A Call to Arms
#Google users make about 3.5 BILLION searches a day. 3.5 billion opportunities for people to learn something new. So hundreds of millions of people had the opportunity to learn about the Silent Parade of 1917. Millions of people had an opportunities to learn about one of the many public responses earlier acts of anti-Black racism and bigotry in this country. 3.5 billion opportunities for people to see and learn what hate looked. like then — and the shameful similarities we see today.
For those who critique those who rose up with more physical responses, need to see this story and understand that silent marching didn’t stop the killing. Silence has given way to loud chants and powerful music that calls for justice, or there will be no peace. Last year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Black Panther Party. This year we recognize the the 25th anniversary of the L.A Uprising.
August 4th, a searing film on the seldom-told story about the 12th Street Riots and the subsequent heinous torture & killings of young Black men in #Detroit. We know the memorials of public executions of Black people — without justice being served — will continue.
Parades usually celebrate holidays or victories. This one was an appeal for an end to the carnage committed against Black people
Rev. Charles Martin’s words at the Silent Parade, from 100 year ago, still ring true today, “We march because we want our children to live in a better land and enjoy fairer conditions than have fallen to our lot. We march in memory of our butchered dead, the massacre of the honest toilers who were removing the reproach of laziness and thriftlessness hurled at the entire race. They died to prove our worthiness to live. We live in spite of death shadowing sand ours. We prosper in the face of the most unwarranted and illegal oppression.”
It’s been 100 years. We have made countless amazing advances since then, because we had a will to do so. Cures, technologies, discoveries are happening faster, yet bigotry continues. We say we are one nation under God, and God’s greatest gift is love, yet we still embrace hate. Congress just approved a spending bill that calls for $790billion, and $658.1billion will go towards defense. It would seem that is an expensive proposition to ensure peace — but, is any of that going towards justice?
When will we have a call to arms that embrace justice and peace? When will we lock arms in victory for all, instead of against “others”?
If we want a better land for the next generation, why are we holding onto the hate-crafted doctrines of the past? Why are we still studying war? What are we waiting for? Where is the unilateral battle to put an end to the pernicious and ever-present anti-Black racism and bigotry in this land?
Thank you #EqualJusticeInitiative & #Google for #ShiningALight on this milestone. Let us all get to work, in unison, to make the need for marches against hatred and harm a thing of our past. Let’s expose and condemn hate in our governments, our schools, our communities, our workplaces and our homes. #LestWeForget