So there is much debate right now in the U.S. concerning the travel ban imposed by Trump on several Muslim countries who have refugees vying to get into the U.S. The travel ban is in place for 4 months and already a portion of the ban has been blocked by several U.S. Federal District Courts around the country. People were quick to come out in mass numbers to protest this ban, going to airports where certain people were being detained, and demanding their release. This let’s me know to the extent that people can come together and just how quickly they can make it happen. However with that said there is also a lesson in this. We as Black People must ask ourselves were they this quick to come out for us when both our civil liberties and humanitarian rights were being violated and continue to be violated everyday in the U.S. by police.
We would be totally naive and completely blind to not recognize that other groups were quicker to come out and protest to defend the liberties of people who aren’t even citizens, than they are to come out and protest the killing of a 12 year black boy playing with a play gun in a park in Cleveland, Ohio. If people came out in these types of numbers while black men, women and children get killed by police in the country then maybe they would put a stop to it, but the fact of the matter is that isn’t the case and hasn’t been the case. Therefore while this ban is taking place and while people are out marching and protesting my position is that it doesn’t concern us as Black People. We need to be finding ways to unite our communities before the real storm comes sweeping through. This isn’t showing a lack of compassion, this is simply recognizing that until we start caring about ourselves and our well being then no one else is, fact. Self Preservation is the first law of nature.