The “i” In Black Lives Matter: When 3/5th Becomes Responsible For Their Own Freedom

[Admin Note: We have opened the OM stage once again. Today’s featured guest post is brought to you by resident reader Queen Sierra. Please give her a warm Opinionated Male welcome.]

When 3/5th becomes a man, the nation is at a stand still. This same nation which once held these truths to be “self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.  The key word I want to focus your attention on here is ‘liberty’. Liberty is defined as the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.  In the case of blacks in America, it is evident this definition does not hold true.

Mourner at Martin Luther King's memorial -
“1968, Memphis, Tennesee, USA — At the memorial just after Martin Luther King’s asassination, mourners gather downtown…” Memphis, TN. — Image by © Bob Adelman/Corbis

Black bodies and the space we occupy are considered to be a threat to white America. And the black man’s body continues to be over-sexualized, fetishized and capitalized upon. Such objectification has depreciated the value of the black man in America. It is Babylon’s destruction of the image and position of our black males which has left us no choice but to chant, Black lives matter

Where a man sits is where he stands.

At this moment Blacks and all people of color (POC) must standup for their freedom. The process of asking for systemic change requires all methods to engage the masses that might not give two-sh*ts about black lives.  The protests, riots, and mob justice are all-welcome; there is space for all forms of activism.  We may not all agree on the methods of asking for personal liberty, equity and justice, however as long as the subjugation of Blacks in America persists we should march these street and protest.

Freedom has never been given to any nation. The Boston Tea Party, the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution and the American Civil War were all in the name of freedom. That being said, don’t neglect the opportunity to speak to power when injustice is being done to marginalized communities. Protest until black lives matter. Become responsible for your own freedom. Your future children’s lives depends on your individual choices today.

–Queen Sierra

Queen Sierra is graduate student studying Macro Social Work with an interest in marginalized communities. A daughter of Africa, in love with the melanin, sapiosexual. Writing is her therapy.

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