black-lives-matter-thumbWe are in the middle of a crisis in our country.  Black people, mostly our males, are being treated badly, even up to death by law enforcement.  The latest stories of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are very tragic, but what’s even more tragic is that these are the few stories that actually reach the media.  There are many more that never make it main stream.  In addition, these are stories of physical killings, but Black people face death to our spirits in many other forms every day in this country.  Our horrible school systems, lack of fair access to higher education, lack of professional mobility, being followed around in stores, bombardment of negative images and statements in the media, and many other institutional racist practices.  We are even told that our skin tone in and of itself is bad and ugly. 

This subject is not my area of expertise, so I will not get into too many specifics, but as a Black woman I must use my voice to speak up with my community.  I do not have a son, but I have men in my family, male friends, and co-workers that I care about.  We are bombarded by so many negative images of Black males in the media, and I do know some who fit the stereotype.  However, I know MANY MORE who do not.  Sometimes we focus so much on the bad that we forget about the good.  There are good people in this world, and there are good Black men in our community.  I also might add that there are good and bad people in EVERY race!

I am proud to say that I have so many good, decent, loving, respectful, educated, family oriented, God fearing, and handsome! men in my family that I cannot count them all.  My family doesn’t have one or two good examples, we have a family full of good men who are fathers, husbands, brothers, cousins, uncles, and sons.  I love them and I am proud to call them my family.     

red-black-heartI am a proud Black woman; I would not want to be any other race than the one God created me to be.  So, I wanted to take the time today to say that I stand with my race, our men in particular, in this fight for our lives.  I believe in you, I love you, and I support you.  Your life matters just as much as anyone else’s.  Yes…..Black lives DO matter.

Love, Tonia

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