America on Fire

Several years ago, in Columbus, Ohio, the Columbus Division of Fire responded to a structure on fire. This structure was a residence. Upon arrival, firefighters could see that it was fully involved with flames. As they began to advance the hose lines to the burning structure, they noticed a body lying on the residences’ walkway. Upon closer observation, the body was determined to be fatally shot and not killed from the fire. Whether by fire or by a bullet, the hapless victim would die that day by the hands of arsonist killers. 

In the same way, slavemasters told so-called trouble-making slaves to “run N**** run.” What a choice for the slave, to be shot as a run-away or stay in bondage chains? Furthermore, 2020 America is on fire with COVID 19, a crashed economy, and police killings of African Americans. Speaking up, standing up, and using first amendment rights are the feet fleeing from the oppression of Injustice, the American house fire and the voices of “run N**** run” 

The false narrative of “anarchists destroying our cities” is the bullet that some are attempting to plant in the heart of the Black Lives Matter

movement. Is this a Twenty-first-century version of white backlash? Some would tout the black on black crime statistics is the soft underbelly of the whole black lives matter argument. The slave ships originated black on black crimes. Under extreme pressure and being laid with bodies side by side, African slaves would fall victim to on another through the disease spread in those horrible conditions. Sounding all too familiar, this is the current state of redlining enhanced cities filled with pressure, poverty, violence, and plenty of available guns. This is the current state of redlining enhanced cities filled with pressure, poverty, violence, and plenty of available guns.

Grandmaster flash said it this way in its 1982 rap hit the Message:

“Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge, I’m tryin; I’m to lose my head”

COVID 19 has exposed a deep rift in African Americans’ health disparities compared to the rest of the population. “Social Determinants of Health,” as identified by the CDC, is a well-known factor in discrepancies in infant mortality, chronic illnesses such as Diabetes and Hypertension, Heart Disease, all resulting in lower life expectancies than the general population.

All of these are related to extreme pressure. In this case, the pressure is being black in America. In the 20th century, the red lines herded African Americans like cattle into the stalls of stagnant real estate, dangerous air pollution, toxic water, and the never-ending racial bias.

“the impact of racist treatment and discrimination is profound, and permanent: It literally wears down the body. Research published in May 2020 in the American Journal of Human Biology found African Americans living in Tallahassee, Florida, who reported higher levels of racial discrimination had shorter telomeres than those who reported less discrimination. Telomeres are the caps on the ends of our chromosomes, and they naturally shorten as we age. But high levels of stress can shorten telomeres quicker than normal, indicating they are effectively aging faster. “The stress of dealing with racism exerts wear and tear on the body and speeds up the aging process,” Gravlee said.

This concept, known as “weathering,” was first introduced in 1992 as a hypothesis by public health professor Arline Geronimus, and has since found much empiric evidence in support, including the study on telomeres. The idea of weathering, Gravlee says, is also consistent with recent findings showing that African Americans experience coronavirus death rates higher than white people who are over a decade older than them.

The health effects of racism are one reason Black Americans are far more likely to die of Covid-19 than whites Quarz

June 23, 2020 By Annalisa Merelli Geopolitics reporter

The American crisis and needs emergency action to remedy and reverse the slow-motion genocide. The need is to put guardrails and policies in place for this group. Everliving, between the proverbial “rock and a hard place,” or “the gun and the fire,” is the way of life. To begin to douse the flames of this fire, voting, census participation, and participation in the political process is paramount. In tribute to congressman Lewis’s life and legacy, “giving up is never an option.”

The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free..” Isiah 10:27 King James version

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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