It has been almost exactly one-year to the day that I last wrote a piece to post on this platform, though you may not be aware of this because I never finished the piece which was about attending the Poor Peoples Campaign Moral Revival conference last June. As we are all intimately aware of now, several more significant events have occurred since then (and recently): the pandemic and the massive world-wide movements ignited by the killing of George Floyd! While the global pandemic is new, the unjustified killings/murder of black people in America is not. I believe the timing of these events, by the Universe, occurred so that this murder by the police (first-degree, as I see it) would happen during the world-wide pandemic quarantine. This ensured that those who previously stood in their obliviousness, or denial, of black people being targeted and killed for just being…could no longer do so.
The massive and continuous world-wide PEACEFUL protests against police brutality,primarily, of black people but also of Indigenous and Brown people (all non-white)is encouraging! These institutional, systemic, and (depending on what part of the world you live in) “state” sanctioned killings or detaining of categorically marginalized people are so overtly publicized that to stand firmly in any trope used to support racist ideology that positions the police (regardless of the “race”of the officer) as justified in using undue force, apprehension, “suspicion”,or “being afraid” as excuses to assert their power over members of these communities is reckless and ignorant – no matter how you choose to identify or align yourself politically.
In fact,I choose to believe and assert that the vast majority of people desire the evolution of an actual INCLUSIVE humanity, world-wide, as evidenced by the massive protests in solidarity of Black Lives Mattering (also used to represent marginalized communities in other parts of the world and country). So, with this I challenge those of us who, truly, understand what human equity is to engage from this positionality. For those who are just beginning this journey,I urge you to see and challenge all political rhetoric that is oppressive to some because it is, in fact, oppressive to all!