Time for the Ferguson Renaissance (black on black crime)
I put this one off because I didn’t know the correct way to frame it. The issue with writing is that the author will not be around to clarify for the reader. I must gather up all of my thoughts at once, there is one shot, and mom’s spaghetti. But I don’t think I can put this one off anymore. I want to talk about #BLM. More specifically, I want to clarify why. And to do this, I must destroy a few things.
#1) Black on Black Crime
It is like someone in a top secret corporate office came up with a plan. Any time someone complains about law enforcement targeting dark skinned communities, bring up black on black crime. Sounds like a no brainier right? “How can you people want us to treat you well, when you treat yourselves poorly?” Because that is the crux of it right? We are all the same, we worship the thug and the man wants to come in and ruin our lives?
What this assumes is a few things. It assumes that white on white crime doesn’t happen at a similar rate. Someone with a criminal mindset is going to target what is convenient, the path of least resistance. The house with no one home, the street with no lights on it, and the people who are close by. You don’t drive across town when you can do it a block over.
It assumes that there is no reason why crime is higher in darker communities. Decades of Jim Crow, housing discrimination, wage theft, education defending, and the drug war has ensured that a generation of black youth are being raised with 1/10th the wealth of their white counterparts.
Even worse is what the point of the statement misses. Black on black crime. White on white crime. Does it get prosecuted? Does that criminal get a day in court and get convicted? Because that is what we are talking about. How many officers have had video evidence against them, and yet there is no trial. Or officers who have made statements, and then later retracted them when a video leaks. So far Officers have had the benefit of the doubt, and I only propose that we put an end to that.
“If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression.” — Jesse Williams 2016
As a protest leader, I cannot say that I would endorse shutting down a highway. But I get it. I would never call for a riot. But I get it. Maybe a lot of people just don’t understand how long we have been marching. What is evident is that emotions are high. This is the time for those emotions to be placed into political action, and start grooming and choosing leaders to run for local office. School boards, City Council. Get to these small elections.
It is time to spend your money purposefully and tactfully. Know that the opposing narrative will paint the entire movement because of one bad crowd.
It is time for the Ferguson Renaissance. Time for a new generation of black Writers, Poets, Musicians, Producers, Authors, Doctors, Engineers, Dentist, Nurses, Teachers, Rappers, and Athletes to come to the same page and mentor our young. They grew up in a war, and we got to show em how the world can really be.
#3) Black Women
As much as it pains me that black women need their own mention apart from BLM, I feel like they do. It is the reason why overwhelmingly successful women like Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, and Leslie Jones can be met with a ridiculous amounts of racist/sexist ridicule. Their white counter parts, and their male counterparts don’t receive even a fraction. I don’t know if you understand the deal that our sisters have been dealt, but they have been carrying us.
The black woman became sexualized by the Europeans even before the slave trade, because of her curvature. They continued the tradition in America with regular raping, assault, torture, and general dehumanization. Fast forward to today, and among black families, is is upwards of 65% absentee fathers. Part of that is fallout of the war on drugs. But that doesn’t account for all of it.
Black women have become more educated than black men, while raising our children, and I still hear brothers talking down on them. The part of the culture that shuns education needs to die. A painful death.
I hear Black women talk about being used, and being called out of their name after refusing a man’s advances. That speaks to the entitlement that some men still feel over women. And since the majority of raising the children in our society falls on the women, It is going to take the majority of us brothers having their backs, and lifting them up.
Everyone has some growing to do, and the movement is still young. #BLM