The Next Unsung Heroes
“A riot is the language of the unheard” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
YONKERS, NY— June 3, 2020 — Last week, Mr. George Floyd, a 46-year-old man, was murdered by a Minnesota police officer as he kneeled on his neck. We later found out that there were two other police officers kneeling on his back as well. According to the Atlantic Daily 260,020 black men have been killed in America since 1980. Police killed about three Black men per day.
This figure does not include Black women killed by police.
Most White Americans will tell you that they are not racist; some will even tell you that they… “do not see color.” They honestly believe that all people are equal, and slavery is over. Some even exclaim “I cannot be a racist, I have half black grandchildren,” or the old throwback, “Some of my best friends are black.” The reality is … Everything in America is about COLOR. Black people with a lighter complexion, are more acceptable by the white race. The deeper your color, the more uncomfortable and intimidating one appears to them.
Today, you cannot turn on a television set without seeing advertisements and shows with mixed couples, black men with white women, or black women with white men, and their families of mixed/biracial children or the new catchphraseToday, you cannot turn on a television set without seeing advertisements and shows with mixed couples, black men with white women, or black women with white men, and their families of mixed/biracial children or the new catchphrase, “racial ambiguity”. Perhaps, those in the industry, believe the world is profoundly
As Black children growing up in the 60s in Birmingham, Alabama, we were constantly being harassed and attacked by white racist police officers’ white racist residents, and Klu Klux Klan members. The two ring leaders of this sickness were the elected Eugene “Bull” Connor who was the Commissioner of Public Safety for more than 20 years. Our governor, who was a democrat by the name of George Corley Wallace Jr., who served four terms. Both Connor and Wallace was determined to make black lives exceedingly difficult.
My older sister and younger brother and I could not sleep in our beds. We had to sleep on the floor because of the possibility of being shot and killed. While many little white boys and girls may have gone to sleep with the reading of a bedtime story and a kiss of sweet dreams by their parents. Living in Birmingham as a Black child, left little time if any, to dream; we were living in a nightmare. The police would come to our homes in the middle of the night, pull us out into the street and make us sit on the curb, our neighborhoods burned to the ground. I remember at a young age when I was around 2or 3 my mother carrying me through smoldering flames the next day. These visions, I will never forget.
When I got older, around 7 years old, we moved to 17th Street. The 16th Street Baptist Church was a block away. There is where everybody came together to meet with Dr. Martin Luther King. Only the children could stand up with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King to prepare for the march on May 3.
I attended Lincoln Elementary school and my sister was a student at Parker High School. The teachers would let the students out of school just so that we could march. Both teachers and parents knew it was up to the children. The children had to do it because the parents worked for the white people and they knew that if they protested or march, they would lose their jobs. Over 4000 children volunteered to go to jail the youngest one just 4 years old. The children of Birmingham defeated the Fire Department and their water hoses, Public Safety Commissioner “Bull” Connors’ his police dogs and his white tank.
The Klu Klux Klan was determined to retaliate, and they did so just four months later, in September of 1963, by bombing the 16th Street Baptist Church where my sisters’ playmate, Carol, was killed along with three other young girls, ages 13 and 14. Again, the violence did not come from the children, and it did not come from any Black Americans. The violence and cruelty came from the uncivilized white supremacists, the Klu Klux Klan, and the elected Commissioner of Public Safety who were all one and the same.
It was the children, who sacrificed their lives to helped get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed by President Lyndon B Johnson.
So, Right On! to the young people who are peacefully marching and protesting. Do not hurt anyone, and do not get hurt; however, make sure they feel the pain at the polls on election day. Be careful not to get hoodwinked and bamboozled by any race of people pretending to care about the state of Black people in America. Do not be taken.