Since Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in April 1968 I have heard more times than I can remember his “I Have A Dream” speech, the Negro spiritual “We Shall Overcome”, and the Civil Rights Song “Ain’t Gone Let Nobody Turn Us Around”.
And on 21 January 2019, America will once again be bombarded with speeches, songs, and marches. Once again, we will hear from elected officials, President’s of nonprofit organizations as to what “we” need to do. And once again, “we” will return home and wait for January 2020 to do it all over again.
Meanwhile in the Communities of Color crime is still extremely high. Recently, Judge Wayne Shelton stated that “Black men are more dangerous to other Black men than white Klansman ever were”. Now what does that say about our Black men? Do our Black men not value life? A week does not go by without a news report of a Black has been killed by another Black. I guess it would help for me to research the statistics on white crime, but for me my concern is MY community.
The point I am making here, I am tired of the speeches, the songs, the marches when tomorrow or even tonight there will be a news story where a Black man has killed another Black man and for what? Maybe I will do my Doctoral research on the killing of Black men by Black men as I am sure there is enough data for a literature review.
I don’t have the answers as to how to stop the killings, but I so have suggestions that I will save for another post. One thing for sure you won’t see me at the march or singing the songs because our Communities of Color have been turned around so much that going forward has become almost impossible to achieve.
This is my Thought for the Day.