Random Thoughts: What is the purpose of life when you’re oppressed?

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Every day, I read about innocent young unarmed Black men, women, and children murdered at the hands of heavily armed white police officers, who claim to feel threatened. The criminal system rarely questions the murders or the justification.

With a target always on your back, life is about managing emotional pain and suffering of oppression and lack of access to healthy and supportive environments. You suffer until you can’t. Then you wait for life to end. Black people self-medicate with religion. Without it, we would not have resilience and courage.

So what’s the purpose of life if your skin color leads to oppression and persecution? What is the purpose of planning a future when a traffic stop can fatally end a once-promising future?

Covid has most of us re-evaluating life.

Maybe, for Black people, living means finding peace in hell. Keep moving, keep hope alive and keep the faith.


Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

2 thoughts on “Random Thoughts: What is the purpose of life when you’re oppressed?

  1. Angela how about a national legal aid fund and hire defense lawyers just to handle these types of cases. Make sure these officers are following the rules, make sure we have a proper representative jury and we should have federal legislation that these officers can’t work anywhere else in the country with a bad record and/or conviction.

  2. Sounds simple! But there is a lot of resistance to change from a criminal system that is creating crimes to one the serves, protect and solves crimes.

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