I’m Not Black.

Disclaimer: This is not hatred or frustration targeted towards white individuals. Rather, this is about the movement and problem that is vividly taking place within society today. I’m addressing the problem as a whole, not targeting a specific group of people as such. I am also at risk of being ignorant towards the real mistreatment of black people; therefore, I do apologise in advance if I say anything which isn’t clear and therefore easily misinterpreted.

If you don’t already know, “Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organisation working for the validity of Black life. [They] are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.” It was created after the murder of seventeen year old Trayvon Martin. Martin was of African American descent, living in Miami Gardens, Florida. It was in 2012 when Martin was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer. The basis of the movement is rooted in the dehumanising experiences of black individuals, specifically in America.

Conceptions around racism and prejudiced views have been around for centuries, with the misfortune of the same ideologies seemingly repeating itself. It’s an ugly reality of the world we live in. You can’t deny it, because it exists all around us. Some choose to address it – most choose to ignore it. What I personally gather from the BLM movement, is an attempt to bring justice and awareness to victims and their families. I can only assume that the motive aims to resolve these issues and deal with it accordingly. Though, given said that, most of the unjustifiable shootings/attacks are carried out by law enforcers. American cops. So the problem is hushed and spoken about behind closed doors. Not acknowledged as wrong. They won’t take blame for their actions of course, as they need to cover their own backsides. They can’t put themselves on the line. They’d rather assume the worst and take unnecessary action, especially when it’s clearly not needed. They resort to their guns. You call them cops, I call them coward, judgmental, negligent bigots.

I am also aware that a man shot five Dallas officers as a form of revenge for the mistreatment of black individuals through the hands of the law. That was incredible wrong. Those officers had nothing to do (by assumption) with the shootings of other black individuals. All in all, they were all victims of horrific events.

Many middle class (generally) individuals have tried to pro-claim the concept of BLM (black lives matter) by contributing to and starting All lives matter. Which is true. This isn’t to say that all lives don’t matter. All lives DO matter, but it seems as though black lives aren’t a priority. The statement of all lives matter in itself isn’t incorrect or wrong. Nonetheless, it’s an absolutely absurd response to a social movement which is trying to make a very valid point. The point that dark-skinned individuals do face a disgusting level of racism from society and more atrociously, by figures of authority. By responding to BLM with ALL lives matter, you’re not necessarily helping. In fact, you’re doing the opposite. You’re perhaps unintentionally belittling the reason why it started in the first place. To raise awareness, bring recognition and justice to those who have suffered – particularly by officers who should be protecting citizens and enforcing laws appropriately.

I saw a video titled ’23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America’ by MIC on YouTube. I highly recommend you watching it. The simplicities of some of the everyday actions taken by many victims is little to none. We have all witnessed some of these tragedies unfold. One victim who I remember taking over social media was, Sandra Bland. With the video of her encounter with an American officer going viral, we were undoubtfully left uneasy and shocked. It happens and it’s going to continue to happen, unless we start addressing the issue. Black individuals ARE being brutally mistreated over small issues – issues which light-skinned individuals would get away with.

There is a problem within society; particularly in America. Just because it’s not affecting you, doesn’t mean you should turn a blind eye. There is a storm of racism surfacing itself.We should be moving forward. Not backwards.

I’m not black, but I have friends who are.

I’m not black, but I can see mistreatment.

I’m not black, but I can support those who are during a time like this.

I don’t know why I’ve delayed writing about this issue for so long. It’s currently within the news and we’re almost constantly in-undated with information regarding this movement. I wanted to have my say. and I clearly used it. I can only hope you understand the point I was trying to make. Thank you.

Fyza.

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16 thoughts on “I’m Not Black.

  1. Just to clarify, I’m not American, but South African, although I AM black.

    You make very valid points, and the vid depicts the mere tip of the iceberg that side, but what I still stand by is this isn’t a one-sided thing. Both parties have played a role in this. Blacks, and police alike, it’s just a shame that it took this long for the world to stand up and take notice.

