You Don’t Have to Be #Black to… @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

…be disgusted by what is transpiring right in front of our eyes.  I am infuriated, and that’s my nice word for these events.

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WARNING:  There is profanity used in some of these videos. But, can you blame them?


Why we’re all here today  … “On Tuesday, #GeorgeFloyd was killed by police in an incident in Minneapolis, captured on video, where an officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he lay on the ground, begging for his life. George’s family say they want the “four officers involved in his death to be charged with murder.”  (I personally want them to suffer something much worse.)  Warning:  this video contains disturbing footage.

Next, a black woman in Michigan protesting the MURDER of George Floyd, is brutally assaulted by a white (POS) police officer, who wanted her to stop recording, what I’m sure was more of their illegal activity, on her cell phone.  When she refused, this is what happened to her.

As if that wasn’t enough this week, this 21-year old young man who said that in recent days he had been stopped repeatedly by Midland, TX police {he was targeted}, was told by his mom that the next time they tried to pull him over, he was to drive to a safe place before he got out.  After mistakenly running through a stop sign and then noticing the police officers literally waiting for him, he drove to his 90-year old grandmother’s home.  This is what transpired next…

Here you can clearly see the stress of the situation taking its toll on this 90-year old grandmother who was only trying to protect her grandson.

This is what the black community is feeling… and again, you don’t have to be black to feel their pain.  Listen to Donald Williams, the man who witnessed the murder of George Floyd up close and personal… (and if one of you dare to let a thought enter your mind about the way this man speaks, shame on you! Your only focus should be on the palpable pain he’s feeling)…

You don’t have to be of color (black) to be outraged by the behavior of any of these police officers.  Do I condone the rioting, the looting, and the burning of buildings that’s taking place in these communities?  No, I absolutely do not.  But, let me be clear – I do understand their anger and their frustration – and again, you don’t have to be of color to stand in that space.  Where else do these people have to place their frustrations?  There is warranted rage behind their actions.  If it were your race, no matter what that is, you would exhibit no less, no matter how you might deny it publicly.

This is TOO much and this has gone way TOO far!

How many more black men and women have to die before something is done to stop their senseless murders? 

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We all know this is an extremely short list.  Who, in authority is going to step up and say, That was the last timeHe/She was the last one?  I ask again, who? 

How can it all be stopped, you ask?  Let me give you a few options, and they are coming from a very clear and lucid mind, and also from someone with a long line of law enforcement officers in her own family (who are not out killing blacks or any other race simply because of the color of their skin).

– Send their {white} racist asses to the electric chair, and let the families of the ones they murdered, watch them fry;

– Place them in a prison filled with black men, without any protection whatsoever, and then go in the next morning to pick up their sorry remains and ship them home to their families in a brown paper bag.

Yes, those are my options. My only options unless you have some stronger.  The only way the senseless killing of black men and women is going to stop, is if we start to make examples out of each and every murderer in a uniform who is sworn to protect and serve.

I am one who believes that ALL LIVES MATTER, but, all lives aren’t being targeted the way BLACK LIVES are.  How much more will we have to witness before we take a stand and say, BLACK LIVES MATTER just as much as the lives of whites?

I’ve shared this before and it seems an appropriate time for me to share it again.  No matter how hard they try, WE, the people of one blood, black, white, yellow, brown and blue, WON’T MOVE until something changes, and those changes need to come now!

Think about things differently – then let me know how all this makes you feel.  I can’t stress enough that you don’t have to be black to feel their pain.  I’m proof of that.

“You don’t have to be oppressed to disagree with the oppressor. Change only comes when we all take a stand.”  ~Nonnie Jules


  1. Just read this as I perused this magazine. A powerful statement, and the video brought tears to my eyes. Were I a person of color, especially an African American, I’m not sure I would choose to stay in this country. I have a 16-year-old Grandson who often says he’d like to live in Europe for a while when he graduates (we have a number of close cousins there). I encourage him. With the political climate what it is, and the horrible gun culture, I sometimes feel despair over our future in America. Still, we can vote and must, for those who will protect all people’s rights, especially those who are threatened, as noted in this powerful piece.

  2. Nonnie–I saw this when you originally posted it. The French say, “plus ca change, plus la meme chose” (the more things change, the more things stay the same). I have just written a song about this that’s still in rough shape, but I am hoping that my friend Reggie Harris, who travels all over the country doing a program with another friend of mine, Greg Greenway, called “Deeper Than the Skin,” will help me finalize it. Keep speaking out!!!

  3. Hi Nonnie,
    This is sad and sorrowful and unfortunately it is a reality for some African American people in America, where we are quick to sing about the home of the brave and about freedom. I hope that one day the unjust situations that are happening now will end and freedom can shouted out by every American regardless of race, creed, or color of their skin. Shalom shalom

  4. I’ve had such a difficult time trying to find the words for all that is going on. Nonnie, you describe so much of what my heart feels. I hurt for all of these people, their families. I will never understand some people’s actions, the hatred and cruelty that fills them. It’s all so wrong. So horribly wrong. Now, more than ever, we need to take a stand, to speak our truth, to do what’s right. I pray for change.

  5. I’m outraged and heartbroken about this situation. I couldn’t agree more with your statement, Nonnie, you don’t have to be black to feel hurt by this or to see the wrong in it. Something has to be done. How many more cases like this must there be before we all unite and do something about it?

