“A riot, is the language of the unheard.” Martin Luther King Jr.
King also said …..
…I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.
Excerpt from The Other America speech at Stanford University April 14, 1967
We have had much symbolic change including the removal of segregation signs and the change of law. However, do signs change the hearts of people? Do they change a persons perception? Can a sign soothe fear that cradles a man’s soul? If you don’t make the law you cannot enforce the law. Therefore, it makes no difference what the law states. I implore you to be honest. Has anything substantively changed in race relations for the people in America? Dr. Frances Cress Welsing will tell you absolutely not! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDCk4s0Cof4 . Amos Wilson helps us to understand that what we call success today was already accomplished long ago. Don’t believe the hype! The so called success you see today are nothing new.
Are we really in a post racial society? Look around. Ask someone who has awakened from their deep sleep. Ask someone who is not placated by milk toast messages. Talk to someone who is not bamboozled by relentless messages of propaganda.
What’s the answer? What’s next? Who will transition before their time? Where and when will the next riot explode! When will we hear about another unarmed black man (or woman) being killed? What will it take to make America truly great for the first time????????? When will we ALL feel safe as Americans.
We cannot change what we are not willing to acknowledge! Hate is hate! Discrimination is discrimination! White supremacy is white supremacy! Prejudice is prejudice! Systematic racism is systematic racism! White privilege is white privilege! Call it what it is!
If we want to make a change we must be willing to see our part in perpetuating the problem. The fabric of this country reeks with guiltly stench of horrific atrocities. When! When! When! How will the man or the woman in your mirror make a difference? “For evil to succeed, all is need is for good men to do nothing” Martin Luther King Jr.
What needs to happen next? Do we fight in our own way for justice and peace or do we take flight back to our corners that present an illusion of safety. We are not free until we are all free!
Post an answer! We need solutions! Share your authentic thought. Let’s be the change we want to see! Let’s wake up to righteousness. Whether we are willing to admit it or not the struggle continues.
Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.
Thank your for reading. May you feel the presence of the ancestors with you, protecting you, and guiding you as you go forward. Know freedom and justice is with in your reach.
Peace and light,