Dear Citizens of the United States of America,
If you don’t know me by now, you will soon. I am that woman who walks counter-clockwise, when everyone else is walking clockwise. I am that woman who walks in zig-zag when everyone else is walking in a straight line. I am an African-American woman who is tired of her people, African-Americans, continuously getting stereotyped, ostracized, gunned down and killed because of the color of their skin, over five decades after the Civil Rights Movement. I am a woman who is tired of the country attempting to pull a wool over our eyes by dealing with minor social issues compared to dealing with the obvious root of the issues in this country.
I know the country is still “happy-go-lucky” because homosexual marriage has been legalized. Congrats! But on the scale of other major issues that are going on within this country, equal marital rights is a small step forward. How can we cheer “hooray” about equal marriage when there are young people (not just African-American) killing themselves, without the opportunity to walk down the aisle?
How about the Supreme Court voting to stop the ruthless killings and racism within our communities? How about worrying about these babies giving birth to babies before they even reach high school? What about the young men who are deceived into thinking things of monetary value are more important than showing respect to their elders and peers?
As you can see, all these questions have yet to be answered. So how could we, as a nation, possibly celebrate when we have so many more steps to take. This celebration is a celebratory distraction from all the other issues in our country that the government has yet to take care of.
I am still afraid for my little brother to go outside with a hoodie on, in fear he won’t come back alive.
I still fear going to an Abercrombie and Fitch store to have a white or Hispanic sales representative follow me around! I am still worried about my parents not being able to put food for my siblings because my college tuition is so expensive. I am still worried about my brother starving in this crazy world with a learning disability because the school system has chewed him up and spit him out.
Tell me how in the HELL can we celebrate gay marriage when the school systems are so twisted, some of our kids can not even spell the word “gay.”
So here it goes, I am sorry for being the woman who walks in the opposite directions. I apologize for seeing the bigger picture compared to celebrating temporary happiness. I am sorry that we live in a country where same-sex marriage is more important than the lives of our youth, who can barely make it pass the age of fifteen. I am not expecting this country to agree with what is right. Because according to history’s pattern, this country loves to wait until the last-minute before they decide to take initiative and finally make a change!
How many more lives do we have to lose before the government realizes that there is a major problem in this country and it is not money! It’s the youth. They aren’t making it past their youth. Our future presidents and senator, doctors and lawyers, school teachers and entrepreneurs, are dying! Who will lead us when we are gray and old? Who will be in control of this country? Do I have to turn on the TV and see another female teen’s body being found on the side of the road?
Allow me to help be that change! Allow me to help fight, lyrically and through mentorship, for the future of our country. This place we call “home”, can’t be home until we come together as individuals and make a change. It’s time that we stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking of ways to impact the people around us. Through my poetry, blog posts, and acting talents, allow me to reach our youth where their interest lay. Consider the possibilities of a REAL equal rights country!
Forgive me, but I promise to remind the world that it takes a village raise a child. It will take a village to create an outstanding country. It’s time to open your eyes and expand your mind. Be aware of mankind!
A Woman Demanding The Removal of This Country’s Façades !