I have been saying this to myself a lot:
The political, economic and legal systems of this country are all forms of terrorism.
I am fucking terrorized.
Every time I see a police officer, I am afraid. Every time my boyfriend gets in a car, I am scared that he might get pulled over and abused. Whether that abuse shows up as a ticket for going 55 in the 54 or actual physical violence, I’m scared.
Mikal was walking down the street in fucking new Albany a few weeks ago and someone shouted “punk ass nigger!” At him. What is Mikal’s recourse? If he took action, would anyone give a damn other than other black folks and people who care about him? That’s fucking terrorism.
I read the news and I am afraid for the sons of my friends. Beautiful children with wonder in their eyes bring raised with love and compassion. But the world around them equates them with dangerous ideals; a repugnant fantasy created to other our men.
I was raised in a place where most people were black. 40% of Philadelphia is black. I never felt unsafe in a group of young black men. Well, not that I can recall. I felt safer. I felt protected by people who would likely look out for me. The hood boys on the street who knew my mom knew to watch out for me. Believing anything to the contrary is a product of propaganda and terrorism.
I am terrorized watching the news. They are shooting us just to kill us. We did nothing wrong but show up and be black. That young man shot while SHOPPING in a mall… Supporting America’s religion of capitalism … He was murdered in cold blood while talking to his girlfriend on the phone. In the back.
That is fucking terrorism.
I know who the terrorists are and the department of homeland security is not protecting me from them. It is giving them pay checks and pensions and medical and dental. The government is not protecting me from shit. The government is not concerned with my well being, or the well being of my partner, of the well being of my friends’ seven year old little boys.
They are protecting white supremacy and paying other racist motherfuckers to kill us, put us in boxes and prevent out well being.
I am anti terrorism and I hope you are too.