Let Us Breathe: The Plight of Brown People

Let Us Breathe: The Plight of Brown People

Since the 14th Century, brown people have been under the foot of the European in one way or another. To suggest anything outside of this is simply factually incorrect. Recently, I had the displeasure of having a political discussion with someone I considered a friend; only to find out in the end we were just diametrically on different planes. How does this happen? American, (but even prior to the existence of America)history has been written by the European male.

Let Us Breathe: The Plight of Brown PeopleThat history has been tailored to form a view of white people which is a favorable one. Please understand that this is not a anti-white article, in fact this the exact opposite. This piece is about education and honesty in the fact that sometimes the truth hurts everyone involved, but it must be told. Right now on the southern border of the United States of America, Brown children are being taken away from their parents for simply seeking a better life. You will hear Americans yell at the top of their lungs, “This is not who we are!” On the contrary, this is exactly who America is and will continue to be until we make some changes.
A little over 70 years ago, America interned Japanese citizens into camps because the United States was at war with Japan. At the time, no one made a big stink about this, now it’s a stain on the American idea of freedom. Really? The land of the free and the home of the brave? Yes, the America that you put your hand over your heart and sing it’s Anthem is not the America you think it is.
Let Us Breathe: The Plight of Brown People
Let Us Breathe: The Plight of Brown PeopleAmerica is the richest country in the world because it was able to build its infrastructure on the backs of slaves and indentured servants. That may not feel good to read, but it is the unadulterated truth. America continues to strive to be the land of equality to deny the idea of what America can be would be doing a disservice to the hopes and dreams of the people who founded the country. However, at the same time we must remember that the man we call the father of freedom, Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence was a slave owner. People often say he loved the woman that fathered most of his children, however she didn’t have a choice as to whether or not she laid with Jefferson. That is something, I, as a black man cannot abide.
Right now on the southern border, children are being ripped out of their parents arms for no reason except for the fact that they are brown Spanish-speaking individuals. They come from poor countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, and the Honduras. They are not gang members actually they are fleeing gang violence. A mother only endangered the life of her child when she believes that the journey she is about to embark is safer than where she is. I am not the child of an immigrant, we are victims of a crime. People of color in America were largely brought here against our will.
That is not to say that we should continue to act like victims. The point of this piece is to bring awareness and speak truth to power. So while we acknowledge the atrocities we also must acknowledge that we are The Descendants of Kings and Queens. People of color, by and large, just want equality. I can’t recall any black person ever telling me they wanted to enslave white people or exert some type of dominance over them. People of color simply want to be allowed to breathe.
Let Us Breathe: The Plight of Brown People
The killing of black people is nothing new. You could be killed for whistling at a woman ( Emmett Till). You could be killed for being afraid that you have child support warrants and running and be gunned down in the back (Walter Scott). The only difference between now and then are cell phones. The advent of the camera phone has truly made anyone and instantaneous journalist. So you should truly understand the power that you wield when you turn on your camera to document police brutality and or violence.
Let Us Breathe: The Plight of Brown PeopleA great deal of research went into this article. Not simply written articles but actually talked into different people to get their perspective on things. The thing that struck me the most is that white men don’t even understand what their white privilege is. Black women, truly understand that they are doubly encumbered. For not only are they women ( who were not protected by the United States Constitution) but they are also black. I’ve often said in the words of Malcolm X the most disrespected species on the planet Earth is the black woman. 
Does the United States have an immigration problem? Most certainly. The question you should be asking yourself is: Why aren’t we locking up white Canadians who crossed the border into the United States illegally all the time? Followed by why is there no coal to build a wall on the northern border? The answer to that question is Canadians or by and large white. Facts only…
Black people are policed differently than other ethnicities. DL Hughley said “white people get the Army Corps of Engineers to police their streets common while black people get the Marines.” If you don’t understand the analogy, the Army Corps of Engineers is there to help you in a moment of crisis. Marines are simply trained to kill.
On July 10th 2018, the United States missed is deadline to reunite 102 children under the age of 5 with their parents. The United States government is on track to miss the deadline to reunite over 3000 other children from ages 5 to 17 with their parents by the 17th of July. Why should you care? Because if the current Administration is willing to disobey the laws of the Court brown people could find themselves enslaved again. If you don’t think it’s possible, reread the 13th Amendment. It basically says you can’t lose your liberty UNLESS you commit a crime. Are you looking at the prison system differently yet? 
Let Us Breathe: The Plight of Brown People
Now it’s not all doom and gloom. Quote Jay-Z, “What’s better than one billionaire? (Two)  Especially if their the same hue as YOU.” Now most people may aspire to be rappers or athletes but the way out of poverty is an education. The starter of this blog and I know that all too well. We fundamentally understand that our education elevates us to and even playing field with those in authority. It’s the main reason why black schools aren’t as good as the white ones.
So how do we make things better? We must understand the truth and then educate ourselves. I am am returning to Pardon My Audacity to do just that. Then thoughts and views expressed here are my and should never reflect negatively on PMA.
I am tired of seeing black man shot dead in the streets and there being no penalty for the officers who take their lives. I am alarmed by the fact that even our women are now targets as well. 
All lives are important, I will not ask for forgiveness for being primarily concerned with people who look like me. I am unapologetically black and proud. I am young, gifted, and black. All we want is what the constitution promised ” the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Many people thought the election of Barack Obama meant the end of racism. Sadly, we have watched America turn hateful and angry because a black man dared to think he could be the leader of the Free World. 
We have to end the child abuse perpetrated on these Brown Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters. Black people in the United States have high blood pressure as a direct result of having been slaves. This ends now.
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TKAbout the Writer: TK is host of political radio station TKs Take. When he’s not writing and recording, he’s raising three beautiful children with his wife. 


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