If you are African American getting your feelings hurt by the so-called Establishment...the United States Government...is par for the course. This is what happens on a daily basis. All it takes is for a new policy, initiative or law to be passed or enacted that does not consider the African American’s past while on the soils of North America. Such as the United States government all hands on deck Opioid Addiction Initiative.
African Americans have experienced so much - and yet we have accomplished more than those
who mean us no good ever intended for us to accomplish. Some of them ravel in what we have
been able to circumvent. Just think about what the once African now African American has been
able to achieve! I don’t need to mention that a black man became the World’s Leader. That’s
definitely a feat. There is so much more and just as many struggles.
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Their -White America’s- amazement and fascination with us has always been obvious. We by
many accounts have defied an orchestrated plan to extinguish our spirits and eliminate our
The fact of the matter is they have always held our livelihoods in their bloody hands. Always!
AGAIN, we have found a way to rise up from the gut of the Henrietta Marie.
Unfortunately, we have had countless self induced setbacks. And, many of those setbacks- while-
of our making we all must remember that we started this race as slaves. Not an excuse.
That’s a historical fact. And, please know that this has never been a reference that I have used
for any of my blunders. I am only prefacing a Truth. A truth that far too many men and women of
the United States Congress fail to acknowledge because of their destructive arrogance which of
late has been fueled by an American president who secretly takes pleasure in the national
“But we're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va. We condemn in the
strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many
sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country.” -Donald Trump
Complexity and conflict is nothing knew to African Americans. We have been witnesses to a
strategic neglect since we became Americans. And now, to witness the national, federal and
legislative attention that has been given to the “opioid crisis” - which has also been tagged as an
epidemic- has been a painful pill to swallow...a reminder that African Americans remain ill
considered stepchildren with neglectful parents (United States government). These are the
same parents that had ties to littering black communities with crack cocaine. The same pathetic
parents who never declared a State of Emergency when black Baltimore was consumed by the
pitfalls of heroin addiction. No crisis declared 25 years ago! And, we know why.
To say we are surprised is an untruth. We are not surprised that crack cocaine literally
destroyed the black community. We are not surprised that the government that’s tasked with
protecting all people did not lift a humanitarian finger to help eradicate the horrors of crack
cocaine. No. We are not surprised! We are hurt. How could we not be? We watched loved ones
become consumed by filthy beige rocks. We watched our communities become havens for drug
dealers. We watched...and watched. And nothing was done. No special reports. No healthcare
conferences that had the sole purpose to formulate a rescue.
No One Came to Our Rescue.
Which is worse, the opioid crisis or the government sponsored crack infiltration is not the
question we should pose or even consider. What we must consider is how we as African
Americans are going to respond. What will we do to serve notice to our government that we are
not immune to blatant disrespect. A disrespect which has created an uncaring attitude for the
United States governments anthem and pledge.
Why should we display any reverence for the ideals of America when we are constantly ignored
The so-called Opioid Epidemic will continue to worsen. That’s what happens when drug abuse
is involved. However, this dilemma has been put on notice by America’s leaders. Understanding
that solidifies an all out War on Opioids - and not the criminalization of people with a disability,
Addiction. The addicted white hillbillies won’t be treated unfairly by the judicial system as the
black crack heads were. The jail and prison cells will not be filled with white people as the cells
were filled with black people during the 1980’s.
There will be a rescue for THEM.
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