I remember growing up in Ghana, I always envisioned living the American Dream, which of course, most children in Africa till this day wish they experience someday in life. This past week, the whole world has witnessed what I term, the American Facade. It is not a bed of roses for our people in the Western World as we’ve been made to believe when they touch down on the Motherland. Hence, the #blacklivesmatter movement.
Why all the police brutality and racial injustice? Why the hatred for the African race? Should #blacklivesmatter even be a thing? When those on the other side of the spectrum can jog freely without being shot; when their children can walk with their grandmothers without being murdered and white healthcare workers can freely drive to work without stop and search. This has indeed made me more grateful for where I am, who I am, and where I see myself going, although we have a long way to go as a continent.
Last year marked the Year of the return where Diasporans all across the world paid visits to the motherland to grasp a feel of the torment our ancestors went through even before crossing over to another world with no hope either. In going down memory lane and connecting the dots, it is clear slavery, colonialism, and imperialism have left undeniably shocking remnants. Not in the same form as we know of, but in a way that is draining emotionally, spiritually, and the most undesirable, physically.
Why should we care?
Even though an artificial wall is being created between Africans and African Americans, the one truth is that we’re all black, and our black lives matter too. George Floyd’s death could happen to anyone of us including tourists. It really isn’t about being minorities on the Whiteland. The reality is the color of our skin poses as a threat to them, whether they sense danger or mere guilt or sheer hatred. They say ‘The only crime blacks ever committed was to be born the way they are.’ Our crime is to be born black. A lot of systems have been designed to go against the African race, even on our own land, to the point where developing Africa beyond aid is far-fetched.
We can do better as a continent. We can do better as people of color. United we stand, divided we fall. The fact that our geography gives us an escape from these evil ordeals now, does not mean it’s going to favor the next generation. One of us could fall victim to police brutality in the future. We seek to enrich our scope, intelligence, and experience by subserving and learning from the acclaimed to be ‘Civilized‘, and therefore, we need to take action now.
Protests are ongoing in America, there are shootings and lootings as well as the Coronavirus pandemic. We may have pertinent problems to be dealing with as a continent but the call to justice and freedom should be a global necessity. Now we understand the intensity of racism from every look and cranny. “Racism is not getting worse, it’s just being filmed,” as Will Smith rightfully said.
What To Do Now at No Cost
Are the protests enough? Can we handle protesting and dealing with Covid-19? Will it solve the over 400 years’ issue of racism? Most of the answers to these questions are point-blank ‘No.’ However, being aware of the fact that racism still exists and putting better systems in place for everyone to live comfortably and peacefully is what we need to fight for, as well as respect for human rights because #blacklivesmatter.
Let us sign those petitions. Let us educate ourselves on the consequences of our race in our everyday lives. Also, let us see if we really want to live the American dream where equality and fairness exist or help build the African continent with the rich resources we have. As unachievable as both may seem, the petitions and protests could encourage law reformations and a change in attitude for our Karens in one way or the other. These are steps in the right direction. Another bright side of the hustle is the wakeup call for Africans to come back home to enrich our land with the quality and greatness we deserve.
Sign Petition for justice for George Floyd here.
Kellen Sims set up this petition to seek justice and accountability for George Floyd’s death. What happens after your sign? After enough signatories are made, the target of the petition is reached via email/letter and it allows the authorities to act promptly.
Read here for the success of some petitions in the past.
To support organizations and foundations on #blacklivesmatter, kindly donate to the few listed below.
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Color of Change
- NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- The Loveland Foundation
Click here to find other petitions to sign and added support groups
Books to read on Racism
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to Black People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Noughts And Crosses by Malorie Blackman
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
Amazon Best Sellers
- White Fragility: Why It’s so hard for white people to talk about racism
- So you want to talk about race
- Why are all the black kids sitting in the cafeteria
- Me and White Supremacy
- Stamped from the beginning
Movies/Series to watch on Racism
#blacklivesmatter will stay until change happens. We can be the change the world needs in displacing inappropriate stereotypes, and not just join the black culture and its aesthetics.