Black skin

 

By Dr. G

Society has adopted a myopic view in response to far too many social problems,
A highly individualistic stance of “me and mine have what we need.
Y’all are on your own,”
Defying the conventional American belief that individual effort triumphs over circumstances. Every single one of us knows someone who is surmounting difficult circumstances.

Why do we allow the drawing of an ideological line in the sand Why do they perpetuate the neglect
The wholesale abandonment of segments of our population?

Why do we participate in “adverse selection”
The neglect of whole people groups?
Why do they support practices that result in market failure
Benefiting those few who are investing in building and maintaining
An ever-expanding prison system?
Straining social programs,
Forcing more people to rely on government assistance to feed and house themselves?
It seems that they willfully starve public education of critical funds and, instead,
Direct those funds to incarcerate the uncooperative and “dangerous” poor of “Third America.”

Remaining is the frontline population of “Second America.” Forced to work for non-living wages,
Risking their lives without benefits
Working longer hours to make ends meet.

This essential class is left exhausted and without representation in decision-making venues, As this systemic failure cycles through and becomes (inter)generational.

Meanwhile, First America, calling themselves the elites make more and more money, Influence policies more to their benefit,
Privatizing the prison system, for example,
On it goes.

As I write, few are experiencing record profits,
While the rest grow poorer and more desperate.
This starved reality continues to erode “freedom” for far too many. How free are we as a nation
When our young men with Black skin
Continue to die at the hands of those
Our tax dollars pay to protect us?

#The Untold Narratives #We Bridge Belonging