What’s Black? Things We Need to Watch in May 2022

May 5, 2022

Gary A. McAbee

Welcome to What’s Black: Things We Need to Watch by Gary A. McAbee. What’s Black is a monthly update about things of interest for black people to watch, discuss, and actively interpret. The time is now for all of us to get involved. These are conversations we need to have, and we will have these conversations. In this issue, there are some of the things we need to watch in May 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson makes history, and the accusations start flying!

As we all know by now, Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first black woman to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. It is an accomplishment that we will celebrate for years to come. Her influence on the Court will be undeniable and her critics know it. So much so that she has already been accused of leaking information privy to members of the Court and select politicians. Judge Brown Jackson was accused of exposing a plan to overturn Roe vs Wade, and some of her Supreme Court colleagues are said to be leading the charge. Their goal is to overturn Roe vs. Wade and make abortion illegal in the United States. The information is real, but the involvement of Judge Brown Jackson is not. It didn’t take long for the critics to pounce on the new Supreme Court Justice, did it?

Oh no,  no more Roe?

Speaking of the Supreme Court, a majority of Justices who support a certain viewpoint can impact our laws for years to come. So when a conservative majority of Justices put their eyes on overturning Roe vs Wade, there is a real possibility they can end abortion in America. What would this do to the black community? We can start with the fact that abortions do occur at a higher rate among black women than women of other races. We can partially attribute this to a lack of health care, including limited access to contraception and health-based education. If Roe vs Wade is overturned, black women may seek other means of ending their pregnancies. Of course, this is a problem all women will face, but the numbers will show several disproportionate effects for black women in general.

Ben Simmons, black men, and our mental health struggles…

Speaking of health-related concerns in the black community, we must take a look at the plight of NBA superstar Ben Simmons. Simmons has been plagued by mental-health issues that have a negative impact on his performance on the court. Or does he have mental issues at all? It is easy to accuse Simmons of lying, or simply being weak. Black men are often saddled with the burden of being strong, masculine, and emotionless. Add to this the fact that Simmons is wealthy, good looking, and very talented, which leads many people to think he couldn’t possibly have mental issues. Why not? He’s human, and he has to deal with the struggles of daily life, just like everyone else. Unfortunately, he, like countless other black men, cannot show vulnerability out of fear of being labelled soft. Let’s hope Simmons, and all black men who suffer form mental challenges, are courageous enough to come forward and get the help they need.

Now that Juneteenth is a holiday, what does it really mean?

This is a pre-emptive strike about the Juneteenth celebrations and holiday next month. Recall 2021, when racial tensions were still simmering, and many institutions felt the need to do something. So we got a few token gestures to move to needle of equality. One of these was the somewhat unexpected creation of a national holiday for Juneteenth. The idea actually caught fire and opened some dialogue about the significance of Juneteenth. Bravo Joe Biden. But what did it really accomplish other than a day off for some who don’t care to observe it? The first year with the new holiday was greeted respectfully, in part because Juneteenth was a mystery to so many people. As the new holiday rolls around in 2022, we need to watch, listen, and learn to find out what difference a year makes. Will Juneteenth be celebrated, or scorned in 2022? We will know the answer soon enough.

As you can see, May 2022 promises to be a month where we will push our agenda, and meet opposition along the way. What else is new? This is why I started What’s Black: Things to Watch. We need to be aware of issues that affect us and our progress. We need to be more vigilant to protect our best interests. We need to be involved in the ongoing struggle for equality, exercising our fundamental rights, and our ability to live and be successful American citizens. As you can see, we are far from where we need to be. That’s why I will see you in June 2022…

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