Black people have engaged every change demanded of them. They were told to change their hair. They did. They were told to change their dress. They did. They were told to change their language. They did. They were told to get an education. They did. They were told to get religion. They did. They were told to serve their country. They did. They did. And, they did.
However, no matter the instance, situation, or what Black people were told to change, the story did not change. Mistreatment, murder, abuse, rape, incarceration, and a plethora of other evils continues to be the story.
Black people were even told to change their location and leave White spaces. And, they did. They left White spaces, found land, built their own towns, roads, banks, schools, churches, and economies. But, the story ended the same. Men and women from the same spaces they were told to leave came and burned down, pillaged, destroyed, and massacred the same people they told to leave their spaces.
The only thing that Black bodies cannot change is their God given skin. Thus, leaving thirteen percent of the U.S. population left with nothing else capable to change.
Maybe, just maybe, it is time for the very people and systems that are telling Black bodies to change to take ownership of their contribution to the issue and engage in the process of change. Maybe it is time for someone else to change their heart because no matter the changes Black bodies make the results are the same.
Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him. Romans 12:2