It was only a matter of time until forces joined together in America. It was a bit sooner than predicted by experts. But, this is where we are now.
The Black Lives Matter movement has been sweeping the nation. Insecure and inadequate racists everywhere have felt threatened by people of color who simply want to be treated fairly. Their fear has turned into lashing out with violence, threats, baseless counter-protests, and other things that advertise how soulless and empty they are.
Interestingly enough, a video recently came out that spotted a teenage girl named Isis mingling with the Black Lives Matter crowd. Social media keeps taking the video down, so as to hide the threat, but the last time we checked, this link was still good.
Isis addressed the crowd to thunderous applause.
“We treat racism like a fad instead of a disease that eradicates millions of people. No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.
But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body.
Cities are burning, are you watching? I stand with Minneapolis. I believe in us. Change is gonna come.”
Isis handed the microphone off after her quick speech, hoping to have said something that changes someone’s heart to make them understand that the greatest power in the world is love and that we are all brothers and sisters on this lonely rock hurtling through space.
May we live up to her hopes.
Author’s note: The quote from our fictional Isis is a mashup of quotes found here. In order, the quotes are Chris Rock, Marian Anderson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Lizzo. No one gets out alive so let’s all just be good to each other.
Peace and love,