I want to take a moment to acknowledge today from overseas, as many African-Americans across the water might be celebrating! The date 19th June or Juneteenth freedom was granted for ancestors from slavery . It’s a day to remember, no doubt. You know what’s funny I posted on Facebook today a celebration message for this demographic of people, and last night I posted a very important clip of Rayshard Brook’s unfortunate encounter with the police in Atlanta on the 12th June, showing how he was not resisting arrest and no threat. Do you know I lost two Facebook friends, laugh as I write this, and I laughed when I noticed also.
Why? Because firstly, it shows a high level of ignorance that’s still out there, people are still unwilling to face facts, that statistics support the argument that there is a serious problem with law enforcement towards men of colour. Secondly, that some are still unwilling to accept that a person of colour would want to express celebration for freedom, that should have rightfully been theirs anyway. Now, if that bothers you, you need to get over yourself and remember who the victims are here, and have historically been.
It certainly is not law enforcement, and it certainly is not those who choose to not want to be friends with a person of colour highlighting celebration of a key date, and that white male police officers in the USA and where I’m from have a lot to answer for. You can’t dispute it, the statistics are too strong.
So happy June 19th my African-American cousins!! Us overseas rejoice with you, and support your fight for equality ( again after all these years), so that people can ‘get their foot of your neck’ as Malcolm X once said!
Have a wonderful day, and everyday that we have freedom from racist, derogatory, and downright disrespectful behaviour, and the right to not be killed at the drop of a hat. You continue the fight! We salute and stand by you overseas have a wonderful day.