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You are not born with racism. It is TAUGHT.

This statement is self-explanatory.

In a world, where racism is not even hidden, one must understand the true meaning of racism. We have various kinds, institutional, work-related, and systemic, but at the end of the day, Racism is RACISM.

If you don’t understand this up until today, you have a problem.

Prime example, I want to use my family as a perfect example. Here is a picture taken of my family with my extended family irregardless of race: my aunt Donna and uncle Harry Light.

Taken in the 1990s

In this picture to your far right, you see White people. These are my dad’s parents in the United States. When he finally made the decision to leave his family in Umuabali to pursue education in the states at West Virginia University in Morgantown, these people were his host family. My dad called uncle Harry dad. He partied maybe like a white fraternity brother because his older brothers, the Light’s were in fact white and they shielded and protected him like he was their own despite being the token black child. Even protected better than some of his half-siblings and immediate. In fact, I called these two grandpa and grandma before even knowing my biological grandmother and grasping the concept of what a Grandma was, since she was the only one surviving.

Do you see my uncle Harry’s outfit even. He’s not wearing a European shirt 👔, he chooses to wear to this event a custom african top my dad got him.

I was even heartbroken this year when I tempted to call uncle harry for Father’s Day. To my knowledge, both are still surviving. I don’t call every year when it slips my mind, but when I remember to call, I REMEMBER. This Father’s Day it is always tradition just like any other holiday, to call all relatives that I choose to speak to on the respective holiday. This year I remembered and attempted to call to find out the call had been disconnected, due to no longer in service. My heart ♥️ instantly stopped. I PANICKED thinking something was not well with uncle Harry. My mother then confirmed to me that both are now in a nursing home. I PRAY that all is well with them. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

All this to say, do you think my grandpa was happy to send the chosen child, 1000s of miles away to be hosted by a white family that may have had racial ties in their family lineage? The answer is probably NO. Do you know we still keep in touch with this family and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to this day? That’s what you call love. They took my father in, and treated him no less than their own village of children. That’s LOVE. They even maintained traditions that my dad taught them as in giving money in terms of rank of children, giving gifts every holiday and birthday in significance of age, etc.

I’m forever indebted to this family. FOREVER my family.

And here go my paternal grandparents. If you want to talk about the issue of colorism, you can’t really tell from this picture since its sepia tone, but my grandfather was as light as day and my grandma was as dark as night. So for you to come to the conclusion that racism is instinct, it’s not, it’s TAUGHT.

Grandpa Gabriel Ihueze and Grandma Florence Igbenma Ikpoh

So next time you come to the idea that racism is instinctual, let me remind you, IT’s NOT. IT’s TAUGHT.

-Evalina C. Ikpoh, Founder, ‘Transparency is Beautiful’
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2020 is NOT over. PERIODT.

2020 did not start off well for all, including myself and as of current day, we are still in the apocalypse and the book of Revelations with this coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic. Which we as Africans have entitled ‘Coro Coro’. Although many people are crying because they celebrated their birthday during quarantine, lost loved ones that they couldn’t say their final goodbye, affected by job furlough and STILL to this day have not received unemployment that they submitted for weeks on end, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Creativity has gone to SUPERIOR this pandemic. From companies by force being innovative in learning how to work from home to people choosing to finally embark and pursue on side passions/hustles. It’s a BEAUTIFUL thing.

Churches had to become more innovative in performing everything virtual out of the fear in lack of participation. If I tell you how my home pastor has finessed many things he shouldn’t have done…..I still laugh at it. But we serve a BIG GOD!! 🙏🏾🙌🏾 People are now writing and journaling more, some are pursuing to get things published (including myself), some beautiful marriages have been conducted virtually as no delay does NOT stop love (look at Elaine Welteroth’s virtual wedding on her instagram here:), and the list goes on. Adults acting like 5 year olds on Tik Tok even though I do not support in engaging watching people’s tik tok after they refused to allow the #GeorgeFloyd #BLM hashtag on their platform. Many people have received a closer relationship to God or their specific higher being as well in the face of adversity. And let’s not forget the dope graduating class of medical school graduates including my baby sister Belinda and my FOREVER PA Philly Hommie Imanyah. All these beautiful doctors securing the bag into top residencies and fellowships this year in high-end specialties. God is GOOD!!! 🥼👨🏽‍⚕️👩🏾‍⚕️ Attention to black lives in America on a GLOBAL standard, which has never been done in history BEFORE!! 🙌🏾

I catch some stuff here and there, from some of my close ones who I watch their tik tok videos on their instagram. And this lady, she has a special place in my heart. To my Qui Qui, Quianna who knew me when I was in the womb. Over 9 years my senior…let me just say that at 40 something…she is DESTROYING the game!! Lookwise and just life in general. Her late mother and my mom were sisters as her mom was very influential in my mothers life when she came to the states and barely knew English. Her mother, Aunty Cat took her in showing her the ropes of American life…and the rest is HISTORY. I thought I’m living life, but BABY were they LIVING in their heydays.

