• D'Andre Anderson

Let's Talk: We Can’t Stop

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

We are fighting for a change. My generation is taking on the torch of an age-old fight for liberation for everyone. Injustice anywhere is still injustice everywhere.

It takes one moment in a person’s life to shape the way they will take a risk that could change your life. It didn’t take much for me to take that step after I was falsely accused of a gun mishap. I wonder sometimes if I could see myself fighting for others if I didn’t have that experience or if I had everything handed to me- would I want to see this world better?

I took a leap of faith and ran for change and liberation in hopes of believing that there would be a change in my community, but it seemed like it was more of a change in my heart and mind. I learned more about people and how they are, and at times, I felt less interested in policies and procedures. It was hard knowing I was doing something so consuming, and so risky.

There were times I would look up and see an outpouring of support on Facebook and comments of everyone telling me how proud they were and how awesome this is. My mind started running into these scenarios about the race and I started to believe that I couldn’t fix the problems my community was facing. It was a feeling of disappointment. I couldn’t grasp where it all went wrong. I looked down and saw my hands and thought I could carry the world, but the reality of knowing I never would devastated me.

It was over. In a blink of an eye, I was back to being D’Andre Anderson, the kid who graduated from Central High School. The guy who wanted more than life but will die fighting for it. I looked into my little brother‘s eyes and knew, it wasn’t over. I am 19 and have a fire for change. I’m 19 and have taken so many steps and bounds to make a difference in this world. I am 19 and want to see my people flourish. I am 19. That resonated within me, and I realized the journey wasn’t over. I wasn’t the average 19-year-old, I was the one who wanted to take a step on faith to make a difference in this society. I am the same one who didn’t want to tell my grandkids 50 years from now, that I didn’t stand for anything- continuing the societal trend of never standing for anything. So, I’ll ask you this. In a world of trends, when will you put yours to an end?

I am back to prove to my 19 year- old self that I can do it. I have a hunger like no other, a passion to see real change, and keep my values while doing it. It’s time to speak up.

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