The voice for the voiceless

My Experience as a minority in my community in New York.

I am Afro-Latino and want to see justice served. I want to see my people be able to walk outside without being harassed and targeted because of their skin color.

I want to see the police officers who involved in that horrible murdering of George Floyd get 1st degree murder, not just a slap on the wrist and have 10 years in prison.

Police Brutality has going on for decades, while Black Bodies have been cremated over and over again. This is not because of one “Bad Cop”, this is because of the white system that has allowed it to happen.

Check your Privilege. If you see whats going on and haven’t spoken up, look yourself in the mirror and address it.

If you are offended, thats means you are part of problem. Plain and Simple.

REAL JUSTICE.

East Harlem is a small community; many people are striving for better as they go to work, school, etc. As things change, some things remain the same.

Poverty. Crime. Homelessness. Lack of Resources for people of color like myself.

On 125th street and Lenox, Pathmark closed because of bankruptcy a couple years ago, so people who shopped there had to go to another supermarket in the area. A year ago, Whole Foods opened its doors for people who didn’t have access to quality, healthy food could get it. This was a great thing for people who didn’t know where to get their groceries from other than a bodega, which is not good at all.

I remember walking down the stairs to the train station on 135th street and saw 12 police officers right behind me. They were supposedly “protecting” the back door to see if someone didn’t pay their fare.

Policing is something I witness daily, as police cars patrol the neighborhood throughout the day and night.

Majority of the time, the police will park in one spot and stay there for an hour, 2 hours, or more. I remember a time where I was coming home from school and when I entered the building, someone was running and a police officer was behind the person, handcuffed him, etc.

My reaction was of shock and silence. As I am writing this, a police car siren went off in the background outside. My community is a predominately Hispanic and Black area, Policing seems to be at its highest.

There’s police on the buses, police on the subways, police near a park or building, they are everywhere. Its very difficult , but I have no choice but to do everything in my power to improve my family and communities lives.

The World is watching.

History is being made.

400 years of Institutional Racism:

Slavery: 1619-1865

Black Codes: 1865-1866

KKK: 1865-Present

Jim Crow: 1877-1954

RedLining: 1934-1968

War on Drugs: 1971-Present

Mass Incarceration: 1973-Present

Three strikes Law: 1993-Present

We Kneel.

Ya”ll mad.

We march.

Ya”ll mad.

We Protest.

Y”all mad.

We die.

Y”all silent.

This is a political post because as a minority who has witnessed the atrocites of police brutality, poverty, deplorable housing, Gentifrication, Poor schools, I HAVE HAD ENOUGH.

We are told this is the “land of the free” but we are not free. We are still in handcuffs 400 years later.

Hopefully, One Day, I and many others like me can exist in a world where we aren’t judged by the color of skin, but by our character.

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

22 thoughts on “The voice for the voiceless

  1. Thank you for writing this. I honestly believe that things have gotten worse in the last three years. I try to be optimistic that someday, and it may not be in my lifetime, that all this crap will end and folks will just see others as just folks. All, I can say, is that we need to vote for candidates that have empathy and will actually try to do something to help rather that things that incite. Keep writing and we will keep reading and sharing.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Everything you said is right. Everyone deserves to be respected. But sadly, everything is happening so fast and for the worst. I am so sorry! Thank you for writing this. You are strong!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. My heart is breaking over this situation and the fact that it has continued for so long, with so many lives lost or ruined as a result of skin colour. The world is listening and I hope and pray that change is now happening. I stand with you.

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  4. I’m from NY. I know. I have definitely seen some shit growing up in the Bronx and moving around the city. I have my doubts on whether anything good will take place, but I’m still riding and fighting. You definitely ain’t alone. We (the oppressed warriors) got you!

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  5. Great post. It’s always baffled me how America claims to be the land of the free and the defender of freedom and liberty, while at the same time doing everything it can to deny those things to most it’s citizens. Not once has America lived up to the ideal with which it was supposedly created on ✊🏾

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  6. Thank you for writing this. It is undeniable and inexcusable that this is still happening in our country in 2020. I know I am voting for change, educating myself, and praying.

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  7. “We are told this is the “land of the free” but we are not free. We are still in handcuffs 400 years later.” This and the last paragraph hit me the hardest out of everything written in this post.

    Truth is after slavery was abolished with the 13th amendment, racism never ended there as some would like. It just took on a different form (KKK) and then another once that was ended, then another (Jim Crow). It’s a disease that has been mutating and evolving. We need to find a bulletproof cure for this once and for all. I hope this movement can be that very cure.

    I read your comment on my blog a few days and it gripped me so deeply. I appreciate the love and empathy you’ve been sharing of late and I’m glad you discovered my blog. I hope you’re staying safe and staying strong through these tough times my brother.

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing this. A powerful post. You deserve to be heard. And you are completely right. I want to live in a country where people are not treated differently because of the color of their skin.
    Silence and inaction have plagued this nation for far too long. It is shameful. Enough is enough! We need systemic change and we need it NOW. Stay strong & stay safe. Know that you are not alone.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this, my heart break so much because am black and I know what it feels to be neglected and harass because of your skin color, just know that I stand with you.

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  10. Thank you for speaking so candidly about your experiences and for helping raise more awareness for such an important issue. Things have to change and quickly!

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  11. Wow. This is powerful. I cannot even begin to imagine how you must feel, or what you have been through. . . I am hurt, scared, and scandalised by what is and has been happening, and you must feel a million times worse. It never fails to amaze me just how low people can sink. I hope we live to see a world where fairness and justice is truly given to all people.

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