She did this video duet tik tok with Vincent Vianen…entitled #endoftimeduet…and SIS WENT OFF!! I’m so proud that we still all keep in touch just like the good old days when everyone was alive and well.

To follow Quianna on her instagram or watch more of her videos and get a dope glimpse of her life….FOLLOW her: @quiannaagent

From us as little girls to grown women…it’s a MOVEMENT!!!

Childhood memories: from L to R (Alana, Quianna, myself)

What is your accomplishments and downfalls of 2020? Remember we are halfway through…keep up the GOOD FIGHT.

-Evalina C. Ikpoh, Founder, ‘Your TRANSPARENCY is BEAUTIFUL’
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MUVA Bozoma Saint John: ‘The Badass Workshop’…have you enrolled?

Bozoma Saint John, CEO of The Badass Workshop

This lady is GOALS. Look at her transcript, and that serves as evidence to my statement. Call her businesswoman, call her conqueror, call her marketing executive, call her mom, call her daughter, call her WOKE, call her Ghana, whatever you want. This is Bozoma Saint John for you…UNAPOLOGETICALLY.

I won’t gist and give you a total mini-biography about Bozoma right now because I will eventually want to feature her on my ‘celeb TRANSPARENT of the month’ page in the upcoming months. However I will say this, she hails from Ghana (Ms. Black Star herself) 🇬🇭👑, received her Bachelors from Wesleyan University, and is a mother to a beautiful daughter Lael. She is widowed to her lovely husband, the late Peter Saint John. Professionally, Let me at least tell you the last three jobs of Bozoma: marketing executive of Apple Music, chief brand officer at Uber, and most recently, Chief Marketing Officer of Endeavor (WOW). 🙌🏾💁🏾‍♀️

I became acquainted of Bozoma when I read Elaine Welteroth’s New York Time’s best selling book, ‘More than ENOUGH’, where she speaks so highly of Bozoma (i forget the chapter) where they talk about the double-edged sword of succeeding while black. Ever since reading the chapter, I’ve been a fan of Bozoma and made sure to immediately follow her on the Instagram platform. And just as described, this woman is well-connected in the industry and BLESSED with no side strings attached.

This woman is GOALS.

As of this past week, Bozoma announced the launch of workshop entitled ‘The Badass Workshop’. You can visit information about the program here. The mission is to evolve with career, health & wellness, lifestyle, relationships, goals, and so much more….!!!

Enrollment is STILL OPEN!!! All you need to provide are your name and email contact and you should be contacted with further details about the program.  

I’m excited to embark on this journey of the program and look forward to working with my fellow cohort.  With all these hidden gems that this woman possesses, you would be FOOLISH if you chose not to partake.

Cheers to a successful program! 

To follow Bozoma on social media or her initiatives, the information is as followed:

Twitter & Instagram: @badassboz

The Badass Workshop on Instagram: @thebadassworkshop

Website for the Badass Workshop: http://www.thebadassworkshop.com

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How did you spend on Juneteenth? Did you support the black dollar?

One’s who chose to celebrate on Friday June 19, 2020 was in commemoration of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 where the state of Texas declared the emancipation of slavery. It was also of encouragement to BUY BLACK. In every capacity, I made sure I would treat myself to SUPERIOR as that is also my late father’s birthday. And I’m a #girlDAD, the way my father would lavish me with gifts on a daily basis is inexplicable. Anything I wanted, he made sure not only I got it, but that my sister and cousin/brother also received as well. On his birthday, we would also gift him many things and he would always ask why we as his children were gifting him, as the older he got, he took less priority in his own birthday, when in actuality I was encouraging the new year of life as he aged. So I commemorated Juneteenth and my dad’s birthday to treating myself lavishly, since he is no longer.

