Right Minded AMERICANS UNITE!
“A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect “ W.E.B. DuBois.
By Charles Moseley
The late Marvin Gaye once sang a song entitled, “What’s Going On.” To paraphrase part of the lyric from his iconic anthem reads, “Mother Mother there’s too many of you crying. Brother, brother, brother there’s far too many of you dying. Lord knowns we’ve got to find a way to bring some lovin here today. Picket lines and picket signs, don’t punish me with brutality. What’s Going On? What’s Going On?”
Brutality in America toward African Americans at the hands of White People historically is American as “Apple Pie”. From the common practice of public lynchings of Blacks throughout the South throughout the 19th and 20th centuries to the modern day incidents of homicides to Black males at the hands of law enforcement officials is at an epidemic level. The fact that this systemic problem still exist today is both a “TESTAMENT” as well as an “INDICTMENT” of our society. It is a testament to a nation where right minded Americans representing all creeds, colors, and nationalities have fought and died to preserve the rights of ALL AMERICANS, since the Revolutionary War.
Yet America still must be held accountable for the war against people of color which has been interwoven in-to the social fabric of a nation built on the backs of its most despised, mistreated, and misunderstood groups of Americans-Black AMERICANS.
There are those who will point to the fact that America elected its first African American President Barack Hussein Obama to the office of Commander and Chief not once in 2008 but twice in 2012, and say that Americans now were in the midst of a “post racial” society. However, there are still others who point to the disparities in the quality of life which exist between white and non-white Americans in such vital areas as healthcare, education, employment, and median income clearly show that we have come far but still have miles to go to achieve a society in which there is truly “Liberty and Justice for ALL.”
As we reflect on the high profile deaths of Black males across this nation from Sanford, Florida to New York City to Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of white individuals who represent “law abiding citizens” we must insure that the lives of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and countless others past, present, and future will not have died in vain.
On the heels of the widespread acts of civil disobedience resulting from the non indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of yet another unarmed Black male- Michael Brown, right minded Americans from all walks of life, every creed, color, and nationality must unite and renew their efforts to insure that the rights of ALL AMERICANS are protected and respected irrespective of skin color or place of origin. We must not only take our struggle to peaceful protest in the streets but march to the polls during election time.
Preachers must PREACH LIBERATION, teachers must TEACH LIBERATION, and BLACK CONSUMERS MUST “SPEAK with their DOLLARS” and support those who support us. The BLACK PRESS of AMERICA must continue shedding light on injustice wherever and whenever it occurs by speaking TRUTH to POWER.
The STRUGGLE CONTINUES.