Don’t Judge Me

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 12/9/2014, 7:48 p.m. | Updated on 12/9/2014, 7:48 p.m.
Usually the anticipation of a child coming into the world is a joyous occasion for mothers-to-be. How shocked I was ...

Usually the anticipation of a child coming into the world is a joyous occasion for mothers-to-be. How shocked I was when I learned of one of my friends’ pregnancies that she was not elated but scared. Yes, being scared is also a natural reaction for moms-to-be. They are scared of what kind of parent they will be. Scared they might not be financially stable enough for a child. Often times they may even panic that they will not do everything right in the raising the child. But those were not the source of my friend’s fears. She feared for the life of her unborn son that he might be killed just for being a young black male who looks “suspicious” to someone.

Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and the list grows and grows. Our black men are being murdered senselessly and no one is being held accountable. Even with a mountain of physical evidence and countless accounts of first hand testimony no one is being convicted for the wrongful deaths of these men. Each time this happens a message is being sent to our men that their life is not valued. Thus throwing the responsibility back on us to say, “Yes, black men’s lives do matter” and here’s why.

The value of a black man

For centuries, the man has always been one of dominance in all fields. The Holy Bible backs this up stating that the man should be the head of the household. Hence men are looked to be strong and powerful beings.

Examining the history of the black man many revert first to the time of slavery and look forward. When in actuality the story of the black man dates further back than that. Something not often told in history books is the era when black men were kings and black women were queens. They made their riches off the resources of their native land with bounties of things like gold, salt, ivory that were highly sought after during that time. They were brave warriors who fought to orchestrate peace and readily conducted business deals with the very men who would end up enslaving them. The black man was and still is a hard worker.

Over the course of time however the view of the black man shifted from one in power to that of a servant worker. That view was what began the start of slavery, at least by some historical accounts. Although the black man was still considered a hard worker he was not always considered a person. He was viewed more as an animal. One you could work to the bone giving little to no reward for his time and labor. One that could be trained and abused to do what the “master” wanted. That view of the “animal” black man was a beast. People naturally fear animals, especially beasts.

It is this warped view of the black male as a beast that I believed has carried over to today’s society. It has caused people to react in fear of the black man instead of understanding his worth. It has caused people to see the black man always as an aggressor wanting to caused destruction and harm to any and everyone. It has caused him to be judged for both his physique and his skin color. And while society views the black man in this matter it has also caused the black man to question his view of himself. Therefore everyone is in need of education on the value of a black man.