Why does my brown skin intimidate you? 

Is it because you think I’m smarter than you?

Is it because you think I’m better than you?

Is it because you think I truly have more power than you?

Why does my brown skin intimidate you?

Are you afraid I’ll amass more wealth than you?

Are you afraid that we will become the majority and rule over you?

Are you afraid that I’ll become president and make my agenda all about brown people?

 

Why does my brown skin intimidate you?

I’ve been black all my life and in 2020 I still don’t understand nor do I have an answer as to Why my brown skin intimidates you?

When you see my brown skin why do you feel so threatened?

What is it about me that makes you want to harm me?

Why do you feel my life doesn’t matter?

Why don’t you feel my family deserves me in their lives just as much as yours?

 

Maybe you think I’m just some drug dealer

Maybe you think I’m just a prostitute

Maybe you think I’m a drug addict

Maybe you think I’m a man who doesn’t take care of their kids so they won’t miss me anyway

 

Why does my brown skin intimidate you?

I’ve had my own experiences with the police.

Do you know what it feels like when we see flashing lights behind us.

The first question isn’t what did I do? It’s will I make it home.

Why does my brown skin intimidate you?

I was sitting in my car today while waiting for my client in Natick when a woman who was parked next to me say from her window YOUR LIFE MATTERS. Can you say WOW!!

I told her thank you and that her life mattered as well. She shared how she’s been crying since all of this has happened and she wanted me to know that MY LIFE MATTERS. We continued talking through the windows our cars. I shared stories of my experiences of driving while black, how it feels to be pulled over by the police.

She shared with me that she was a Jewish woman whose father was a racist and how he would use the word black  but she didn’t understand it or what it meant to be black. So, she asked this Jamaica woman who took care of her what it meant to be black and the women responded ME…I AM BLACK. She said she still didn’t understand because all she saw was another human being.

Finally I asked her what her name was and she said Jill and she asked mine. I asked her if we could take a picture and she said she would love it. When I got out she said forget this Corona and asked if she could give me a hug. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I tell you she gave me the biggest hug and said to me I’M SORRY…YOUR LIFE MATTERS. What a powerful moment standing there in the parking lot of Stop and Shop in Natick.

When people gain understanding and knowledge we can CHANGE THE WORLD.

 

Wishing you Peace, Blessings and Prosperity

Shawne

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