My Thoughts on Charlottesville

Written by on August 12, 2017

“Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost!”

– Robert Southe

I am sure you were like me and spent a good chunk of your Saturday morning mesmerized by the foolery that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia. Although I was far from surprised at the happenings in Virginia from the White Supremacist, what did baffle me was that most of the folks I saw on the tv screen were white.  As they tussled, argued, pushed, and rolled around on the ground I wondered where were the police?

We all know that if Black folks decide to protest in the name of justice po-po is there along with the National Guard if more than 20 folks show up. However, Charlottesville knew the deal and what to expect. CNN and every other major news outlet showed up because they knew what to expect. But the local 5-0 did not? Where were the dogs and tear gas at to handle the local thugs? Damn the day white America cuts loose the police let them fight it out.

As I watched white nationalists “Unite The Right”, and listened to the reporters wax poetics about the action, I thought this is what it looks like when chickens come home to roost. I always heard the saying but never really made sense of it until yesterday. See for years the Republicans under the disguise of Tea Party members have fanned the flames of racism and no one really seemed to bat an eye. Trump spent his whole campaign hyping this shit up and no one seemed to care. Now the hate that America created is coming home and the shit stank doesn’t it?

From church bombings,  lynchings, Trayvon Martin,  unjustified killings at the hands of racist police, Black America was left unsurprised. We know what racism looks like. We protest it. Write about it. March over it. Riot over it. Sing about it. And we are often told…. to get over it! Move on with our lives. Now hate has finally come back to the doorstep of America and it is ugly.

Understandably folks are upset about the shenanigans of the protesters. However, we don’t need another think piece article by CNN. What we need is for white America to own the bastard child that is white supremacy and have that difficult conversation behind closed doors. Black folks can’t help you with this one. We have dealt with ignorance in the United States for hundreds of years. However, now is the time for you all to step to the plate and take a swing at the ball.

Far too often the good white people have racist friends, co-workers, and family members that go unchecked. Deal with them. Where are the good white folks that we so often see in the movies who ride in on their white horse and save the day? Where are the good ones who will lead protests on their own to change laws? Those are the ones I would like to see right about now. America needs you now. My country, ’tis of thee needs you now.  Charlottesville needs you now!

 


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