Black and White




Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and now Sandra Bullock are just a few that are all apart of racial police brutality. We all know it, some of us have experienced it and it still exist; Racism is real and I’m sure Martin Luther King is turning in his grave with some of the things going on in this world that he specifically fought for.

I am a black 28-year-old woman and I have yet to be racially profiled against, but I have witnessed other people go through it right in front of my eyes. Not only black people, but Whites, Hispanics and Chinese. So I found myself thinking, “Why is it that police officers don’t mess with me? How come every white person I’ve met, has been extremely nice to me? I’ve been pulled over by a white officer before and I didn’t land in jail. How come? What makes me different from Sandra?”

The other day while I was scrolling through my timeline on twitter, I came across a tweet that caught my attention and it read, “Blacks love to pull the race card.” I thought to myself, “Wow, what a bold statement to make, especially since it came from a black man” So is it true? Do we really play the race card? Do we make ourselves the victims? Do we cause the trouble that we get into then blame the police for the consequences of our actions? My personal opinion is that some of us do. The black community is not very fond of white police officers, or as they would like to call them “crackers.” To us, we think that they are against us and live to kill us instead of protect us. Which may or may not be true, but I truly believe that a lot of us don’t make it any easier.

I’ve seen so many incidents where an altercation with a police could have been avoided if the person would just had cooperate with the police or not give them a hard time. Some of us just want to prove our innocence so bad that we do the wrong things and end up in a terrible predicament, even if that includes not complying. We complain so much about all the bad things they do to us but nothing is ever done to fix the problem. Instead we riot and act a fool for only more blacks to get arrested.

So I’m here to ask, “What are you doing to make black lives mater?” Well, my answer is “My life already matters and I don’t have to do anything to show that it does.” If “White Power” is racist then why isn’t “Black Power” if a white woman saying “I’m a strong white woman” is wrong then so is a black woman saying the same thing. We love to call people racist but never notice that we too say and do the same things as the racist. If another race cannot say or express themselves the way that we do, then we’re racist as well. What makes us different form them if we are doing what they are doing.

I say forget white power and forget black power. Let us have “Unity Power.” There’s an African proverbs that says “If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together.” Let us unite and make the world a better place. It has to start from somewhere, let it begin with you.