Another year gone by where lives are taken and suffer because of genocide, unclean drinking water, poverty, hunger/starvation, colonization, and conquest. This is the year 2016 much like all the previous years dating back to 1492 to those horrible years of the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s; and confronting 1900s and the 2000s. These centuries, these years--have symbolized the devastation of slavery, servitude, removal, holocaust, genocide of all peoples of color, and institutionalized oppression. This year, 2016, represents the culmination of its history rooted within the worldwide system.
Before the end of the US election, I was looking forward to never hearing the name that shall not be said or written. I was looking forward to the changes as our country transitioned from the first half-Black president to the countries first White female president. Well, the first female won the popular vote, and that's historic--because in our eyes: she won. But today, and the many days that lay ahead in the next eight years are a reminder that the struggle against oppression and the status quo must further motivate us that we have work to do.