The “Ghost” of Civil Rights revisited
It was one hell of a week so filled with pain, shock, disbelief and yes rage, as the entire country reeled in the aftermath of the shocking details about a young man, Mike Brown, who was for all intents and purposes, murdered in cold blood by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri.
Like many others, I began this mental journey filled with rage and place a picture of my sons on social media asking when did it become okay for us as parents to raise them only to have them a moving target for rogue police officers?
My anger was so searing hot, it scared me. It was then, I became clear this was not going to be another incident that people eventually forgot, because the town of Ferguson literally became the ghost of civil rights past resplendent with dogs, tear gas, armor and people so angry, they were tearing up anything in their pathway. The country responded and folks began to choose sides but I’m heartened by the volume of white allies who are right here beside us as a people because that murder finally shocked them
Into consciousness about the daily realities of black and brown people in America.
I learned a few lessons and became much clearer on other things;
The news media, depending on who they were, reported in ways that were so biased, I hardly watched any of them.
Twitter has become the mainstream of “live” reporting and gave a much more accurate description as events unfolded.
Voting in our local and State elections were always important but never more than in this present moment. It is a right we must begin to fully exercise because each voting finger adds up to change in a powerful way.
Black men and boys are still seen as 3/5 of a human being by way too many and it doesn’t matter how educated and well raised they are. Black people have always been clear that we needed to be stellar in word and deed and we have been much clearer, that means nothing to a rogue cop who will ” tell a story” too many are willing to believe even it’s 100% false.
What is happening right now in America feels like 1963 revisited because we as a people have become complacent and forgot to remind our children of our history so this could not happen to us anymore.
Strong new black leadership has begun to emerge with our millennials who understands the power of social media and are not afraid to use it to create change.
Anger, when channeled, is a powerful force and if we really desire to make lasting change, we must start in our local
Communities and work our way out in our quest for changes in policy and practices at police departments, schools, courthouses and prisons to name a few.
White allies are stepping out of the shadows in ways that is heartwarming and are a reminder that not everyone in America is filled with judgement and hate.
The ripple effect of these unchallenged murders of so many black men have begun and will be felt for a long time to come.
Because America’s ugly scab has been scraped off for the world to see and you better believe they ( world) are watching.
The revolution is televised and many are now willing to die so that we can live in peace..
Posted on October 9, 2014, in Civil liberties, CNN, Culture, Education, family, history, huffinton Post, love, men, Parent, Relationship, sons, washington Post, Writing and tagged aclu, black boys, civil rights, Justice, naacp, parenting, white allies. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.