I told my son that we would be going downtown to march for justice. He said, ” mom what’s the purpose shouldn’t we just let the justice system handle it”? I said son we march because the court system isn’t set up to protect us. We march because we want laws to be changed so that people of color are better protected by police brutality and violence. We march because if we remain silence who will stand for the voiceless. We march because if we unite in protest, marches, rallies and yes even boycotts if we unite, a movement will form, that can not be ignored and then and only then will they listen.
I cried today because two more black men were gunned down
I cried today because those two represent a thousands more whose stories go unheard
I cried today for the little girl who witnessed her mothers boyfriend lie in his blood
I cried today for the children of Alton Sterling
I cried today because of the violent fear of my three sons black skin
I cried today for the mothers of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling
I cried today for every young gifted and black under attack
Currently reading “The Radical King” , which is edited and introduced by Cornel West. The book is a compilation of Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches, essays and excerpts from Books he has written. I stumbled across this quote that poignantly speaks about the moral responsibility of our nation.
The greatness of nations or civilization is measured not by military might, architectural prowess, or the number of billionaire citizens. Rather, the greatness of who and what we are consist of how we treat the least of these-the weak, the vulnerable, orphan, widow, stranger, poor, marginal, and prisoner.” Cornel West