I am hurt because after all these years and through all the tragedies, we haven’t figured out that we are all humans who are similar and who are seeking love, happiness and acceptance. We are more similar than different.
It hurts to see how far we’ve come as a nation but to realize that we have so much farther to go.
It hurts that anytime you speak about the injustices in America, you are labeled as being unpatriotic. As if a person cannot want to see improvements in something or someone they love and care for.
It hurts to see so many of our people treated unjustly, but in the eyes of others they are the subject of blame for the injustices that has occurred against them. Like telling a rape victim, “if they didn’t wear a dress they wouldn’t have been raped.”
It hurts to see how people react when People of Color and Women protest or march.
It hurts to have to walk out the house, drive a car or enter a store with extra caution, when other people do not have to even think about being cautious at all.
It hurts to be profiled.
It hurts that every time we leave a loved one, the words “be careful” are said because we know the targets that we carry on our backs.
It hurts to see so many people enjoying the music of Nas, Tupac, Bob Marley and Michael Jackson but act as if they are surprised that police brutality and a corrupt justice system exist.
It hurts that there is proof of past corruption in the justice system; proof of corrupt programs and activities lead by our government, yet people will not admit that corruption still happens within our government and justice systems presently.
It hurts to see a man lose his life over cigarettes and the only person arrested for a crime was the man who recorded the murder on video.
It hurts that when people say “Black Lives Matter”, others say “All Lives Matter” in response. Saying “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean Only black lives matter.
In fact, it hurts more when people say “All Lives Matter”. If All lives mattered than we wouldn’t have people on death row, hunting would be illegal and we wouldn’t be fighting wars. If all lives matter people would speak up when other’s lives and rights were being lost, not just when a cop or dog loses a life.
It hurts that majority of the world see the injustices that take places against “People of Color” in the U. S. but majority of the U.S deny these injustices take place.
It hurts how the media and society portray and try to divide us.
It hurts to associate with so many people who are not taking a stand against the injustices that are taking place.
It hurts that our culture is accepted, misuses and stolen but we as a people are not accepted.
It hurts that we have to use disclaimers in order for others to understand we aren’t talking about “all police, whites, blacks, woman, etc.”
It hurts that I could write until the end of time and you will never understand the hurt I feel and the injustices I experience every day.
What hurts the most is the fact that I had to write this.
Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.
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