Comply And Still Die #BlackLivesMatter #SaySomething #racism

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It didn’t feel right to post the lighthearted quote I had scheduled for today.

The tragic events have been constantly on my mind and I haven’t been able to focus on much else.

Like many others, I’m still reeling with sadness, shock and feeling sick to my stomach. I don’t know the families of the victims but I found myself with tears in my eyes all throughout the day as if I did know them.

Because when you’re living in a certain skin, these events hit you hard and force you to say something.

It sickens me that:

  • these types of events are becoming the norm;
  • there are absolutely no checks and balances for those that are supposed to protect and serve;
  • certain people will try to blame the victims for what happened;
  • it took a courageous woman to show the world through Facebook the type of treatment that is real and endured everyday;
  • the character assassination of this woman will likely begin because that’s how the pattern usually goes;
  • getting to the root of the problem will be lost beneath a layer of violence that has now bubbled over into the streets; and that
  • when you listen and comply, you can still die.

I’ve spent the past evenings watching CNN and reading eloquently written posts under the #BlackLivesMatter tag in WordPress.

In fact, I’ve read a number of deep, emotionally thought provoking posts and will be reblogging a few over the short term.

I do hope that you take the time to read a few.

©2016 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

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27 thoughts on “Comply And Still Die #BlackLivesMatter #SaySomething #racism

  1. Watching this unfold on CNN in New Zealand… It was a crime waiting to happen…tragic for America. I’m so sorry as its not over yet. What were those police officers thinking the other day… 🤔🤔🤔 Retaliation crimes don’t solve anything sadly. Take care Lynn C New Zealand.

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  2. As the mother of two young black men who “fit the profile” simply because of their ethnicity, I have lost sleep worrying if they make it home even driving from visiting me. No one should have to feel, or live this way.

    Just heard on the news, law enforcement officers were killed in Texas. It’s heartbreaking and wrong. They leave families to mourn and deal with the pain of loss. But, it also makes me wonder…what did everyone think was going to happen if there was never any justice – if no one was ever held ACCOUNTABLE…or, is THIS the desired outcome so a true war on black males can commence?

    There will be no winners in this, just more lives lost until the system itself is held accountable. 😢

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  3. These horrible tragedies need to stop. I have no words to express how awful I feel about the judicial system and about these people who are supposed to protect not attack the citizens of their communities. I’m appalled and sickened.

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  4. I’m so glad that people are expressing such sensitive and thought provoking opnions on this matter. I am still in a state of shock and I hope that one day the good will defeat the bad and these awful tragedies will end.

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  5. Reblogged this on K. Phoenix and commented:
    Such tragedies that won’t stop happening all around us. Let’s not keep quiet and allow this to be of the norm. My prayers to the families and for all of us.

    Light and love!


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  7. Timely and necessary post, Marquessa! When we all acknowledge that there is a huge rent in our thinking, then we can work to fix it. You don’t seek medical attention when you’re feeling well (ideally). You seek attention when you notice that something is amiss.

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  8. Totally agree with your sentiments expressed – but must correct your quote – we do NOT have a JUSTICE system it is purely a LEGAL system made by and enforced by White MEN! And because they are the power brokers it seems they are completely immune to justice …

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