We Were Wrong About The Revolution

I can’t keep still. Or quiet.

While I feel a deep sympathy for the families of Brown and Garner, I can’t help but view the lack of state indictments as symptomatic of a much more insidious disease.

What we are witnessing goes beyond police reform. Rather it is the overall collapse of the relationship between Blacks in America and our government. Like every failed relationship, reconciliation must begin with renewed trust in a mutually beneficial objective. We don’t have that today. As an African American, I’m hard pressed to believe that I am respected and valued by my own government.

But neither do I believe I am powerless against them. Nor have I ever.

The civil unrest that we are facing today provides us the opportunity to agree finally and unequivocally that America has a systemic and festering problem with racial equality that is now playing out for all the world to see. This showing weakens our standing amongst both our allies and those states that seek to harm us. If that’s too strong a statement, our civility is certainly in question and our credibility undermined as our allies send war correspondents to our cities to cover the protests. In other words, our race issues, often called crimes by other nations, have now become an issue of national security, homeland or otherwise.

These protests, while uncomfortable, are beneficial because we cannot begin a dialogue on solutions until we have agreed on the problem.

Our federal government must indict on the possible civil rights violations that were left unaddressed by state and local governments. Failure to do so, at this point, is a nonstarter of the healing process and true dialogue cannotĀ begin.

#WeWereWrongAboutTheRevolution #ThatMofoIsCertainlyBeingTelevised #AndTweeted #BlackLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter #GodSaveUsAll

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2 thoughts on “We Were Wrong About The Revolution

  1. Good morning! Great read, however, I would caution our request of indicting for the sake of indicting because something has to be done to address these numerous miscarriages of justice. The problem is that while our justice system is one of the greatest in the world, its not perfect due to the symbiotic relationship between those responsible for enforcing the laws (cops) and those responsible for arguing the validity/merits when the laws are transgressed (DA’s office). For instance, 99% of the time police are not indicted in scenarios like Gardner & Brown and that’s because the DA has the latitude to be VERY subjective in how the trangression(s) is presented before the grand jury; coupled with the built in protections afforded law enforcement that gives them the benefit of the doubt.

    As such, reform needs to take place in how indictments involving law enforcement are handled – specifically it should be handled by DOJ. Second, the federal government has to demilitarize our police force and reiterate during training that lethal force is THE LAST option, not the first. Third – while blacks make up on 13% of the population, there are areas of the country in which they are a significant majority but yet only have marginal representation in law enforcement (i.e., Ferguson) and decision making. This must change. Finally, we people of color MUST hold those non law-abiding members of our community accountable & responsible for their actions, while simultaneously exhorting all to be better and do better. Racism is very much alive and well within this country BUT that is still no excuse as to why you cannot do basic math &/or utilize basic English to effectively communicate – critical thinking is not illegal…..yet

    The irony of America’s superiority complex is that our enemies have consistently utilized it to point out the hypocrisy of needing people of color but not willing to extend the full measure of the constitution to us while condemning the atrocities within their borders…..its the pot calling the kettle black on a global scale.

    • Good morning to you, my long lost friend! As usual, you make excellent points. I am not at all suggesting indictments for the sake of indictments. I’m suggesting holding those officers accountable for civil rights violations which is, admittedly arguable…but let a trial jury decide.

      Ultimately, we will need to be very clear about how our system is going to handle indictments against police officers but to use grand juries to deny these victims their day in court – particularly when there is reasonable evidence to support violations – is just not going to fly with the American public.

      In any event, I am a big fan of accountability within our own community. There’s no way white folks can be blamed for the shit we do to ourselves or let happen to ourselves. This is why I say I’m not powerless.

      Until next time, my friend!

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