Yesterday as I watched Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speak on the events in Baltimore, I felt a sudden wave of anger as I heard her and other councilmen repeatedly refer to the protesters and so called "rioters" as "thugs." "Thugs?" I asked myself. These are people that have opened their eyes and seen the issues in this country. These are the people that are not afraid to let others know what they believe and to draw attention to this problem. If Mayor Rawlings-Blake so easily referred to these people as "thugs" she would have no problem referring to the people who fought for the civil rights of African Americans, her rights, in the 1960's as "thugs" right? Yes, maybe the violence got out of hand and could have been handled in a better way, but it got the attention of the entire country. We need to WAKE UP. I know it's scary but we cannot afford to keep living in the fantasy world inside our heads where racism does not exist, because it does. The sooner we realize that the sooner we can take actions to turn this country around.
Scrolling through my Twitter timeline today I have seen many influential voices speak out. Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams tweeted, " Police and policies have been rioting on our bodies; destroying people and property every single day of your lives. But here you come..." and "You want us to condemn black folks being violent against PROPERTY but you NEVER condemn police killing actual PEOPLE." I wholeheartedly agree with Jesse in the fact that America's concerns are in all the wrong places, we have a serious double standards issue. We have the stories we hear on the news, but how about the many that don't get the full blown national media coverage? Don't forget about those. How many more minorities have to die at the hands of the police who are supposed to protect us before we finally WAKE UP? How many?
( I strongly encourage you to comment your opinions on Baltimore, only through dialogue can we truly learn.)
- Reach one teach one, Jade