James Baldwin said to be a Negro in this country is to be in a rage all of the time. I'd like to amend that.
We are not in a rage all of the time. We are in a maelstrom of conflicting emotions and physical states all of the time.
Black churches have been the targets of violence for decades. We still go. We still praise. We still worship.
Medgar Evers and Amadou Diallo were both shot and killed in front of their homes. We still reside.
A black man got in a car accident and called the cops for help. They shot him. A black woman crashed her car and went for help. A homeowner shot her. A black mother called the police to help her with her mentally ill son. They killed him. We still obey.
A little boy was shot and killed by the police in a playground.
We still play.
I see things on my timeline today about what this means for us and that we should "be ready."
We are always ready. We pray, we live, we love, we play, we laugh and we are still always ready to be told we are nothing and to be shot in the head.
And for no one to care.
just some things usually on my mind....