Donald Trump we live in a world that has walls of racial inequities and injustices and those walls have to be torn down by groups like ours. Whose gonna do it you? You Mitch McConnell? We have a greater responsibility that you can possibly fathom. You fight to “Make America Great Again” and you curse Black Lives Matter. You have the luxury. You have the luxury of not experiencing what we do everyday, that Racism while seemingly invisible to you is an inherent part of American culture and our existence while grotesque, and incomprehensible, to you, is about making America live up to its promise that all people are created equal, about FINALLY MAKING AMERICA GREAT. We have neither the time, nor the inclination to explain ourselves, to a man who rises and sleeps under the freedoms of white privilege, and than questions why we demand equality! We’d rather you just said ‘thank you’, and went on your way. Otherwise We suggest you wake up and join us in the ever expanding Coalition of the Righteous and stand for equality. Either way, we don’t give a damn, what you think you makes America great.
A society where racial injustice is so inherent its very existence is denied by many.
Where it is frowned upon to even discuss it for fear of making some feel uncomfortable.
Where the oppressed are expected to work for change with-in a system built to subjugate them. Is a society that must be made uncomfortable by those that are oppressed.
It is a society that must be forced to deal with the deep-seated problem that is a scar on its very existence.
Until that day the injustice perpetuated on the oppressed may ebb and flow but it will never truly cast out of that society’s very heart, forever lurking around the next corner.
I don’t like:
Seeing people getting hurt
Seeing innocent business owners watched their life’s work destroyed
Seeing a movement being marred by the actions of those who loot and riot only to enrich themselves or push the narrative in a negative direction for their own depraved political gain
I also don’t like
Open season on African-Americans
Killers who mar the good name of most police officers by masquerading as them
But what I don’t like most of all is a President who does not speak to America but instead hides behind twitter using the tragedy of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest it has sparked to post tweets designed to spread division hate & racism. Tweets designed to motivate his base to harken back to a time when they felt America was Great. A time when “vicious” dogs were unleashed on protesters of racial inequality. Tweets designed to try and keep him in power so he can continue to “loot” this country of its morality and enrich himself.
He did it knowing he was being filmed but he didn’t care because he didn’t think the black man under his knee was a man but an animal.
Three accessories to murder masquerading as police officers watched and not once did one of them think I should stop this because they didn’t think the black man who couldn’t breath was a man but an animal.
They met the protesters with tear gas, mace and rubber bullets because they didn’t think they were men and women but animals.
They didn’t charge him with 1st degree murder because they don’t believe the life he took was that of a man but of an animal.
Wait…I’m wrong because a dog is an animal and they care more about a dog’s life than the lives of African Americans.
Because they don’t really care about us.
I’m one who believes that non-violent civil unrest is the preferred course of action but there can be no denying that when one refuses to allow everyone to drink from the trees of equality, justice and freedom they plant the seeds of anger, resentment and revolution
As an African American
I am tired of seeing this play out over and over again.
I’m tired of the apologists for police brutality.
I’m tired of African American parents having to have conversations with their children about the dangers of simply being African American.
I’m tired of being told not to get angry about it.
I’m tired of having my patriotism questioned when I do.
I’m tIred of the so called liberals who join in on the hashtags and claim to be outraged but sit in silence on the topic of race and social injustice when they get around each other.
I have seen many people today including African Americans, denouncing the protests/riots in Minneapolis especially the looting of the Target and while I am a proponent of non-violence it is rather difficult to expect that after centuries of oppression and the senseless killing of our people African Americans are expected to continue to peacefully march and sing we shall overcome.
We will overcome?
We already have overcome:
Our culture being stripped from us
The lost of our ancestral history
We are still battling
Socialinjustice but we have not let it destroy us as a people
Now is the time for America to overcome its
Racism and Bigotry
Only then will America truly be the country it gave lip service to when it was founded. One where all people are created equal.
Even the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood there was a time when a peaceful non-violent protest was not always going to bring about the necessary change.