  6. My heart bleeds for George Floyd’s family and friends – I’m at an utter loss of understanding how these monsters in uniforms could so coldly kill a man in the street. People need to unite against this racist madness – and say, “No more!”.

  7. Nonnie,
    Thank you for being a beacon of change. This is an amazing blog! I hope this sends a message to many people who still do not understand the hate we still see against people of color and others who are not heteronormative white men. These incidents will continue to happen until accountability is truly enforced.

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  9. I didn’t watch the videos. I can’t. I’m already drained by the negative energy the world has been emitting the past few days. 😔 It is taking everything inside of me to focus on hope and love and compassion and peace and healing when so many are hurting in our society. Hate begets hate. I am staying away from social media until I feel stronger. That being said, I watched this video, thinking Trevor Noah would make me laugh as he usually does. Instead, he offered a great perspective, so I’m sharing it with you.

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

      Yvette, I copied your link so I can take some time to view it. Sometimes you do have to step back from all the hate. I know I do. Sometimes I just want to scream. How can a group of people be so consumed with hate year after year, decade after decade, century after century. Its got to be physically taking a toll on all of them, you would think. It’s like, ‘don’t you people get tired of yourselves?” Exhausting!

  10. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Nonnie, I saw a video today of a white woman angry enough to say it’s time for white people to step up and end this because “we are the only ones who can. ” I got emotional because finally someone of privilege is getting it.

    Another video shows a white male dressed in black busting out windows and setting fires in the Minnesota riots in protest to Floyd’s murder. So much for blaming black people for the destruction.

    It’s all twisted but maybe there is a silver lining somewhere.

  11. Well said, Nonnie… I hope and pray that all of our nation’s citizens will rise up to demand justice from leaders at every level.

  12. Nonnie, I live 10,000 miles away in a different hemisphere and my daughter and I sat and cried in anger as these images hit our airwaves. In 1964 Bob Dylan sang of The Times that Were Changing, it became the anthem of our decade. But some things just didn’t change along with the calendar. This ugliness, this scourge of inhumanity MUST stop. We see prejudice raise its ugly head here in Australia too, but our government has zero-tolerance for aberrant racist behavior. Those men and women wearing Police uniforms must be held accountable for their actions … I have to ask how in hell these people made it into uniform in the first place. And how have they managed to keep their prejudices shielded?

    Thank you for shining a clear spotlight on a tragic and senseless event, Nonnie.

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

      Soooz, the reason they managed to get through the system with no accountability is because the system is corrupt all the way to the top. Legislation is built around it and its hard to stop something when it is sanctioned by the government itself. That’s why the good white people didn’t raise much fuss. They could have their lives destroyed for trying to make a change. So the abhorrent behavior was baked into the system. Now it has to be rooted out and everybody has to say, “Enough is enough!”. Only then will change come.

      • I’ll hold you all in my thoughts and prayers, my friend.

  13. D.L. Finn, Author

    I agree, Jan. I did put all this hate into what evildwels are. Yet, still I can’t wrap my thoughts around what I’m seeing.

  14. D.L. Finn, Author

    I’m kind of speechless right right as I watch this continue to unfold. I’m glad you posted this.

  15. Hi, Nonnie. What we are seeing all around is us appalling and disgusting. To me, the people perpetrating this violence are not human. They are possessed by the evildwels that D.L. Finn writes about in her fiction stories. It is evil in its purest form. I do not understand, and it shakes my gentle soul to the core. I am a white female. I haven’t been targeted, but I fear for those who are and I take a stand against the senseless violence. If the law is being broken, it is to be dealt with according to law and not according to man’s vile evil ways. I hate to bring Trump into this, but it seems to me it has all escalated since he took office. But, that’s just my opinion. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. Some heavy-duty Karma is being accumulated by these perpetrators. They will pay.

    • D.L. Finn, Author

      I agree, Jan. I did put all this hate into what evildwels are. Yet, still I can’t wrap my thoughts around what I’m seeing.

    • Jan, you can tell the truth about that idiot Trump on my blogs 24/7, 365 days of the year. I admire the fact that you are not afraid to share your thoughts of him and his behavior, like so many others who tip toe around it. Call it what it is and he is the most ridiculous, racist nut I’ve ever been forced to witness my entire life. No one has incited hate such as he has during his time in the WH. He is disgusting. And the sad part of that, is that he is clearly mentally unstable so maybe I shouldn’t be upset with him at all. Maybe, I should be upset with all those around him who are too chicken to let him know he’s unstable.

      Thanks for dropping in.

      • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

        NJ, you said it all. I rest my case!

  16. Well said, Nonnie. As a white Canadian, I am absolutely horrified. After living through the race riots of the 1960s, I thought that would be the end of the violence. I was wrong. How long will it be before well-armed black gangs start hunting down the white racist officers who perpetrate these crimes and deliver vigilante justice? Racism will destroy our countries and our civilization before any pandemic or climate change disasters. By the way, I agree with your two options…

  17. Well, Nonnie, one thing I know about this country is that RACISM is so ingrained into the fabrics of this nation that I doubt it can ever be purged. It is sad.

  18. Thanks for dropping by, but, if you can drop by without commenting on all of this, take a long look at yourself in the mirror. This is not one of those times that anyone should be able to remain silent. Everything in this post should infuriate you, too.

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