The Issue at Hand

It really isn’t police officers versus black men or black people. It really isn’t the NFL versus Colin Kaepernick. These things are just symptoms of the issue at large. The issue is racism and people’s willingness to allow their need for comfort to ignore its very existence.

The issue is that when black people openly address what honestly most people agree is wrong behavior, they are met with resistance. I understand the conversation is hard. I get that hearing it when you aren’t actually the culprit seems unnecessary. The thing here is that if you don’t listen, if you refuse to hear the truth in a real way, oppression wins. Silence is the enemy of the suppressed. If you would rather black people not identify the current events of the world as racism, that is part of the problem.

When a black person can sit in your church and teach your kids in children’s ministry and serve on your worship team, but you can’t openly call a spade a spade when an unarmed black person is murdered at the hands of a white police officer and you choose to remain silent, this is an issue. When your co-worker or good friend who happens to be black expresses their pain and you can’t find a way to have compassion and make them comfortable with sharing their experiences with you, this is an issue.

When you sit in your home and click the channel or scroll past people of color screaming about injustice in our country, or worse in your very own community, this is an issue. Turning a blind eye and pretending color doesn’t matter is not helping the plight of black people. It’s not helping us achieve equality as a nation. Comfort can not trump our efforts for change. We are losing good people, and I’m not just talking about the deceased. We are loosing black men and women, boys and girls, to fear and anger. We are losing innocence and relationships that help bring unity into reality. We must open our eyes. We must face the issue at hand.

Strong willed and determined since a little girl, this mom of three, wife, worship leader, writer, and career woman, believes dreams come true if you do the work. Nikyla hails from St. Louis, Mo, the “show me” state. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University. She is a certified teacher and currently teaches at Louisiana Connections Academy. Her time out of the office is filled with family, friends and faith. She adores her three children Kyre, K’mya, and Kris and has been married to her childhood sweet heart Remiah Trask for fourteen years. Nikyla is currently a worship leader at Anchor Chapel in Baton Rouge. She has always been passionate about the things she sets her mind to. Her story of victory over severe anxiety disorder, after her third child, is truly one you must hear to believe. It will transform the way you view people with mental illness and even the way you view yourself. She is the founder of the mental health campaign entitled Be Brave. Writing has become a form of therapy for her, and the stories she shares are always honest, heartfelt, and transparent. Read more of Nikyla’s Brave Blogs here.