Black Rage

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By: Zach Fulwood

Black people are angry. There’s no two ways about it. Black people in America are tired and fed up with being treated like their existence doesn’t matter. They are sick of being treated like second class citizens in a country that they helped build and how could you blame them?

James Baldwin once said, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time,” and he was right. From the moment Black people realized that they were brought into a society that gave them no chance to succeed, they have been in a constant rage.

This Black rage didn’t start when Trayvon Martin was killed, and it didn’t stop when Barack Obama took office for the second time. It didn’t start when Dr. King was assassinated, and it didn’t end when desegregation went into law. Black rage was founded on The Middle Passage, where Africans were kidnapped and held captive like wild animals upon ships that transported them from their homes across the Atlantic.

Black rage was nurtured while African slaves were being beaten and hung for trying to escape bondage and refusing to be a part of North America’s human trafficking. Black rage intensified when Black people realized they were only considered to be three-fifths of a human being. Black rage became undeniable when Jim Crow made it clear that no Black person would ever be free in this country.

You see, Black people are not angry because they like the rush it gives them. They’re not angry because it gets them movie deals and views on YouTube. They’re angry because the freedom that was promised, was never delivered. They’re angry because they continue to be used as target practice for those who would rather dismiss a problem than admit it exists. They’re angry because there is no other alternative left. Black rage is a result of centuries being physically and mentally persecuted.

How are Black people supposed to reconcile with being stripped of their heritage and being forced to assimilate into a nation that refuses to acknowledge their existence in the equation? How are Black people supposed to cope with the fact that for them, justice is not for all?

Black bodies are being murdered by supposed protectors and Black minds are being tortured by supposed educators. And they’re somehow supposed to be happy or hopeful about a better tomorrow? Maybe in time, things will truly change for the better but for now, the only logical response left is rage.

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