Ok I was not gonna write a blog about this I actually have another blog in draft that I was gonna post but somebody on my twitter page deeply upset me. We’ve all heard about this Ferguson situation I’m gonna admit I was one of the people making this a black and white issue, when it should be about justice. I belong to a very mixed interracial family, I grew up playing with all different kinds of kids, I went to prep school with lots of white kids, lots of black kids, lots of Chinese kids etc you get where I’m going. At no point at all in my childhood was I told that I live in a Black Or White world.
My partner is white so clearly I don’t have a problem with white people. But for some time we were at odds with the Ferguson case when he said I was making it a black and white issue which is not what it was about, I disagreed and said all white people are racist. His argument was that if a white person was shot ten times by a black person, white people wouldn’t make it a race issue. I still disagreed and stood my ground, I even tweeted that I believed that there were functioning racist white people who had black friends. I know how rude and disrespectful of me to say something like that and I’ll tell you something else none of my white followers responded or showed me that they were offended.
Today I tweeted that we should dress for the job we want and if you dress like a criminal people will treat you like one, I also said sometimes us black people help fuel this stereotype version of ourselves with the way we carry ourselves, I made it clear that I was not picking a side.
Would you believe who responded completely upset? A Jamaican follower on my timeline was very upset and called me out on my tweet saying that “Gun men wore suites and ties also” I don’t know why he assumed that a suite and a tie was ideal attire, he then went to say that me saying I don’t want to pick a side was irrelevant because a side was chosen for me at birth. That’s when I got upset, he’s basically saying because I’m born black I should limit myself to black friends, black situations and whatever else he deemed black appropriate. First of all you’re a Jamaican why are you concerned with racism in the US when Jamaican police kill innocent people everyday for no good reason? As we speak there is the case of Mario Deane, google that to get more info if you are confused. What hypocrisy it made me think people are just jumping in anything to use the race card, you don’t even live in America but you’ve made this your issue and completely ignore the issues happening in Jamaica.
I’ve had to deal with the ignorance of the Jamaican police on several occasions. I’ve been robbed at gun point, they broke into my house and one night a car full of men followed me home, I could tell you stories. And how the police dealt with me in every situation I knew for a fact that if I was in a serious emergency I should never call the police because they won’t help me even if they are in the position to.
The point is that we need to move forward not just as a race but as a people it’s 2014, a lot of things have changed. To the young man who said your side is chosen at birth (he was referring to the issue of black vs white). What will I tell my child to pick a side, when mommy is black and daddy is white? No I will teach my child that the right choice is always the right choice and it has nothing to do with black or white or whatever other race we consider ourselves.
I hope this Ferguson situation is dealt with swiftly and fairly and that the affected people and family get the justice they deserve. Hate cannot drive out Hate, only love can do that, those aren’t my words but they are extremely powerful.
One of my favorite cartoons was Boondocks, I loved watching it because of the topics they dealt with every single episode. One of my favorite episodes was actually based on a true story. Here is a wrap up of the entire situation, you can look for the full length version of the boondocks cartoon if you want. Im not saying racism doesn’t exist because it does, but what I’m trying to say is not every single situation is about racism.