I've always been fascinated by the story of others, whether it be individuals, objects or countries, and thats what I got out of AP History. But learning about the history of my natural home, has left this unpatriotic resentment deep down.
For a few years, I sat in a classroom and watch the systematic, and political restraint of both foreign & indigenous people, the social proselytization of people who were desperate to make something of themselves, on a land which boast and prides itself with the tagline "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".
But yesterday, after I heard about the Charleston church shooting, which left 9 members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church dead, my heart fell and my emotions ran high. And then to see the manner in which Dylann Roof was escorted out:
We're watching a war unfold right before our eyes. A war which is recurrent in our history as a nation. Maybe it's the race war that Dylann Roof, the man who murdered the 9 church members, was hoping to continue to perpetuate. But this war has one objective, keep the oppressed, oppressed.
Its a systematic war, in which COLORED KIDS are constantly placed in foster care because their colored parents are sick and tired of working in a society that undervalues their efforts. It's a political war in which the concerns, issues, and real emotions of colored people are constantly ignored because other issues, such as big businesses, and wars that indirectly affects our communities are placed on a higher pedestal.
It is the same war that caused PoCs to move out of communities in which they have been rooted for years, to move in people with higher incomes. Its the war that pays PoCs minimum wage, yet create guidelines for "affordable housing" that they cannot afford in their own communities.
Its a war which our culture is constantly shamed for being. Where rapping about our struggles, hopes, and truths are looked down upon and referred to as wrong or 'unappealing', even though they find it influential and engaging. Where they're kids could be ratchet, and imitate Black culture, or Native American culture, or bred people like Rachael Dolezal, while PoCs have to suppress their own way of socialize, to channel 'their' way of speaking and behaving to be deemed as "socially inept".
It is a war my friends, that will gets no acknowledgement, no funding, no initiatives dedicated to bridging and healing a gap that we all know is there. It's what Martin Luther King Jr. was trying to change, its what W.E.B Du Bois spent years trying to figure out before it got to this point, and its what Ronald Reagan worsened.
Last night my favorite commentator, comedian, and bae, Jon Stewart did a monologue on this war and he spoke my feelings in a way which truly speaks to most of our feelings in regards to it.
Only time will tell I suppose, perhaps someone sitting in an advanced history class will have the solution.
In loving memory of those who lost their lives in the Charleston, SC shooting, and those who lose their lives on a daily basis in crossfire of the unspeakable war.