The Motley News pledges its allegiance with Black Lives Matter. It shouldn’t be a surprise, I’m just sorry that we’ve waiting so long to throw our hat in the ring. Evelyn has gone off to create her own chapter in Champaign, IL, while I’m still on the journalism front, getting angrier and angrier with American politics and culture.
I’m angry that this year is no different from last year. #SandraBland, #WalterScott, #TamirRice, #EricGarner (are just a few of the names we can’t forget). There are more body cams attached to policemen, but this year none of them seem to be working (in both of the killings of #AltonSterling and #PhilandroCastile, body cams “fell off”)
I’m angry that #BLM rally aren’t even allowed their first amendment: the right to free speech and assembly, and have been busted up by militant police and SWAT before they were able to march
I’m angry that even journalists can’t cover the news without getting arrested for being black.
I’m angry that WhiteAmerica got conveniently distracted by the Dallas Shooting to even understand how such a shooting could take place. And now the conversation returns to #alllivesmatter, #bluelivesmatter and other inane, unsympathetic arguments.
Most of all, I’m exhausted from having to hide my anger and disgust with this country. Blacks should have the right to be in their feelings right about now. Anger is an emotion that we’ve been deprived of for decades. We’ve had to put our anger and frustration on the back burner in favor of assimilation and respectability. We’ve had to dismiss our own anger to quietly remind whites that we are no longer property or animals. No group of people should have to defend their existence in the country they were born in.
2016 is the year The Motley News says fuck the niceties, fuck respectability, and fuck #alllives. Because #alllives cannot happen without #BlackLive mattering. And that is a fact.