Breaking Point

May 31, 2020 |
nor shall any state deprive any person of life.. without due process of the law. Black Lives Matter

On a cool New Jersey summer night, I find myself walking home from my boy’s house after a long night of basketball talk. This was mostly how I spent the summer after my Junior year of high school—hanging out with my friends and talking about sports or video games before walking home. The walks were never too long, the town my parents moved to was only 1 sq. mile. This particular night, I was half a block away from my house and before I knew what happened, police cars surrounded me. In the blink of an eye, I was in handcuffs because I fit a description. Someone stole a bicycle in the neighborhood and I apparently looked like a person that warranted being surrounded by police cars. This bicycle incident was my first run-in with the police but certainly not the last. This week I wanted to write up about assumptions and the role they play in the way we judge people. I couldn’t find it in myself to write about assumptions when black people are being judged and executed on the streets and in their own homes. I point you to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which reads: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Everyone in this country is not receiving equal protection of the law. The police have discarded due process and are instead murdering black boys and men on the street without fear of punishment. There is no simple solution here. Racism is intrinsically linked to the fabric of America. Great effort is needed to extract it from our society. The U.S. is at a breaking point and is in need of serious repair. Its people are tired and yearning to breathe freely. If we are to start changing the culture, we need not overlook the enormity of the problems we face. We are in an election year and have the power to weed out the lazy and corrupt. Those that refuse to hold murderers accountable. Those that enforce laws that are different based on the melanin of skin. Elect those that want to see change. Those that are willing to work together to find the answers needed for real change. My sister was kind enough to share resources with me in the fight for change. I am in turn sharing them with you, in hopes that we can invoke change together. https://blacklivesmatter… Stay Safe, MJ