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ABTV Open Letter Series
Have you ever wanted to write a letter to someone who’s impacted your life? Just express your true feelings on paper? Well, Afterbuzz TV has a new series called, “Open Letter” to give staff writers the chance to communicate those feelings. Here’s an open letter from our staff writer Sana Moore enclosed to all of the lives lost to police brutality and racism throughout the years.
June 6, 2020
Dear beautiful Black souls,
Even though you are no longer physically on this earth, your presence and spirits are still here. Being Black in America is not a gravy train, it’s not easy. Once we were zygotes in our mother’s wombs, the odds of America were already stacked against us. We were not loved by America for a very long time and on May 20, 2020, Black people decided enough was enough!
I remember experiencing racism in college throughout all four years. There were times I felt anger, sadness, pain and more when I was discriminated against or told belittling remarks because of my race. I understand that every day myself, my family, my friends and my colleagues who are Black may face discrimination or in the worst case, lose their life because of the color of their skin. Some may believe that making it to 23-years-old isn’t an accomplishment, but for Black people in America, it definitely is.
My heart breaks each and every time I see a video of a Black person being beaten, threatened, ridiculed, tortured, bullied, and abused by a racist white person. When I think about it, at least every Black person has dealt with racism or prejudice from another race in some capacity, and only some are alive to tell their story. Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Laquan McDonald, Ahmaud Arbery, Emmit Till, Rodney King, Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, Oscar Grant, Bettie Jones, Eric Garner, Keith Childress, Michael Noel, Kevin Matthews, Richard Perkins, Jamar Clark, Alonzo Smith, Philando Castile, Christian Taylor, Darrius Stewart, Natasha McKenna, and many more, this letter and fight is for you!
For centuries, Black people have endured horrible treatment, like being stripped from our native tongue, called demonizing names, beaten to death, raped, and much more. Even though we’ve been disrespected and undervalued for years, our people are filled with a rich history.
Even though school history books illustrate Black people originating from slavery, it hides how powerful our people truly are. For example, Black Wall Street was a time of Black excellence. There were 35 blocks of Black-owned pharmacies, movie theatres, restaurants, nail salons, banks, and much more! To go even further back in history, the first person to invent the carbon light bulb filament was Lewis Latimer in 1881. Other influential Black legends include Alexander Miles, Kathleen Cleaver, Barbara Easley, Rosa Parks, Elaine Brown, Bobby Seale, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Mark Dean, Sarah Boone, Barack Obama, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton, Shirley Chisholm, Bridget Mason, Fred Hampton, Ericka Huggins, Dr. Patricia Bath, and so many more.
Each and every one of the names mentioned earlier, and the other Black people who were wrongfully murdered, this is to you – I just want you to know that my generation is making sure your name brings change. For the past few days I’ve been protesting, I’ve gained a whole new perspective and a newfound love for our community. I’ve learned how powerful and strong we are when we truly come together. The road to justice, Black people being treated with respect and given human rights isn’t a short one, but the journey is well worth it.
I really wish you were able to live out your dreams, watch your children grow, celebrate your birthday, grow old with your soulmate, and so much more. All of your names carry weight and will not ever be forgotten. I’ve been protesting for you all, and helping to make sure your voices from heaven be heard. Each and every day, I am helping to bring justice to you and make sure your name isn’t forgotten. One day justice will be served, and I hope you are proud of me and the progress of the Black community. Pain and hurt don’t always last.
Sana Moore is a host at Afterbuzz TV who loves to add her own sparkle all things in entertainment! “Serving you the freshest tea with a dash of brown sugar!” IG: @iam_sana_
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