“I Am Not My Ancestors.” You’re Right, You Aren’t.

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Before we get into things, allow me to introduce myself. I am Kavah King of The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way. Feel free to drop us a line, email us at kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com. Also, check out our latest post here and know why I don’t feel like smiling.

 

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“I Am Not My Ancestors”

You aren’t your ancestors, you’re damn right. 
That’s an ignorant statement and it shows that you believed everything that you were taught in your history classes instead of doing independent investigations. Yes, you’re ignorant. You were fed the idea that a non-violent protest led to change. You’re ignorant. You’re disrespecting the sacrifices that our ancestors made.
Our ancestors fought hard through segregation. Our ancestors fought through mobs of white men & women invading their towns, burning homes and fields, raping men and women in the process. Our men and women died protecting their homes. (Black Wallstreet, Rosewood, etc.) There was no help from the government because we were viewed as animals. (We still are viewed that way by some people, unfortunately.)
But, since we aren’t our “ancestors,” let’s talk about the rebellions against slavery that Africans held. Those rebellions took place in the United States & The Caribbean. Haiti, Jamaica, Virginia, and many rebellions that the forced African captors led. They had leaders, men, and women that placed their lives on the line. You can read more about the revolts of African people here.
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Are You Dumb?

So, if you think by any means that the men & women that stood with Dr. Martin Luther King were soft you’re out of your damn mind! Harriet Tubman would have shot you. That temperament is the same temperament that snitched on Nat Turner. Many of us aren’t our ancestors, the disrespect must stop! How can you know where you’re going if you disrespect those that came before you? You think you saw minor “advances” because of your greatness? Right.
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Just Think.

Picture this! Imagine that you are in high school again. At 3 pm there are hundreds of people gathering to beat yo ass because of how you look and you simply want to be treated fairly. And you STILL show up!  Crazy! Our ancestors still went to protests and were abused mentally, physically, and psychologically. Water from fire hydrants were sprayed on them, police dogs forced their teeth on them. They knew for certain that they would be assaulted by police during their protest and they STILL showed up. There wasn’t social media and camera phones to record all of the brutality that happened at these protests. We only saw a fraction of what happened.

Wait, There is More!

But, let’s dig deeper our immediate ancestors had leadership and unified to preserve their future. Our ancestors did NOT give their money to those that hated them. There wasn’t a question about solidarity. There wasn’t a question about unity. When a Black man or woman calls for a boycott, some of turn into lawyers! They become brand advocates and at times support the statements made by brands that speak negatively towards Black people.
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We Have Big Shoes To Fill

We stand on the soldiers of giants! Our history is great and it started before the enslavement of African people. Our genetics speak of resilience and strength. We have thrived through so much with the help of God! With so many things systematically placed against us! Being Black Is Litt. Don’t Negate What Your Ancestors Did. Don’t Underestimate What They Endured. It’s Disrespectful And It’s A Huge Disservice.
Much love to the true allies though. The stance that you’re taking for humanity is appreciated. For years we were made to seem “crazy” in our thought process. To see so many allies speak out this blatant injustice is encouraging. I pray for peace. I pray that Black life won’t be seen as minute. For The Ancestors! For The Allies! For Humanity! If you want to connect, let’s connect via email kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com. Check out my Instagram here.  Love.

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