It’s like we’re here, but we’re not really here

Six months of 2020 have come to a close. On New Years Eve at the stroke of midnight, literally no one thought we would be where we are right now. In the midst of a pandemic, we managed to lose several loved ones at the hands of the police. Not only has the information of each loss hit the internet, protestors (including myself and my fam) have made it to the streets of all 50 states and 13 countries. With the pressures of the pandemic and the absence of sports/movies/and other leisure activities, the voice of the people couldn’t be ignored. This has also opened our eyes to the anti-blackness around the world.

Racism begins with a feeling, that then turns into laws and legislation, that turns into a functioning society where it’s the norm, like “separate but equal.” The fright of being black in America actually offends people who feel like it is just a way of life. In 2020, many still feel like we are complaining for no reason. We have had their foot on our necks since our arrival in 1619, and many racists feel like it should stay that way. Racism is so American that when we protest racism, it feels like we’re protesting America. As for me, I’m tired of it all. At this point, it’s scorched earth. America is getting her body done and its wounds are exposed. In this census year, these racists are holding on to the little “majority” they have left.

I stand in every ounce of my blackness. Every square inch of us!! Every multi-faceted complexity of us. All!!! Of!!!! Us!!!! And I am one of those that don’t play when it comes to anti-blackness. I have never been materialistic, so you can only imagine how little I care about the destruction of property. Following every day of the protests, brands and companies have released their statements of support. I couldn’t help but take each statement as “we know the power of the black dollar and don’t want to lose it.” Like these aren’t the same brands that refused to expand foundation shades, but okay. Politicians made their kente cloth kneeling photo op statement, again another “we hear your cry, we feel your pain” reach.

Imagine, the protests are to end police brutality, and the answer was MORE POLICE!!! Meanwhile, 6 weeks ago, some (ahem) protestors showed up to capitol buildings with AR-15’s yelling and screaming in officer’s faces (with no masks), and the cops didn’t touch them. Even after the protests began, many more loved ones have been murdered by the police. If this is not a crystal clear message, I don’t know what is. I am a firm believer in eye for an eye with no remorse. Peacefully begging for fairness hasn’t gotten us fairness in 401 years. It’s almost like “shoot for the moon, you might get the stars,” but instead “shoot for revenge, you might get fairness.” Call me crazy.

What I’m personally hoping for is that this lasts as long as it needs to until we get closer to what we need. Our communities need an upheaval. More resources and more opportunities. I firmly support defunding the police. From coast to coast, city budgets need to be reallocated to public health, education, job opportunities, among several other things. It is crystal clear how economics determine crime rates. Which would then reduce the need for such forceful policing. Also, it would help if the police lived where they worked, so there was some sort of relationship in the neighborhood. There are a multitude of things that need to change when it comes to police relations when it comes to us. First thing being consequences….fired, charged, sentenced!!!! All of it!!!!!

As for my ongoing fight, I’m about to get even comfier buying Black, and I suggest you do the same. Look at everything you spend your money on and find the black owned version. Get into the habit of buying Black on a regular basis and not just when it’s trending.

RIP to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Aubrey, Sean Reed, Elijah McClain, Rayshard Brooks, and every other black person that has lost their life at the hands of police. We will continue to fight for justice by every means necessary.

Love and Vibes,
Nichole Naomi

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