Time of unrest

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

Like a festering sore, it takes a while before events and situations come to a head and literally explode. The torrential climate from the aftermath of recent cases terminating the lives of young Black men by law officials is warranted. We can no longer ignore the reality that something is inherently wrong with a system that trivializes the lives of people of color. We can no longer afford to acquiesce to a system as if we approve of the actions of officers just because they are supposed to represent the law. No one should be above the law, and it is apparent that those responsible for the senseless deaths of many Black men are not being held accountable.

The system is so flawed that the criminal justice system is literally legitimizing the actions of officers abusing and killing Black young men. While this has been a practice the Black community has been blatantly ignoring for years, it can no longer be overlooked. The ugly hand of injustice and racism must be severed from within. Laws, policies, and practices within the judicial system must be amended, changed or reviewed, and those individuals responsible for these deaths should be held accountable. Business as usual is not an option at his point. The lives of Black people do count and the public outcry is to make it known. Peaceful marches and boycotts, which hold individuals as well as corporations responsible, are means to bring this heinous albatross to light. Demand changes. Most Americans regardless of race or ethnicity appear to be united around efforts to confront this demon focused on racial indifference and discriminatory practices.

Smoke screens and blinders diluting the situation are no longer working. In fact, those who are adamant in trying to justify the recent actions of those killed (Michael Brown and Eric Garner) are seen as puppets for the system, trying to justify a corrupt and ailing judicial system. Condemning and vilifying those killed by the officers is basically adding insult to injury, because the public can see for themselves that other alternatives could have been used to alleviate those senseless deaths. The sad part is that while there are a handful of cases given national and worldwide attention, this is a practice regularly taking place throughout cities in our country. We are talking about cases that don’t get public or national attention.

No, this tide of public unrest is not about to go away anytime soon—not until some profound changes are made. Enough is enough and the public as a whole have taken their heads out of the sand. Organizations and social groups are only going to grow in their support and participation in eradicating this practice. Even churches, many which are standing along the wall, will eventually be challenged by their parishioners to take an active stance. Many young Black students are looking for organizations with which they are affiliated to become more active in peaceful demonstrations and financial boycotts. We all can do our part in addressing and eliminating this travesty of injustice. We all matter. Our children are looking at our involvement in advocating for their interests and lives.

Rest assured, this battle for human dignity and righteousness is only warming up. Are you going to walk the line or be an active participant in promoting positive change in eliminating racial practices in our judicial system?