“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
- Micah 6:8
It’s been a tough week.
It’s extremely exhausting to be black in America.
I’ve felt hopeless, frustrated, angry, sad, disturbed, uneasy, and fearful all in a matter of days.
I’ve cried. I’ve asked myself how can there be change when there has been a longstanding pattern of lack of concern for the black man for so long?
I’ve prayed and prayed and tried my best to believe in faith that God will work everything out.
But through it all I’ve felt challenged. How can I live up to my blog’s name and bloom, even while black in America?
As we all know, George Floyd’s life was suddenly taken from him two weeks ago by a police officer with other officers standing by. A death like his was shocking, disturbing, and saddening. Perhaps the saddest part of all is that this is nothing new. Police brutality against black people has been occurring for years. The only new concept is that in recent years smartphones have become widely available, so more incidents have been caught on tape and distributed. The many injustices, racism, profiling, and violence perpetrated against black men and women needs to stop. But for this to stop, it will require major changes to occur in this country.
This issue is deep. It began hundreds of years ago when we were taken from our homes in Africa and thrust into slavery. Unfortunately the truth is that racial injustice has been part of the heart and soul of America since the first slave ships arrived on our shores. Fast forward to 2020. We’re STILL dealing with systemic racism, white supremacy, non-overt racism, implicit bias, mass incarceration, racial profiling, and more. (*please look into each of these terms*) For those who think that there isn’t a problem, and that you have no role to play in it, that is not true. It’s no longer enough to not be racist. We need a new generation that is anti-racist. We have so much farther to go.
How can I bloom while being black in America? How can I hold my head up high as a black woman and still succeed against all odds? How can others and I be a part of change and contribute to racial reform? How can non black people be allies, support the cause, and unashamedly speak the truth to others? The following list is by no means exhaustive, but it is my two cents. And this list is for everyone. Despite the title of this post, everyone has a part to play, and regardless of your race you CAN help. You CAN bloom as a beautiful black person in this country. You CAN bloom as an ally to your black brothers and sisters.
This list and this article are by no means exhaustive. It’s just a place to start. As Martin Luther King Jr once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This fight is not just the black man and woman’s fight. It should be the fight of everyone who believes in justice and what’s right. Please continue to use your voice for change and I believe change will come.
Author - Beryl
Beryl has a passion for writing pieces that uplift, inspire, and encourage you to bloom. She's been blogging since October 2018.