Since the news broke about the murder of Mike Brown, I intentionally strayed away from saying anything and expressing myself. I mean…my head was spinning…is spinning. There is just so much going on that I really needed to organize my thoughts and so I listening. I watched. I read. I pondered. I brainstormed. I wept.
Monday night I laid in the bed and I spent most of the night awake because my mind was just racing. Between Mike Brown, Robin Williams, and reading countless Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter post I was both hurt, outraged, and down right disappointed.
Now keep in mind, I am not a Politician, nor do I consider myself an activist, protester, or any of these other fancy terms we like to embrace. I am just simply a Brown girl in this world trying to make since of this MESS. This DISGUSTING MESS. What I really want to talk about right now is our (OUR being read Black and Brown people) lack of UNITY.
Unfortunately, we have experienced far too many tragedies of the same caliber and all I ever see is criticism from my own people feeling the need to “call out” others for not posting or accusing their own people of not caring enough or only caring when the media hypes it up. I mean Damn! Is this really necessary. This is some of the most counter productive Bullshit and it needs to STOP! Not now but RIGHT NOW! Who the eff do you think you are for telling me what I should post on my social media accounts? Do you know for a fact that I don’t care? We lose a black person to such tragedy every day. EVERY DAY. I rather put that energy into having these conversations with people and finding a solution and fighting it. Don’t let this social media fool you. And just because its not posted after it has “passed’ doesn’t mean I have forgotten. I still have conversations related to solutions, history, and the future. Listen, from Renisha McBride to Trayvon Martin to Mike Brown to Sean Bell to Ezell Ford and the countless others who’s lives have been taken senselessly deserve more than a Facebook post, Instagram acknowledgement, and a Tweet. TALK about it. Have these conversations with your peers, watch attentively to what the news is and is not saying. Go to Rally’s. Participate in your communities functions in bring UNITY. Nothing like that in your area? Well start one.
I have seen some people even the audacity to criticize others for acknowledging the death of Robin Williams. AS IF its not possible to acknowledge both things. So Robin Williams TOOK his own life… that is still a tragedy. Mental Illness is real too. But mourning the death of someone does not and did not take away from our current battle.
When you post this type of crap are you subliminally targeting someone in particular? If so, DON’T. Instead be a force to help educate them WITHOUT critizing. How can you call yourself being a part of the solution while still being apart of the problem? It doesn’t make any sense to me. Do you not realize how intimidating that is to people who want to learn but feel like they will be criticized for going to their peers for some answers. And this goes for a person of ANY age.
Not everyone knows how to do research. Not everyone takes the time to educate themselves on what is going on in the world around them. Most people don’t have the attention span to watch MSNBC, Fox News, BBC America, the World News, to read newspapers, or even research unofficial news sources. Not everyone knows how to ask the necessary questions because they don’t know what questions to ask. So you know what that means? For those that DO know how to do these things. Teach them. Help them to understand. Guide them. Help the to ask the right questions. Assist them in learning to read between the lines. Help them “Wake Up.” BUT you do this without being judgmental, condescending, or pompous. If you are equipped with knowledge you share it without shutting your neighbor down for not being equipped with the same level of knowledge.
We have a serious UNITY problem, ya”ll. Let’s be better than this. Please. We have serious work to do. What you don’t hear ME though. Or do you?
I’m not done yet. I’m just getting started. To be continued. In the mean time….
Peace, Love, and G.O.D
M O H N A L Y S S A A