While there has been significant media coverage provoking reactionary community protest and conversations involving the numerous recent killings of unarmed African American and Hispanic residents, notably Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO, very little organizing, strategic planning or involvement has been done or publicized since the Trayvon Martin tragedy by members of those communities most impacted.
As an adamant supporter of justice and due process, and an even more adamant supporter of social, academic and economic programs that genuinely progress and benefit the lives of youth, I contend that when it comes to the African American community there is much too often a “wait til death” approach to engage in effective, organized non emergency room conversations that can save our black youth. Because the likelihood of our young black youth surviving the ambulance ride in today’s climate is greatly unlikely.
Instead of continuous rides to hospital emergency and coroner facilities via taxpayer funded vehicles, why not load our private autos and public transport systems, children in tow, and head to city council, board of supervisors, school board, police review boards, economic development and planning meetings at such a frequency that elected officials, law enforcement and educators, alike, will know our children by face and not by deadly circumstances.
As the crowds diminish and the protest signs become discarded into trash containers in cities across America, something of substance must remain and progress if we are to prevent another black youth from encountering mis-understood cultural confrontation from one that does not look like them nor particularly care that they exists another day.
At the end of the day, every man, woman and child wants, and deserves, to go home to loved ones capable to offer resolve of life’s conflict. And, the African American community must prepare its house to provide leadership, mentorship, direction and discipline that advances the race’s contribution to both America and the global world. Far too long the finger is pointed without proper extension of the hand.