We Shall Overcome is the go to song whenever there is a civil rights conflict. The people stoicly sing it as an anthem that projects hope and resolve, but is it realistic? Do we actually know “deep in our hearts” that overcoming is an option? As i have watched the Charleston coverage this week I am struck by the fact that we are quoting Dr. King’s words of 50 years ago and they seem relevant in 2015. That does not give me hope it gives me a sense of despair. I’m not one of those people who say nothing has changed since King’s death, but we have to accept there are some deep seated thoughts passed on through generational lore that will not change. Grandparents and parents pass on their life experiences to there children and children take that to heart. The South Carolina Church killer spoke about things that the killers of Emmit Till probably said to him as they tortured him to death over 50 years ago. Racism is real and lives today among us. Not just in the South but everywhere. Not all racist are killers and not all racist would self-define. We can’t change the hearts and minds of everyone and singing We Shall overcome might give a sense of peace while we sing it but after the last note is uttered we walk back into the real world we need to find a way to simply coexist.
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Last night 9 people were killed at a prayer meeting held at a Charleston, South Carolina church. The shooter a white male in his twenties is still on the loose. He opened fire on people at Wednesday night prayer and Bible study. Right now the goal is to find the killer. We will deal with the why later. It is evil and heartbreaking. Christians are called to forgive but today we are simply called to grieve.
For the past few days we have heard the story of Rachel Dolezal. She is the woman who identifies as a black woman but according to her parents she is white. The term transracial has been trending on Twitter, but is it possible to be transracial? Last night my son called and asked what did I think about her and I really didn’t see it as a big deal. She is an advocate and she identifies as black. More power to her, but this morning I saw the attached youtube clip and it gave me pause. Here she is talking about black hair and she is standing in the shoes of an authority. She even goes as far to identify her white hair on the black hair chart. Something about this made my blood boil. Hair is a very sensitive issue in the community. As little girls so many of us were exposed to the hot comb. Your mother would put a comb directly on the flames from the stove and press your hair until it shiny and straight. You might be burned along the way but she would say “it was the cost of being beautiful”. From the hot comb we went to pressing comb in a jar or the kiddie perm, and from there you went to the real perm and some of us are still slave to the perm. Black hair is evolving and many among us are now natural, but this is our experience. It is not a shared experience that every woman can identify with. Dolezal can love black people and all things black, but she is not black and to watch her co-op our experience is unsettling. She can work for the NAACP and she can curl her hair, know our history, but she is not black. Maybe she is transracial because that would mean she can come move in and out and that is not an option that an actual black person has.
NOW finally spoke about the police incident in McKinney Texas. Many in the black community wondered if they would speak out on this issue.
NOW President Terry O’Neill Calls for Immediate Dismissal of the Police Officer and Full Investigation by U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. – We can only look with revulsion on the images from McKinney, Tex., of a white police officer pushing a 15-year old Black girl in a bathing suit face-down on the ground and placing a knee on her back. Today, we are shocked, angered, and deeply worried for the well being of this young woman. Tomorrow, we need answers, and action. If the girl had been white, would she have received the same treatment from the white police officers on the scene?
Would the white police officer involved have even considered pulling a white teenage girl by the hair while screaming “ON YOUR FACE!” and then sitting on top of her while she cries, “call my mother”? Would the white police officers have responded to a similar incident involving unarmed white teenagers at a community pool by an outrageous use of violence and intimidation: brandishing weapons, placing the teens in handcuffs, and verbally and physically abusing them?
Placing the officer on administrative leave is an insufficient response, particularly in light of the fact that this police department has a history of racial tension. NOW calls for the immediate firing of the police officer who committed the abuse, and immediate leave without pay for the officers who abetted him. In addition, NOW calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately launch a full-scale investigation into the conduct of the McKinney, Texas police department. We can no longer tolerate the racial injustice that seems to have become a hallmark of too many police departments across our nation. Black girls’ lives matter.
Elise Coletta , email@example.com , (951) 547-1241
Who do young people respect or does this word actually exist anymore? We see young people every day speak to adults as if they are speaking to their peers. You hear them let out a string of expletives and dare you to say anything. Teachers encounter young people everyday who truly believe they can say anything to them. We are living with a generation of people who were encouraged to speak and share their every thought. So why would we believe they actually would curb their rhetoric when faced with law enforcement? I watched the McKinney tape and I believe the policeman was out of line when he forcibly 14 year old girl to the ground, and when he pulled his gun out on the boys he crossed so far over the line that it is hard to see him coming back from this but should the young people have simply complied? This guy was wrong but he was a man on the edge with the power to take a life. would you stop talking if it would save your life? Share your thoughts.
How many people have attended a high school graduation? Were there people there that cheered too loudly? Did it bug you? It might have but did you think they should have been arrested? The superintendent of schools in Sentobia MS had relatives escorted out of the high school graduation after loud outburst, but he took it to another level when he said they disturbed the peace and subsequently arrest warrants have been sent to them. So cheering for your relative has now been criminalized. Read the linked story and share your thoughts
Let’s start off by saying this woman should not have been body slammed, but the question is should she have given the officer her name? Share your thoughts.
Type Nigger House into Google maps and it will take you to the White House. So who did it? Why would they do it? I wish I was shocked but since 2007 we have seen overt racism aimed at the President and his family. It is not going to stop and they are vilified if they choose to share the indignities they have endured.This is just another incident. Not the first and it will not be the last.
What do you call a group of people who shoot up a town? Nine people are dead and a number of people are injured. So what do you call lawless people like this who have no regard for the law? They are criminals right? Are they thugs? Or are they domestic terrorists? Share your thoughts.
Where are the cameras? Where is the outrage? How long will this be considered normal? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.