POC: KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY

What’s going on y’all! It’s been a while, and a lot has been going on since. Usually, I won’t delve into the matters of the world, but honestly, I’m just sick of it. As many of you know, I’m an advocate for racial justice and equal rights, which is why I am so passionate about injustices and issues in the Black and Brown community.

Another death, another Black man, another hashtag. What has changed since Mike Brown? Tamir Rice? Philando Castile? Eric Garner? Years have passed for all these names, and hashtags have continued. We’re now in the era, or should I say the week of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. I am not to go into the depth of each individual because I am sure you’ve heard, read, or watched the background on their own story. What I am going to address is the resolution of this issue. With activists like Shaun King, Samuel Sinyangwe, and Brittany Packnett Cunningham addressing issues consistently – what are we doing on our end? We as in Black people. Other than spreading awareness to other Black people, what are our hashtags, posts, and comments truly obtaining? It clearly isn’t justice. As a community, we have to realize and understand that we are such a powerful force. I mean, you see what we did for the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, right? Why can’t we have that same energy for our freedom, our lives, our children’s lives? Why continue to live in fear? In fear of people who are killing us, on camera. We can’t even f******g JOG in peace. 

I’m not here to say I have all the answers. I don’t. I just graduated with my masters, still trying to get a job in my passion. I can barely figure life out. But what I do know is that we are a powerful nation, and we are influential people. Everyone is entitled to their perspective, but we have to understand that listening is the key. Many of us go back and forth on social media with our own people who have ignorant comments, thus because they don’t understand and aren’t listening. Do you know that kindergarten rule? Think before you speak, yeah, a lot of us have to work on that. Whether or not you agree with the current events, the fact of the matter is that it’s happening, whether you like it or not. Although our system has failed us, our state and local officials have failed us, or have given a soppy face with an apology on behalf of whoever did the crime; the events are reoccurring. I write this not only to vent, but to have you understand that this is not going to change if we sit around on our asses commenting under Shaun Kings post, or posting hashtags. It’s not going to end if White onlookers ignore it.

The question is how can we do more, and how can we get people out of the house to fight for the injustices of Black and Brown people in the same way we got out of the house to stand in line for a damn chicken sandwich.

My deepest respects to the families of those mentioned. The fight is not over

Peace & Blessings,

Olivia Alexis

Jersey raised millennial, working in Corporate America spreading love, light and insight.

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