Wednesday, September 21, 2016

For my white friends outraged or embarrassed by the riots in Charlotte: Do something...

Martin Luther King Jr. Public Domain.
In times like this it becomes clear who is "more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity." Regardless of the facts in this particular case, it is time for white Americans to recognize that we have a serious problem that requires empathy, knowledge, and constructive actions - not implicit bias and selective outrage. More transparency would be a good place to start: North Carolina should repeal HB 972

Your outrage, just like the violent "language of the unheard," is not helpful. Contact your state and federal legislators. Vote. Get more engaged in your local community. Do something...
"I will continue to condemn riots, and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way. And continue to affirm that there is another way. But at the same time, it is necessary for me to be vigorous in condemning the conditions which cause persons to feel that they must engage in riotous activities as it is for me to condemn riots. I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the [African American] poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

ACLU Action Alert: Ask Charlotte Mayor Roberts and Police Chief Putney to release footage of Keith Lamont Scott’s killing.

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