It has been six years since this nation elected its first black president, and, I believe that was totally by an act of God. Since the election of President Obama, race relations are still as tattered & torn as they were prior to him sitting down at his Resolute desk in the Oval Office.
The pain and wound’s from Eric Garner’s choking death by police in Staten Island for selling cigarette’s is still raw in the minds of so many, as well as the death of Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed by a self-proclaimed neighborhood watchmen who felt entitled. We have not had an opportunity to heal from these two vigilante death’s, now Ferguson.
Yes, the community is outraged about Ferguson as this has been an ongoing battle that has traveled from generation to generation with no true reprieve. Strides have been made in this nation as it relates to better opportunities and rights, but by no means was it ‘given’, it was earned by dog bites, lynchings, being hosed down, being spit on, being set afire and by blood, sweat and tears, literally.
Yes, I was saddened to see some in the Ferguson community using the death of Michael Brown as an opportunity to commit criminal activity, but, they certainly do not represent the thousands of African Americans who are faithful to the community in which we reside. Yes, I pity them for their ignorance and lack of care and wish they had a better sense of self-respect and truly understand the self-destruction that they are perpetuating.
I agree that instead of rioting, we should be asking the questions of Ferguson officials and state officials and having peaceful protests, but, that is not the reality so, we need to deal with the situation as it is — people are angry. Michael Brown was a young black, unarmed male who was shot down and killed by a police officer after he put his hands up to surrender. He realized his indiscretion.
Ferguson hurts because:
No, I am not defending the actions of those who are wrongfully taking advantage of Michael Brown’s situation, but what I am saying is we are not “automatic” criminals simply because we have more melanin.
In case your wondering, yes, I am extremely perplexed by the black on black crime playing out in cities like Chicago. The difference between the two situations is one is an entirely different in-bred attack stemming from territorial dominance which needs an entirely different plan of diffusion as it involves a battle over drugs and gang violence.
Furthermore, people are protesting and rising up in their respective cities, even Chicago. But, that is not considered news worthy because it doesn’t involve an uprising or looting. The other difference is that Ferguson represents an attack by those who vowed to be fair and just.
In this nation, we must be willing and able to have the toughest conversations, especially those pertaining to race and the treatment received thereof.
Sometimes we must take a stand as, “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything!”
Move Forward In Righteousness XOXO♥