I’ve been hanging around UUism for more than a minute. And I remember what most UUs were saying to me when I and others were talking about prison and drug law reform BEFORE Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow came out. It wasn’t pretty. And my mind is trying to wrap itself around the now-voiced distress and concern that seems to be happening in the wake of events that happened in Ferguson last night.
So I’m going to ask a question that I’ve been holding for a while (and excuse how rough it’s going to sound)…..
How the hell did y’all get this blind?
Did y’all think that Trayvon Martin was a one off? Did you not see the story about Jordan Davis? Renisha McBride?
Where was the distress and outrage almost a month ago when Eric Garner died at the hands of the NYPD? Or last week when John Crawford was shot dead in a Walmart right outside of Dayton while he was holding a BB-gun? Have you heard about Ezell Ford out in L.A.?
And lest we forget….Rodney King. Emmett Till. All the other victims of lynching.
There has been a systematic war on black men and black communities since the end of the Civil War. So how did you sometimey UUs get so blind?
(next post….St. Louis and its environs for Non-Natives)