The videotapes are horrifying, all of them, but no more horrifying than a public lynching. It continues to scream I do not value your life and you are not human to me. We should be angry and emotional, however, we should not respond emotionally. This is a systemic, institutionalized problem that demands a systemwide solution. This is genocide by cop and cannot be tolerated!
I believe that many of these events on both sides of the spectrum are intended to incite violence. Be careful, Black people. Do not fall for this trick. We still have Black folks unaccounted for post-Katrina. The country is mad as hell. This is perfect timing for the system to justify thinning out the herd. Do not walk into that trap with your minimal resources and mom and pop weaponry. I’d advise taking the exact opposite approach. Being loving and lovable does not mean do nothing or be weak.
Our mass commercialism is incredibly problematic. For generations, I’ve stated our only effective power is economical. Our attention spans are too short and our memories too weak. You need to have faith in your ability to maintain a movement, a shift of consciousness that will most likely cause you discomfort, but effect change. This cannot be driven by a singular movement; movements get infiltrated and movements get hijacked. Town halls and rallies are intended to help folks feel better; they are short-termed and rarely enduring. You can, however, be lifelong activists with your wallet. Take the jerseys off your back, the Jordans off your feet, the McDonald’s out your mouth and the Coke out your cup. Stop talking about you’re a soldier and your blood pressure and blood sugar are high.
I’ve been saying “have fun but have fun quick because recess is just about over” for a long time. We simply prioritize playtime over real-time. Real change takes work, it takes us doing more to turn our neighborhoods into communities. It requires us to have a meaningful purpose to live and a willingness to be uncomfortable to change our reality. -Dick Gregory
rest in Power ❤