For 12 years, I was required to pledge my allegiance to, “…one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” For 20+ years, I have celebrated “our independence” from the oppressors, across the pond.
Today however, I am in total shock and disappointment at a nation that permits the execution of its citizens (natural-born or otherwise). Today, I am in solidarity with those whose are in utter disbelief that lives, black lives to be exact, can be so easily discarded. Today, I am outraged, unconsolably so. Today, has irrevocably changed my life.
Hence forth, I will no longer recite the words of centuries ago. I will no longer pledge allegiance to a nation that STILL views those of my skin color as 3/5’s of a person. I will no longer celebrate an “independence,” that was never afforded me.
Thus today, I pledge my allegiance to the empowerment of black lives. I pledge allegiance to the indivisible community that WE WILL nurture and rally behind. I pledge to fight tirelessly for the liberty and justice we deserve. Today, I pledge to never forget how we were executed in the field, on the street, in a church, in the back of a police car, in our home, and worst of all, in front of our youth. So today, I pledge my allegiance to ALL black lives- past, present and future.
My allegiance lies with those who believe in the unequivocal worth of black lives. I look forward to the day when the sound of OUR independence chimes louder, and resonates further than the Liberty Bell.
To all of those who stand in opposition, I leave you with this chilling thought…
Sweet and docile,
Meek, humble and kind:
Beware the day
They change their mind!
In the cotton fields,
Beware the hour
It uproots trees!”