I won’t go into detail of how much I spent, but it was easily over a stack ($1k) as I supported 9 black-owned businesses on that day. I celebrated Juneteenth purchases all weekend until I chose to announce the revamp of my website/blog on Monday, June 22, 2020. The shopping did not cease sha, after watching this dope Instagrammer who is taking everything by storm with his fashion line and Tik Tok, fellow Naija boy, Uyi Omorogbe, who I randomnly found because of his delirious ‘Pissing off my African Parents part series’. When I tell you ehn, he is laughable. I thought he was going MAD, not only in his song choice but the videos….when he sang and said ‘damn’ I literally feared for his life. I remember when I tried asking my dad what does damn mean in the second grade and he told me never to hear that out of my mouth AGAIN. Then he had me when his father was sleeping on couch self and of course, wakes him up to stupor. The guy is HILARIOUS. The wedding clip, where his dad asks about the wedding, and he starts off by saying “the grooms bride is a whore”. 😂😂 Jesu!!! Anyways support the young man’s movement, with his fashion line NASO, he was able to use the funds to build an entire brand new school in his village in Nigeria and plans on building more schools throughout Africa. Now that’s what you call a philanthropist. There is meaning behind his madness and I LOVE IT. God bless his dad though, a true African dad who is trying to understand his son who acts anyhow but loves him unconditionally. AMEN. 🙏🏾 I ended up purchasing two of his shirts for my brother/cousin Chris, and to my knowledge he is still having that 30% off sale on his website. You can visit here for purchase. SUPPORT the BLACK DOLLAR. His clothing line is DOPE.

As a snippet, here is an image of where my black dollars went on Juneteenth. And though I spent a lot of money, it gives me contentment that it has strictly gone to black owned businesses or black CEOs, or black entrepreneurs within a larger network. Bravo.

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FREE-ish since 1865: Juneteenth 2020

I was so inspired how we as a people collectively from all different backgrounds came together to commemorate Juneteenth, a historical moment in American history that symbolizes the emancipation of those enslaved in the United States. May you enjoy this small gallery of inspiration as much as I did. Pictures obtained from Instagram.

Following accounts where the pictures came from:

  • @lia_danielss
  • @virgillwalker
  • @esoteric_fervor
  • @i_amjasmyne
  • @fka_pcakes
  • @amyliznieves
  • @lovelanaia
  • @quellasworld
  • @kblx1029
  • @gabrielmichaelbateman
  • @gpierre722
  • @kkorshon
  • @chefraw
  • @iamashleyiman
  • @iambarbiet
  • @sevyndream
  • @convann2
  • @lovemalaha
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Let’s protect our black women as much as we are willing to put our lives on the risk for our black men.

Oluwatoyin Salau, BLM activist who was murdered and went missing on June 6, 2020.

Slate does an interesting article, where they discuss the transition of power in Black women who protest. Let us not forget how Black Lives Matter was founded by black women on the same night that George Zimmerman was acquitted from the murder of Trayvon Martin by Alicia Garza, Patrise Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

When we as women find out one of our own has been mistreated at the hands of violence, it is without question that we fight for you. We don’t mind being pushed, fought at, teargassed, shot with rubber bullets, standing and facing off the very own who take ours away, along with getting arrested for you. It would be appreciated if we could say that our male counterparts would do the same for us as much as we do for them. It’s not reciprocal.

When you look at this image, what is your perception?

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/11/graceful-in-the-lions-den-photo-of-young-womans-arrest-in-baton-rouge-goes-viral/

The most recent example of a black women activist who unfortunately lost her life is BLM activist, Oluwatoyin ‘Toyin’ Salau. This death struck a nerve to me, especially as I’m also a fellow Nigerian-American. What we have to realize is that in America, it does not matter if you are African, Caribbean, African-American, even some South Asians, and for the hispanics who properly identify themselves as Afro-Latino/a. To the common eye, YOU ARE BLACK. There is no discretion in this, at all. No one is exempt. Acknowledge it.

Toyin was only 19 years old. She was a baby, who was just now approaching early adulthood. Yet, she had so much knowledge and you would constantly see her on the frontlines putting her self at risk to protect the movement. Some labeled Toyin as a ‘freedom fighter.’ It was when Toyin went missing on June 6th, that her fellow activists and friends went on a frantic search after noticing Toyin posting a series of tweets describing that she was sexually assaulted by a man who gave her a ride and offered her a place to stay. It was reported that Toyin sought out emergency shelter as she arrived at the Kearney Homeless Center and due to COVID-19 precautions, she was redirected to case managers that she never even contacted. She had escaped the man who picked her up, but was in his clothes because her belongings were at a church and Toyin contacted police but could not locate the man’s house again due to vision problems.

