Stories that must be told
our 'friends' across the borders. This is a short game for "45," and sadly, many of us may not all be around to see it to the end.
Even more reasons to tell your story before you leave this earth, and before the reversals of all we know becomes erroneously etched in the 'his story' books.
Maya also said, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
But what about so many other untold stories?
For instance, we will never know the full truth about Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamar Rice, to name just a few lost to police (or racially motivated) violence.
Or of Michael Jackson. Prince.Whitney. Or, fill in the blank about some favorite celebrities.
I don't know about you, but I can't wait to read what Colin Kaepernick has to say, in his own words, about taking a knee- already recognized as a time-honored form of black protest before he took that action.
That list is only the tip of the iceberg of the stories we need to write for ourselves, and specifically about the many and various forms of protests we have adopted over the past 400+ years: from slave ship rebellions (The Amistad was only one), to plantation uprisings (Nat Turner is only one), to resisting Jim Crow laws and other illegal treatment (Rosa Parks was only one), to more subtle sick-outs, sit-ins, street marches, chants, our lives as slaves, then coloreds, Negroes, blacks, becoming African-Americans and, yes, to the near-universal acceptance that black lives matter.
Heck, our material would fill a library with fresh stories.
In the meantime, black media, black historians, commentators and pundits are under tremendous pressure to 'keep it real' and to get it right-with every story, every tweet, and every comment coming to our attentiondaily.
So, even if we are busy writing our own story, we still have to keep those who look like us who have been offered a public platform under close scrutiny, and not let any one of them slip into a semi-coma, induced by the euphoria of being accepted by the establishment. We know who they are, and they should immediately be corrected for speaking, writing and declaring untruths about the state of black folk in America.
Once again, I take instruction from Maya who said, "The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise."
Stay wise, my friends. Stay woke. Contact Us 954.356.9360 • 2701 W Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 320 • Oakland Park, FL 33311 • www.SFLTimes.com