How dare I say.....





Since social media has given the public reason to believe that their opinions matter, let me slide mine right into the mix. My honest feelings towards the Mike Brown shooting case are very numb. The decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson was not a surprise to me, and neither was the reaction in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. I have almost been brought to tears a few times today for obvious reasons, but I have suppressed my emotions until now.

What I found interesting about this trending topic is that most white people are in support of Darren Wilson, yet most black people are divided between 'no justice, no peace" and "black people kill each other all the time anyway." To be clear, the focal point of this case is that a White police office shot and killed an unarmed Black teenage boy and was not charged with any crime. Black-on-black crime is the equivalent to white-on-white crime, both of which have nothing to do with the matter at hand.

A state of emergency was declared in Ferguson as early as last week when civil protests were taking place, leading up to the announcement last night. So, needless to say, the results were already not in our favor when law enforcement was fully prepared to handle the reaction of the city before the announcement was even made. The sequence of events leading up to the announcement, then the actual announcement only meant one thing: to be Black in America is illegal and punishable by death.

There are no amounts of marches, protests, or re-tweets that can change the state of the nation-wide black community. Apparently, not even voting can change anything for us. A white teenage male can be a criminal, talk dirty to cops, sell drugs, rob convenient stores, be armed and dangerous and never have to worry about being shot and killed. There will never be a headline reading "White police officer shoots and kills young white male." Whites have the privilege of shooting up elementary schools and movie theaters and still be endeared by the public and detained by police.

My mother always told me that black people were more progressive during segregation because everything was our own. Our own schools, our colleges and universities, our banks, our businesses. All things white people burned down to keep us divided. To this day, seeing all the divided opinions among black people is just watching the Master work. I will admit, black people do treat themselves rather poorly i.e. reality t.v. and I do feel like if we didn't mistreat ourselves, we wouldn't tolerate and allow the mistreatment from others outside of our race.

The realness is, (fatal) attacks on blacks can never be avoided. Point blank period!!!! The most black people in America can do is hope and pray it doesn't happen to you. But I do know one thing, as there is a God above me....it won't be my son!!!!! No matter how much America thinks he deserved it.

Nichole Naomi
xoxo


Nichole Naomi

I am a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised, very proud Jamaican American. I am a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies. I am also the CEO of Baseline Cosmetics, where make up meets music.

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