Toyin’s body was found on June 13th along with 75-year old Victoria Sims in a double homicide, in a rented house of 49-year old Aaron Glee, Jr. Who confessed to the murders on a phone call with his mother and was later caught by police on June 14th after he tried to flee on a bus to Orlando, Florida.

On one of the vigils held for Oluwatoyin in Miami, one of the attendees states, “Toyin isn’t with us anymore because we didn’t do enough.”

It hurts to see these types of endings on stories like this, which leaves us with the question: What are we doing to protect our Black women?

And I close this post by quoting questions given by an attendee for a vigil held for Toyin. May her death not go in vain, and bring awareness to the issue of protecting our Black women.

“What can I do better when it comes to protecting Black women, to make them feel safe, to make them feel supported, to make them feel seen, to make them feel heard?”

Sunrise: 8-27-2000 Sunset: 6-2020

Say her NAME. LISTEN to black women. PROTECT black women.

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Because in times like these, make sure you are taking care of your mental health.

With all the current events that are going on in our society, it is important that you take time to yourself to make sure that your mental health is intact. For people directly affected by the recent events, particularly black people and people of color, it is OKAY to not be okay. The exhaustion. The grief. The trauma. It all can cause a downward spiral to our mental capacity if we don’t step back and internalize it the best way that we can.

Some organizations are doing an excellent job in reaching more vulnerable populations to give access to these mental health services, some at no cost. There are many to name, but some worth noting:

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation: This mental health organization founded by actress and philanthropist, Taraji P. Henson, is offering COVID-19 FREE Virtual Therapy Support!!! The COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support campaign was developed to cover the cost for virtual or tele-therapy services by licensed, culturally competent clinicians in our network for up to five (5) sessions. This campaign is exclusive to individuals and families experiencing a life-changing event(s) related to or triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or stress/anxiety regarding race relations and injustice towards people of color. This service is first come, first serve until all funds are exhausted. Please utilize this!!

Black Mental Health Alliance. This organization serves clinicians, the community, and individuals, families and children as their mission is to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities. They have excellent resources and ways to get involved if you want to assist. For more information, visit here.

The Depression Project. This project was found by Australian brothers Danny and Matthew Baker. These two with their project have over 2 billion views and 900,000+ followers on Facebook and Instagram. One of the brothers suffered with depression and the other brother professionally is a counselor. Follow their page for encouragement and education in mental health. You can find their website here. Their Facebook page can be found here. Lastly, you can follow them on Instagram here (@realdepressionproject).

Here are some other images that I found helpful and useful along your mental health journey.

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Defunding the Police: Is it WORTH it?

As mentioned on my celeb TRANSPARENT of the month page where I featured Kendrick Sampson, I talked about how he initiated my attention to ‘defunding the police’ after the outrage from the death of George Floyd and his brutal attack by police from a peaceful protest that quickly went violent.

Since this attention, the city of Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered, vowed to dismantle their police and other major cities are now following suit in either taking the same action or reallocating their police budget within their respective cities. As avid as the mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, was on demanding the arrest of all officer involved in the Floyd murder, he’s against defunding despite the council taking the necessary steps to dismantle the police. He’s not the only one speaking out against it. Presidential candidate, former VP Joe Biden is also against dismantling the police. And Trump, well he is all about ‘law & order‘, so we know his stance. This issue will be very important as we move on in the upcoming presidential election amongst other disbarring issues that need to be addressed.

So what are the pros and cons of Defunding the police? Is it worth it?

Even in the most liberal cities, the idea of defunding the police brings skepticism.

According to Politico & The Brookings Institution, “Defunding the police” means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality. That’s it. It’s that simple. Defund does not mean abolish policing. Many people think that defunding the police means total removal of police, and this is an idea that easily gets misconstrued.

