What do we need to get back on track as a country.
Well, I really had to think about that, especially being a 56-year-old Black man in this country. Yes, the pandemic that we are now facing has paused the world as we knew it to be in 2019. Was is good for me, or people of color? Let us take a walk down memory lane to 2019.
The LA Times reported,
“About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers. That makes them 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die during an encounter with cops”.
I am not sure if that is the country I would like to get back to. Police use of force iscomparatively like a cancer, as it relates to cause of death of blacks in this country. That does not seem to be in our favor either! (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Lets look at the unemployment rate in the United States of America.
There are numerous reports on a national level that show the number of unemployed blacks is double the amount of those of whites. Do not think I would like to get back to thateither. It is so clear and blatant in this country that people of color are held back in every aspect of trying to live a good life. The life that many consider the American dream.
Look at television, big screen movies and Netflix which is probably the favorite these days.
There are so many actors and actresses in this world. Why is it then that in many movies we are hard pressed to see one person of color in the movie? If we do, they are partnered with either a white guy and black girl or a black man with another black man.
Listen, Hollywood or the powers that be are not stupid.
They know we as human beings buy into what we see and most of the images they are putting in our young people’s minds are bad. It is like they are reading the Bible and portraying the total opposite, knowing the outcome of their actions.
For me, no I do not consider THAT getting the country back on track.
Let us look at our country’s leadership. As a reality show star,Trump was funny because of how rude he was with thecontestants. I also will admit that as a businessman, either he or the people he has surrounded himself with have been able to pull him out of some tough situations to keep him wealthy.
As the President of the United States, he is not worthy of running the presidential kitchen!
His actions of blatant racism has lead and allowed the country, to openly display racism against people of color, to the point where white officers feel comfortable killing a black man in the open daylight. While many of these horrific actions are being witnessed and or recorded and they dare you to try to help, knowing that if you do your life is in jeopardy as well.
So if you ask me, what do we need to do to get back on track as a country?
I would ask, have we ever been on track for people of color? For the fifty-six years I have been on this earth I have been made to feel as if I am a second or even third class citizen. I have not had the same opportunities as my white counterparts. It doesn’t matter how many degrees you have, if you’re a professional athlete, an “A list” actor or even the President of the United States. If you are black, you have a mountain to climb that thus far we have not seen the top of.
Do I want to get back to where we were, on track, making America Great Again, I would have to say a resounding NO!
What we need is for God to soften some hearts to see the truth and be willing to rebuild with us at the table, at the meeting before the multi-culturial/ethnic meeting.
Dr. Lionel Green Sr., D.Min,