It’s time to take off our masks


Now that I’ve brought this to your attention, what I’m implying from the title of this opinion piece is that we as a community need to figuratively take off our masks. Our masks have hidden a deep racial divide in this county. More importantly, our masks have concealed the deep roots of structural racism, which contributes to equal income, employment, housing and poor health for blacks compared to whites.

After recent events, our hearts are heavy as we continue to learn of new developments regarding the racially motivated shooting that left 10 dead and three others injured in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo, NY.

NAACP National President Derrick Johnson said, “The cruel act committed, including the murder of older black women, further reinforces the need for the presence and relevance of the NAACP. America cannot remain oblivious to the fact that racism and discrimination continue to plague our country.

The NAACP calls for the 18-year-old to be brought to justice quickly and decisively.

We believe that this act was an act of domestic terrorism. This act is a national emergency in communities of color. There is nothing isolated about the calculated attacks underway in some of the most vulnerable places in our communities.

This year’s theme, Fighting for the Future, is appropriate to help a community understand and overcome the tragedy that has occurred. In a tweet, Derrick Johnson said: “Black people are tired. But fatigue does not mean defeat. We will fight like hell because our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, parents and loved ones are shot and killed by white supremacists every day.

I challenge the reader whether you are with me or against me. There is no intermediate solution. All NAACP constituents are encouraged to “say something” if they “see something” and to immediately involve local authorities. It’s time to take off your mask and talk about the racial divide in this county.


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