Yet another unarmed young man of color hunted and shot down, yet another attempt to cover it up, yet another attempt to silence our voice Ahmaud Arbury was only 24 years old when his life was ended for what appears to be the unspeakable crime of jogging while black.
For four hundred and one years you have been trying to silence our voice. You stripped us of our culture and religion, shackled us in the chains of bondage, rode masked in the night, as the cowards you truly are, burning crosses to intimidate us, chased us down like animals and lynched us before proudly displaying our lifeless bodies as a sort of trophy, denied us access to the right to vote, created laws that allowed you to legally discriminate against us and when we demanded we be treated as equals you turned the dogs loose and the hoses on us, you disproportionately incarcerate us and through a system of inherent racism put in place a series of social and economic barriers designed specifically to hold us down. Today when we dare to call you out on your obvious disregard for the concept this country was supposedly founded on that all men are created equal you call us unpatriotic. Unpatriotic? How could we be unpatriotic when this country’s wealth and very freedom was achieved on the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors just as much if not more than any other group, for we have fought and gave our lives in every war this country has been a part of only to return home to a country that told us to get in the back of the bus nigger. You have fostered the myth that the color of your skin makes you superior and the color of our skin makes us someone to be feared.
Yet four hundred and one years later you have failed and failed spectacularly because our voice has not been silenced, it has endured and it is getting stronger each day, gaining allies of all races, nationalities and gender. Growing a coalition of the righteous who reject your bigotry and racism Even you cannot deny our enduring contributions to the arts and sciences, our advancements in the business world and the political arena, maybe that is what you really fear. So listen and hear each day our voice as we say louder and louder you did not, you could not, and you never will silence us for we are African American and we are extraordinary.
On May 12, 1961 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. John Lewis, an African-American seminary student and Albert Bigelow a World War II veteran and white Freedom Rider were viciously attacked as they attempted to enter a whites-only waiting area. Two days later in Anniston Alabama a vicious mob of about 200 people bombed a Greyhound bus and brutally beat the Freedom Riders as they fled the burning bus. Later that day in Birmingham Alabama a Trailways bus carrying another group of Freedom Riders was meant with a similar fate These Freedom Riders were aware of the dangers they would encounter and over several months they were attacked repeatedly yet they persevered so that the racist practice of segregated bus terminals would come to end and in the fall of 1961 their perseverance bore fruit as the Interstate Commerce Commission issued regulations that prohibited the segregation of interstate transit.
THE FREEDOM RIDERS STEPPED INTO THE GAP.
Liu Xiaobo was a human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate from China who through nonviolent protests fought against communist one-party rule in China. For his efforts he was imprisoned in 1989 to 1991, 1995 to 1996, 1996 to 1999 and 2009 until his release in 2017 after he had been diagnosed with liver cancer. He died less than 3 weeks after his release. Despite his multiple imprisonments he continued to fight until his death for the betterment of the Chinese people.
LIU XIAOBO STEPPED INTO THE GAP.
Razan Zaitouneh was a Syrian Human rights activist who was involved in the Syrian uprising. She acted as a lawyer for political prisoners, was one of the founders Human Rights Association in Syria and the Syrian Human Rights Information Link through which she reported about Syria human’s rights violations. Razan Zaitouneh worked tirelessly for years to bring light to Syria’s oppress regime despite the obvious dangers involved with doing so. On December 9 of 2013 she was kidnapped and has not been seen since, presumed to have been killed.
RAZAN ZAITOUNEH STEPPED INTO THE GAP.
Michael Todd has been getting bullied at his new school since the year began. He would wear the same clothes every day and students at MLK College Preparatory School would make fun of him for it. High school football players Kristopher Graham and Antwann Garrett didn’t just go along with their class mates to be part of the crowd and on September 10, 2019 they surprised Michael with a bag full of bags full of shirts, shorts and shoes and apologized to him for previously laughing at him.
