EXCEPTIONALITY | Understanding the Modern Civil Rights Movement 101
Please understand something fundamental about the direct nonviolent protest of the modern Civil Rights Movement — it was exceptional in every way. It was patient and strategic, intellectual and headstrong, calculated and calculating, and above all, disciplined in ways few of us can contemplate [and there were people in it with guns]. Most of the Facebook + Twitter generation has never sat-in or stood-up for a damn thing–with the exception of buying new iPhones, Jordans or big-screen televisions. I am over it, and I am over folk telling folk on the front lines of a war you are watching from the comfort of your homes, what they should and shouldn’t do. Meanwhile, the entire American nation is preparing to celebrate the genocide of the Native American people on “Thanksgiving” with turkey and all the trimmings. And you actually mean to tell me that violence, the same violence the Founding Fathers used to found the American nation, to enslave, oppress and suppress people of color since Plymouth Rock, isn’t an option you thought Ferguson would explore?
Please open a history book and sit with it a while.
So, unless you are John Lewis on my feed or Diane Nash ringing my telephone, please stop your patronizing foolishness. The people of #Ferguson sadly expected no indictment — what they did not sign-up for was a late-night entry-level CSI forensics lesson; they did not sign-up for a tongue-lashing, and the indictment of Michael Brown, witnesses, the media, social media, and indeed, the indictment of people like me and you, by a patronizing and prosecuting “teacher” who was several hours late to class.
Be disappointed in him and his decision to hold these people’s emotions hostage for 100+ days, let them assemble for hours during the day and into the night, be late to his own speech and then tell them it’s unlawful for them to gather. Be mad at a nation where its black president can comment on the death of any American without fear of political fallout, as long as it’s not of a brown or black-faced boy or girl. Finally, keep your money in your pocket or under your mattresses. I saw #MikeBrown wearing Beats by Dre and I ain’t heard Dre drop a dime or a beat to support his consumer’s cause. Start by keeping yourself at home, with your black and brown-skinned sons and daughters all day on “Thanksgiving,” instead of in Wal-Mart trying to buy a 40 or 50 inch screen television, which you claim should have no value to looters, should they be stealing them. // #BlackLivesMatter