This means War
Today, I have to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God! The constitution starts with the phrase “We the people”. . . . This means everyone, regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status is supposed to be included in the description. For the past 10 days now, I have seen all kinds of intimidation tactics practiced, certain inalienable rights violated, obvious disrespect for human life, and people being treated like less than animals. It’s no way that with all the money that we pay to these cable networks, and as much as we stay on social media sites, that we are unaware of what is going on around us. Police brutality goes on everywhere. The chain of events that I’ve seen over the past 10 days reminds me of a scene in Selma, Alabama in the 1960’s. Personally, new millennium slavery is strategic. We are brainwashed into thinking that these issues affecting certain communities don’t affect “US”. Everybody is complaining about black on black crime, but I never, ever see much participation when we are challenged to come together for a cause concerning issues that directly affect our environment, unless it involves “ICE”. Oh I forgot, “We’ve Arrived”! We have a few dollars in our bank accounts and we turn keys in big houses and expensive cars so this has afforded us the privilege of putting blinders back on about things that happen in the “inner city”. I do believe that some of the more elite of us have been stopped by the police and racially profiled a time or many. I’m sure that we’ve been in a store and been followed based on the stereotype that because we don’t look like them, we are thieves. I’m just curious to know how many of the people accepting the “ICE” challenge actually took the time to sign one of the petitions circulating around this week. Oh, I know, again, certain things don’t affect “US”. News flash, these types of strong arm military tactics can infiltrate any community. Bottom line, this community wants justice. Law enforcement has been allowed to withhold information, blatantly lie, and then intimidate a community because they refuse to accept the same type of injustice that we’ve been fighting against for years. We refuse to conform to the 1968 way of living. There were snipers with assault rifles drawn on this community last night. It was very sad to see that no matter what they did, peaceful or not, there is a very obvious sense of disrespect for the human race that is alive and well. Yesterday in the African American community, the protesters for Michael Brown had to keep walking, regardless of how peaceful the protest was. They were arrested on site and charged with loitering if anyone stood still for any length of time. On the other side of town, a group for Officer Darren Wilson was also protesting while holding their signs and standing on the corner. They could do whatever they wanted to do. They arrested a 90 year old Holocaust survivor that was at the Michael Brown protest to show support for the injustice that has infected the Ferguson, Missouri community. Tanks and assault rifles are unacceptable when people are trying to get answers about what looks like an execution in broad day light of an African American teen. I feel hopeless. I am heartbroken that the generations that are coming after me will be left with remnants of the same issues that we cannot solve, even with an African American president in place. We wonder why voter registration and participation is low. It’s low because time and time again, we are faced with the reality that the laws obviously don’t protect us. Honestly, I’m beginning to wonder why I’ve voted for the past 23 years. I am now questioning the idea of “regard for humanity”. Does it even exist, more importantly, has it ever existed? Unfortunately, my current opinion is “NO”.