Black Student Union Showcase

By Emily Aguilar

(Photo Courtesy:  Victoria Robles) Asari Aibangbee at the BSU Showcase

(Photo Courtesy: Victoria Robles)
Asari Aibangbee at the BSU Showcase

Although the trending topic, #BlackLivesMatter, has been seen worldwide, many have failed to comprehend its significance.

For many, the term is a response to the persistent prejudice that African-Americans have experienced as a culture; while to others, it’s a mere trend.

In order to properly define a term misunderstood by the public, Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Black Student Union (BSU) took the initiative to educate the public by celebrating black culture in their first annual showcase entitled, “Black Lives Matter.”

The event was held on Fri., Feb. 27.  The evening was a mixture of dance, song, poems, and speeches. Although there were jokes in between performances, the event released an agonizing burden within the performers.

“Our ancestors paved the way, but the struggle never stopped, because we went from slavery to segregation, and today, at least 20 of us are getting shot,” explained poet, “Original Jamie” Braswell.

As the audience of family and friends cried, applauded, and signed in agreement, one felt as if the evening had grasped everyone and presented a topic often too sensitive to approach: Tolerance.

“Being African-American means coming from a group who has suffered and triumphed; who has been beaten down and risen. That is why I feel a connection with other people.  We have all understood these struggles at one point, so no matter who we are, we, as humans, always make a connection,” explained BSU President, Sam Sanchez.

Although the term is, “BlackLivesMatter,” the underlying theme is that an individual who has been overshadowed by the towering force of prejudice can overcome that nuisance of a barrier again and again.

When the performers and BSU members came together to sing and rap their final song, many applauded in support of their children or friends, but the audience – composed of Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians – was unified by the notion of acceptance and understanding: racial struggle is often overlooked, but it is the hope of triumph that brings us together.