July just opened and the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have been reduced to mere hashtags.
How does this make me feel? Tired. Hurt. Overly confused. Flat out disgusted.
My heart is literally bleeding!
From the gruesome pictures on the front of every newspaper to the little girl’s voice saying “It’s OK, Mommy… I’m here with you.” I must say again… my heart is literally bleeding!
It’s bleeding saying… how can any respectable person of any nationality, creed, or origin not have compassion for a child or family that has endured this type of end to a loved one’s life.
It’s bleeding saying… how can any respectable person turn a blind eye to national data which clearly states that one group of American citizens is more vulnerable to these type of incidents.
It’s bleeding saying… how can any respectable person turn outrage over these types of events into allegations that one group of citizens is against authority, or that the same group of citizens is against another race, when that group of citizens is actually against feeling as if they’re rights and lives don’t matter based on incidents that happen over and over and over again.
It is bleeding saying… the time has come and gone! We as a people, with no regards to race, need to work to come together as one. Hate, no matter what type or form, has no place in our society. The fabric of our country was built on the notion “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
These said rights should not be stripped from anyone. Especially a child whose pursuit of happiness might be tainted by witnessing such a horrific incident; whether the witness be physically or digitally.
The time has come and gone! Will you help our country stop it’s bleeding?
With thoughts of equity for all,
Philanthropist, Education Advocate, & Announcer
J.U Jones (IG: iamjujones) is an Education Advocate, Announcer, & Philanthropist. As a first-generation college student, J.U’s Entertainment & Education career spans a decade. During this time, he worked as an Assistant Program Operations Manager for an education nonprofit, hosted a myriad of Pan-Hellenic step shows, moderated community talks, and motivated parents & students through information sessions about education. J.U teaches the community to ‘Believe in Possible’ even when ‘possible’ seems impossible.