There are pros to defunding. Some of the results of defunding the police are:

  • Reduction of crime
  • Education equity
  • Establishment of a work infrastructure

It is important to acknowledge that although the idea of defunding is starting to resonate with many, many of the cities with the highest number of law enforcement per capita on the payroll are urban areas with progressive mayors and Democratic majorities on the city council. We highly praised Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC for painting a Black Lives Matter mural leading to the White House, while also renaming L’Enfant Plaza to Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of the White House. However, Mayor Bowser proposed a 3.3 percent increase in police spending for the FY2021 budget, and she has not rescinded on her position.

Where can reallocated funds go?

There are various areas that the funds can be used instead of the police:

  • Public Transportation
  • Housing & Community Development
  • Homeless services
  • Recreation & Parks
  • Arts & Culture
  • Health
  • Civil Rights

What would a world with defunded police look like?

In recent weeks, some major cities have already reallocated millions of dollars towards other initiatives, such as Los Angeles ($100 million to minority communities), San Francisco, Baltimore ($22 million to recreation centers, trauma centers and forgivable loans for Black-owned businesses), Prince Georges County, Maryland ($20 million and removal of officers from schools), and Minneapolis. Mayor DeBlasio of New York pledged to cut police department funding and Atlanta mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an order this past week for reform in reallocating public safety funds.

CNN, has an excellent article on what it would be like in 3 scenarios without police reform: a traffic stop, a domestic violence call, and a school shooting. It gives a good perspective on how things would be handled in a world with limited policing. You can find the full article here.

What are your thoughts? Is defunding the police worth it?

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Nigeria & the continuous battle with rape culture

Why is it when a lady is raped, why is it the default response for many to demonize her for being at fault instead of a victim?

Ask Ebuka®

This quote was taken from a post written in December 2019, but relevantly resonates to today.

Rape is an issue that no country is exempt from, however many countries don’t have strong repercussions to the attackers and not enough protection for the victims. In my paternal land of Nigeria, a country around the size of the state of Texas with a population over 196 million and over 200 languages, when incidences such as rape occur, they either go unnoticed or aren’t brought to the attention that it deserves based on the severity of the outcome. It seems as if the normal reaction to rape is becoming ‘normal’ in the sense that people do not seem affected when they hear the news of rape. It’s truly sad and disheartening. Many people of Nigeria on many other issues blame Buhari, the government and other people of importance for certain misfortunes, but as Ebuka states, “We can’t blame Buhari for this one though… No.. its on us. All of us!”

Certain times when things can go both noticed and unnoticed is when the rape occurs with a person of status. As of recent, I’ve been paying attention and following the news of musician Brymo, Nollywood actor ‘Bollylomo’, and musician D’Banj on being accused of sexual assault. Some are seeking legal matters, while others are fighting for justice because the person used their fame and money to police to throw the case away. When it comes to rape, what differentiates you from the next? How does your status make you immortal to dealing with the repercussions that a normal citizen would have? It’s truly disheartening to see this type of treatment as I listen to these musicians music and have watched on film. We have to remember that there is no criteria for who can be a victim or attacker of sexual assault. NO ONE is exempt.

Other times, the attention of rape becomes noticed when it becomes tragic, resulting in a death. In early June 2020, I see from family abroad and woke Nigerian-Americans who want to raise awareness on Instagram and all over Instastory…”Justice for UWA“… “Justice for TINA“. I didn’t even have look into the story yet to realize what these people were demanding justice for. I instinctually knew that these victims had to succumbed to something associated with sexual assault. Tina Ezekwe was actually gunned down by Lagos police, but you know it’s sad when your mind immediately gravitates to sexual assault. This is where the normality of this concept comes in again. Even “Justice for JENNIFER.” CHAI.

Some mini-stories behind these victims:

Uwa. Uwavera Omozuma was a student who was gang raped and murdered in a church close to her home in Benin. She was only 22 years old.

Jennifer. Jennifer was raped by five boys in Kaduna. The boys who were involved got arrested, but were later released. The family was also bribed to let the case slide. She was only 18 years old.

As of June 9th, 2020, there has been international reports of protests against rape and sexual violence. On June 12th, 2020, CNN reported that Nigerian state governors resolve to declare state of emergency on rape following spate of sexual violence. The very own women that you lack to protect are the movement makers and making sure this issue is addressed and is reaching global attention. Let’s do our part to help.

Have you ever fell victim to one of these responses towards a rape victim?? Then you are apart of the problem.

  • “But what was she wearing?”
  • “The lady must have dressed skimpily.”
  • “What was she doing in his house?
  • “Girls must stop allowing themselves to get raped.”

