LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) – Rumors of a riot shut down several Lawton businesses last Friday prompting some to board up their windows. Local Rap Artist Christian Lane better knows as C-Lane said he was highly upset when he received several screenshots saying he was going to start a riot in his hometown.
Like many of you, I have been struggling with the events over the last few days. For me, it has reawakened many instances throughout my life that I’ve experienced inequality and racism. I allowed myself to compartmentalize the hurt and pain by putting on the visage that a professional appearance will prevent harm or discrimination. The truth is, it does not change one thing if the issue for someone else is my race and color.
Now is the time to not only speak up but to take action. Organize, protest, and lead. While you are actively working towards solutions, take care of your mental health. Seek guidance from licensed professionals to discuss experiences with racial discrimination, police brutality, and countless other challenges faced by black people daily.
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