Editorial By: Ralph Morris
“When the Black Gods free up the land erupt”-Jay Electronica
A man appearing to be middle aged, fought to hold back his tear as he vehemently exclaimed: “WHEN I FOUGHT FOR MY COUNTRY THEY CALLED ME A PATRIOT BUT NOW THAT I’M FIGHTING FOR MY PEOPLE THEY CALL ME A F**KING THUG”, he repeated “NAH I WON’T SWEETEN IT UP, THEY CALL ME AFUCKING THUG WHEN I FIGHT FOR MY PEOPLE”
Baltimore’s uprising has been met with polarizing opinions, especially in the Black community. Everyone from elders, parents, and celebs are interjecting their views for public scutiny. Many oppose the so-called rioting yet fail to offer substantial solutions to stop the senseless killing of black people around the country. Saying that if we’d just “pull up our pants” and carried ourselves with more “respect”the outside world might view us in a different light. To the expressed sentiment I say; when have we ever been viewed in a positive light in this country? We’re prisoners of war; stripped from our motherland; forced to abandon our mother tongue and culture; beaten into submission; and taught a bastardized version of english. Labeled 3/5th of a man by the constitution; subjected to breeding; raping and molestation; then once it all appears to be said and done we’re suppose to act unscathed. The psychologhical trauma and hate from these years have been pass along generations of unbeknownst black people. Our kids are miseducated and taught that our black history in this country begins with slavery, thereby deterring them from wanting to dig deeper and excavate “Real black history.” This creates a sense of disconnect, a shameful internal disposition and programming like radio or television help in really driving the point home. Making it seem that the byproducts of blackness are cool but being black comes with a negative connotation. Whenever our young are gunned down by supposed public servants, the media orchastrates smear campaigns, promoting the image of a misguided thug-a euphemisim for nigger. Which thereby alters public opinion and makes it that much easier to acquit wrong-doers. Balitmore isn’t an over night thing, the rage of a downtrodden people has festered for years; it’s just now emotions have reached their boiling point. Though not an advocate for the so-called rioting I empathize with the lives lossed and those that are left to carry on, childless, fatherless or motherless. We’re expected to act civilized given the savage habitant we were forced in and somethings got to give. It’s time we take back our communities by practicing group economics; patronizing black business before giving our hard earned dollars to community outsiders. Pooling together resources and financially backing politician’s, requesting that our needs be met as Black people. Only then can we hope to exact some sort of change.