How Black men must protect Black women:

  • Stop degrading Black women. Insensitive Black girl jokes about skin color, hair, body types, and trauma are not funny
  • Stop feeding into stereotypes.  Perpetuating stereotypes of Black women is detrimental to us all.
  • Stop the oversexualization of Black women.  They aren’t objects of pleasure.  They are human beings.
  • Call out your ‘friends’ for insensitive jokes and for being disrespectful towards Black women. (P.S. stop being friends with them)
  • When you see Black women being disrespected, stand up for them.  Rally behind them, and support them.  Help give them a voice that we all as humans deserve to have.
  • Don’t just tweet about it, get active in real life.  Actively protect Black women EVERY single day of your life.
  • SOURCE: Instagram–> @agbaramagazine

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How many more black bodies?

February. Ahmaud Arbery.  March. Breonna Taylor. May. George Floyd.  June. Rayshard Brooks… WHO ELSE???

As a person of color, we leave in this numbness of our reality within United States society: our lives are at stake on a daily basis, doing the simplest things that our white counterparts and other races easily receive a ‘pass’ for. How these people lost their lives….Ahmaud: jogging in a neighborhood; Breonna: sleeping in her own apartment that was intruded for a person who was already in custody; George: grocery shopping and being speculated for giving a counterfeit bill; and Rayshard: accidentally falling asleep in a Wendy’s drive-thru as he was under the influence of alcohol.

Let’s reiterate how these people have passed on that sparked national and global outrage: RUNNING, SLEEPING, SHOPPING,….& SLEEPING.

Of course there is some light at the tunnel in awareness…..but why at the cost of another BLACK body??

George ‘GENTLE GIANT’ Floyd. This man, my heart still cries out for him. For his family/siblings, for his supportive friends and celebrities he knew that continue to fight for him, for his children he left behind, but most importantly for his late mother he cried out for numerous times as he was gasping for his final breaths. I tear up as I type this, because not only was I a witness to something I didn’t want to watch after it was broadcasted continuously over the news, but the WORLD witnessed a live lynching at the hands of the police. People who are in a career and paid to ‘protect & serve‘ the communities that they interact with on a daily basis.

Majority, and when I say the majority who were able to watch and analyze that video from around the world, about 85-90 percent, saw the George Floyd murder as absolutely wrong. Remember that remaining 10-15 percent who tried to validate the murder or cite Floyd’s past, etc…. United States is still a country that focuses on white supremacy and institutional racism despite touting themselves as a ‘free world.’

We in the black community consider George Floyd a hero, as his daughter Gianna would say, “My daddy CHANGED the world!“. However we also have an unsung hero to this story that brought global attention to this daily battle we deal with in the United states: the 17-year old, Darnella Frazier who mustered the courage to film over 8 minutes and 46 seconds of execution that took this innocent man’s life. Without this video, this murder would have easily been overlooked, and Chauvin along with his 3 compatriots would still be policing on the streets of Minneapolis today. Through his death, protests have been ongoing for 20+ days all over the world, all 50 states engaged in protests on the outrage of this murder (never heard of in history), the city of Minneapolis taking the initiative in vowing to dismantle their police, outlawing chokeholds in several cities in police protocol, and countless other milestones and counting. This is just the beginning and push to the momentum that we needed. You have people from all backgrounds, colors, and creeds out on the streets peacefully protesting, while others fall victim to violent riots and protests at the hands of the police. Let me repeat this, PEOPLE of ALL COLORS, CREEDS, and BACKGROUNDS all fighting for the common cause and putting up the good fight. This is a BEAUTIFUL thing and something I’ve never witnessed in my 31 years of life and even our most eldest citizen have witnessed in their own lifetime. May we not allow his death along with others who have lost their lives to police brutality and senseless violence by our fellow citizens not go in VAIN. Amen. The fight is not over, it took over two weeks to get all four officers involved arrested, and I believe one of the officers was released on $750k+ bail that he raised through donations. That’s right Gianna, YOUR DAD IS CHANGING THE WORLD!

