ATLANTA, GA - MAY 29: A man holds a Black Lives Matter sign as a police car burns during a protest on May 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Demonstrations are being held across the US after George Floyd died in police custody on May 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

We are quick to protest, walk in the streets, or sit at a government building wanting something to change when an absolute stranger is murdered by a white police officer or a strange white man, but we don’t even value the lives of our people in our own neighborhoods.

There was an 8 year old girl who was shot and killed in a drive by in statesville the other day and you know what we say as a culture about the people who do the shooting, “don’t snitch” or they don’t know anything about the situation.  This didn’t make national headlines because unfortunately it’s common in the black community.  We’ve been wanting equal rights and civil rights for the longest time but back in the height of the civil rights movement it seemed like there was more unity than there is now.  Yes we saw people marching in the streets in their different cities and countries but we didn’t see anyone marching from one state to another to get the change that we really need.

We have got to start holding people accountable for their actions in our communities.  If we came together as a community to teach our young black males and females that we were separated by slave masters to create division between us so we could be jealous of each other, be envious of one another, and try to hold the other back from being successful when in fact if we came together we can overpower any force that tried to keep us down.

This young girl didn’t deserve what happened to her and neither did the other 2 children who were shot.  Let’s inform these kids about the power we possess as a people when we come together.