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    1. Thank you for your feedback on this. I totally agree with you there. It’s also impossible to ignore the continuous occurrence of shooting of black individuals atm.

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      1. ” It’s also impossible to ignore the continuous occurrence of shooting of black individuals”

        Actually, you are probably living in a world of illusion created by the media. Yes, a lot of blacks get shot every day in the U.S. But it is not the police doing the vast majority of that shooting. Is is other blacks shooting blacks.

        The real story, despite the media, is blacks robbing, raping, robbing, beating up, and murdering other blacks. For over a quarter century according to FBI statistics blacks have committed over 50% of all homicides in the U.S. where the race of the killer was known. That despite being less than 15% of the population. Most of the victims were black too.

        A police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black than to shoot a black.

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    1. Martin was shot dead. That is undoubtedly murder or manslaughter as the least. His shooter, George Zimmerman allegedly had origins of hispanic/black, but he himself was fair skinned. No blacks in his immediate or close family. To be honest, it’s a weak point to make. Though, I have mentioned in my post that the whole concept is not simple, and it’s complex as a whole. I was just sharing a valid perspective which many can see and agree on 🙂

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      1. “Martin was shot dead. That is undoubtedly murder or manslaughter as the least.”

        Martin was shot and killed. That is indeed a fact. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and a jury heard the facts and did not believe there was sufficient evidence to convict Zimmerman of murder or manslaughter. Hence the self-defense claim held the day.

        Self defense is a legitimate defense for homicide in the U.S. if the facts are on your side (and they were very much so on the side of Zimmerman). You should check the link I gave to some articles by Massad Ayoob, an expert witness at the trial, and what he saw and heard in the trial.

        As to Zimmerman not being lily white, the real point is how the media tried to make him “lily white” to further their false narrative. Don’t get me wrong. As a person I am not sure I would be friends with Zimmerman or even much like him on a personal level. After all he was (maybe still is) a Democrat.

        However if you read about some things he did before Zimmerman he was a role model at times for helping and defending blacks.

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  2. I am Black and I am glad you are standing up for this issue. Racism is the problem, not protesters or police. All lives do matter, but all lives aren’t in danger as much as Black lives. I have seen the 23 reasons video and it hurts my heart.

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    1. I would agree with you that racism is still a large problem today. I can remember when white racism was the problem – I am old enough to remember when water fountains in a train station in the south were labelled as to whether whites or blacks could use them.

      But what I see today as the largest and most virulent problem is black racism, crime, and violence. And you are right that black lives, particularly in inner cities, are in danger, but that danger comes from other blacks.

      Blacks killed by police are a tiny fraction of blacks being killed. The vast majority are killed by other blacks. Many inner cities have homicide rates comparable to some of the most violent 3rd world countries.

      Some facts.

      Over 40% of cop killers are black.

      Blacks have committed over 50% of all homicides in the U.S. for over a quarter of a century despite being less than 15% of the population (FBI stats for where the race of the offender is known).

      A lot of blacks are in prison because of racism? No. Because they are way overrepresented in crime and violence.

      Facts are not racist. They just are. The representation largely in the media (and by BLM activists) bears little resemblance to reality.

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    2. “… all lives aren’t in danger as much as Black lives.”

      This is very true. However the vast majority of blacks are mostly in danger of being killed by other blacks, not police – either white or black. The homicide rate is so high in many inner city black ghettos that it totally skews the homicide rate for the whole United States. Places like Detroit, New Orleans, Chicago, etc. approach homicide rates equivalent or exceeding some of the most violent 3rd world countries. And it is almost all blacks killing other blacks.

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  3. Your writing is so profound. I am not black, but as a Muslim I feel discrimination from certain individuals when they see my hijab. Some people are prejudiced, and they have preconceived ideas in their minds, and their manners show. It helps when people don’t have closed and bigoted minds.

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    1. Thank you very much. I totally understand where you’re coming from on that. I too am a Muslim and my sister/mother wear a hijab. So I definitely relate to you. Unfortunately, bigots and ignorant people will be all around us. Just continue to use your voice/wisdom in a positive way 🙂

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