We could’ve lawyered up. I don’t like the idea of my community being “The Riot People”. When Prop H8 passed, the LGBTQ community didn’t riot, the law professionals of their community rallied together and worked hard to influence legislation to win their right to marry. They changed the world! When anything happens to the Jewish community, post-WWII, their opposition is decimated with formidable political power. The Jews learned the hard way what happens to a marginalized group, surrounded by enemies and too few allies in government. They learned their lesson well and made up for it in spades! We Blacks need to do the same, but without destroying the hopes and dreams of shop owners.
The African-American community benefitted greatly from an African – American, or rather, a Kenyan-American POTUS for eight years. I raise this distinction for there is a significant difference between a Black person of Trans-Atlantic Slave ancestry that served in bondage in the antebellum South and a Black person of African history whose ancestors were never enslaved in that particular trade era for they didn’t lose their identities. The latter can draw pride of place from their specific country for their history was never wiped out. You can’t know who you are unless you know where you come from. That disconnect is the root of African-American’s lack of a sense of self worth and disunity. With that said, the difficulty in unifying and pooling our resources contributes to our lack of fixing our internal problems that would allow us to meet the help of outsiders half way out of our poverty en masse. Regardless of such obstacles, I feel this is the time to pull up our socks and solve this issue once and for all.
We can demand changes in our community, but attitudes from the Red State tax payers won’t change unless there is a clear trajectory that we will be able to repay their investment and pay for the upkeep of said changes ourselves with the upcoming generation (Gen Z) and maintain a healthy tax base. Everything decays. Obsoletion occurs. How will we not be seen as a money pit by the white and Asian tax payers whose high salaries fund our communities in addition to their own? Right now, the Right sees the redistribution of their wealth to a community they don’t admire as resources taken away from the repair of their roads and amenities. They can see Black leaders, but what of an educated constituency? Like many problems in society, an oppressive Herd mentality gestates among the cool kids in a group’s formative years that is toxic to the fringe societies of geeks, nerds, art kids and other misfits who later do well in life. The consensus of African-Americans who have advanced in life cite an added guilt trip attributed to the fringe cliques in the 7th -12th grades by the so-called “cool kids”: cultural betrayal. Misery sure loves company. When will Blacks stop calling the geeks and nerds of their communities “White” for doing well in school thus preventing them from succeeding? When will the Dozens stop bullying those who chomp the bit and push ahead so much that these traumatized achievers don’t return to the Black community once they graduate from college and start their bright careers? All geeks and nerds are bullied by their communities, but only Blacks call our dweebs traitors. Geeks and nerds blossom late and get rich in STEM fields. Don’t chase away that tax base!
-If we are granted this wishlist mentioned by the agro guest of Marketplace’s, Make Me Smart, how are we going to maintain the resources given or upgrade them once they’re obsolete?
Despite the very show of corporate and civil support for the Black and Brown communities, there is still darkness in the opposition brooding in the form of our current President of the United States. Donald Trump has emboldened the shadows among his constituents who use social media to organize their hatred. A recent misunderstood decision by Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg gives a platform to Trump’s dangerous rhetoric. The controversial post is left in tact in an effort to show the world what this madman is planning so they can prepare to counteract him, no to condone him. Zuckerman’s tactic is still risky, for although it is advantageous to know your enemy’s strategy, it is also dangerous for there are militias waiting for an excuse to wipe out marginalized communities and will use the presidents’s rhetoric as a greenlight. They can and will do so one fell swoop in merely a night. Blacks only make up 6% of the population. Undereducated and disparate, we don’t stand a chance! My only comfort is that the Hispanic community, which the militias will target next, is much larger, unified, and knows how to fight a revolution and win. They’ll avenge the Black community in their own preservation efforts should their defenses succeed.
Lawyers and judicial lawmakers can avert bloodshed altogether when a rogue police officer loses control and attacks someone from a powerful community. When your community is poor, you are powerless against police brutality and other systematic trespasses. To rise above the level of tax draining vermin in the Right’s eyes, we must close the achievement gap in the Black community en masse. No community is fully educated and moneyed (although the Jews and Asian-Americans come close) but we should at least vie for a majority per capita. We can better protect our poor this way, for in a capitalist society, economics, order and defense are tantamount. To be a threat to those tenets is be a target for extermination. To reiterate on a moral tactical standpoint, to riot is to show a lack of evolution in our community and causes. No Justice, No Peace was so 50 years ago. Turn 2020’s riot’s poison into medicine to develop a better strategy. Use the publicity of the current movement to organize our positive leaders, find and galvanize a common identity everyone can be proud of, pool resources and lawyer up!