“When will we as a society, as a civilization, as a group of thinking people say enough is enough? When will we take up the mantle of our collective responsibility to each other and put an end to this madness! “
“If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long.”
― Noam Chomsky
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
― Edmund Burke
From Emmett Till to Eric Garner to Tamir Rice, the sad reality is this has been our dilemma since our arrival here. We have suffered the immensely deep pain of being “persona non grata” since our forced arrival here. And what has been our response? We have witnessed the assassination of our leaders, of our character, of our person, of our communities and of our families for far too long. What has been our response? We have been indoctrinated with the well documented lies of our history. What has been our response? We have been impacted by the intentional hiding of the significant contributions of ancient Black civilizations to the greater world. What has been our response? The dawn of math, science and civilization resides in and resonates very deeply in us. And what has been our response?
A basic law of physics is told through this analogy: the energy that it takes for a pendulum to swing in one direction, is the same energy that will required to swing that pendulum in the other direction. To change and modify our position and condition will require the same amount of energy it took for us to get into this position and condition. Rioting and looting make no sense, period. Those are truly short-term responses that are indicative of people who are shortsighted and undisciplined. It’s almost like the child who wants immediate gratification. If we are thinking adults, we can know that there is tremendous limitation in those types of behavior. They qualify themselves as poor responses. There are those of us behind the walls who can passionately articulate the sentiment “If only I had of thought before I reacted”. We must learn that our solutions are in each other. That we must use this opportunity, this energy, this time frame to ensure a different thought and therefore a different behavior.
Examples of a Freddie Hampton, Michael Brown, of an Eric Gardner, of a George Mizell, of an Amadou Diallo, etc., etc., etc., etc.,etc., truly produce profound anger within all of us. But the question becomes what will you do with those emotions? March, protest, riot, burn, loot? You can use these emotions to drive yourself further down this well-planned and orchestrated rabbit hole. Or you can use them as motivation to correct the ills of the past and the mistakes of our predecessors.
We possess more educated people; more PhD’s, more doctors, more lawyers, more scientists, more professionals, etc., than we have ever had at any given time of our stint here in this country. Yet we have a deficit of thought, poor and crumbling schools, a dysfunctional educational system, an internal socialization system where we literally dehumanize each other, a $1.1 trillion that does not circulate even once in our community and we witness ourselves, as The Peoples’ Scientist, Dr. Marcus Tillery says, “dying on the vine”. How long will we allow this to happen?
It is time to usher in a new age, a new thought, and a new behavior. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way and expecting different results. We have marched in the past, we have protested in the past, we have begged in the past and what do we have? A culture and a socialization that does not even rival what we had pre-civil rights era. The spirit of those who have gone before us, those names that are mentioned above, are crying out to us to do something different. What will be your response?
I recall a speech made by Minister Farrakhan years ago in which he said “…we can change this overnight and not fire one shot”. And he is right. Do we not possess enough brainpower, fortitude and resolve to correct this problem? I know that we do. It resides in us, here at “Connecting the Dots” and in our like-minded brothers and sisters. Any leader who will call for intervention by the federal government (a government we know is not for us) at this stage has to be seriously questioned. We must apply critical thinking. You must know that. The blueprint for our salvation is literally built in, it is with inside us. You must take control of yourselves, of your families, of your communities and neighborhoods, of your food, of your finances, and of your world. Years ago in the city of Philadelphia, PA, on the radio station WDAS, was the daily commentary of Mitchell (Mitch) Gilbert, who wrote the book titled “The Owners Manual of the Human Being is Built In”; a very practical presentation with basic advice and recommendations on how to be the best you. It ain’t complicated, it ain’t complex, it ain’t even deep; it’s just a matter of controlling your self. And taking ownership for who and what you are.
Marcus Garvey was right, Malcolm X was right, Carlos Cook was right, Dr. John Henrick Clarke was right, we could go on and on.
This is a revolution of thought. When you think better, you know better; and when you know better, you do better; and when you do better, you have better.
Remember, as my mother has often said, “Where the mind goes, the ass will follow”.
The choice is yours.
How far down this rabbit hole will you go?
“We need not to be reactionary, we have a social responsibility to each other”.
“In the colonial countries, on the contrary, the policeman and the soldier, by their immediate presence and their frequent and direct action maintain contact with the native and advise him by means of rifle butts and napalm not to budge. It is obvious here that the agents of government speak the language of pure force”
― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“The police represent a buffer between the haves and the haves not”
― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“It’s all connected”