When you oppress a people - when you oppress their mother, father, uncles, aunts, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents and you terrorize them for years upon years - you torture them and then you break every promise made - at some point in time those people will break - and the gentle, passive next door neighbor that you are accustomed to, has now become a monster - from snipers to riots to gangs - the desire for revenge often clouds true revolution - uncontrollable emotion is the bullet that dictates life or death on the former perpetrator of deplorable crimes - but now at the hand of someone who has not been trained on how the exact method to repay the multiple debts that are owed should be acted out.
I cannot say that what was done to these four girls is right - but what about our churches that were burned - what about an entire city of black innocents that were murdered, annihilated by whites (Black Wall Street) - what about black girls that were beaten and raped - even bombed - the list of atrocities that were done against peoples of African descent can go on and on - but to this day - no reparations have been paid - barely an apology spoken - so how do we exorcize the anger burning deep inside the souls of a people?
I was standing outside my workplace in downtown DC (7th & F Streets NW) - suddenly I heard a “smack” sound. I looked around and noticed a thin white man whose glasses had just been smacked off of his face by a young black man who was now laughing and running (slowly) away.
For a brief moment, I was appalled at the act performed by the young black man - but then as I called the police and began to reach out and help the white man - I realized how cold and angry this young black man must have been to have done such a deed, in broad daylight, apparently with no thought of consequences for what he did. Racism in this country continues - blacks are still at the bottom of everything - but now we have access to weapons - to drugs - and the churches and “leadership” no longer have the power over us as a people as they have in the past - we are reckless - we no longer care - we are angry - we are hurting - we are medicated and drugged up - and we don’t know how to control the anger that feeds our sleepless nights.