Let's cut to the chase. It's been a tough few months for all of us. At this point, I am ready to scream if someone else tells me to Stay Home Stay Safe!  If you are black, have a black, father, uncle, brother, and or boyfriend, this is how you spend every weekend. 

Growing up, I would sit on our porch and look out the window and wait for my brothers to come home.  The summer was always the worst; it is the time when the cops are out on the hunt to arrest our brothers.  Yes, some of them were up to no good. Yet somewhere also just trying to feed their daughters and families.  Just read  FreakonomicsFreakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. Published on April 12, 2005, the book melds pop culture with economics. It also analyzes life in the hood. 

It all reminds me of the Nas song

"The Cops Shot the Kid." Cops Shot The Kid


The cops used to come around in my neighbourhood
"Alright, you kids, stop having so much fun, move along!"
Oh they'dthey'd arrest me, you know, especially at night
They had a curfew, niggers had to be home at 11, negros, 12 And you'd be trying to get home, doing your crew runs
And they'dthey'd always catch you out in front of a store or something
''Cause you'dyou'd be taking shortcuts, right
Cops, ""Ree, put your hands up, black boy!""
The cops shot the kid
The cops shot the kid, the cops shot
The cops shot the kid
The cops shot the kid, the cops shot
The cops shot the kid
The cops shot the kid, the cops shot
The cops shot the kid
The cops shot the kid, the cops shot
I don'tdon't wanna hurt nobody
We just came here to party
See a few dames, exchange some names
I'm a top shotta, kid,…

Hitherto how can we black people not be angry? We have been in our homes watching the news of our people dying from the virus and now more cop killings. Stay Home Stay Safe is the hashtag that I send my 6ft tall father, brothers and nephews. In American to be a big black man is a threat.  How do I console them when I cannot console myself.  

It is a mental health crisis they are trying to kill us. However, they can. Black people have 400+ years of slavery on our backs. Everyone needs therapy after a history like that white people too. They had to give up free labour that made them rich; the lower class whites had no one worse than them. All control was lost. This history was traumatic for us all. 

The world wants to be us, dance like us, dress like us and date us. But how many would take us home, fight our battles and love us for us? This piece is so hard to write.  

Crying weekly is the new normal for black families in 2020. 

For many people, working and being happy amid a global pandemic has been difficult. For those of us fortunate to still be working, we've had to make ourselves look presentable and pleasant.  But we're confused and scared, and we don't know when any of this will be over. 

We are fatigued to watch the live streams, the Instagram posts of killings, deaths and protest with more death and violence. We're confused and scared, and we don'tdon't know when any of this will be over. 

“It felt like that cop had his knee on all of our necks,” Dr. Dre said.

Dr. Dre has a powerful message about police brutality in America. While speaking on Lil Wayne’s “Young Money Radio” podcast on Friday (May 29), the mega producer referenced George Floyd’s unfortunate death in which an ex-officer kneeled on the former’s neck for more than eight minutes in Minneapolis.

“It’s like, man, that situation, it hurt my heart. My heart is still aching,” Dr. Dre explained. “And it felt like that cop had his knee on all of our necks, meaning black men. And yeah, it’s extremely painful. It’s extremely painful because it keeps going on. It continues to go on and it’s like, ‘What can we do? Or what do we need to do to make this thing stop? What is supposed to happen to make this thing stop?’ It has to stop.”

We have watched our friends and family members die at higher rates from the coronavirus, we have also watched people who look like us be gunned down while going for a jog, be murdered in their homes, threatened while bird watching in Central Park, and mercilessly choked on camera.  Then to only find he will be charged with 3rd-degree murder, i.e. that it was allegedly accidental. Are we all watching the same video? 

Every day, we have woken up and answered the emails and get on the Zoom calls and how to support each other, however, we can. We've had to show up with a smile, and put the pain and fear behind us. We swallow the rage.  Respond to bosses, clients, coworkers, family and non-white friends.  We have the essence of working harder because we have always had too. We have to continue to support and promote the culture.  

As summer commences, we now have to stay home stay safe and not for coronavirus but to stay safe from racists and cops.  Yet another hashtag to avoid, so we do not become the next trending hashtag.  Like Tupac says, keep your head up people.

Peace and Love Charlotte 

May 31, 2020

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