- Posted March 13, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
My advice to men like me
I am not a color. I am a human being. When we as a country can get to a point where you are a person first, we will begin to set the foundation of true intergration of society. As a young black man myself I have always been considered odd becasue I do not fit into neat racial categories. I get weird looks because of how I speak, how I carry myself, and my interests which can been seen as not typically black. I am an anomaly. I am an egnima. Only so because in the words of Richard Wright, "I am an invisible man not because I am a spook...but because people refuse to see me." When the shots rang out into the night forever silencing the voices of Martin and Davis, the voices of the past echoe more loudly than ever. I was reminded of the tragedy of Emmitt Till which sparked the civil rights movement and began the march to the passing of the civil rights law. What about today? What have the deaths of these two men sparked? What happens to the rage when acted upon from despair? What happens to a dream deferred? What if this was your child? Michael Jackson said "They don't care about us!" Can you deny it?
I heard that no one person can rise above the condition of his or her people. You can advance to the highest school in the land and work for the best company, but you'll still be black. Every black man from the street corner to the board room experience the day to day racial slights. We deal with this with dignity and pride, but when will we stop being killed for listening to music or walking home from the store?