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Why, America?

September 22, 2016

Opinions and facts are both ideas. The only difference is one is validated, simply because it’s a fact and the other is not, well because it’s just an idea.

Let me get to the point. There is a lot of madness going on right now. I bet a lot of you didn’t even know that prisons across America are having the LARGEST STRIKE EVER! Yeah! They are and it’s been happening for a couple of weeks now. Why won’t the media post about this? Because they know the way they treat these people is completely wrong. Someone very close to me has been incarcerated for over a year now and nothing made me hurt more than hearing a strong, loving, hardworking black man say that he has to work 3rd shift cooking breakfast for $1 a day. That three different camps are crammed into one facility with no air condition and no personal space. You mean to tell me that all my tax dollars and all other hardworking citizens tax mula doesn’t even really go to provide a comfortable living for humans held legally captive?! Men and women have committed crimes, so they’re not allowed to live in comfort? They can’t earn an honest living? Over in Switzerland, each inmate has their own space with a flatscreen TV. They also eat healthy, too. Wtf, America.

What about this? Why is it that when people who come back into society are not able work? I mean they can, but they are EXTREMELY limited. There is no way that the justice system lets you forget that you made a mistake. What if he/she wants to make an absolute 360 turn around and live like everyone else? I wonder the same for people who come from the military.

Let me also mention how America advertises as ‘the greatest country’ in the world. You can be anyone you want to be here. You can have anything you want. Come to America, it’s everyone’s home. But you come and you figure out that you have to do all this bo-bap-bidity-wop and pay bands to be considered a part of society. Better not let them find out that you’re here illegally! With no second thought at all you’ll be shipped right back to all you thought you escaped from. They won’t help you. There’s no more opportunity. Why, America, must you deny someone’s plead for the new life you constantly praise? Why is it so hard for you to just simply help your follow human being? Why are you so selfish and greedy?

People all over the world are being treated unequally. The riot in Charlotte is a result of black people being raged about the systematic injustice. Why is it so wrong to be angry? I’m not saying that we should be going around damaging property, but honestly no matter which way we do it, loud or quiet, the riot cops will be called. That’s a fact. What is it about us that makes you so afraid? Is it the way that we are proud? Is it our beauty, our power? Is it the way that we stand together? Our wealth, our knowledge? What is it about me that makes you feel like I don’t deserve to live? The privileged man rages in massacre. He kindly gets handcuffed and on the way to be taken into custody gets to stop by the Burger King?

I should not have to walk around scared for my family’s life. My husband, brothers, uncles and cousins should not be afraid to be black. Unarmed, hands in the air…Hold up black people, we are the weapon.

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  • Reply Chantal September 23, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Wow 💕

  • Reply Makeda Sandford September 23, 2016 at 1:29 am


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