After I see more and more news about blacks being shot down by police, or hear stories about blacks receiving higher mortgage rates, the KKK planning rallies to keep the Confederate flag I become frustrated and feel lost. Recently, I saw a video about black students stomping the American flag. This new challenge is called the Eric Shepphard Challenge. During the video I hear the white news reporter say something along the lines of if you don’t like it you can leave. Which sounds very familiar to Donald Trump’s comment “if black lives don’t matter then go back to Africa”. It’s crazy we live in a country that hangs a flag that symbolizes hate, racism and slavery and yet question why would any black person hate “your” country. Hmmm. We’ll if someone was enslaved, let free but still after over hundred years they are killed, incarcerated and ridiculed for their culture and when they ask for equal rights they are told, go back to Africa. Africa is not a country. Black people didn’t want to leave Africa nor do we know where we are from in Africa. Nor do we speak any of those African languages because our ancestors were killed if they tried to maintain their culture. So how ridiculous is it to wonder why a black person who’s ancestors helped build most of our monuments and most respected buildings could be upset with foul treatment in 2015.
As for leaving America, I will say our family has been here for hundreds of years. America is all I know. I know nothing of my heritage of Africa. Do we ask gays to leave when they fight for civil rights or white women when they are fighting against sexism? Therefore no, I and other blacks can say we don’t like America as it is. No one should what is disgusting is we condemn Muslims, harass Mexicans and murder the black youth and then have the nerve to say we are the land of the free. Who is truly free? With such bold statements we should truly uphold these words instead of deflecting an obvious truth that we do not live by them. We care more about a cloth flag then the freedom of humans? We worry more about the symbol of liberty then maintaining it. When America stops repeating history with racist stunts like church burning then I can say I’m black and a proud American. Because saying it now would just be blind.