does it happen if we don’t work on ourselves?
Black people have the highest rate of lifestyle diseases, gang violence, fatherless children, and financial hardships. I taught incarcerated youth for 4 years and was heartbroken by the level of trauma our Black youth faces. It made me more passionate about advocating for Black excellence. Our youth did not realize their power because of the painful experiences they faced at home. It honestly made me more upset about Black on Black violence.
It’s no secret that we fail to support and uplift each other unless it’s about dismantling white supremacy. But how can we change the world without changing the climate in our home?
#BlackLivesMatter just as much as all lives. Quite frankly, in my eyes, Black behavior plays a major role in how we’re treated. We can’t keep expecting to combat violence with more violence. Let’s end the blame game and start becoming the change we want to see. Our respect grows when we stand united, healthy, educated, financially free, and spiritually sound in our Power! ✊
I stand with the protestors.
But I won’t stand for the violence.
Be safe but in prayerful power 🙏
Monique is a teacher, entrepreneur, mother, and writer. She wears multiple hats due to her mission - living her best life unapologetically as if every day is her last day. She aspires to help all people with personal development and their health and fitness journey.
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