Do Black Lives Matter?

My question is harsh, but needs to be asked.  To me African-Americans lives matter.  It isn’t really even a question that should be asked nowadays.  But that’s just me.

Clearly there are many people who say the lives of African-American men and women matter, but whose actions fail to meet their words.  Whether they are politicians, leaders, police officers, or other notable figures, their lack of actions speak louder than their words.

I can only imagine how difficult it must be to be black in America where racism has been so institutionalized since the Civil War that people don’t even realize its existence.  Government institutionalized racism has existed since the KKK, to lynchings, to segregation, and police violence against blacks.  African-Americans are rightfully justified in their cynicism and skepticism of justice.

Why wouldn’t African-Americans be skeptical of justice? Wouldn’t you be just as worried and fearful?

In the past four years Trayvon Martin was killed and his killer was found not guilty.  Freddie Grey was killed.  Again, not guilty.  Police shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson. Missouri.  Again, nobody was punished.  Eric Garner was killed in New York City.  Nobody punished.  And now, tragically, we are confronted with yet another slaying of a Black man.  This time it is Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Skeptics would say there will be no justice.  Every day I am becoming more and more skeptical of police officers, the work they do, and how they do it.  Why are so many Black men being shot and killed and nobody is held accountable.  Perhaps the roots go as far back as Rodney King and before that.

After all of this, when is enough enough.  When will justice be done.

Enough is Enough……. Now.

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