Just as we were trying to heal from the George Floyd murder, laying him peacefully to rest while actively protesting, on Friday, June 12, 2020, in an Atlanta Wendy’s drive-thru, we are informed of the senseless killing of Rayshard Brooks who fell asleep in his car, was confronted by police, cooperated with all demands and protocols until he realized he was being arrested. Out of fear of returning to prison because he was on probation, he wrestled and tussled with police, ran to be shot 3 times in the back by officer Garret Rolfe. Rayshard Brooks’ 8-year old daughter’s birthday was the following day on a Saturday. These officers involved in this murder have turned themselves in and are currently in custody, while the officer who actually shot Brooks is facing 11 charges, including felony murder with a possibility of facing the death penalty, even though prosecutors stated they will not seek capital punishment.

Let’s not forget the hanging deaths of two California black men within days of each other that is currently under FBI scrutiny: Malcolm Harsch and Robert Fuller for then Fuller’s half-brother, Terron Jammal Boone to die in a shootout with sheriffs two days before Juneteenth. We just can’t get a break.

Where do we go from here in seeking justice for these killings that gradually brought outrage?

Many of the justices go unheard. Why? Because there is no formal prosecution. On Ahmaud Arbery, both the white supremacist father & son, McMichaels & the friend who video recorded, William Bryan are currently on trial in the state of Georgia. On the initial hearing, new information was released that Ahmaud was hit with the truck and one of the McMichaels stood over him and called him a “fucking nigger” after Ahmaud was shot 3 times with a shotgun and bleeding to death while gasping for air. If convicted, all three can face life in prison without parole, with the possibility of the death penalty. What of Breonna Taylor? It has been 90+ days since Breonna was murdered and those police officers are STILL police officers. I believe one officer got fired yesterday and the city of Louisville passed ‘Breonna’s Law’ on June 11th unanimously to ban no-knock warrants. BUT WHY IS THIS LAW PASSED WITHOUT NO ARRESTS NOR CONVICTIONS? This makes this law useless. Do me a favor, ARREST ALL OFFICERS INVOLVED, then this law recently passed will hold some weight. We still have work to do. What of Tony McDade? A trans-male in Tallahassee who was shot down by police after being speculated of being involved in a fatal stabbing on nearby Saxon street. The officer involved in this shooting has been placed on administrative leave. THAT’s it.

Let’s not forget the people who have lost their lives at the cost of these protests with incompetent police and fellow citizens in the wake of the George Floyd murder. In loving memory…

There have been thousands of arrests in the United States revolved around peaceful and violent protesting before even officers were actually reprimanded for their actions. Unfortunately, some innocently lost their lives at the hands of police. As of June 18th, according to USA Today & Forbes, there have been 19 deaths directly or indirectly associated with protesting. May these people rest in POWER.

  • Calvin L. Horton Jr., 43, Minnesota
  • Javar Harrell, 21, Michigan
  • Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, California
  • James Scurlock, 22, Nebraska
  • Barry Perkins, 29, Missouri
  • Chris Beaty, 38, Indiana
  • Dorian Murrell, 18, Indiana
  • Italia Kelly, 22, Iowa
  • Marquis M. Tousant, 23, Iowa
  • Marvin Francois, 50, Missouri
  • John Tiggs, 32, Illinois
  • David McAtee, 53, Kentucky
  • Jose Gutierrez, 28, Illinois
  • Victor Cazares Jr., 27, Illinois
  • Jorge Gomez, 25, Las Vegas
  • David Dorn, 77, Missouri
  • Robert Forbes, 55, California
  • Two unidentified males died in Philadelphia on the night of June 2

What you can do to continue the movement

The fight continues. The Undefeated did an excellent article on how you can continue to advocate for seeking justice following the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The full article can be found here. They go on to say, “we can’t just tweet about it–we need to BE about it.” 3 easy steps as summarized:

  • Support organizations with boots on the ground

  • Show up

  • Vote

Funds to support the publicized deaths that sparked outrage:

If you want to donate or support the victims stated within this post, here are some links provided. The Cut does an excellent article on additional links and information regarding everyone affected by these senseless murders and where to donate, you can find additional ways to donate here.

Ahmaud Arbery: https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud

Breonna Taylor: https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor?

George Floyd: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

George Floyd’s daughter Gianna: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gianna-floyd-daughter-of-george-floyd-fund

Darnella Frazier (lady who filmed George Floyd murder for peace and healing): https://www.gofundme.com/f/peace-and-healing-for-darnella

Rayshard Brooks: https://www.gofundme.com/f/official-gofundme-for-rayshard-brooks?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

When this is all said and done, HOW MANY MORE BLACK BODIES???

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