Had a conversation recently with a good friend of mine about how beautiful the”Black Lives Matter” protests all over this country have been. But, as I told her, I feel tremendous guilt.
The protests make me think about how much my generation has absolutely failed to keep the movement going. My predecessors were deeply entrenched in the Civil Rights movement, and then I came along and comfortably rode the coat tails of those victories to false sense of security, and got comfortable with my highly educated, six figure making, middle class “Buppie” lifestyle.
You know. My Exceptional Nigger role.
I feel complicit in the mess we’re in now and guilty that my kids’ generation is stepping up to clean up.
Man, what a difference the lack of melanin makes.
Have you ever wondered what would happen to a White suspect, wanted for burglary, fleeing the police, who, when cornered by the police, assaults not one, but TWO police officers (even breaking one’s hand)?
Well, wonder no more. I offer the story of one Kevin Miner, whose antics occurred a mere four days after the murder of Michael Brown. Where did this happen? A few miles away from Ferguson in St. Louis, Mo.
Here’s a little info from this article for you:
“Kevin Miner was hiding from police in a basement. He had been arrested two other times in the past month alone. He engaged police officers physically, breaking the hand of one. Now he is sitting in jail, facing new charges of assault for what he did to the police officers, along with the original robbery charges. But unlike Michael Brown, Kevin Miner will get his day in court. He will probably do some time, but in the end he will eventually be a free man again, able to go on with his life of thuggery.”
The policing of White bodies. There must be a totally different procedures manual for that.
Some White people go to great lengths to perpetuate the lies of America’s history with Black people. This is one of the biggies. According to the article:
“A member of Colorado’s state Board of Education argued that the fact that the United States voluntarily ended slavery proved “American execptionalism” and this perspective should be taught to students in a recent Facebook post about the AP U.S. History curriculum.”
The only “exceptionalism” America can claim with respect to slavery is how exceptionally barbaric its treatment of Black folks was for almost 300 years. Then there was Jim Crow, Black codes, convict leasing and now…Jim Crow, Jr.
Exceptionalism indeed. In a delusional kind of way.
Photo Credit: Thanks to www.buddhajones.blogspot.com
So, remember this article that I blogged about the other day? Well, one black mom rose up and responded brilliantly. I love Kirsten West Savali’s response to Shannon Ralph’s article. Kirsten nailed it in “Understand That These Are 11 Things About White Boys”. It’s worth the read right here.
People, we have to call BS on the BS. Way to go Kirsten West Savali.