The US of A, My Country

Some look at this country, at my face, and ask what right do you have to love the United States of America? To those individuals, or anyone else who might question my allegiance to the US values, goals, its citizens.

Let me start with my primary reason. It’s reasonable to assume that some of my ancestor’s skeletons buried in the shipping lanes from Africa to the North American coastal regions slave ships harbor. One can be sure to know my ancestors’ blood, sweat, tears, along with their remains, are in the southern, northern, eastern, and western grounds of our nation. Those statements are not an overdramatization on my part. It’s a statement that says I am just as American as anybody who lives in this country. That includes those with American Indian heritage. That should clarify any thought for those who think this African American does not have the right to call the US of A home.

When I see white extremists on the news, some wear military gear, carrying automatic weapons trying to intimidate peaceful protesters. God knows I would not have the temperament to turn the other cheek in a confrontation with a so-called proud boy or the likes of the same. So, I confine my older butts comments to these types of articles.

I am not advocating violence. I am proud of how most of the protestors carry themselves in those types of situations. You can’t make progress harboring an explosive temperament. Communication is the key to understanding between individuals. The subjects don’t have to agree; all that’s needed in most cases is to be willing to listen.

I do not know the hate groups backgrounds or what it would take for them to admit, this country is big enough for all races. They would be mistaken to believe that just because they show up at a peaceful protest, seeking notoriety for their cause. People of color are going to be intimated by their presence.

They speak into a reporter’s microphone, stating they are going to take back their country. If their members understood how ridiculous that statement sounds, it might give them pause to reason they are not making sense. No race deserves to feel this is their country alone while other races walk the same shore as do anybody else.

Just because they have the ear of certain politicians doesn’t justify their existence or goals. There are laws in this country, no matter if you are in a red or blue state. Assault, Battery, even murder are all crimes that come with serving prison time. It begs one to wonder about their short term-long term goals. Especially in light of the fact, people of color are not intimidated by them. Their efforts, the reasoning is clear even though ultimate success is only a dream.

Then there are those people of color who are planning to leave after a reelected Trump victory. Some are planning on going no matter who wins the election. They feel as basketball coach Doc Rivers emotionally stated, “Americans don’t love us back.”

They are simply tired of giving to the American Dream without any rewards or considerations and allowing for fundamental rights. Let them try explaining to their offspring the necessities of how to survive a stop by law enforcement. I think they would realize the ridiculousness of such a task

We must make our country a better place to live, work, or leave to our children. In the end, people of color are not going to disappear into thin air. Nor are we going to stand by as rogue police kill us because of inadequate training or other more personal reasons.

We are at a turning point in this country. Whichever way we turn will determine if we survive as a growing society. We think the majority of Americans have the same thought in mind. Vote as if your life depends on it because the results of who wins will be a referendum on your American lifestyle.  

Peace, blessings, stay healthy, vigilant for our American rights. Make it a day in which Jesus Christ would be proud of you,

Codis Hampton II                                                                                          

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