Police Brutality

The Enemy of the People

IMG_0612I have been working with a group to try and get real change and accountability for police brutality. Gathering signatures for a petition (never asking for donations just signatures) to submit to the local city council. It’s amazing that many people of color feel it isn’t their problem because they haven’t encountered a problem YET. Or they say “I pray about it” Jesus will fix it. Now I am NOT a Christian but I do know the Bible so my response is “in James 2:26 it says faith without works is dead” of course most people get quiet upset when you can quote bible passages to them when you’re not a Christian. Some passages they don’t know  exist because the only passages they’ve read is with the pastor in church and that is NOT one they normally go over. Because prior to that the passage says to give people food, money, shelter and clothing WHILE you pray for them. Pastors are NOT big on direct charity!

Another problem is those who say it’s not going to change anything. Well if they’d pay attention we actually have a plan to petition to city council to make a community review board to hold the police accountable instead of the police reviewing police. Also many things have changed because of protest and petitions both violent and non violent.  Let me list a few

The Quaker Petition Against Slavery April 17th, 1968

The Seneca Falls Convention July, 19th 1848

The Watts Riot 1965

The Singing Revolution 1986-1991

Democractic National Convention Riot in Chicago the Summer of 1968

The March on Washington August 28th, 1963

The Stonewall Riots June 28th, 1969

The Montgomery Bus Boycott Dec 5th, 1955

Womens Suffrage Parade 1913

NO things don’t change over night and it takes lots of organizing and petitioning and rallying and lots of effort by the ENTIRE community. People can’t sit back and say “it’s not my problem because it hasn’t affected me yet”. We must all band together and fight for the justice for everyone who is not getting justice. We must all show a united front. We must burry the animosity among each other and realize the real true enemy so we can rise above the madness. You cannot fight the enemy if the enemy has convinced you that your own people is your enemy. So as you read this and think the problem is too great. Or you sit their and think about black on black violence. Or what other excuses you have for not fighting back think about these quotes. Research the past, contemplate ways to heal the community and bring it together. Your brother is not your enemy!

I will leave you with these few quotes

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere Martin Luther King

Those who can make you belive absurdities can make you commit atrocities Voltaire

Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it Pierce Brown

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice Montesquieu

 

 

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