As Ava has shown, we get this a little too much ! ” When They See Us ” …

So folks, as previously stated, I’ve been feasting my eyes on some incredible pieces of visual art, that have reflected some very disturbing truths, about the issues that black people face in the United States, care of Ava Duvernay, Jay Z and, of all people, Harvey Weinstein !

However, in the case of the story told, that of Kalief Browder, RIP.

This is visual art, that takes you into a life & death story, that is done tastefully, and respectfully, but in a brutally honest way, so, say & think what you like about Jay & Harvey, in this instance, one has to credit them with taking people into a world, too often dismissed as non-existent, by those whose privilege, allows them to be, so quick to question the injustices that the system they embrace and benefit from, dishes out to the not so privileged.

Much like the critics of these films, apparent ….

“ Anti-White Agenda “ …..

Like SERIOUSLY … !?!

DENIAL is also …

One HELLUVA’ Drug,
For … CERTAIN FOLKS … SMH !!!

However, the movies, “ 13th “, about the US Prison & Judicial System, and the much talked about, “ When They See Us “, are outstanding pieces of real life stories, put to film.

Accurate, for the most part, from what is shown, and, wonderfully shot and acted, by the main cast.

It’s engaging, disturbing and, for many, a very hard watch, but, one that EVERYBODY, regardless of race, gender or status….

NEEDS TO WATCH, in my opinion, because as said, we darker folks and marginalised communities, have had this stuff twisted and misrepresented, for long enough !!!

It’s NOT Some ….

Chip on our shoulders,
Figment of our imagination, Bullpish’ … !!!!!

We ARE Demonised !
We ARE Vilified !
We ARE Hated !
We ARE Mistreated !
We Are WRONGLY Imprisoned !

And Then ….
After All This,

If we manage to survive,
We ARE then … Left to DIE !!!!

Yet, Even With All This …..

We’re still able to somehow find, the strength, resolve & determination, to find ways, and individuals, who are willing to face the harsh realities of our existence, and then, present them to the world, regardless of all the obstacles placed in front of them …..

I’ll leave it at that, because this all leads to the piece i’m sharing, as a result of watching these films …

Written long before seeing these movies, this piece is a very serious reflection on what, dark skin undoubtedly, does to a lot of people, upon first sight, before they even take the time to delve into what may lie beneath …..

So, as apt a title as …

“When They See Us “ … is …

The title of my piece, is as obscure as it is appropriate, for the, never ending trials that go ….

WAY BEYOND ….

The name calling, and Truly IGNORANT levels of hatred !!!

These are the issues that are not so easily confronted, and overcome !

Systemic, Institutional Racism, via policies, laws, and those enforcing those laws, that, as the movies and this piece, will explain …..

SADLY ….

STILL involve people of colour, YES BLACK PEOPLE, from prison guards, to judges, to district attorneys, and, dare I say it, those in hierarchies, way above these puppets, who are truly, poor excuses for people !!!!

Be you white or black, or somewhere in between, I make NO APOLOGIES, for any offence caused by what you have read or hear, if you choose to ….

Because …..

Regardless of our …

“ Apparent Progress “ …..

The TRUTH is CLEAR …..

….. When you choose to wipe the sleep from your eyes, and state of mind …..

We darker skinned folks are STILL..

The VICTIMS of …… SUBSTANCE ABUSE …….

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