Black Lives Matter: So What Do We Do Now?

Since 2012 I’ve heard Trayvon scream for his life, watched Tamir shot dead, I screamed as Walter ran for his life as a loaded gun was pointed to his back, I looked into the sad eyes of Sandra, I watched Eric take his last breath, I saw Freddie be thrown into the back of a police van to never be seen again, I saw Philando grasp for his life as a officer pointed a loaded gun at his girlfriend and daughter sat in the back, I saw Alton move for the last time and then heard his son cries.

With all we’ve seen you would think we would be use to it, immune to it, the death of our people in front of our eyes would be the norm. But something about these moments changed our perspectives; something was different, something about these moments made us mad, upset, enraged, scared, frustrated, and tired.

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Truth is – since 2015 346 black people in the U.S. have been killed by police officers, and that’s NOT counting what has happened 2016. According to Mappingpoliceviolence.org, 97% of the cases in 2015 did not result in any officers involved being charged with a crime. Despite making up only 2% of the total US population, African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 comprised more than 15% of all deaths logged this year by an ongoing investigation into the use of deadly force by police. Their rate of police-involved deaths was five times higher than for white men of the same age. (The Guardian)

The question becomes: What can we do? How can we help? How can we try to make things better?

Here’s a few ways you can participate in the movement:

Know your rights! Know them so much that you can recite them by heart.

A key problem is a lot of us aren’t aware of our citizen rights. This is how to take your power back. Find your nearest library! (get to reading and printing!) Save it on your phone, and or computer. Take at least one hour out of your week to educate yourself, your friends, your family, and your community.

Below are a few of many gems to know:

MUST READ: What to Do When Stopped by the Police via BlackPolice.Org link

The 4th Amendment link Broken down a bit more link

Search and Secure link

Probable Cause link

Bear Arms Rights (State to State) link

Protesting Right link

First Amendment (Right to Peaceful Assembly) link

Go to your local officials: You change the laws!

A key issue isn’t with us; it’s with those who hold the higher power. But the beauty within us is in our voices. Write letters, go there alone, gather up a group. It’s in our power! Don’t know your local officials? Here’s a way to locate them – Link

Vote! Click here to register

Run for office, become a teacher, professor, activist, go back to school – become the system you want!

Connect & Organize (there’s power in number!)

It’s our right to peaceably assemble. It doesn’t require 193787 people, just a few people who share a common interest. Got friends? Know people? Gather them up, make a sign and speak out! Holding a public demonstration educates the public about issues and gives an opportunity for supporters to be heard. Don’t want to protest? Start a blog, start a petition, start a organization, start something…

Don’t know where to start and need back up? Here are some places to look into (there are many others): (click names) Generation Progress  Black Lives Matter  Black Youth Project  100 Black Men

Tweet, Snapchat, Blog, Write a Status…

Last week I saw so many people say things like “so what is tweeting or writing a status going to do?” The beauty in social media is that it can be viewed by everyone, which keeps it on everyone’s mind. We cant stop these conversations, we cant let things fade into the past

Don’t be afraid, don’t be timid, and don’t be silent!

The reality is that one day we all can be another hash tag. One day you can be walking down the street, driving in your car, out partying and the next thing you know a gun is being placed to your head and you’re living the last moments of your life. It is your duty to speak up for those who can no longer speak. Silence enables racism.

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My brothers and sisters there is a lot to do but, brighter days are ahead, don’t be discouraged! It’s now up to us as a unit to push those dark clouds to the side and let that sun shine on our melanin.

Can’t nothing stop us!

thoughts? feelings? opinions? comment, let’s talk about it!

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