Reflections on the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis Police
by Remonia A. Bowie
I have a son … an only son … a son with golden, caramel, brown skin – kissed by the sun
I have a son … born in Berkeley, born in California – as I was born in Charleston, born in South Carolina – born in America
What will his 33 years old eyes see, today, in America?
What does his golden, sun kissed, 6-foor-2-inch body feel, as he walks on American shores?
Does he feel safe? … Does he feel free? – born in America … a proud descendant of tall, strong, colorful African Kings and Strategic Warriors!
Does he feel safe? … Does he feel free? – born in America, a descendant of Southern Greed chained and restricted for plantation free labor, the theft of his ancestors’ physical strength.
I have a son … an only son … who turns on the American evening news and sees reflections of his African tribes … on American shores, chained, restricted and NOT free!
Remonia A. Bowie wrote “An African in America 2020” during the rumblings of potential social unrest after our country’s Nov. 3rd presidential elections. She is a 2021 master of public health graduate student at the University of San Francisco and an Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., sorority sister along with Vice President Kamala Harris.