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Black Lives Matter

Life Story Club Contributor

June 8, 2020

Black Lives Matter protest, march planned for Saturday in DeKalb ...
A group of protesters demonstrating in response to the murder of George Floyd in May, 2020. Source: https://www.daily-chronicle.com/2020/05/29/black-lives-matter-protest-march-planned-for-saturday-in-dekalb/a8t3he4/

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Well folks, been quiet over there, but I’ve seen this before. I saw this in the 60s, and I’m sure some of you saw it with me. We were fighting for the exact same thing. And we got the exact same thing in return for our efforts. Absolutely nothing. When I I assure you that this time is different. There is an underlying feeling that no one wishes to talk about, but I have the feeling that if this is not properly taken care of and rectified, you’re going to see something that this country in this nation is not ready for. There’s no backing up and people are not afraid anymore.

You see? And someone someone once said on the internet that be thankful that black people are only seeking equality and decent treatment, because when they don’t get it, they decided to go for revenge. You don’t want to see that. That’s 400 years of pent up frustration that’s going to come out all at once, and you don’t want to see that. That’s my opinion of it. You can pray, but they’ll go into church and pray with you and then stand up and shoot you.

II.

It’s going to come to a head and unfortunately, it’s not going to be a pretty sight, because the people in power are not going to give up power that easily. And the reason that you see some restraint being exercised is because this time their own people is in the crowd. If they weren’t in a crowded be a lot more over hand treatment by law enforcement, but they don’t want to hurt their own.

Then as the gentleman said about the video, this is the first time that the oppressor can see what he looks like to the oppressed. He’s actually showing himself to be violent, very disrespectful, doesn’t care. But when it’s shown back to you and when it’s shown back to the people who don’t generally see it or who haven’t witnessed it or experienced it, can kind of push it off to the side, say, “Oh that’s just an isolated incident.” No, it’s not isolated. Black people are born into this. Every day of your life you have to wonder about how you going to act. Who you going to be next to. Who is watching you.

This is your whole life. They talking about how you talk to your children about racism and how to talk to the police. If you’re a black person, once they learn how to read, you don’t have to tell them anything they can see it. And they may not say anything about it. And they may still be children. Children don’t have the full weight of that responsibility but believe me they are being exposed to it from the time they born.


You know prejudice is on our backs before they cut the umbilical cord. That’s how long. This is a systemic issue, you’re not going to get this out. It’s not like you can take a pill and they’ll get cured. No, this is not going to go that way. And people are fed up. I see people my age here. We’re all over 50 at least. Maybe older, older than that. But we are the people who have the information to give the young people of today.

If you want to see who’s going to be really dangerous. This the old people because they seen it before. And they’re going to tell what and what to do.

I have seen this before. I have children. I worry when my son goes out in the street. I worried when my nephews go out in the street. I worry when my sisters go out and that way when the people that I know from the senior citizen homes, when they go on the street, they’re subject to law enforcement because maybe the guy got mad at his wife last night and decided to take it out on somebody else. We don’t know why, but we just get the blunt end of it. Well, we tired of having the blunt end.

I truly believe that with the peace movement going on, this is not going to stop. I have an idea when it’s really going to come to a head, but I’m not gonna say that because I’m not a soothsayer. This is just something that I believe. That it’s not going away quietly.

I know the ladies that know me, they see me shoot pool all the time. I guess they can tell by my demeanor and I’m not a person that’s going take but so much and I am not the only person who has had enough. What good is what good is life if you can’t live your life? I can’t live my life. For someone else to live my life that I can’t live, I’ll give my life. And that’s what’s happening today. People are willing to die, and I mean really go out there and die, and let you know that this is not a joke. We’re tired, you know, it has come to the point where it’s me or you now.

See, this is my uniform. And it’s always been my uniform. Apparently, it has to be because that was the reason that I got such abuse from you. So this is my uniform. That’s your uniform and I’m going to do, like any soldier. He doesn’t fight for any ideology. He fought because that guy’s uniform is different, and he wants to go home. Well, your uniform is different, and I want to live. I don’t know a better way to put it. That’s how I feel personally and a lot of people I feel the same way.

Speaking Up

Life Story Club Contributor

June 8, 2020

I’ve been challenged personally. I’ll tell you if you’re cheating or lying. I’m not a two-faced person, but I don’t like I don’t like people to just think they gonna run over me. You know there are people out there. Just push you around. I’ll take it to a point when it comes to that point, I let you know that that’s the point. I won’t go beyond that point. I will stand up and back it up to them.

I once ran up on someone who was bullying my little brother. My brother is 14 years younger than me. So this guy was my age. So I just walked up and looked at my brother and asked them what the problem was. And then the next thing I knew I was taking him home.

My brother said that I knocked the guy out. I didn’t realize it. But sometimes standing up means you go into another zone, so you gotta be careful with that. I won’t back down from anything if it comes to my family. I may decide not to do it for me, but for my family, you don’t have a choice. I’m not going to walk away. Period.

He was at least my age. My brother’s 14 years younger than me. I was in my 20s. My brother was small. He was a kid. He couldn’t have been no more than 14, 15. So this guy was much older than him, much bigger than him. So, you know, I remember the time I walked up my sister having a problem but that kind of quieted out. He didn’t even know I was there.

The first born is the only child until the next one is born. Then he becomes responsible.

All of a sudden she changed

Life Story Club Contributor

June 1, 2020

I remember one lady, I ended up marrying her. I met her in college. I didn’t know who she was, never spoke to her. Just looked at her. Then some years later, I went to a function at Manhattan Center, and she was there. I got to take her home that night.

It was a coincidence that I ran into her again, but I just remember looking at her – watching her walk. Then I ended up getting married to her. That was our first date. I had no idea she was there. I don’t even remember our first planned date. We’re talking about 50-something years ago!

I didn’t know she was the one until later. I was in her room, I was talking to her. She was standing by the window. I remember I bought her a little green turtle, a pin. I was talking to her and I looked at her, and all of a sudden she just changed. She looked entirely different. I don’t know why that happened, or what did it, but that’s how I knew she was the one.

But then later on, things kind of went awry. But she gave me a son. And I’m proud of him.

If I could relive a day

Life Story Club Contributor

June 1, 2020

I think I’d go back to the day my mother passed. Because I was there at the hospital with her, and I was going to stay all night. But my father told me to come home. I said I didn’t want to leave, he said, “No, come home.” When I went home, the next morning she had passed away. So if I had that day to relive over, I would have stayed with her. It bothered me for a while, you don’t want anybody to die alone. If I had the opportunity to be there, that’s what I would do. I was the first son. I was the first thing she got to see and the last.

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