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

June 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 June 2022

Buffalo mass shooting. What else is new?

In Buffalo, ten Black people were killed, and three other people were injured when a lone gunman traveled to a predominately black neighborhood to commit an act of terrorism. Yes, I call it terrorism even though some in the media and society will not. The gunman searched in this area and realized a supermarket would be a place where he could go on his rampage. So, he selected the store to kill black people, and that’s what he did. No we must ask ourselves if he was just one misguided soul, or are there more where he came from? We also must wonder if there is a copycat, who was inspired by this coward’s mass shooting. What else in new in America?

Georgia is not on my mind. Just ask the Delaware State Women’s Lacrosse Team

You might have missed it, but there was an incident where a bus containing the women’s lacrosse team from Delaware State was stopped on a Georgia highway. Georgia is infamous for its police activities on the roads leading to Atlanta, so this is not surprising. What is surprising is that state police officers not only boarded the bus, but then commenced a search of the team’s luggage. Why would they do this to a college team on their way from a tournament? I’ll tell you why. We call it racial profiling, and in 2022 black motorists are still subject to this behavior based on the color of their skin. Of course, the search produced nothing, except questions about how police officers can get away with this nonsense. We’ll see what the legal process has to say about this going forward.

Another Juneteenth has arrived. What do we have to celebrate this month?

I think we should take a deep breath and be thankful, yet vigilant. We should give thanks that we are more aware of the things the affect the black community. I see more unity and a clearer sense of purpose among black people. Don’t let the bad news tell you anything different. This means we also need to remain vigilant. We must continue to demand that our voices be heard. We must continue to participate in the voting process. We must continue to fight for our freedom. After all, isn’t that what celebrating Juneteenth is all about?  

This is Black Music Month, so treasure the history of black music.

June is designated as black music month. It is a time to celebrate how important music has been in our lives. Our music has influenced the world, so we should take pride in all the great music and the artists who create it. We should also say thanks to the all-time greats, both alive and deceased, for all they have accomplished. I can’t say this enough; it is time to get our great musicians their flowers while they are still with us. I salute you, Patti LaBelle. I salute you, Stevie Wonder. I salute you, Gladys Knight. I salute you, Ronald Isley. I salute you, black music artists. This month is when we honor you, and we will continue to celebrate you this month and every month.

As you can see, June 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 July 2022…

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