The concerned mother in me came out yesterday in the most unexpected way. While I was on my staycation, with my own kids at home.
Sometimes you need time off without your kids. That’s a fact.
I spent my entire day at the Retro Pool at the Sahara Hotel and Casino yesterday. From check in until the pool closed, I was there. I have missed the pool that much.
I had the pleasure of meeting Hanna, a very strong mother who raised a young woman who uses her intellect effectively and will set the world on fire with her passion to positively influence the world to be a better society.
Her name is McKenna.
She was celebrating her 21st birthday. A month after that momentous day, better late than never, I say. I brought my daughter cannabis when she turned 21. I consider this moment to be a rite of passage.
Today was different because unlike the last time I was able to lay out at the pool, the overwhelming topic of conversation was police brutality and injustice. It is starting to be a recurring theme, all day…everyday.
So we got to talking and turns out McKenna doesn’t tolerate injustice and is looking for a path to change that shit. She was out protesting in her hometown to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. I understand those who protest and I support you.
However, I fear for your safety. I fear agitators who antagonist peace who wants conflict; I fear the pile of bricks that are placed in front of protesters, there to goad and provoke someone into throwing one and chaos ensuing until it consumes everything. That’s what they want. Do not give it to them.
What we are going to do, is find a way to protest that is effective and will absolutely get the point across. Find a way that will leave no doubt that racial and gender injustice must end. Period.
So let’s all put our thinking caps on and find a way to peacefully protest. Writing and contacting your elected officials is one way. Something tells me we are going to have to get in their ass. Make them know that we are watching what they are doing. Require all law enforcement officers wear mandatory body cams with serious consequences for having missing footage when their story is in conflict with recorded evidence. How we do this, is for law enforcement officers to stop standing behind their scumbag colleagues, cleaning up your house and stop behaving as if you are above the law.
McKenna, how you change injustice is by shining light on the issue and a commitment to positively impact the end goal. Then you put that issue in the face of you elected officials. All in their faces. Keep it there until they change their perspective.
In the meantime, write that story about your mom and driving all those women home so they wouldn’t have to walk in unsafe conditions. Hanna changed someone else’s world and taught you to do the same. That’s how you protest, like a bad bitch.
p,s. Don’t forget to vote…