Sometimes we look at the tree and forget about the roots. Before the roots are deeply secure in the earth, the seeds are planted. Short sight prevents us from going back and taking note of the process.
How did we get here? Well, that will require research… Many of us refuse to do unbiased research.
People have been pleading with administrations. Long before hashtags were created, community activists have used all media to address injustice.
When do we take notice? When volcanos of frustration erupt into civil disobedience? People are pissed! How much injustice should people endure?
This started many years ago. Our communities have been pumped up with drugs, liquor stores, etc. People have exercised their right to vote and see little to no change. Police brutality (killing of unarmed citizens) have been an issue, COINTELPRO, etc.
Human response to injustice is never clean. There will always be someone taking advantage of the situation. To ignore the deeper problem is also an injustice. The American Revolution was not clean. The Civil Rights movement was not clean. This current situation will not be clean.
We all have a choice… Be a part of the solution or be a part of the problem. There are protesters being instigated by outside forces. The media are not showing that side and only reporting one aspect. There are also people using this as an opportunity to do harm on both sides (rioters, police violence, racist agitators and looters).
With all the information available to us in the 21st century, we must do our best not to be misinformed. This is quickly turning into the misinformation age. The powerful are turning us against our own self-interest.
As cities erupt across the US, ask yourself one question. Why? What is the common thread? If you do research, the answer might be unnerving.
How do media outlets refer to kids destroying neighborhoods after sport events? Do they call them thugs?
We have a serious problem… Will you be part of the solution? Or will you allow yourself to be manipulated by the power structure?
“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.