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The Mike Brown and Ferguson situation doesn’t feel real. But it, most certainly, is. People are asking my opinion but I only have questions: Why? Why? Why!?! This cannot continue to happen. Can everyone acknowledge (for once) that we have an equality problem??? Just acknowledge it. I can’t even write this without getting lost in all my feelings. I am speechless and trying not to feel numb.

James Baldwin:

I love America more than any other country in this world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her.

To be a negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in rage almost all the time.

I’m not interested in anybody’s guilt. Guilt is a luxury that we can no longer afford. I know you didn’t do it, and I didn’t do it either, but I am responsible for it because I am a man and a citizen of this country and you are responsible for it, for the very same reason.

If we- and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of the others- do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.

All quotes are from the brilliant, and still relevant, James Baldwin. I wish us all a more loving place to live.

Categories: Inspiration

6 Comments

Angel · 12/16/2014 at 3:45 am

@Nomi. It’s a lot to process. Thanks for your comment.

Angel · 12/16/2014 at 3:45 am

@Slomo. Thank you for acknowledging what many deny. Thank you for your comment.

Slomo · 12/08/2014 at 9:39 am

White privilege is destructive for myriad reasons. It is so ingrained in our society that the result usually goes unnoticed by the perpetuator, or even the victim, of that result. It is a silent killer. Among the most compelling reasons for its destruction is that it keeps white people (myself included) from feeling the rage. I am trying to continue to process, and to keep fighting that urge to go numb.

Nomi · 12/02/2014 at 8:31 am

I am still processing these events, and I have no plans of stopping.

Angel · 11/27/2014 at 11:05 am

@Tommy. I just want us all to be treated the same.

Thank you for your comment.

Tommy · 11/25/2014 at 9:05 pm

Angel,
Once again, I applaud your genius in challenging peoples comfort zone and thought processes.

Due to the way I was born, there is NO way I can ever understand or relate to the experience of being an African American in America or the world. However, I prefer not to use the thought process of “rage” in any part of life. My continuous goal and struggle is to live a Christian life as close to the teachings of Jesus Christ, accepting every human being as another child of God. However, since I cannot know what it is to walk in another’s shoes, I cannot dictate how they choose to tackle their daily struggles. I must accept them as they are, and understand that, they too are children of God and are only trying to make it through each day, just like me.

Thanks again for your thought posts. They are ALWAYS beneficial. You are a constant inspiration for me and my life.

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