On Today July 17, 2016, many are aware of the current national news headlines detailing two cops who were killed in Baton Rouge, and multiple cops killed in Dallas, Texas last week.
In the wake of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Mike Brown in Ferguson, Freddy Gray in Baltimore, Eric Garner New York City, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and stolen lives-elsewhere, most of the time black people in city’s across America have known for some time that there is a deep rooted issue in our communities. Many of us are totally aware of the nature of police oppression and violence against the black community in urban cities. This has happened to such an extent that we as (blacks) expect from the police a regular “shake down, ” at least once in our life and for some-we’ve become immune to this treatment.
So maybe we should just start by saying a black man is three times more likely to be searched at a traffic stop, and seven times more likely to go jail than his white counterpart. Blacks make up nearly 40 percent of arrests for violent crimes, but over 60 percent of prosecutions. Everyday thousands of blacks have suffered subliminal forms of discrimination to harsh issues both inside and outside the criminal justice system. We don’t need social science research to show how striking are the racial disparities exist at nearly every level for blacks-just go into the hood and ask a black person! We have suffered from mass incarceration by ungodly arrest rates, to unheard of bail amounts for minimal crimes. One truly doesn’t need to shift through any vast body of research to find the clearest indicators of racial disparities at different phases of the American Justice
Another study, by The Sentencing Project, examines vastly disproportionate rates of incarceration for African-American Men. We should be asking ourselves why these disparities exist?
With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities black have no choice but to push our way forward from here, and most will tell you they are long tired of being victims.
Gregg L.Greer-President, Freedom First International-S.C.L.C Member
I’ve said in the recent past- Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and others are not victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They are victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are a victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill if they feel threatened in any way.
With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities have no choice but to push our way forward from here.
The Father of hate will forever be lies, the forested lie that hate tells is some races are better than others. Eric A Russell-Founder of Tree of Life Justice League of IL.
Yes it’s tragic that Police officers who responded to Sunday’s shootings killed Long in a gun battle after the other officers were ambushed, police sources told CNN.
It’s sad that two of those who died were Baton Rouge police officers, said Police Chief Carl Dabadie. The gunman also killed a sheriff’s deputy and critically wounded a deputy who is “fighting for his life,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
Another wounded deputy and police officer have non-life-threatening wounds, law officers said.
It is with this thought in mind-that we embrace the pain-that other communities are feeling, because we know this pain-it’s a way too familiar pain. This pain has slowly given rise to Black Militant groups such as the one pictured above. (Armed Black Militants Prep for War-you tube)
The pain that black’s have endured for many years-which simply says-we are victims of a certain Moral blindness– Which means every single black person in the eyes of a racist is the sign of a terrible crime from their ugly past, a reminder that their life is a fraud, that they need to simply own up to their past and make it right. Instead of denying, shifting blame, or to lie, twisting the facts and make black people into these ungodly creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves. Can someone consider apologizing to the Black community for the long hard years of systematic oppression. Maybe the killings of cops would stop.
It is my hope and most likely a dream- that the President and others who discuss the tragic circumstances of Dallas, and Baton Rouge will spend equal time discussing the level of frustration in the black community- I will caution all that-the time came yesterday- when the black community grew tired. Please know that we don’t want to blame anyone for senseless loss of life-but please-please tell me who’s to blame for the “Hate that Hate made.”
Peace and Love
Question: Are you willing to die for it?
Notes from “My struggle” Why some Leaders control over the Civil Rights Dialog has been our long term Failure.
Friends on the eve of our initiative to combat the Ferguson Missouri issue-our coalition has decided that economic boycotts would be the most appropriate immediate response. At best the early numbers look to be just over 1000 including Attorneys, social justice activist, and labor unions. With that on mind, I believe we are on the right path.
However, I must state; I’m seriously concerned about Ferguson, Chicago and other communities around the country. As we (coalition) try to address the issues, I’m puzzled to ask why and how did we get here. I as well as many others believe that if we are to address the issues accordingly, then we must look at the breach in the road and go back to repair it. After putting some thought into the problem in Ferguson, I begin to see one huge issue is our leadership. I agree with the sentiment expressed a recent New York Times article called The Chaos in Ferguson is Fueled by Tangle of Leadership. I didn’t say it, but I believe it’s too true!
An example of my struggle with the current leadership
I will offer an example of my struggle with the current leadership. Several Months ago-I along a few others orchestrated a multi-state stand down at the State Capital of Florida versus Stand Your Ground Laws and Police Brutality. Friends in California, Virginia, and Georgia joined us-but another high-profile civil rights organization and it’s leader attempted to dwarf out efforts by requesting that those in the community do not attend. The belief is their concern was about being upstaged!
The tangle of leadership, in both the white establishment and the black community, has not only contributed to the chaos but it has also raised questions about the effectiveness of both sides to bring an end to the standoff. In many ways, the tangle of leadership is dangerous because change must happen, but it stops lasting change on the complicated issues of race, trust and policing.
We must understand, “Poor leaders,” can have a negative impact on the issue and might even damage the issue; that’s the bottom line (end of issue). Poor leadership affects your community and its ability for advocacy, change and lowers most people’s morale, motivation and productivity to inspire for change. Understanding the traits of poor leaders will help us avoid leadership pitfalls and strengthen your leadership abilities.
Elitism or rather social and class divides us
My point is that throughout history in the African-American community, we are, unfortunately, in a position where elitism or rather social and class divides have been yet another nail in the coffin. In addition, it has affected our moving forward as the black and human race and ignited a fire in our communities abroad. Some may say that perhaps, I may invoke this slightly exaggerated view about Civil Rights. I must say, I stand by my belief about being unified as a race in order to “move forward” and whatever that is or may look like, but I am quite clear that we have a serious problem. While the time has not yet come, this issue and its provocateurs will have to be dealt with.
The “us vs. Them” ideals
The “us vs. Them” ideals within our race evolve from those who are sick. I urge some Leaders control over the Civil Rights Dialog has been our long-term failure. Many of us did not request you to be our leader (that was your desire). So if you are in that position or “claim to be,” I ask that you stay in the fight, and fight right! Stop selling our people out! Period!
My proclamation is-I just want to do “God’s Will,” and as long I am pleasing God it is immaterial to me who is displeased. For this I will not bow down, sell out or settle! All Glory I give to God!In Love and Peace Gregg L. Greer