Looking at the news this morning, I felt sick to my stomach. I was hoping that cooler heads would prevail in Ferguson, MO over the weekend, but my hopes were dashed at 7am this morning while watching ABC News this morning.
I understand the anger and resentment that’s built up in the Black community over these type of incidents. I also understand the urge to lash out in anger over the killing of another unarmed Black kid. As a community, we can’t tear down our community any and every time we think we’re wronged. Instead of fighting the power, we must work to become the power. Use these instances to form networks to enhance the quality of life in the hood. Don’t allow anger to tear things down, channel that anger to build things up to keep this from happening again. Cooler heads must prevail.
I know the NAACP is going to get involved with protesting things, but cool heads need to lead those protests. Don’t allow anger or angry people to hijack those peaceful protests and give the media and skeptical America something to point at and call us animals. Don’t give them that victory over us. If Black America wants to be taken seriously, then we have to act seriously. That means policing the actions of those within our own community. One bad apple can spoil the bunch, and we know that when one Black person acts bad, there are some that will use the actions of one to paint us all. We can’t let that happen anymore. Cooler heads must prevail.
I know that Al Sharpton will get involved with protests and such, but we have to allow cool heads to handle things. Brother Al, I love you to death for what you try to do, but sometimes your mere presence is enough to inflame tensions and change the focus of the situation. I know that’s not your intent or your goal, but that’s just real life America. There are some who will paint this as something negative simply because you’re involved. If that becomes the case, as it likely will, my suggestion would be to back away and allow the next generation of fighters to handle this one to gain experience. If necessary, guide the youth from the background to help ensure justice is served, but don’t get out front if that’s going to keep justice from happening. Cooler heads must prevail.
Black America, it’s on us to build up our communities and stop these incidents from happening. Channel your anger, sadness, or whatever feelings you have into something positive. We can’t allow the killing of innocent people any more than we can allow others to paint our kids as “dangerous thugs”. I find it sickening in America that a group of people can point loaded weapons at police officers and be considered patriots for doing that while my folks can take a picture throwing up a peace sign, of all things, and be labeled dangerous thugs or gang bangers and shot unarmed while posing no threat. Cooler heads must prevail.