Do not throw stones
In response to Ralph Camacho’s letter, “It’s not an issue of race, DOMA”, I feel it necessary to admonish him or rather enlighten him with regard to his stance: as a “young, African male”.
Firstly, do understand that in no way, shape or form did the statement released by DOMA condone violence or condemn protective services. It made no excuses, biases or begrudges.
If one, or rather we as a people, can for a moment cease in your/our selfish thoughts, then perhaps you may comprehend the greater picture.
The statement made by DOMA was one based on fact (least you take a good look around you) about the realities young, impoverished Afro men (who had the great misfortune of simply being raised where they were) face in our ‘“Sweet T&T”.
Without judgment you may fall into the category or percentage of young Afro men who do not endure this truth; but do not disbelieve that it is not a truth nonetheless for many of your counterparts.
True as it may be that “regardless of how tough your life may be, we all have choices to make”, until such time one is granted the privilege or misfortune of walking in another man’s shoes, poverty and despair, do not throw stones.
Despite all of this, I am neither impartial nor biased, because when it comes to the crux of the matter, I see all people as my people.
And if we could all stop digesting these facts with a teaspoon of senna, as if it were so meant for “me” and “me” alone, then maybe we could see the greater picture, as a nation.
Are we not our brothers’ keepers?