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||Black Lives Matter – All Lives Matter and the Bull In Between
As a 60 year old, black woman I have a right to my opinions based on what I have seen and experienced in my 60 years. I was blessed to have lived in Harlem, back in the day when adults were adults and did not allow children to see or participate in adult activities. Like dealing with police.
When I left Harlem at the age of six, I lived in Bermuda for five wonderful, blissful years. During that time I missed most of the civil rights movement as well as all the amazing music of the 60’s. But we are here to talk about black lives so let get to that.
I am so tired of explaining WHY black on black crime is so high. If YOU have ever uttered the word “black on black crime” here is my short educational piece for you. Feel free to share with your more ignorant friends. Some of those friends are well meaning (but ignorant, none the less), others are bigots in disguise.
All Lives Do Matter, but they do NOT Matter EQUALLY! Black on black crime is a direct result of corrupt police departments. That is right. When I, as a black woman do not feel SAFE in calling the police and decide to call Bobo instead, you get “black on black crime.”
Why not call the police? Well, here in Baltimore calling the police puts you at risk for jail or being shot your damn self. By the same police force whose salary you pay.
There is no trust and without trust, crime escalates. Do you really think people in Chicago don’t KNOW who is doing most of the killing there? In Baltimore?
Of course – everyone knows. But there is no trust in the police department to do their damn job. So there is no cooperation in an occupied neighborhood.
Did you know the Chicago police department has a black ops site. Just like the CIA? Yes, they do. In Chicago, it is perfectly LEGAL for police to arrest you, take you to this site, not allow you access to a phone or a lawyer and keep you there for days, weeks or months. With no charge or indictment. Does this sound like the type of shit that would encourage a regular citizen, no matter how frightened to contact the Chicago police department?
Hell to the NO. No sane person would. So, the next fucking time you hear the red herring “black on black crime” for the sake of truth and justice, please look that fool in the eye and educate them. It will take a nation of villages to eliminate the rampant, proud ignorance of this country.
On a higher note, I included the link to CEO of AT&T’s speech on Black Lives Matter. It is worth listening to and sharing.
Thanks for reading. Have an amazing November. Don’t forget to VOTE AND PRAY for our country. No matter who gets elected, it will be scary or full blown horrifying. If we still have a planet, I will be back in December.
Michelle D. Smith
Michelle D. Smith is a visionary and spiritual warrior seeking to share awareness with many. She uses words as her sword and the love and grace of God as her shield. She has a spiritual blog in which to enlighten and uplift. She is a soon to be published author and a monthly relationship column on Black Refer.com. The different niches for each allow her to reach a variety of people to amuse, entertain and inspire.
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