I am in tears and shock by Philando's murder. Why I am shocked I don't know. The culture of killing black men in this country is getting more visibility now because of the technology available to everyone with a cell phone. But let's be clear, it's been going on for centuries. It was just easier to hide the evidence.
Philando's killing, Alton's killing and thousands of other black men killed at the hands of police sends me one message: "we don't care about you black men and women. If we are so inclined, we will kill you and we'll deal with the fallout later, if there is any."
These events also strengthen my resolve to make sure that no candidate that tolerates or espouses hate is elected president of the United States. We have a black president and still we are being killed in the streets, on the sidewalks, in cars, while working.
So imagine the message that will be sent to racist white America if whomever they support is elected president: "before you needed a license to kill black men (aka badge), now no license necessary."
It's time for political action and prayer. Time for me to organize a national vigil for all people of character and faith to collectively focus on intervening in the ascension of someone who not only tolerates but fans the flame of hatred.
This shall happen. This must happen. Stay tuned and be ready to take action.
Besides praying we need temporal action because God helps those who help themselves. Now more than ever is the time to use the right so hardly won with the lives and blood of our ancestors: vote damnnit! You. Must. Vote.
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April Yvette Thompson is a Tony-winning producer, actor, writer, thinker, dreamer in search of beauty, truth, love & flights of serendipitous grace.