Ready.

No doubt, something big is brewing.

Drumpf is crazy, and apparently so are many other people that live in America. It’s hard for me to tell if we’re just a few days/weeks/months away from something for the books or if this is just the beginning.

I’m in my feelings about what feels like the modern civil rights era for two reasons. The first reason is that I’m still figuring out what my role is through it all. The second reason is, if there IS more to come, who and where are the Martins and Malcolms of our time?

Thinking about the many protests, “riots,” gatherings, etc. that continue to happen across the nation, when push comes to shove, I wonder where I stand. Looking at Chicago, I feel the power, I feel the movement, I feel the justice.

I also feel the plight of uncomfortability, fragility and apprehension.

I’m scared.

I’m nervous.

God knows, I’m not a fighter.

But, that’s what we’re doing now. We’re fighting. Because we have to. Because people are saying, “Make America white again.” Because our bodies are being dragged through the mud, and our babies are being killed on camera and nobody cares.

Nobody cares.

So, now I’m thinking about Harriet Tubman. The ultimate MVP. She helped change the course of life for so many of us and I cannot begin to fathom what she felt. When she knew something had to be done and she did it. She did it well, and she did it over and over again because she had to.

I don’t know if I can be like Brother Malcolm, or Amelia Boynton Robinson or John Lewis or Fannie Lou Hamer.

I don’t know if I can channel the courage of Ella Baker, or Dorothy Height. But, I want to.

Let’s talk about this new renaissance (as my sister calls it).

Media outlets like Blavity, speaking and preaching about all things black.

Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and yes Beyonce, holding it down in the music industry.

Black people are in love with their hair, their skin and their bodies again  #yas

My personal favorites – Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, Clint Smith and Ernestine Johnson – leading the literary way.

And, DeRay McKesson is definitely holding it down and holding his own in the world of politics.  

A lot of good stuff in a lot of different places.

We’re unapologetically black.

We’re woke.

The new wave of “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud” is now.

And, we’re laying the foundation for the new black messiah.   

Are ya’ll ready?

 

by: Shamira

 

 

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