Systemic racism, is a fancy term for “being born black”. Right now the racial climate is such that what used to be undertones are now blatant, in-your-face declarations. What a scary time we are living in when it is dangerous to be walking, driving or even working while black. As seen in the cases of Travyon Martin, Philando Castille and Charles Kinsey, to name a few, clearly it matters not, that you may be minding your business; If you’re black, watch your back.
A week ago another innocent, unarmed black man was taken down. While lying in the street with his arms raised in submission, Charles Kinsey was shot and when he asked the Officer why, his answer was, “I don’t know”. Almost immediately, you know what the outcome of these situations will be. You want to keep the faith that one-day justice will be served, but when will that day come? It took the police, in this case, less than 24 hours to come up with a twisted story that they presented to us all, one that was more mind-boggling than other foretold stories. When is enough going to be enough?
While the world gawks in horror at these tragedies that have become all too common, the families of the dearly departed are not grieving quietly. For them, enough is enough. They’ve been thrown into the spotlight and into activism and speak out regularly, they are known as “Mothers of the Movement”, and they have turned their pain into purpose. Sabrina Fulton, Lucy McBath, Lezley McSpadden, Wanda Johnson, Adrienne Hood, Maria Hamilton and Geneva Reed-Veal are amongst the mothers who are sharing their painful stories. With the deaths of their children, they vow to bring awareness to the crisis America is in. They are using their grief as the stage to rally involvement in communities and highlight the injustices they’ve endured with the loss of their children’s lives. The group came together as a result of the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman after he fatally shot and killed Trayvon Martin. The outcries of “Black Lives Matter” and the movement that resulted from this, gave cause to what is now their cause. Recently they have presented their message on the political stage where they spoke at the Democratic National Convention endorsing Hilary Clinton. They believe that she will be accountable for the reform bill that she has in place that addresses this epidemic and can get the job done.
Nothing compares to the loss of your child. It takes very strong women to keep moving on and to channel that unbearable pain into raising awareness, giving their deceased children a voice beyond the grave. Say their names! We cannot wait until something happens, we must get involved NOW! We join in supporting the message of Mothers of the Movement and pray for their strength!
Written by: Joyanne Lawrence, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic.