Black History Month 2021

While America has come a long way, it has become ever so prevalent that we still have a long ways to go. Through the broad use of social media and technological advances, people around the world are capturing heart-wrenching moments of the prejudices that African-Americans face. So many African-American males are behind bars from false accusations and false testimonies all because of the color of their skin. African-Americans have been identified as being aggressive and are least likely to be the accepted race on jobs, in the education system, in commercials, in Hollywood, in politics.

White privilege presented itself loud and clear when thousands of White American men and women entered our nation’s capital with weapons of mass destruction, rage, and violence. Bombs were found planted around the White House all as a response to the outcome of the recent loss of President Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential election. While white supremacist were welcomed on grounds of the White House, just months before following the death of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor military reinforcements and police stood in that very same location with weapons, shields, dogs, and tanks. This time, there were no friendly high fives and hand shakes from police. There were no smiling faces. Instead, we witnessed shooting, throwing of smoke bombs, brandishing of weapons, making arrest, demands for protesters to leave, and other acts of violence.

Only this time, it seemed like someone was finally listening. The Black Lives Matter movement impacted the globe! Marches were taking place in locations like France and Italy. Police began to lose funding and support. Organizations used propaganda to demonstrate their support in the movement. Social Media apps like Snapchat and Facebook added African-American themes to help magnetize the message of Black Lives Matter. Our American nation stood up in forces like no other. In the last decade, our nation has seen it’s first African-American president and first African-American female vice president. With our continued efforts, the African-American community is slowly rising to the top.

United we stand, divided we fall. Let’s set aside our prejudices and let’s learn one another – not for the color of our skin, but for the individual we are. We each have a story. We each have a why. We all have purpose and it’s to help our neighbor through love and kindness.

I challenge you. Each week during the month of February, have lunch with an African-American that you often see on the job but have been reluctant to speak to. Send a donation to a charity that provides support for the African-American community. Attend an African-American church. Join a predominantly African-American group on social media and listen to the conversation. Partaking in something different, you may find yourself highly intrigued in what you thought you knew.

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