Why We Can't Stop Now

Letting black people live does not make America less safe. From police brutality, to racial profiling, to stop and frisk, to shooting of unarmed suspects -- there is undeniable racism from law enforcement officers; and black people are tired of dying at the hands of white police officers and white people who do not respect their lives. Racism permeates the American criminal justice system and it has creates difficulties for black people even in the most basic of human interactions from jogging to getting soda and chips, selling loose cigarettes, sitting in your own home, or even bird watching. It is harder to live in this country if you're black.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "it may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me." Nearly sixty years after he made that statement, and others appealing for quality fairness, and justice, black lives are still being lost at the hands of vigilantes and killer cops who kill black men and women, young and old without trial, jury or due process. 

Trump’s  stunt speech  last night  where  he declared himself the "President of Law and Order”  implies  that being compassionate  or  dare I  say, humane, to communities  of color in police interactions  runs contrary to  maintaining law and order.  African Americans, too, want law and order.  Black people and their allies only ask  that in the  administration  of such, that blacks not be treated  unfairly, not mistreated or killed.

Now is not the time to let up on these protests. 

Trump is trying to silence the movement and stymie the growth of #blacklivesmatter.  It says a lot that people of all races, ages, and backgrounds are willing to assemble in warm temperatures amidst a pandemic that has already taken the lives of more than 100,000 Americans. They are protesting for peace, safety, justice, and fairness.  Black people living in America deserve to have peace. Skin is not a sin. Being born of color is not a crime. And a badge is not a license to kill.

We may never get this dictator president to acknowledge that black lives matter. And we may not even get justice for George Floyd. But we cannot let up until lawmakers, government officials, and police chiefs make concessions and a commitment to making this country's laws and orders fair for everyone. 

Justice is defined as the the quality of being just, impartial, or fair.  We cannot and will not have peace until we have justice for all.


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