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This morning, I was doing my due diligence as an informed citizen by checking my 10+ news streams to get about half of a story.

Headlines were as followed:
Trump did this.
Trump did that.
Disturbed mentally ill lone wolf White guy kills dozens.
Sportsball.
Famous rich man touched famous rich woman.

Near the “increase your testosterone 100000000% with this one trick” clickbait ad, I saw the 2018 Grammys highlights. I’m almost 31 so I figured what the heck, let’s play the “how many of these artists can I even recognize” game.

The first act was Kendrick Lamar and I was blown away.

Not necessarily by the song lyrics though, but Dave Chapelle’s interjection halfway through the performance:
“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man being honest in America is being an honest Black man in America”.

Again.

“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man being honest in America is being an honest Black man in America”.

One more time for the All Lives Matter crowd.

“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man being honest in America is being an honest Black man in America”.

#TRUTH

Let a Black man speak honestly about his perceptions and treatment and he’s labeled an Anti-American Socialist supporting Communist who wants to rape, murder, and BBQ innocent White children on an alter dedicated to Satan and Malcolm X. Oh and he hates every single cop too.

After reading the article, I committed more scholarly research into the topic by diving into the well of infinite knowledge of the human condition…the comment section.

Shockingly, I didn’t see that many N words thrown around but I did see something that kept echoing:
Why does everything have to be about race?

It’s a valid question.

Why does everything have to be about race?

Well..why does everything have to be about race?

Let’s see..

Immigration to the colonies was about race.

The Native American genocide and Manifest Destiny was about race.

Chattel slavery from the 1500s to the late 1800s was about race.

Independence being declared for White men and White men only was about race.

The Civil War was about race.

Early landownership laws was about race.

Voting was about race.

Black Codes was about race.

Gun laws was about race.

Immigration and bringing me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses (just not the Brown ones from shithole countries) was about race.

Great Depression social program eligibility was about race.

Military interventions or lack thereof was about race.

Medical experimenation was about race.

Segregation was about race.

Redlining housing districts was about race.

Jim Crow was about race.

Criminal justice reform, sentencing recommendations, and capital punishment was about race.

Community policing was about race.

Political power and candidate selection was about race.

Credit approval and bank loans was about race.

Free speech was about race.

A presidential candidate laying out his plan of action and all of its intricacies for some voters while telling the other voters “what in the hell do you have to lose” was about race.

The difference between “receiving handouts” and being a “beneficiary of safety net services” was about race.

The difference between being labeled a crackhead or an opioid addict was about race.

The difference between being sent to county jail or rehabilitating center was about race.

The difference between being a “son of a bitch” and a “very fine person” was about race.

But..

When a Black president says a Black unarmed teenager who stood his ground against a stalker engaging in racial profiling could look like his son, it’s bad somehow because it’s about race?

When Black football players speak out against police brutality and societal inequality in regard to Black and Brown people with no voice, it’s bad somehow because it’s about race?

When Black artists talk about life in America while being Black, its bad somehow because it’s about race?

…………..I digress.

Why does everything have to be about race you ask?

How about, when was anything NOT about race (or would that be using the race card)?

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