Today I saw the inevitable. In a world filled with hateful people one hand rose out of the sewer to proclaim “niggers please die.” This was in response to a post regarding the murder of Trayvon Martin. But black people, African-Americans and Africans mixed or unmixed are not signing our lives away. In fact even as the hatred seeps across the internet it is clear more than ever that our survival depends upon one another.
It depends on the bus drivers, teachers, sanitation workers, electricians, peer specialists and others at work every day making a difference. It depends on our brothers and sisters caring for their children. It depends on my nephews caring for their children and wives. It depends on President Obama becoming the President we voted for and not falling victim to war and fear. It depends on bloggers spreading the news and speaking truth to power. It depends on everyone of us writing and reading to be positive and and respond not by yelling back but calmly going about our daily tasks. Like so many leaders have encouraged us in word, deed and song that we must do.
No, dear hateful one, we are not going to kill ourselves for your benefit. In fact we grow stronger in courage and wisdom every day. Peace out.
- poetry for justice: In Recognition of #TrayvonMartin Blog-In Day (lifestyle30.wordpress.com)
- Op-Ed: Stop Using Trayvon Martin’s Murder to Discuss Black-on-Black Crime (clutchmagonline.com)