By Parlee Jones
“Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter” … Martin Luther King, Jr.
Peace, Worcester people! As I sit down to write this article regarding the murder of Michael Brown and the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, my heart is heavy. It’s heavy with sorrow, anger, fear, dismay and doubt. You see, I am a single mom. I am raising a young Black Man and young Black Woman. Right here, in America. Not in a “third world country,” right here in America – Worcester, Massachusetts. Land of the free and the home of the brave. … or is it the land of the thief and the home of the slave????
By now we all know what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, August 9. It is easy to see that this was an UNJUST shooting. An unarmed 18 year old is dead. Shot 6 times in the upper body. 2 times in the head. We can go back and forth with what he did prior to being executed, but does that really matter when Officer Darren Wilson wasn’t aware of any alleged behavior?
Bottom line: Michael is not here to defend himself or tell his side of the story.
It seems to me that many people, here in Worcester, too, are trying to make it okay that if he did take cigars, it justifies his murder. IT DOES NOT!
It is not okay for a lot of people in this country to agree with the slaying of this young, Black man. He should not be dead. The officer that shot him didn’t even know about the incident at the store which is still in question as to if it was Michael Brown. One witness states that there was a verbal altercation between Michael and Officer Darren Wilson. How did Michael end up dead?
The trouble in Ferguson, Missouri, has been brewing for many years. Just knowing that 63% of the population there is Black and there are only three Black police officers on the town police force speaks volumes. The fact that the U.S. Justice Department may actually investigate the whole police department because there is a pattern of abuse also speaks volumes.
Where you get your news from will also tell a lot about how you look at the world. Needless to say, FOX News Channel will have you believing lopsided reporting. In the words of Malcolm X, “If you’re not careful, the newspapers [news channels] will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
Reading the comments that appear at the end of articles and stories surrounding this story, you can clearly see a racist thread. The people who are dancing around the word are either blind, in denial or racist. Unfortunately, the history of Amerikkka has shown a blatant disregard for the lives of Black men. Many will deny this, but if you are not living the experience as a Black person, you cannot judge or even speak on it. Your experience is not the same. If you have never heard of White Privilege, look it up. Or maybe that will be my next article. I am a community builder, so, please do not try to twist my words. I love all people!
On August 14, I had the privilege of standing with about 50 other residents in a peaceful rally on Worcester’s City Hall Plaza. We joined Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and many other cities in support of the people of Ferguson. Many people spoke of their experiences with Worcester Police. Unfortunately, there were too many stories. I have one of my own.
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