This is Why I Stand

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

This is the reason why I speak, because although I live in the west indies an injustice in America affects me.

I am standing in solidarity with the movement in America because I want the blatant racism against black people to stop.

I want to be able to look forward to the day when my son goes off to university in whatever country or continent that we choose and be confident that he will not be racially profiled because of the color of his skin. I do not want to constantly battle with anxiety and worry when my son leaves home for university in either the United States or the UK from fear that my son might be targeted because he is a black man. I want to look forward to his graduations and other special events without all the while fearing for his safety wondering if he will make it to that special day.

He should be able to wear a hoodie if he desires to go the corner store for a snack or go out for a run without being targeted and killed.

So this is why I am not silent. This is why I use my social media platforms to raise awareness in whatever way I can and stand in solidarity with the rest of my black brothers and sisters to eradicate this very unfortunate reality that has been constantly forced upon us.

Let us support each other as we protest, raise awareness or fight for justice for now and for the future of our little black boys and girls.

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