It may not be popular opinion, but I support the riots in Baltimore. Is being a good little nigger or nigger lover the proper response for violence against a people? MLK wasn’t murdered by the federal government for being his normal passive aggressive self. He was murdered because in his last days, he began to consult with Malcolm X and admitted that his non-violent approach was all wrong. They gave us passive aggressive solutions to a passive aggressive movement and hence why we are still dealing with this crap 50 years later!
Nothing was ever resolved in this world without some act of war or violence. This country has declared war all over this planet in response to real and imagined danger to cheers and well wishes to the decision and the soldiers but we want to condemn and point the finger when black people do it in the land where we were born? You want them to shut up and suck on the supremacy lollipop like you do. I need my brothas and sistas to wake up and get realistic before it’s your unarmed child, brother, sister, mother, father, uncle, aunt, cousin, or grandparent laying dead in the street.
To see some people trying to justify these deaths is appalling and disgusting to me. Sorry but not sorry for the people I offend, but that “black respectability” mess is for the birds. People are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, not before the barrel of a gun. When police approach you, you become a suspect, meaning you are suspected of breaking the law. I suspect a whole lot but who deserves to die based on a suspension? Its real easy for ppl to make excuses and point fingers in a situation that you have never been in but let’s see how many of you behave docile when your family member is leaking in the street because he ran a red light, or resold a pack of cigarettes, or play with a toy gun in the toy department of Walmart, or police raid the wrong house and kill a kid….
I’m sorry but I just don’t believe in peaceful protest. Where the heck has that gotten us as far as convictions for the unarmed killed lately? No where. I think the reason for the riot is way more disgusting than the riot. I say that now that they have their attention, focus should shift fiscally. Boycott with your money. How cruel that the ppl who salaries you pay have the right to kill you and say things like “F*** your breath” as you die? So we really think singing negro spirituals and holding hands gonna make ppl like that suddenly see the light? NOPE!
It’s a spit and a slap in the face every time I hear someone try to justify this. Some people are gonna run straight into the anti-christ arms like a long lost lover because you don’t know who the enemy is. Windows, police cars, and store merchandise is not more valuable than people’s lives. If I have to die, go to jail, make a scene, or break the law so that my little precious nephew could one day walk the streets without some person seeing his very blackness as a crime, then so be it.
What a sight I would be standing in someone yard who disrespected me, stole from me, or any other offense against me singing negro spirituals and holding signs. “I am gonna go peacefully protest in my enemies’ front yard” said no one ever. Why do we have armies? Soooo we can just all roll on over to Iraq and peacefully protest? Fuck that!
I can’t live my life based on how people who are racist view me. I used to be super conscious about perpetuating stereotypes, but why should I? I am not the problem. My skin in not the problem. I don’t consult my blackness to have a critical thought so why should my blackness take responsibility for decisions that I make like any other human being on this earth? I won’t allow paternalism to make me feel ashamed for my desire to see young black men walk the street unarmed with their lives in tact.
If you ever told a soldier “thanks for your service”, served in the military, cheered the “War on Terrorism”, didn’t bat an eye when you learned about the Boston Tea Party, have civil war memorabilia, carry a confederate flag…you can politely shut the fuck up about the rioters in Baltimore. Do I think that the looting is called for? No. But I don’t think killing unarmed people is fucking called for either! I support you Baltimore!!!