Burning Down The House

“We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know that we will win. But I’ve come to believe we’re integrating into a burning house.

I’m afraid that America may be losing what moral vision she may have had …. And I’m afraid that even as we integrate, we are walking into a place that does not understand that this nation needs to be deeply concerned with the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Until we commit ourselves to ensuring that the underclass is given justice and opportunity, we will continue to perpetuate the anger and violence that tears at the soul of this nation.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s 2020 and integration is a reality. Even though Black people are seeing the fruits of Dr. King’s dream, we are still experiencing the nightmare of oppression in America. Nearly thirty years ago, Rodney King became the first victim caught on tape in a case of police brutality, and Los Angeles and the country let their voices be heard at the absurdity of the trial and the system that allowed the four officers to walk away without lawful rebuke for their savagery.

Obviously, George Floyd’s televised lynching is a tipping point. We cannot have another outcome like the Rodney King trial. The whole world is watching. It’s rivals are calling the killing of George Floyd a symbol of America’s hypocrisy. The great defender of democracy and free speech uses military tactics against protesters marching against oppression against Black people. How dare America judge other countries about human rights atrocities?

People revel in the unifying language of the “I Have A Dream” speech, but who knew that even the great Reverend himself could see WTF was up with the mess Black people were about to get into, seeking equality in White American culture. Why do we have to seek equality? I thought that was a Constitutional given. The Black Lives Matter movement is asking this integrated society for the same things Dr. King and his followers asked their segregated society. What does that say about how far we’ve come and how far we have to go? It’s a deep seated anger that needs to be quelled. We’re tired of being afraid, waiting, not breathing…

3 thoughts on “Burning Down The House

  1. Absolutely on point and well said! Another 30 years is not acceptable and should not be allowed! Police brutality will no longer be accepted. Justice will be served. We will have the victory. Our sons and daughters count on it.

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    1. An excellent understanding on where we are today. The Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr. understood that poverty and racial injustice were on the same side. Today, with the killing of an innocent man at the direct hands of authorities, the nation is at a stand still.
      Terrance G Johnson, Mumia abu Jamal, Abner Luema, the list is longer then imaginable, yet, in the middle of everything else in the world, George Floyd is added to the list and broadcast live to the world.

      Understanding these issues is important, pulling our emotions together and recognizing that we as a nation must return to civility between each other and work as hard as we can, today, to stabilize our labor force economy at ALL costs.

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  2. Well said Loup.

    I am going to have my 7th grade History class read this tomorrow and then reflect on an excerpt from Dr. King’s speech you included and on the current movement. Then I will ask that they make one suggestion for something WE can do right now to help ensure a more Just society tomorrow.

    Thanks for this.

    Stay strong. Stay safe.

    ag

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