I was blessed to be raised by a strong African American Man who was a single father.
Before I was born he fought in
the in the Vietnam war. However, as he was on the frontlines fighting for our country he had to not only protect himself on the enemy lines he told me stories of African Americans dying from Friendly Fire … but it was actually racist soldiers shooting them in the back.
My Father was blessed to marched with Martin Luther King, he knew Emmett Louis Till, they lived in the same area and played together. As a child he gave me insight on the horrible event that happen and how it affected him as a young man.
As a teenager boy growing up in the south he was in sports and attended what we would call today a magnet school in the area. However as other students peaceful walked home from school he often times had to run for his lifes as the town folk chased him because they didn’t feel he belong in their town let along in their school.
This was in the 1950’s and despite what my father lived through he embraced Justin when he ask for my hand in marriage. However, they had a very long conversation about the challenges justin would face entering a interracial marriage. This was in 1990’s.
It’s now the 2020 and unfortunately, when my son Joshua told us he was going to marry Camilla. I found myself having a conversation with my beautiful daughter-in-law on some of the challenges she may face.
I don’t believe in the violence, looting and damage property. However, what’s is it going to take for us as a nation to begain to truly fix the Injustice that’s been happening to the African American community for decades.
So that parents of African Americans Children can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing their child will truly have the same rights.