Op-Ed: When will Black Lives Matter

When will Black Lives Matter?

As we’re all aware, or should be rather, in the case of Alton Sterling the police officer was found not guilty.

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I’m going to get slightly off topic for a second to make a point. I, personally, stay away from watching videos that are of police brutality. I live a very happy life, and I don’t want to grow insensitive to seeing black men’s lives being taken to that of police brutality.

I decided, against my better judgement that I’d watch the one about Alton Sterling. I watched it……and it literally ruined my entire day. No words could rightly express my anger in the moment. I’m sure I’m not saying anything you haven’t already heard in regards to reacting emotionally to the videos.

Fortunately, on the brighter side of things Baton Rouge’s police chief has sense. Said officer was fired, and I pray and hope he isn’t rehired to anyone else’s police force.

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The question is now, when will Black Lives Matter? I’m glad you asked.

I listen to the Breakfast Club on YouTube frequently. The special guest today was Eboni K. Williams. I’ll be honest in saying I’d heard of her only a few times prior to today’s interview. But to go ahead and get to the point, I’d never heard a fresher, more relatable, unfiltered truth spoken than I did from her today.

As you watch the video, of all the things she says, she makes one solid point about what needs to be done. Without giving too much of the video away (because I really want y’all to watch it), a change in legislation.

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Having a seat at the table with law enforcement who can enact said changes. It’s about building those personal relationships with people in positions of power to be able to have an input that they know is in favor both them and us, of course.

I am all for marches, protests, heck….even tearing some ish up if necessary, because truth be told we’re tired. I’m also for going to the polls, and voting candidates into office that look like me. I’m all for acting like I have good sense when approached by a racist police officer. But that won’t fix what’s in the fine print.

I’m glad someone finally hit the nail on the head for me personally. I really don’t know where to go from here but to say, let’s continue plottin’ on putting the right people at the right table.

Author: Simone D. Roy

I am an aspiring TV Host, practicing blogger, and "thinker-outlouder". I love God, I love people, and I take an immense amount of pride in being able to tell people's stories deeper than surface level. I am a product of the Frank and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, where I obtained a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, with a minor in political science. I wouldn't change that for the world. Recently, I've decided to take my talents to the entertainment industry, on a larger, more global platform in order to have more of an impact. I thank you in advance for following along with me on my journey! God Bless!

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