As I wake up this morning, praising God for another day. My heart is heavy with the events which took place last night in Paris. With more breaking news swarming in, we are now told that ISIS claims responsibility of the terrorist attacks which killed over 120 people in Paris France. As I’m scrolling through my Face Book timeline, I see many people standing in solidarity with #PrayForParis post. As I continue to scroll, I come across a pic “Tell me why you Praying For Paris”. At first glance I think, ‘what a cool way to have people vent their reasons or feelings about the horrific events’. But as I continue to read the post and comments, I notice this was not this person’s intent at all.
Let me be clear, I acknowledge everyone’s different opinion, even if I don’t agree with them.
Some Black and Whites have turned this situation in Paris into a race, and cultural debate. For some Blacks, a question as been raised, “Why should WE be praying for Paris”. In some Black’s mind it can be argued that we are NOT valued in America, so why should we Pray for Paris. For some Blacks I’m sure the thought pattern is that we need to continue to pray for our own lives here in America.
Some Whites have used this horrific act of terrorism in Paris, as a scapegoat of reasons why Blacks should “stop complaining” and be lucky we live in America. For some White American’s, the protests and stance of solidarity on different college campus throughout America in result to #Mizzou students protest should end because the Paris Attacks teaches a “lesson of what real oppression and hatred is”.
ARE WE REALLY SERIOUS RIGHT NOW?!?!?! I could have ignored these post and conversations but I can’t. Why is it that we as a human race can’t look past race and simply have compassion for other humans.
Here are the facts: No matter race, religion, or nationality, over 100 innocent people lost their lives last night. Over 100 people are dead because of a group of persons who felt their reasons of action were justified. Why must we feel the need to compare Black vs White race issues to this horrid event. Why do some Blacks feel that we should not have compassion for others because of the struggles we as African-Americans face in America every day. On the flip side, how can some Whites use this horrible act of terrorism to remind black people of “how lucky we are to be here,” as if we are not being terrorized here on American soil.
Wake up people!!!! Hell yes as a Black American woman, I am upset about the blatant acts of Racism we have been forced to endure in America. As A Black woman I will continue to scream, protest, and take actions which i believe will help in the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement, until I believe that OUR lives really matter not only to White America but in our own communities as well. As a HUMAN BEING, I will continue to have compassion and hope in humanity as well!!! At what point will we stop pointing the finger at each other and make THE DEEP ROOTED changes we need to make so we no longer have to worry about TERRORISTIC AND RACIAL ACTS PERIOD!!! In the mean time, I will continue to PRAY!