by Etecia Brown
I do not want to live in a world where I have to teach my future child that there is a target on their back because they are Black male in America. Unfortunately that is the reality that Black people in this country live with. Blacks are undervalued, disenfranchised, marginalized, and systematically attacked by the institutions which run this country. As a Black female, a scholar, feminist, lover, friend, teacher I feel that it is my responsibility to be an up-stander and never ever expect that other people will care more than me. If I don't care about the Black bodies that are brutalized daily in this country by our militarized police force, then I cannot expect others to care. I wept today from being overwhelmed with compassion, empathy, and most of all sadness. Bringing myself back in my body I remember that this life is my temple, I must serve the god in me and the god in my fellow humans. We are all a part of a collective consciousness. Audre Lorde said "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house". We must pick up new tools to free ourselves from this society which exist to oppress the Black body and spirit. We were never meant to be free. And yet, the shackles have been taken off. However, we still suffer from slavery of the mind, double consciousness, self-doubt. We have the trauma of 400 years of slavery embedded in our DNA. Not only have we not healed from historical trauma but there is a destructive weapon that has furthered our demise--ghettos. Most Black youth growing up in the ghettos of America today are suffering from some sort of PTSD from the things they have been exposed to living in this type of environment. Yet, we do not know how to even address that we as a people are suffering from serious psychological warfare. Now we are called to service. The "millennials", the 80's/90's babies- we are being called to learn how to heal one another with the power of love. Love is the only thing that will unite strangers (husband and wife, father and child, friends). We must not underestimate the power that love has on the human mind. We can not focus on destroying the Enemy. Rather we must focus on building a new. We must stop killing each other, stop taking from each other, stop serving dope to the feins. We must start acting out of love and compassion. We must start to read about our history. We must educate the youth, we must volunteer, share resources when possible, buy land, build community centers, etc. We must do good for goodness sake. We must find peace in our day. We may not be able to take up arms against this government but we must... we must protect our minds and the minds of our children by actively healing ourselves. Therapy, yoga, reiki, drumming, meditation, healing circles, shamanic/village doctors, herbs, massage, EDUCATION. We must learn to heal. Healing is a powerful tool of any god ("we were made in his image so call us by our names"). They fear what they do not understand. We have lost our way.Many Black people don't even understand themselves and the power and potential they have to thrive and flourish. We still measure success with a colonized mind (we are the number one consumers of bullshit). In times like these when Black males are being murdered so frequently that we have been desensitized it is important that we turn off the news and engage in discussions. Build. We must not live in fear or anger. We must live in peace and love. Technology has enabled a generation to be able to make videos and broadcast them world wide, we are able to share vital messages within the blink of an eye. We must use technology to our advantage so that we can change the aftermath of these occurrences. We must gather to do healing work, whether it be online, in a backyard, or at a retreat center. We must gather and talk and share our feelings, our stories. Spread love. We must not wait for the mothership to save us. We must recognize that "we are the ones we have been waiting for" as June Jordan once said. Time is wasting.