10-10-15October 11 — Baudelaire Ceus
“If you understand your nature, then you will understand the limitless possibilities of a human being”
I’ll try to keep this short.
It felt good good to finally be apart of something. A moment. Not a “like for respect” or “retweet to spread the word” (as effective as the latter could be) but a real moment. Millions of people, with the vast majority being black, came together for one thing, justice.
There was a point I felt I was giving up hope in our generation. I was starting to think we were just social media activists that would never rise when called upon. 10-10-15 changed that. I was one of over a million that converged on Washington and demanded that our voice be heard. Over a million people that are tired of hearing of another life that was unjustly taken just to become a trendy hashtag. Black people from all walks of life came together and decided that we will no longer sit back and allow our brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters’ lives be disrespected by the system, and government that rule us.
Benjamin Franklin said “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”. On 10-10-15 millions of the affected came together to make their voices heard and show the unnaffected how real of a problem this actually is. We came together to show politicians that these votes, and billions of dollars will no longer be given to those who will not listen. A female speaker (I apologize for not remembering her name) early on in the rally said “People, when they see ‘#JusticeOrElse’, first ask, ‘What is the or else part?’. The truth is if justice was served, you wouldn’t feel the need to ask what is ‘Or Else’.
The media, if they decide to cover this at all, will probably do so in a negative light. That’s fine. But they must remember, it was ignoring the problem that got us here in the first place.