I am tired of watching my people be brutalized and exploited under law and then being told that racism is over because the civil rights movement was 50 years ago and we have a Black president. From stop-and-frisk policies in New York, to the deaths of Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin, brown and Black children have come under attack.
I am tired of having fewer inalienable rights than my peers. Thomas Jefferson is a complicated historical figure as so many of our Founding Fathers were, but the Declaration of Independence was truly a work of genius. In it, he wrote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
I believe in this message wholeheartedly, but Jefferson, who owned slaves, either did not believe in the message, or did not believe that Black people were, in fact, people. It seems now this trend has held in America, despite some efforts to integrate us into society. Black bodies are regularly gunned down in interactions with law enforcement, and as a result, we are regularly denied due process of law, a right guaranteed by our Constitution.