I’ve tried to be quiet (well not really) because I’ve never been known to be quiet about anything. Ever.
For the last 2 weeks, the entire world has had eyes on the town of Ferguson, MO. 18-year-old Michael Brown was murdered by Officer Darren Wilson. He was shot over 6 times including twice in the head. And the community, as it should have, erupted in protests. The protests themselves have largely been peaceful, with 1 night of looting.
From my Facebook feed to my twitter timeline, it’s all everyone has been talking about. All except for my Caucasian friends who have largely been Ray Charles to the events that are occurring in Ferguson. Not unusual to see, it’s rare that the ones that I know are actively engaged in the matters of black folks.
These aren’t exactly my “friends” as much as they are former co-workers that I’ve befriended on fb and they’re definitely not enlightened to the issues that affect my community. One of these co-workers that I loving refer to as “my favorite Republican” had the nerve to say that he didn’t see people protesting when people in Chicago are murdered. Fix it Jesus.
That apples and oranges argument is exactly what conservatives and self-hating blacks turn to when it’s time to talk about police brutality. Well, why aren’t folks protesting when people get killed in Chicago?
Son….. We are! We have been for decades. Wtf! And then folks will say “well it’s not on TV.” Why does something have to be on TV for you believe that something is being done about it? How do you honestly believe that communities are sitting back while their children, neighborhoods are under attack? Then they say it with so much conviction. Like you’re the one that’s misguided!
Last time I checked there was no cure for poverty, addiction, lack of jobs, resources, school and mental health facility closings. Unless they know something I don’t. It’s nauseating.
I’m at the point where I’ve decided to stop arguing and engaging with folks who either don’t know or just flat-out refuse to get it.
I no longer have the time to get folks to understand why people are upset that yet another young black man has been killed by the police. If you can’t get that, I don’t have the time for you.
If you believe that folks aren’t interested in the safety and well-being of their neighborhood/s community, I don’t have time for you.