Hey America; friends, fellow nerds, and everybody in between,
Over the past several weeks, I’ve not only had a chance to see I’ve also had a chance to witness the unfolding of some of the most shocking protests and demonstrations I have ever seen. As a black man, I feel it is not only my duty to pen this note but I would likely have opted to resign had I not had the opportunity to do so.
For the better half of the past decade and a half, my fellow members of the black community (and beyond) have propelled myself and my mates to unbelievable territories within our lives. The delay in penning this note wasn’t because we were scared or fearful that advertisers would jump ship, it was because we didn’t want to seem like we were jumping on an early bandwagon as other bloggers; influencers, and brands have.
We wanted as we have always been to be the most authentic version ourselves. To the protesters and their families on the frontlines who have finally told themselves enough is enough, we stand with you.
To the black men who have lost their friends; brothers, and even their fathers to police brutality we especially stand with you.
To the families of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and the many others who have died at the hands of unjust police action(s) we stand with you and you will see justice. Black people aren’t afforded the same stance as their white counterparts are — triggers are pulled far faster on black people by cops than they are on white people. That has become more-and-more evident as time goes on.
To the people of all races white; black, Latino, and everybody in between police brutality hurts us all but disproportionately hurts the black community. As a publisher, I am honoured to be able to use our platform to argue and defend the right that black people should have an equal opportunity to live just as anybody else without the fear of being killed.
But I want to make it equally important that it is in fact about us all. Police brutality won’t end until we all come to terms with the fact that it is a real problem and we are the only ones who can stop it. The people in power don’t care about us (no matter the country in which you live). That has become in recent memory more-and-more evident as time has gone on. We as people have been duped; misled, and forced to hate each other for no other reason than to do as we are told and not as we ourselves think.
The biggest fear of those in power sits singularly within this mere thought: What would the world be like if we were all unified and got along?
Please be safe out there. And remember — black; white, latino, or whatever race or ethnicity you may be you are no different than the person sitting next to you. You have been programmed and forced to think that there is something wrong with your peers when in fact there isn’t.
CEO Bazaar Holdings
Editor-in-Chief/ Bazaar Daily News