Invisible While Black

“Journalism is a battlefield…my pen is my weapon of choice.”

How is it that “Breaking News” is not broken first on mainstream media, but instead on social media? This morning my timelines were flooded with news, videos and hashtags pertaining to the untimely death of Alton Sterling…yet another in the African-American community gunned down by a law enforcement officer. Naturally, I went to my television expecting news stations to be covering this story, our nation’s leaders to be speaking out about this injustice…to my dismay I found nothing. Nothing!

Until you understand our plight, you will never understand our pain.

Are “we the people” so desensitized to this massacre of black lives; this black genocide  that we no longer feel it necessary or our responsibility to bring this on going issue to light? Are we that far removed that we are choosing to operate in darkness? #STAYWOKE.  I think about Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and now Alton Sterling: had it not been for the citizens who thought to record the incidents as they were happening, the general public would know nothing about these lives lost.

As a journalist, I cannot and will not sit idly by and let these kind of stories go untold. The “Land of Liberty” has been silent enough. When one in our community is hurting, ideally, we all hurt. How did we get so far as a nation? #WhenWillWeMatter?

In order to fight the right way, we must first know what we are fighting against. Ephesians 6:12 tells us,

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,  against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

We have a long way to go yet. Now more than ever is the time for us to pray without ceasing, stand for righteousness (even if it’s not popular) and fight this fight on our knees.

Speak up for those who no longer can. Let’s bombard Heaven.

#RestInPeaceAltonSterling

 

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