I grew up in a culturally diverse part of Brooklyn where many of my best friends were people of color. I’m married to a latina and my step-father is from Morocco. In spite of having 4 masters degrees and a Phd in mathematics, sadly, some people still probably look at him and wonder if he’s a terrorist.
In most parts of the world, we demonize one another for various reasons — mostly rooted in our own insecurities. Many of my white friends are reticent to support the Black Live Movement, not because they’re racist — but because of their own insecurities. It’s the same when women talk about women’s rights and some men are like “what about men?”
All of the looting being done is terrible and I view those people with malicious disdain. However, my heart breaks for the vast majority of black Americans out there, honorably trying to uplift their communities — who’ve been plagued by generations of poverty and disenfranchisement. Wouldn’t it be great to see that vibrant community free from the yoke of systemic crime and shine — displaying their talents without prejudice? Naturally. I don’t need to parrot what other’s have already said — the Floyd murder was unconscionable and that doesn’t mean all cops are bastards either. My sister works for the police and some of the best people I’ve ever known were cops. My brother in law is NYPD — tasked with breaking up human trafficking. Our world is filled with nuance — ebbing and flowing between good and evil is how most people end their lives — with very few saints amongst us.
Judging people should never be binary.
Here’s why everyone should support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. This is a unique chance of heightened awareness to help your neighbors uplift themselves and to make sure they’re treated fairly.
A question was posed to me today — regarding celebrities searching out black businesses to support them.
“Why are they only helping black businesses? What about the best product?”
I get that and do not think this person is a racist for asking it. We’re all too god damned fast to label one another on low information. And truthfully, I hate it altogether. People change and I’ve seen it with my own eyes — turning hatred rooted from insecurities to love from friendship.
I said, “I think it’s a terrific idea to support a black business to show appreciation to a community who needs help now.” And it isn’t pandering or me virtue signaling to make myself feel better or perpetuate an image that can be viewed progressive by people I am trying to impress. It is not progressive to be kind to others and that’s the way I always try to live my life.
But it hasn’t always been that way — growing up in a broken household, poor, and limited avenues for growth — I often resorted to anger to fuel my passions. I suppose we all evolve with age, some of us faster than others and some not at all.
I felt the need to make my opinions clear because I’ve been outspoken about the riots and have been highlighting them on my Twitter feed. I see you black America for what this moment is really about — and hope we can finally see some evolution in the way we treat one another.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter