BLACK LIVES MATTER

We must not let the efforts of those who fought for our freedom go to waste. We are humans and deserve to be treated as such. Black Lives Matter…

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter – Martin Luther King

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The question is what should matter?

I believe it should matter that innocent lives are being taken, it should matter that people have to be cautious because of their skin color or the race they belong too. Worst of all I believe that it should matter that those said to uphold the law and protect the innocent are the ones we should be most cautious of even when guilty of nothing. When we are left to take the laws into our own hands is when they begin to take action on what is right and wrong.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves -Abraham Lincoln

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If at this age and time we are still left fighting for Black rights and security then what was the point of the efforts and sacrifices of the likes of Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Lincoln Alexander, Maya Angelo, Marcus Gravey, Rosa Parks, Zora Neale Hurtson and many more?! What exactly did they risk their lives for? What gospel did they spend most of their lives preaching? Yet years after their long and painful efforts we are still fighting for the same cause, still fearing for our lives, still cant find peace in the place we call home and just all because we have a different skin colour. If you cant see a problem with that then am afriad your humanity needs a check. We must not let the efforts of those who fought for our freedom go to waste. We are humans and deserve to be treated as such.

The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world – Paul Farmer

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All lives matter period. And if we still have to point that out at this advanced stage of the world then we need to question the kind of civilization we live in, we need a find the difference between the babarism that we advanced from and the so called civilization we are in right now. The kind of civilization where the police kill the innocents? Where the innocents are forced to take matter into their hands and become guilty? Where the innocents face punishments for crimes they were moved to commit, while the real culprits are left to continue with this backwards civilization. No one can tell me that they cannot see the problem with this. But we must understand that wrong will always continue to be wrong regardless of the reason it was done. And that to fight viloence with violence will only kill what one intends to acheive with it.

We must stand and fight for what matters the most to us but the fight using our voices will get us farther than violence ever will and with all our limbs intact. – Bolanle Onilogbo

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We have been wronged. These people have been wronged. We seek justice and peace and that cannot be achieved by violence. We must fight in a manner that we cannot be silenced, violence only gives them an excuse to have us silenced.

Inspired by GARNETTE CADOGAN ON THE REALITIES OF BEING BLACK IN AMERICA

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Why Education…

So this has been bothering me for sometime now…

I’ve heard a lot of people say things like formal education isn’t as necessary as people make it seem. That the streets can teach you more than a school can and that rather than waste money on education for such a long period of time it would be better to use the money to start up a buisness or something.

Now I find school as tiring as anyone would and sometimes would like to strangle myself just to end my misery but I understand the need for proper education, which is why I put up with it…well that and because I don’t have a choice. Now I’m saying this because not everyone truly understand the reason for education, most people see it as an inconvenience and waste of money.

I don’t doubt that real life can teach you a lot of things but those lessons¬† come with experience. Formal education equips you with knowledge on all aspects of life and then allows you to centre on the aspect you prefer the most. Such that when you come across different problems not related to your profession you could still deal with them and not give excuses like “I never learnt that”. Such that your not looked down upon for not knowing certain things. And that you have many options to pick from. But most of all you learn a lot without the trouble of terrible experiences…that your not left wondering how different life would be if you had taken education more seriously.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying education guarantees your success in life, i’m only saying education gets you halfway there, the other half becomes much easier with the series of knowledge you’ve gained but that depends on how you use it.

It’s important that we fully understand the importance of an education now that we have the privilege to have it and not regret later that we didn’t take it seriously or didn’t think to finish it.

Now there will be people that would tell you differently and that may even have achieved a great deal without a formal eucation but bear it in mind that we aren’t all wunderkinds…some of us need a proper education to be accomplished. Its better to have it and not need it than to discard it and eventually need it.

In my opinion education matters and must come first.