Transcript – Worth Striving For (8.1)

Back in elementary school I won an essay contest

A letter dedicated to the late Dr. King

Little ol’ me heard one of the man’s speeches and was inspired by his dream

Inspired determination

inspired by his fight

but most of all I was inspired by the concept of everyone living in harmony

black or white

Our outside appearances don’t mean a darn thing

What you look like don’t stop you from being anything

So why don’t we treat each other equally?

I was inspired as a kid but now

I don’t know anymore

Can we have racial equality in America?

I don’t know anymore

I mean there’s no doubt that we’ve made progress but this country elected into office

A man who’s slogan is “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Connotating a preference for the past where blacks were treated even

Worse than they are now

I don’t know anymore

Everyday I hear a black brother or sister exclaim “no whites allowed”

“If you’re white, I don’t mess with you”

“white people are the embodiment of hatred”

When we before anyone else should know what that type of discrimination feels like

I don’t know anymore

A black man practiced his right to protest by silently taking a knee during the national anthem

And you’re telling me that’s enough to tear this country apart?

Rather than talking about the reason he kneeled

rather than having a heart to heart

We warred with one another

And this country is more black vs white than I’ve ever seen in my young life

I don’t know anymore

When I was in middle school I was asked the question:

If you could go back in time which historical figure would you meet?

And you’d probably guess by now that I’d pick Dr. King

I’d ask him about his speeches

I’d ask him “how do you do it?”

I’d ask him for advice

I’d warn him about the bullet

I was a kid back then but if I went back now

I’d ask him to take a seat

I’d say “Dr. King Dr. King please listen to me

You won’t like what I’m about to say

But your dream is just a dream”

I mean

Be honest with me

Does racial equality even mean anything?

How can we be equal when one race is the majority?

How can we be equal when that race has priority?

How can we be equal when that race has historically had authority over minorities

And still to this day I feel that power over me?

Be honest with me

It just doesn’t make sense that we’d treat each other equally

As human beings we’re selfish

we’re degraded

we want power

and that’s only been proven again and again by the history of this country of ours

America was built by slaves who were enslaved based on how they looked

And these slaveowners are portrayed as heroes in my textbook

On the other hand we like to act like slavery is just a white thing

And you’re innocent if you have brown skin

But I bet your parents never tell you that many of those slaves were sold by their own kin

Must I say it again?

Be honest with me

And we don’t even know how to NOT be racist

We invented this concept of being colorblind

That’s not peaceful that’s just ignorant

Try to tell me you don’t see the difference in our skin pigments

Try to tell me the difference in our physiques is non-existent

Try to tell me the gap between our cultures is not distant

We pull this colorblindness stuff because we don’t like differences

We want to be the same

Be honest with me

We naturally emphasize more with people who are like us

And less with people who are different than us

It’s simply the truth

We point fingers at each other because we like to think we’re without error

We like to blame the other race because we don’t like to look at a mirror

We don’t like to see people do better than us that’s why minorities get ahead

We don’t like to see others get special treatment

That’s why when you hear “black lives matter” “all lives matter” is said

We as black people are filled with vengeance

And is it hard to see why?

Black fathers incarcerated

Black children unfed

Black women degraded

Black men shot dead

But this vengeance leads to a disgusting hate

That makes us sink down to participate

In the discrimination we hated in the first place

Be honest with me

How can a human race with these natural tendencies

Possibly

Possibly

Achieve racial equality?

Things are bad now but they were worse then

How did we make so much progress

When I look at one side of history All I see are animals

Dominated by instinct driven by nature

But when I look at the other side of history I can see how we’ve made it this far

Because we’re not animals

We’re human

Fliers

People

Fighters

You see we ay have these natural tendencies to be racist

To single each other out on a skin color basis

But I’ve seen time and time again people fight against this nature

To love one another to reach out to their neighbor

Because to treat each other equally is a goal worth striving for

The civil war, the civil rights movement, black lives matter

Having one knee bent

All events of black and white hands joining together

their differences didn’t get in the way of making this country better

their was discomfort there was pain

but they still fought each and every day

because this is a goal worth striving for

I challenge you brothers and sisters of all skin colors to

Do what’s uncomfortable

Do what’s unnatural

Do what’s exceptional   

Fight against oppression even if it’s not you being oppressed

Help others catch up to you if you’ve had a taste of success

Love your brother and sister even if they or their ancestors caused you pain

Because hate cannot drive out hate only love can break the chain

Put yourself in the shoes of those with different ways

Look at yourself in the mirror and say “I need to change!”

Don’t be afraid of our differences they should be embraced

Our differences only divide us when we expect to be the same

Now if you asked me “can we reach racial equality?”

My answer wouldn’t change

I still don’t know anymore

But I’ll tell you

I will tell you

That it’s a goal worth striving for