Look at the world with honesty and love
is what Dr. King recommended
(And he borrowed it from Ghandi)
So I’m going with it.
A man died.
Another man is accused.
The problem isn’t race
As much as the Social Injustice of Inner City Living
And its main by-product: Violence
(that affects us like PTSD).
Social Injustice is colorblind…
So’s the violence that seeps into all the souls…
The teachers, the kids, the cops, nurses, docs and parents…
The bus drivers and shop owners.
Everyone is affected by the Social Injustice of Inner City Living.
It’s not fucking fair.
But it’s colorblind.
Primary Source Book: Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation.
by Jonathon Kozol.
Education was the overarching goal
of the Non Violent Civil Rights movement
Under MLK. He’s clear in his messages.
And whether it’s segregation, a salt tax
Or overcoming a personal sense of inferiority…
The first step is to look within oneself
for the necessary healing and power.
Before you marched with Martin
you had to go through a Purification Workshop.
The goal wasn’t to make white people stop saying Nigger
(that would be a consequence)
The goal was to make that word mean nothing.
Are you able to bear the hatred
of a person yelling in your face:
Nigger Nigger Nigger?
When you could do that,
you could go on the march.
The word and the person saying it
Were made powerless.
We’ve taken the opposite path
In the decades following His death.
We’ve made the word all powerful.
No one can take your dignity
Unless you allow it.
Eleanor Roosevelt said that.
She was buds with MLK.
(In a 1960 Letter to Eleanor, King Wrote:
“To expedite matters
I will have Miss Maya Angelou,
The Co-ordinator of our New York office contact you.”)
“What affects one of us affects all of us”
If you believe that
then you have compassion for Chauvin.
And his soon to be ex-wife.
And any hate or resentment you may hold.
Is the hate and resentment within yourself.
It’s hard being a big man.
I’d say being a big man played more of a role
Than race in how George Floyd’s
life played out.
George was 6’7”.