Is that the slogan?
I ask again: is that the slogan?
That phrase of NEVER FORGET! has been so etched in our minds I can’t even count. We use it everytime when we think of the worst things of humanity that we encounter, or summarize every single time. We know this, because it’s a common thing. We adapt the usage of NEVER FORGET that it’s a constant reminder. From wars, to assasinations, to foundings, and even other concerns.
By which many Americans mostly know about the wars of WWII. Oh this: Remember the Alamo. Or, the most recent: NEVER FORGET September 11th. Of course we shouldn’t forget 9/11 like the Jews can’t forget about the Holocaust. The Native Americans can’t forget about The Day of Mourning in which their ancestors on a Sunday after Church were killed. Thus havin a disdain about Thanksgiving. And so on. But when it comes to us Black folks and Slavery: we were told to “Get over it!” Or “It didn’t happen to you.” Or you’re just playing the race card….This is not a race card thing. When we in the black community talk about slavery or innocent black men and women get gunned down in the streets by the police or by a so-called guard with a gun, of course WE WILL ADDRESS IT! Why, because it needs to be heard, summarized, not swept under the rug , or not forgotten about.
For many years, we’ve been suggested to NEVER FORGET, but however in “Americanized Commentary” in most things we’ve been told to get over it! TOTAL B.S!!!
No tragedy should not be forgotten. NONE! Black folks, I’m glad we got this sense of not forgetting our history of figures and worst strategies. No question we should NOT forget about our version of what happened with Slavery, Unarmed Shootings,etc. We have been silent or told to shut up about it. NO MORE! If there is a story about findings that were covered up or sealed, you darn right it will be uncovered. Even the topics that non-blacks talk about on Facebook that they well get mad; WILL COME INTO THE LIGHT!
NEVER FORGET – That slavery actually happened. It was real. And the effects of it still lingers today. Just like sexism, or that thing called Body Shaming. And homophobia, and so on.
NEVER FORGET – Black Servicemen that served in wars the early to mid 20th Century, served in nations that were treated well. But when they came back home: TOTAL DISRESPECT!
NEVER FORGET – Black folks, OUR VOTE MATTERS! Just like every other vote should matter.
NEVER FORGET – Black folks will tell you all the time, that no matter what degree you get, or level of assurance to obtain, or highest position to get in the working field, yes they worked hard, but still: the N-word, or some non-POC will say something stupid to say in a racist manner. Let’s be real! And to add, the comment working twice as hard is so clear.
NEVER FORGET – That in addition to the Black on Black Crimes that many non-POC’s still talk about, guess what: White on White crimes do happen that is not overlooked!
NEVER FORGET – Black folks: the legality of getting to finish line has not been so easy for us. Too many obsticles that are still in play. Even in 2016.
NEVER FORGET – Conversely, not EVERYONE is your friend. Or loyal to your family members.
NEVER FORGET – Black Lives Matter talk is still out there. In telling the concerns that need to be talked about no matter who’s listening, and mostly it’s the truth. And, the idea of the talk has not been done before in this country!
NEVER FORGET – White folks: I have to say this in a “patriotic manner”. While you remind us black folks here in America that “We Are Americans”, period. We know this.
But many of us are NOT as Patriotic As YOU!
We’re patriotic to learn about our culture, our heritage, or purpose, or joys, when and how long we mourn, and may others that we know VERY WELL. We need NO permission nor pass to do this. In the words of Taraji P. Henson: We are enough!
NEVER FORGET – Besides 9/11, in which it should not be forgotten, what about the destruction of Black Wall Street and many other disasters or wars, or bad distractions that MANY sleep on TOO MUCH!
NEVER FORGET! – For those who think that the church is all about money and that pastor behind the money or scams, just to let all know that there are churches in America, especially the Black Churches that really DO WORK! Not play work.
NEVER FORGET! – While many look at black folks as being thugs, some of the folks complaining forgotten that they are neighbors, friends, workers, bosses, advisors, citizens, community leaders and etc.
NEVER FORGET – Education is still a priority. Even college degrees that will point somewhere to propel.
NEVER FORGET – Even though many have made it, it took someone before them to prepare them to make it!
NEVER FORGET – Black media matters. As in black TV, Black Radio, Black websites, Black Bloggers, black etc.
So when I hear: NEVER FORGET out of the mouths of the you know that you know what. Well, yeah, but there are other things that WE SHOULDN’T FORGET about the other dramatic concerns and not the black things that weren’t so great. All stories should be told. No matter what. And not the response of “getting over it” or whatever. This NEVER FORGET mantra can go any direction. Even as I said earlier about slavery, racism and many others. THOSE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
SO NEVER FORGET THAT!