Founder, Joe Pettigrew’s Message on American Racial Equity

Joe Pettigrew, Kunleidoscope 2018

Like many of my young, black brothers and sisters of America, I find myself mourning; yet somewhat lost for words in this moment in time. Over four hundred years later, black and brown bodies continue to be seen as disposable, a non- fucking matter quite honestly. I hate to use such strong words, but this harsh reality bothers me on all levels. I’m done being tired. I wrote this message to inspire the next generation of community leaders of racial equity. If we want to dismantle white supremacy in our life time, then we’ve got a lot of ground to cover over the next few years. This is our moment of truth.

Everyone has a role to play in creating a world of racial equity. There are no big I’s and little you’s in this fight. We must work from a grassroots, multicultural lens. All too often, folks with power fail to include poor, working-class, black and brown folks in the decision- making processes. That’s problematic as hell to say the very least. I’ll touch on what I believe needs to transpire for systematic change in a bit though.

Building faith for the culture

Our current reality isn’t new, we’ve been here before time and time again unfortunately. Although the odds remain against our people, I am reminded of this scripture in the book of Galatians, “We cannot become weary in well doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest.” The vibrations of one of the greatest lyricists of our time, Lauryn Hill also comes to mind as well. “You can’t hold God’s people back that long, the chain of satan wasn’t made that strong.”

As a young black man of faith, I believe we are in the middle of a divine intervention. Americans from all walks of life have began to take note of the injustices we face; in part because of social media- that’s powerful. These times look and feel a little different. The masses are awake and ready for change.

Making a lasting impact

Instagram Antonio Brown, June 8, 2020

To move forward, we cannot fail to remember the major impact our ancestors made on this nation, from healthcare innovations, infrastructure developments to monumental public policy efforts such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Our talent, expertise, and even our blood sweat & tears are engrained in this land.

Although we’ve made some progress within the struggle movement of racial equity, the grind can’t stop and wont stop. No doubt, I get electrified when I think of the momentum my peers built over the past few years since the death of brother Trayvon Martin. but I believe to whom much is given much is required. In this moment, a seat at the table isn’t merely enough. Racial equity requires black and brown folks in more positions of power, and a collective effort from persons of privilege to acknowledge, denounce, and work in union with us to eradicate systematic racism in America and across the globe.

To my white counterparts, I urge you to use your whiteness for the betterment of our people. Although color has divided us, you are our brothers and sisters. Protect us from your uncles, fathers, and mothers. Don’t join the struggle movement only in times of comfortability, fight hard with us, yell with us, demand with us, put your life on the line for us in the name equity.

In closing, I want to challenge my brothers and sisters to continue to demand respect while on the frontlines of the struggle, remain prideful in our people, and devout yourself to practicing self love daily.

With Love,

Joe Pettigrew

Founder, Black Scopes Media