What Jessie Williams truly said

12:13 AM

"Just because we are magic, doesn't mean we aren't real"

All eyes were glued to BET tonight, and Jessie Willams (Yep, that heartthrob on Grey's Anatomy) stole the entire spotlight of the show with his impactful speech on the mistreatment of blacks in America since the beginning of America. How we are always looked at as the cause and the effect of negativity, poverty, misfortunes, and everything bad that has happened in America. How our culture is either accepted or frowned upon depending on the shade of our skin. How we have been treated as less than equal in our "One nation, under God" civilization that we were forced to be apart of. We didn't choose America, it was forced upon us. We didn't say "No, we don't want to live here", we were brought here with no choice. How our own government is against us, yet they fight for the rights of subgroups stronger than the rights of the ethnic group that built the strongest nation in the world. Jessie Williams struck a nerve with me in regards to so many things, and awoke a side of me that was already there, but I didn't see as "immediately important" in my aspects of daily life. But it is. It is my daily life. It is OUR daily life.

We can't walk the streets innocently without the fear of being falsely accused of crimes and murdered with no probably cause. We can't wear our hair in dreadlocks or cornrows in corporate america because it is viewed as "unprofessional and wild". We are discriminated against in public, at work, in the media, and sometimes within our own culture. We can't do anything without the dominate group's "OK" of approval to do it, or face ridicule and the fear of being shunned. We are racist because we exhibit black pride and love our culture enough to fight for our rights. The media places us in full spotlight for the negative things that we do, yet rarely praises us for the many good things that. We are classified as loud, ghetto, hood, and unreasonable because of our portrayal on reality television. We are strongly valued for our physical abilities in professional sports, yet disregarded in academia, corporate america, logic, and mental capabilities. When we speak our minds, we are either unheard or unheard: no action, no long term results of change. Yet Trump speaks of making America great again. When was America ever great?

Black people have been adding to the quality of modern life for years. Blacks created potato chips, the mail box, the gas mask, the automatic gear shift for cars, the traffic signal, many uses of the peanut, the modern version of a blood bank (which has saved thousands of lives), and many other things. Keep in mind slavery ended in 1865 (when the 13th amendment was ratified) and segregation ended in 1964 (when we actually got equal rights to resources that caucasians had) . So that is less that 200 years in freedom and less than 75 for equal rights. Keep in mind that Christopher Columbus landed in America in 1492 , the Atlantic Slave Trade happened shortly thereafter , and America became an independent nation in 1776, so yeah, we've been here for a long time and it took far too long to gain our own "equal freedom". But did we ever truly gain it? no we didn't.  We are still fighting for our rights to this day, and it is still an uphill battle.

For my blog viewers, my blog is transitioning. I am changing and my outlet will change as well. Do I still love style and fashion? Of course. But, there is so much more going on that impacts me, my family, and my culture. There is a fire inside of me that will not be put out, dimmed, or unheard. Change needs to occur, and I will do everything in my power to influence this change. Make America great again? False, it was never great for blacks. Make America great? That is something that I can stand for. And no, I won't be voting for Trump nor Hilary, Jill Stein has my vote.

Peace, love, and above all else EQUALITY.

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