For those of you who know me personally, know I rarely give my opinion on politics and what’s going on socially in the world. That being said, when I decided to launch this blog, I vowed to be completely honest in regards to my feelings. I take this platform seriously. You may agree or disagree with what is about to follow, but I believe the dialog needs to begin as to why we continue, as a country, to take so many steps backward.
Let me start by saying that I’m a minority in this country. I’m a first generation Haitian American. Born and raised in New York. Currently call South Florida home. My parents believed it was important to “know your history”. Knowing the struggles of those who came before me helped mold the person I am today.
The riots currently going on in Baltimore are appalling. The sad thing is that the media didn’t show the peaceful demonstrations that were going on. I didn’t expect to hear a lot from the local news stations (a one minute blurb here and there). But I did expect to see plenty of coverage on the world news stage (CNN, HLN, FOX), but that wasn’t the case either. They waited. The peaceful marches were not “news worthy”.
Once the first bottle was thrown and the first fire was set, the media was on the story like a vulture. And you fell right into the trap. You looked like animals throwing trash. Setting fires to businesses. Basically adding to the city’s unemployment numbers. You vandalized police cars and will probably complain when the government has to raise your taxes to clean up the shit you ruined.
Have we learned nothing from our ancestors? Are we doomed to relive the civil unrest of the 1960s? You mean to tell me that in this day and age we have to fight for justice by acting a fool and burning down our neighborhoods? This is a hot fucking mess. How can justice ever be served if we can’t look past a person’s skin color in times like this? How can we raise our children to actually be upstanding citizens of the world? What are we proving when we are burning down churches and local businesses?
Don’t get me wrong. I completely understand why the residents of Baltimore are upset. A man lost his life. But while his family is mourning their loss, you’re burning down the neighborhood for justice? Regardless of what kind of person he was. Regardless of the fact that he was indeed a criminal at the end of the day. Numerous run-ins with the police. There is a Mother in Baltimore that will never see her 25 year old son again. Doesn’t she deserve respect? No parent should have to go through the pain of losing a child. If nothing else, his family deserves our respect and to mourn in private.
There are other ways to get your point across. Unfortunately, we continue to live in a time where discrimination for a lot of things remain prevalent. The struggle is real. We’ve become a sesspool of racially charged idiots. There’s got to be a better way. We need to use common sense. We need to be able to dish out the respect we demand for ourselves. We need to actually become the change we want to see in the world. We should start electing officials that actually want to make a difference.
One of our fundamental rights is the right to vote. Take the time to listen to what the politicians are saying. Research their track record. Read the laws in your city and state. And when you go to the polls, vote for what’s right. Just because your voter registration card says Democrat or Republican, doesn’t mean you have to vote for your party. I don’t believe that it will ever be all peaches and cream. But if we could put our egos aside…it would be a start.
So when you go to bed at night, hug and kiss your kids, your spouse, whoever you have. You don’t have to believe in God to feel blessed. But be thankful for what you have. I hope and pray that the citizens of Baltimore will find peace soon. Let’s start the dialog to actually move forward…..my grandkids deserve it.
xoxo ~ D