We’ve seen the cases of brutality and injustice towards the black community increase daily with a fervor this generation has never experienced before.
Who would have thought that in this century touted as the ‘new age’ we would see black churches burning, law enforcement gunning us down in cold blood and white supremacists executing our community leaders?
Sandra Bland has been laid to rest and for some of us it leaves an emptiness, a knowledge that she didn’t have to go out the way she did but it seems that for others there’s a general attitude of “I don’t give two hoots so let’s keep the ball rolling”.
How do I come to that conclusion? Well just based on some of the comments I’ve identified in threads across the various hair sites. That begs the question: should the hair community keep silent on issues of racial profiling and police brutality?
The ladies over at My Natural Sistas have used their reach to comment on issues affecting the black community but it appears that some people are none too happy about this. Remember that news item about the cop who roughed up some black teenagers at a pool party? My Natural Sisters had this petition posted across their social media accounts:
One person pointedly said she was there for hair related stuff and not all this talk about police brutality. She was basically positing that a hair site has no business joining in the commentary about injustices meted out to the black community.
In a way I get it. The frequency of these situations can be quite jarring on the mind. Perhaps you just need a place to escape to, a place safe from the reach of that kind of brutality, but at the end of the day we can’t just stick our necks in the sand like ostriches. Just because you try to hide from it doesn’t mean it won’t exist.