Monday, December 1, 2014

Moving on from Ferguson

Hey, Everyone, don't lose this opportunity! We need to change our focus! We have the country - and the government's - attention so let's address the real problem - the racial disparity in our country.
You kow how we are, we'll lose interest in the Feguson incident, but we can't lose interest in the fact that we need to address the on-going problems of institutional racism.
We can start talking about - really get in dialogue about - things like resegregation of schools in cities, poverty, discrepencies in income between blacks and whites, why there are statistics about how many more times blacks are arrested and incarcerated than whites, etc.
The important thing is that we need to be working TOGETHER, blacks and whites. We each have such misunderstandings, predetermined views, biases and, yes, prejudices. We EACH have those. It is only by working together that we can learn from each other. It's a win-win situation.
Ferguson created a situation that torre the scab off the festering wound in our country. But, the reality is that Ferguson will soon fade in our memories. It will become to blacks a memory of one more incident of white injustice, and to the whites of just one more incident of blacks protesting and looting. DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN!
We need to change things. We CAN change things, but only if we work together and face the situation realistically.
I'm ready. Are you? Look into your community. See what is happening and find ways to make it better.