Don’t date some of us with all of those School Daze references … lol.
Ferguson has shown and taught many of us a great deal, some things favorable some not so much. But overwhelmingly it reminded us that protests remains an effective tool to draw attention to injustice and racism’s institutionalization of it. And yes, School Daze reminds us how we have to look beyond our internal “fraternizing ” oftentimes to bring about a greater external “order”.
I must admit how pleased I am that the wind beneath the Ferguson not-gonna-go-away-ism has lasted much longer than I thought many things could in the American live-and-let-live of today. That brisk gale that drives the attitudes of those closest to the scene of Michael Brown’s violation were not without their effects miles EVEN CONTINENTS away as others too were raised and gave voice to what they expect this country to be.
But what has me MOST encouraged is that an unmistakable group driving a lot of this “new” day struggle how they look a lot like some “old skool” groups of afore ” —young people.. of all races and backgrounds. Others certainly—maybe others still the majority. But these young are extrapolating so well in their own right. They are bold. They are fearless. They make the nuance connections even… they give us hope far beyond Ferguson perhaps, as we prepare to take on Ferguson’s macrocosm in the new congress, the repressive-minded folk that this country sent to Washington to steward BOTH bodies of our legislative processes.
Professor, School Daze will always jolt a lot of memories for many of us. I get the feeling this new group, with some familiar others, has gotten its “wake up” and doing something with it. And you best believe those who thought –or even hoped—that a whole generation was in daze while they planned the worst for them has much to keep them awake.
And while you're at it, also give the solution for the quadratic equation and conjugate some verbs.
Tell me everything you know about Dillon Taylor without Googling the name.
As a white man who has been harassed, wrongfully detained and arrested, and threatened with physical violence by white cops, I feel there are additional underlying problems with the status quo beyond race. Police officers are frequently lacking education (both formal education as well as ignorance of the law and civil rights), they are frequently power-hungry and abusive of their privileges, they are lacking accountability and oversight (they hide behind their thin blue line, and almost always look out for each other and extend preferential treatment to each other), and they view themselves not as public servants of the people but rather as rulers over subjugates. They expect animal like obedience from the people they are supposed to be working for, and they become incensed and irate whenever any individual questions their tactics or stands up for individual rights. These harmful police qualities are nurtured and fed by a society who pledges blind allegiance to the state and its agents, and who fall victim to the emotional propaganda that encourages people to "thank the boys in uniform for serving and defending our freedom".
Excellent job Charles!!
I'm in agreement with Joyce Layea.
Loved the article Mr. Easley, people have voiced out all over the world. The thing that surprises me that most are people my age are out there protesting, I have even been out there protesting out here in Atlanta. It saddens me to this day that us blacks or formerly known as "African Americans" are still getting murdered by the hands of the white man, understanding that black on black crime is an epidemic some most know that white on white and white on black crime happens just as much or more. To not understand our pain is like not to understand history, for example: blacks were slaved, experimented on, breeded like animals and also murdered for going on something like 400 years from now, and not only that slavery ended only 150 years ago and you know when the civil rights act was signed? In 1964. The year is now 2014 and for some reason we still are getting killed by whites, and its more than just that. We need jobs in our community(how are we a minority and we still have more unemployed than the whites and asians?) Better schools and teachers, and out of all of what I just mentioned we just want to be equal and not judged because we are black.
@Mark Kemp Thank you Sir that really means a lot and I have to also give a shout out to a great editor Kimberly…smile She really gave me great feedback in this piece. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
@MsTruthseeker I heard of that incident and it is sad that folks cannot even walk and react like any other citizen. Why is someone under scrutiny for walking with your hands in your pocket during the winter months. Thank you for reading and sharing your views!
@kimbogem I the thought you shared. Thank you for reading and sharing your views!
Fantastic, Charles! It's so heartening to still be reading the insightful words of CL writers like you and others who have continued to get better and better over the years. Your voice is hugely important in Charlotte, NC.
Wonderful and insightful article Charles Easley! I'd like to share may I?
Oh and don't forget about the new inductee: Brother Walking with my hands in pocket because its cold(Detroit). He was hurt physically, but its truly a sad reminder of how low humanity has sunk.
Brilliant!! Not One Iota represents the power of the ppl. And the power of the people is greater than the people in power ...
@Tharealog Huey Hoover thank you for reading!
@Joyce Layea you are correct that the system needs to be addressed but in the mean time we have to educate our own communities to even be more aware of their filters. It is not just enough to be respectful of authority and the like when it seems these incidents are escalating at an alarming rate. Thank you for reading and sharing your views on this subject!
@Donna Frazier Thank you so much. I have been meditating and asking for ancestral wisdom to bring clarity to my words….smile Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
These are profound words, Mr. Easley and you should get them out into ALL communities. Our children (from 5-25) must know their legal constitutional rights as well as displaying professional respect to not end in death. However, our criminal and judicial system needs restructuring or re-educating on handling our precious lives as being important issues to our African American families instead of some one less human or important thereby easy to dispose of.
My BROTHER, my BROTHER! You lowered the boom on em right here! Up until now, I have never caught the Holy Ghost while reading!!
@Tina Thank you for reading and your support!
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