January 30, 2016

What Do You Say?

What do you say when you have so much shame for your country and so many emotions race through your mind that the words you search for are never found?

What do you say when your heart aches so much that you don’t even know if you can make it through the night?

What do you say when you’re trying to get people to listen to you and then realize they hear your words but they just don’t care?

What do you say to your community to get them to see that instead of helping justice prevail they’re destroying our homes and dreams instead?

What do you say to them to make them see the hypocritical actions of fighting for justice by destroying businesses to get that message through?

What do you say to a nation that allows hate crimes to still be an issue, while they say they will make changes but never do?

What do you say to your children when you have to explain to them whether a person was shot because of the color of his skin?

What do you say to someone who is not conscious enough, to make them see that racism does in fact still exist?

What do you say to someone who has been a victim of this hatred when the comforting words of “It will get better” surely feels like it never will?

What do you say to those who treat this stuff as a joke, or don’t even acknowledge that this is an issue?

What do you say to someone who doesn’t understand integrity or refuses to accept equality?

What do you say about those issues to the people in power, when they are the ones causing them?

What do you say when you don’t even know how to feel safe in your own city, in your own country?

What do you say when you’re ashamed of yourself, for not doing everything you possibly can to make this country a safer place for all man- and woman-kind?

What do you say to bring change?

What do you say?