We have come so far in the fight, but we have so much more to do

Throughout the current presidential race, I have tried to remain relatively quiet on my thoughts about the candidates and the issues that we face as a nation. Many times, I held back from replying to political posts or sharing my own views, but I have been giving a lot of thought to one particular issue, and I with all good faith cannot remain quiet on this issue, because quite frankly staying quiet is an injustice to many people that I truly care about. 

I have minority brothers and sisters that have throughout their lifetime had to deal with racism in our system. Whether our fellow white Americans want to believe it or not, we have a systemic issue, and turning a blind eye because it does not happen to you is not only a slap in the face to those that have to live with it, but it is damaging to our way of life as a nation, because it indirectly encourages the problem.

Over the past few months, I have had the tough conversations with close black and hispanic brothers, and there is one thing that I have learned without a doubt. Since Donald Trump took office, the issue that we face with racism in America has gotten worse, particularly systemic racism. It is heartbreaking when a brother tells you that not only the number of traffic stops with no violation has gone up, but that the force in which the police officer handles it has also gone up tremendously.  

It is also hard to listen to another brother tell you that he has lived with systemic racism his entire life, but honestly lately he is just tired, not in the manner of tired of something being a certain way, but truly mentaly and physically tired from the toll that it has taken.

While another brother was on the front lines at a peaceful protest, I read post after post on social media calling Black Lives Matter everything but a fight to combat racism here in America.

For the most part politics are divided by opinions, but for some issues, it is much more than opinion alone. There are some issues, such as systemic racism in which there needs to be a time where we as a people put opinions to the side, step back, and take a look at the issue through the eyes of those who are crying, dying, and living with an issue that we continue to ignore.

I challenge you today to take that step back, and examine the issue that for so many years, our minority brothers and sisters have been fighting, but many of us have ignored simply because it doesn’t affect our own daily lives.

We are better than this, and we can make a change.