I am a Black man in America. My sons are Black men in America. My brothers, cousins and best friends are Black men in America. I fear for our lives because too many others don’t see us as men they see us as prey and threats to be eliminated. Our lives are in jeapordy every single day simply because we are Black men in America. I pray I never get that call telling me that one of us will never be coming home again because we are Black men in America. I pray that there are never marches in our honor in protest of us being murdered by police for being Black men in America. I pray that there are never any videos that go viral showing us being slaughtered simply because we are Black men in America. No other group of people can ever fathom the pain, anger, injustice, sheer brutal agression we have been forced to endure and have endured for 100’s of years because we are Black men in America. We are still being lynched for being Black men in America. We are still being treated as less than men because we are Black men in America. I hurt as I represent all Black men in America because after all of our sacrifice, all of our back breaking work to build this country, all of the great contributions we have made that others have benefited from and profited off of without sharing any of its prosperity with us or even giving us credit for it, our lives are still being taken and we recieve no justice simply because we are Black men in America. I am a Black man in America and I speak for and to all Black men in America. It’s time for us to take our proper place and stand together as Black men in America and the world. We are all brothers, sons, fathers, cousins, uncles, grandfathers and every time a black man is killed by either police or anyone else including Black men in America, we all die. Live Black man Live and regain the power and prosperity of being a Black man in America that has been deprived from us. We are one and that one is a Black man in America.
In memory of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Sandra Bland and so many others.
Written by Corey L. Banks Sr.