The young BET Humanitarian Award Winner delivered probably one of the greatest speeches of our generation. I mean it’s Thursday and people are still in awe of the words of this young brother. He touched on many sensitive but important points and shed light on some dark truths. Here’s just some of the points that we liked:
1. A system built to divide cannot stand if we do. referring to the system of white supremacy and racism that’s not just in America but the west which stands on the backs of Black People.
2. The importance of African-Americans learning more about themselves “The more we learn about who we are and how we got to where we are the more we can mobilize”
3. Black Women have dedicated their life time to nourishing and nurturing everyone before themselves and we ( Black Men) can and will do better for you
4. On Equal Rights and reconstruction ( speaking on police brutality and other corrupt public servants) “ We will reconstruct your function in our rights”
He also speaks on how not much has changed for POC for the better.
5. Getting money alone is not going to stop the oppression of Black people“ To all of us getting money in the room, getting that alone is not going to stop this. Dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on your body when we spent centuries praying with someone’s brand on our bodies and now we’re praying to get paid for someone’s brand on our bodies.”
6. Freedom being conditional ( freedom is always coming but never arrives and that’s a hustle)
7. The Burden of the Brutalized is not to Comfort the Bystander
8. The invention of whiteness vs. Black Gold
- “The invention of whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and mind while extracting culture, dollars, and entertainment like oil.”
As much as this speech has motivated, inspired, and even awaken those who’ve been sleeping the question must be asked.
What. Do. We. Do. Now?
How can we take this knowledge and motivation and act on it and better ourselves not as just Black People but as a Community?