The other night as I sat in the bed with my wife and watched the press conference, conducted by Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch, I had a feeling that when ole boy finished I would have the pissed off face. As Mr. McCulloch began his soliloquy I could tell that all he was doing was trying to justify the inevitable, Darren Wilson would not be indicted. Of course I wasn’t surprised by the announcement, because in my years on this planet I have come to expect , and at times accept, that the lives of African Americans are not valued to the same extent as our counterparts. For whatever reason in 2014, we are still viewed as 3/5’s of a human.
My first reaction was to fire up Facebook and see what my feed had to say about the latest slap in the face of Justice. And guess what??? I again was not surprised. My feed became littered with “What about Black on Black killings?” “Why aren’t we just as mad when a Black person kills a Black person?” “Why are we so stupid to riot in our own neighborhoods?” “We are giving White people a reason to laugh at us!!” As ignorant comment after ignorant comment ran across my screen all I could think about was a quote by Malcolm X.
“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
I find it mind-boggling that minutes after the Ferguson verdict was read, people found a way to immediately blame the victims. As if the people of Ferguson had no reason to be upset because Black on Black crime still exists in America. One person even went as far as to insinuate that we deserve the treatment we receive because we do ignorant things on the daily. Seriously? What the fuck?
I wonder if these people would feel the same if they lost a loved one in a senseless manner to the police, people who are trained to serve and protect. Would they control their anger because “hey, I saw on the news last night that a Black man killed another Black man! So how can I be mad?”
I know, I know, what about the looting Danny P?? And for that I quote Martin Luther King Jr.
I am aware that there are many who wince at a distinction between property and persons—who hold both sacrosanct. My views are not so rigid. A life is sacred. Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on; it is not man.
See Moguls, we cannot get so comfy and cozy in our little Mogul towers that we forget the struggles of a people who’s voices are not often heard. Some people respond to injustice with anger, which may be in a different manner than what you may agree with. But that shouldn’t blind you from the fact of what is really going on; and from the looks of it, the media has done a great job distracting folks from the situation at hand.
Protesting and looting are two different things. While I agree with a good protest at certain times, I do not support looting. And just like you have bad police who shoot and kill African American males, you have rioters who take advantage of the situation and loot for a pair of Jordans or some weave. Both examples are isolated and should not be a representation of the whole. But what gets me is when some African Americans just focus on the looting aspect and scream that out as if it is a justification for why we get treated the way we do. Or act as if they can’t understand the anger or frustration of a people who are tired of catching bad one after bad one. I can understand other races finger pointing and shaking their heads in a collective sigh, but my patience is thin when we do it to ourselves.
It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.
Martin Luther King Jr
Maybe this situation will spark the youth to make a change. I am glad to see that it appears that this injustice to an African American male has caused other races to step up and protest. Hopefully the protest that’s going on around the nation will ignite a fire in all of us that will lead to some real change.
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