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Courtesy of www.smithsonianmag.com

In 2011, in America how much has the country changed for the betterment of our people?  The Dr. King Monument was just made official with an unveiling ceremony on October 12th 2011. The monument is supposed to serve as a staple, a reminder of where black people have come from within our struggle, and where we are going (Sankofa). However, it’s hard for me to see the “big beautiful picture” this new monument is supposed to symbolize so much for not just the black struggle, but STRUGGLE… STILL… the outcome of  the Troy Davis case was a giant SMACK IN THE FACE.

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Troy Davis

I tuned in to the local news around 7:00 on Thursday, September 21. Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed at 7:08pm. It was then that I learned that the execution had been delayed until further notice. I watched the jubilation of so many people of all different races and creeds hug and thank God in unison over the great news. I literally watched church outside of the prison on television. This brotha’ would once again be spared… However, the joy was short lived. Troy Davis was put to death by lethal injection in Jackson, Georgia at the time of 11:08pm. Exactly three hours after his original scheduled time…

The Dr. King monument was originally shown in August. Inclement weather kept the ceremony from happening when it was originally supposed to happen but that didn’t stop the world from seeing the statue before the “Official Official” unveiling. Since that has happened, The Troy Davis situation blew up in the nation’s face. I’d be lying if i said that I’m not bothered. I pride myself on the knowledge of the strength of black history. Black is beautiful. The black mind is AMAZING…. However, there’s still so much more work to do and there is still such a great distant to travel.  The execution of this innocent man was a huge reality check for me. Race will ALWAYS matter in America…

The fact that one of the “greatest” nations to date is crippled over bullshit like racism blows my mind every time i think about it or converse with someone about it. Are we really ready for a monument like this in Washington D.C, in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? Is the legacy behind it truly being served properly? Jena 6, Sean Bells, and the Troy Davis case still makes my heart heavy with uncertainty.  I SAY NO MORE…