By Kym B.
In a recent conversation about the death of yet another young unarmed black male, I learned that there is an unwritten rule in parts of the South and Midwest, specifically in Georgia, Missouri and Illinois, called Sundown (N—- Don’t Let the sun go down on you in this neighborhood) or Anna (Ain’t No N—– Allowed here). My mouth completely dropped. I clearly know that racism still exist; I’m not living under a rock! But I was completely naïve and mad at my own ignorance that these terms are still being used and PRACTICED this day and time which astonished this East Coast chick!
I am blown away that centuries later, African Americans are still not allowed to not only live in these neighborhoods but also not allowed to enter these neighborhoods. And they wonder why we are angry and protest. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do not condone violence nor looting. I am all for active, productive and peaceful protest; but damn this will make anyone angry. To know that neither me, my children or my parents no matter how educated, financially sound nor law abiding we are; we are still devalued and considered less than. Not even worthy enough to stand on a certain section, street nor land of the United States of America simply because of the color of our skin. Really?!
I’m sure these towns and terms exist everywhere throughout America. Hell they even exist on my street here in Maryland, when we were one of two black families that moved in just 10 years ago. We really didn’t realize it until 3 weeks later nor did we care. But once it was obvious, it was an opportunity for us to teach; and them to learn. That we are not scared and yes we are indeed worthy. So my question to those of you who live in those areas that are blatant with these perceptions…why is it still going on? Are you scared? Racial exclusion is not an option anymore. But we too must not exclude ourselves from the millions of opportunities that lie on untapped soil.
We talk a lot about “we want justice”; than create Justice. How, you ask? By infiltrating jobs; mobbing and participating in Parent/Teacher meetings; participate in voting and taking over Education. Being the minority is extinct. Look around we are the Majority (the quality or state of being greater).
Let’s act like it!
Kym B. is an International Policy Analyst for the US Department of State and she owns a clothing design boutique with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter @AlwaysRich777
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