KRISTOPHER GRAHAM AND ANTWANN GARRETT STEPPED INTO THE GAP
Everyday countless number of individuals step into the gap. But sadly many in a position to do the most good lack the courage to step into the gap Last week at church my pastor preached to us from the book Ezekiel 22:30 “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.
In Bible times, cities had walls around them to help defend them from attack. Broken parts of the wall created a physical gap in the city’s ability to protect itself from invading armies. In this Bible verse, because there is a gap in the wall, God is looking for someone to step in and guard the broken, vulnerable territory.
Today God is still looking for us to step in and guard the broken and the vulnerable. Victims of violence, oppression, discrimination, bigotry. Those who are denied fundamental human rights such as medical care, food and shelter and education. Yet when we turn our eyes to Washington D.C. we find there are far too many concerned with their own self, maintaining their power and reaping the benefits that come along with it than with stepping into the gap. We see children, the Lord’s most innocent souls, gunned down in mass shootings yet no action has been taken to enact sensible gun control to protect them. We see mothers and fathers working two and three jobs, sixty and seventy hours a week yet still unable to earn enough money to put a roof over or adequately feed their families. Yet at every opportunity the very social programs designed to help them through these troubled times are slashed, and more and more money is appropriated to building weapons of war. Racism is unbelievably on the rise again in this country but far too many in power either pretend it doesn’t exist and simply ignore it or worse tacitly give their approval, so they can appeal to a base of unenlightened individuals they believe will allow them to maintain their power. Education budgets are cut and college tuition soars while tax breaks for the wealthy are passed into law. Prescription drugs prices rocket, inflating the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies while the affordable care act remains under constant attack. The gap between the haves and have not continues to expand as CEOs take home millions and workers struggle to survive yet steadfast opposition to raising the minimum wage continues.
We are witnessing the abject failure of the very individuals we have tasked with stepping in the gap. However, it is never too late as a people to change things. United each of our whispers becomes a mighty roar for change. We can demand that change takes place and we can start at the voting booth. We can educate ourselves on the issues and not let some 24-hour news network “opinion” show host skew our perception of reality. We can protest racism and social injustice and when those in power try to change the narrative and quiet us we can roar louder. We can rise as one and let our voices be heard. We can let them know that it is we not them who are the coalition of the many and if they won’t stand in the gap we surely will find someone who will!
Police officers in New York City were doused with water by punks, not black punks, not spanish punks, not white punks. No, just punks their color does not matter. They were wrong and showed a level of disrespect to the men and women who put on a uniform everyday and risk their lives to protect us that should never be accepted. They should be arrested and charged to the fullest extent possible. Leaders in the community need to speak out in the loudest possible voice to condemn them. To let it be known that their type behavior does not represent us and our communities will not stand for it.
With that said let us not lose sight of another issue, those who would use this disrespectful incident to justify police misconduct with memes like ever wonder why the police mistreat you. Stop breaking the law. Seizing upon the disrespectful action of a few as justification for police misconduct no better than we an entire police force is held accountable for the actions of a few bad officers. Rather than looking to exploit the issue to create a false narrative it is time we ’s have a real discussion about the disconnect between the communities they patrol and the police. Lets talk honestly about the issue of police misconduct. Like every single company, government agency, not for profit and church has a few bad apples and those bad apples need to be rooted out.
Sadly if you believe the concept that people of color can simply avoid police misconduct by obeying the law.
You never have been pulled over numerous times but never receive a ticket and left to wonder if you were stopped because you were driving while black.
You never been stopped and frisked in a low crime neighborhood while sporting an argyle sweater and matching socks. You didn’t appear to fit the profile of who they were supposedly looking for unless that profile was simply black.
You never had a gun pointed in your face while tossing a football in a white friend’s suburban backyard because you didn’t appear to belong in that neighborhood because you were black.
You never been a 53 year old African American male whose never been in trouble with the law. Whose palms get a little sweaty when a police car is following you while black.
All of which have happened to me.
But you’ve never been black.
So lets stop protecting the rotten apples on the police force and applauding punks who disrespect the good police officers and have a real discussion