This is where we started: Montgomery Bus Boycott
And then there was this: Los Angeles Riots
And now we have this: Baltimore Riots
Now some will see the progressive and other will see the setback, its the "glass half full half empty" theory. I decided to have the Baltimore conversation with 3 other people that I care for deeply...my mom, my pops, my older sister, and my BFF, and honestly it was a 50\50 situation. While my mom, sister, and myself choose to exercise our rights by voting doing research on the candidates in office before we vote them in and by studying and keep up with any new laws and legislations that come out, my pops and bff felt differently. Their opinion is that we as a race have been fighting for centuries now and feel as if going to the polls won't stand chance on ever making a change. The privitazation of the educational systems within our urban communities continue to generate income that sway politicians. With our children being groomed for prison life what else are we to do besides literally fighting back. While I must say it pains me to live in such a pessimistic reality, many others feel that way.
So in a perfect world there would be no hate, no racism, no killing and losing our young blacks or adults. There would have been a resolution after the March on Washington or after Malcolm X final speech at Ford Auditorium before being killed the next day. But that isn't what we live in as Rev King quoted "I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." However for those who may take on Malcolm X theory of "Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery." Which side are you on? What solutions would you offer? Do you have hopes of change? Have you given up on any change thus redefining what that means? Will we ever get the thousand words unspoken here?
I want to end this with a quote from one of my all time favorite artist
"We are amazed but not amused
Though much concerned but not involved
With decisions that are made by you
But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
'Cause if you really want to hear our views
"You haven't done nothing!"
Stevive Wonder-You Haven't Done Nothing
"Buzzworthy Cravings, Creatively Satisfied!"