Marching and protesting are wonderful ways to raise an awareness to certain issues and injustices. The Constitution of the United States of America gives all citizens of the United States of America the right to peaceably petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
In light of the marches and protests we see around the Nation in response to two Grand Juries non-arrest of White Police officers who on two separate occasions killed unarmed Black men has sparked intense Race conversations and reactions.
Its great to see Black, White, Brown, Yellow, Red folks marching and protesting in solidarity. It proves this movement isn't Black only even though the issue is exclusively centered around injustice for Blacks in America. Millions are marching; however, they lack direction as it relates to what should be done after the marching and protesting is over.
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Tha Movement University is clear...we must go from Arrests to Agendas, from Marches to Markets, from Rhetoric to Results, from Protests to Programs. We must commit to creating and/or supporting plans, programs, and agendas that uplift Black communities.
We must commit to sacrificing our time and efforts to mentor at-risk Black boys and girls. Commit to building Black businesses (Strip Malls and Franchises) in our communities. Commit to creating re-entry programs and recidivism prevention programs.
We cannot totally rely on Government or legislation to cure our plight. Black men and women must stand up and lead in our homes and communities. We must protect our communities from rapists, vicious drug lords, senseless gang violence.
We must petition our Black rap artists to publicly value Black women and children. As we deal with White police officers killing unarmed Blacks we must also deal with Black on Black crime. If we're willing to march and protest in front of President Obama's house we must also be willing to march and protest in front of crack houses in Black communities.
We must use this moment to re-evaluate the Black community as a whole and make necessary changes.