Life Has No Value in America

lifeAmericans have become numb to the bloody trail of misery and death which surrounds this lifeless nation. It is disheartening to think of how capriciously people shrug their shoulders when it comes to the desensitized “value” of life around them. Lawmakers and politicians overlook the outright assassinations of countless black boys by the men in blue and even worse, the senseless murders committed within the African-American race as victims continue to be killed by their own kind. With little to no significance on the worth of an individual, a continual message is conveyed which confirms that life has no value in America.

Interpersonal and institutionalized racism has left Black America in a perilous position. Not only are they automatically viewed as suspicious by much of the world, but they are prey to the overload of gun violence within their own communities, leaving them at risk any time they walk out of their door.  As people pause to consider the number of victims filling the nation’s hospitals, prisons, and morgues, it becomes overwhelmingly clear that humanity has lost value in America.

The stereotyped perception of the black man reveals how African-Americans are unjustly and disproportionately viewed in society. Systematic racism has framed the view of this tortured community. The circumstances surrounding the death of so many unarmed black men represent a much larger issue which refuses to humanize black victims due to the integral guilt attributed to this race because of the color of their skin.

According to police video footage, the view of Black America is so tainted that police “feel” threatened when no weapon is seen or when watching its victim run away, or while they are subdued and cannot move. Sadly, these members of society are perceived as threats simply because of the color of their skin. In fact, the point is not just that black lives can be disposed of so easily, but more importantly, they are targeted and even hunted down by a police force that is becoming increasingly encouraged to wage its race war by every grand jury decision that sanctions its behavior. The conclusion suggests that justifying lethal violence in the name of self-defense is reserved only for those who have a publicly recognized self to defend, unlike the average African-American.

lifeSociety is permeated with fear and violence as senseless murders continue to plague this nation. There was a time when life mattered; a day when hearses were seen going down the street in a funeral procession and men would pause and tip their hats. Yes, that is a long time ago, but at one time was the norm. Today people rarely even blink as dead bodies pass them. Drivers are so wrapped up in their own situations that they no longer pull over to allow a funeral procession to pass by. In many cases, they see it as just another dead ni**a who can no longer taint their streets.

People are more concerned about animals than the average human’s existence. With the influx of terrorism, suicide, war, racial violence and genocide, life has lost its value and become nothing more than a disposable commodity. The deliberate ending of a life means absolutely nothing in many instances; however, should someone kill a dog or harm another member of the animal kingdom the world becomes enraged. Contrariwise, these same people often justify the “unjust” murders plaguing the African-American community.

What happened to the mentality of American citizens that life has become so cheap? This is an accurate assumption given how easy it has become to take the life of another individual. Where has the “sanctity of life” gone when the protection of other people’s unique being mattered? This concept of the inviolability of others used to be an important tie between religious values and “the law of the land.” Now it is no longer important to regard the life of another human with great value; instead, many believe they can destroy the lives of others with impunity.

It seems the streets of this great country which carries the motto “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave” has become a type of boot camp designed to destroy existing norms and customs. People have been pushed into a new way of life which readily accepts a corrupt set of values that embrace death, violence, and destruction. This new standard has desensitized the average American to the importance of life allowing blood stained streets to be accepted as a normal and essential survival skill in this brutal world.

It is time to stop fueling communities which are different with slurs of masked racism. Without a doubt, police brutality is a serious problem within this country and anyone that denies this truth is a part of the problem. However, equally important are the issues of violent criminality within all communities. Until this becomes part of the ongoing conversation, change will never be realized and the value of life will continue to diminish.  The great news is… it is not too late to change the script!

WARNING….Video Contains Explicit Content!

Opinion by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


Vision:  The Sanctity of Life

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4 Responses to "Life Has No Value in America"

  1. beautifuljesus1   September 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    And YOU have to limit it to Black people-NIce. YouAmericans are all divisive and the same-you will NEVER care about your fellow human unless they are black or white or have money. Go to hell I’m glad I got out of there.

  2. Mama Grizzly   January 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I am sure that my following comment will seem like the proverbial saying”beating a dead horse” but, nevertheless, here it is: The terrible legacy of slavery in this country is responsible for this.
    Right now, America wants everyone in America to value white life and not black life.Even black leaders cannot see the destructiveness or truth of this and they play right along by demanding that blacks go to college to be treated as human beings and they are okay with dehumanizing blacks who cannot or will not go to college. This, present cultural condition in America is the natural outgrowth of socio-political-cultural practices that openly and routinely dehumanized and devalued black life, way back when. The trajectory that this country is on was set up hundreds of years ago and no one seems to be willing to look at it for what it is and correct this. It is the height of ridiculousness and absurdity to think that the value of human life can be sliced up and regulated by color. Humans are humans and until this country can see this all life, black, white and every race in between will be devalued.

  3. Adelaide Steely   January 21, 2016 at 8:40 am

    why did I get born into this wildly various family???, so here goes the reason for the Black boys/mens deaths and incarceration… My nephew is part black and has 8 kids to four different women, every new child is brought by him to show my sister… she ohs and ahs over it but only the three boys that I knew about are even kept in mind for birthdays. Daddy sideles up to another fat honey when he get tired of staying at his sister and mother’s house and makes a new grand niece or nephew for me. He has no GED or H.S. Diploma. Works sporadically and gets away with not paying child support for most of them most of the time. His father and my niece’s father were different and each of them has several siblings as do most of the neighbors in the predominately black neighborhood where my sister resides. Thankfully my niece is not going to let her four kids perpetrate the grandfather’s actions. They have been placed in a very demanding charter school and she works full time. Her babysitter is her mom! We try to keep them in books, learning toys and she has invested in tablets for their access to the Internet, unlike many of the neighbors she never did drugs or booze.
    Now this is the story of the black side of my family, Nephew’s honey’s get welfare but my niece will not even think of it. She finished High School and got 2 years of college. He imitates the black men in his surroundings but she strives to be “white”. But we are part of that 5,000,000 on reservations as well. See the difference between a black woman and a black man??? He has been picked up but he screams racism all the time but she struggles to raise her boys and girls with pride. The girl has one man who is the father of all of her kids and they are truly global people, Cherokee, German, black amer. and Sierra Leone blood so hopefully you see now that it is not the institutionalism but the social leaning of the men who get into situations that lead to jail. This is not the former south before MLK.

  4. steveiam   January 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    The author very ably described what should be obvious, but apparently is not to many. That is, institutionalized racism, discrimination and prejudice. Educate, teach, provide examples, that may help change the tenor of things.


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