In light of recent events with the Ferguson case, I feel compelled to share my two cents on this issue. These events have stirred up a deep rage amongst the American people, and I would hope that they have touched even the most apathetic of us in some way. Let us not allow this flame to die – put out the actual fires, yes, for there is no room for negativity and violence at this table that should be set for justice and peace – but we must channel this red hot burning rage into a deep desire to right the wrongs of racism that are rooted in decades-old political, social, and economic injustice.
I hope that these events and this inflated support base will usher in a new tide of anti-racism. However, I will not simply send this entry into cyberspace and forget about it a month from now; I will actively stay engaged in this conversation and continue to find ways to speak out against and end all racial (and other forms of) injustice in this world.
Speaking directly to the relatively privileged American white population now, we cannot call for an end to racism if we continue to spread and laugh at racist jokes, assume that “black” and “poor” just naturally go hand in hand, and allow our first thought when seeing a group of baggy-clothed dark-skinned men to be one of judgment and fear.
In the wise words of Martin Luther King Jr., “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” So let us stand together in solidarity and in peace, so that may we move forward and reconstruct a society in which color is no longer an issue.