From Omar Simpson:
It still amazes me when I hear people act shocked that black men feel a need to band together to protect themselves. “Protection?” they say, “Protection from what? You’re livin’ in the U.S. of A!” Others say, “Can’t we all just get along?”
Hell No we just can’t all just get along! Not if the price of us “getting along” is this society willfully ignoring the abuse and killing of innocent black men. Black men like me, my family’s sons and all the others that live in constant fear of brutalization by the authorities. So what is a law abiding brother to do? If I want to be law abiding, I’m likely to fall victim of the police. I can’t seek their help.
Should I just sit in a corner hoping I’ll never need 911 and hope I’ll just be left alone by those that are criminals? How well do you think that would work? One look on Baltimore’s crime websites, blogs, and newspapers will tell you that. As a law-loving black man, I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t! If I’m law abiding, I apparently must give up my right not to be harassed…forever. If I stay away from the cops, I gotta deal with any thugs and killers on my own. Why are we stressed? Really?
You wonder why brothers in Baltimore and so many others elsewhere are upset, rioting and breaking things? It’s the ongoing, never ending frustration of dealing with this crap with no resolution in sight…ever. The frustration from knowing that in a year or two, I’m going to have to sit my 12 year old down and blow up his world by telling him that there are ignorant people that hate him for no reason and that they will and can hurt or kill him without any ramifications or justification. Every parent of a black male child knows this fear, knows “The Speech”…we’ve all received it once we became teens.
So excuse me if I don’t jump up and down and celebrate this “Perfect Union.” It won’t be perfect until it honors ALL people equally. It won’t be perfect until it values black, white, Asian, Hispanic, straight, gay, trans and every other person that only God had the wisdom and power to create! Black men will continue to be slaughtered until they are valued for the wonder of God they are…just as you are. As long as black men are demonized, ignored, abused, hated and killed NOTHING good will come our way. Only fools throw away their blessings and when we throw away people, we are throwing away our blessings.
Form Packs for protection and self-preservation. Get a video cell phone and keep it on you at all times.
Be friendly to all, but foolish to none.
Peace to All.
Omar Simpson, Esq.