What Are You Fighting For?

In an age when there appears a civil war within our own world…society is plagued with incidents reminiscent of genocide, calculated assault, overturn, scrutiny and engulfed in anger and sadness because of what transpires in our society – “our America”. In our America, what are you fighting for?

Anthony Wall, NBC News strangled in a North Carolina Waffle House

Chikesia Clemons, MyNBC15 forced to the ground, handcuffed and publicly disrobed in an Alabama Waffle House

Controversial as it stands, no matter your opinion on the Trayvon Martin Case, or the Sandra Bland death, it is virtually undeniable that the violence, heartache and controversy hurts us – as a country, a community, as a people.

Recently musical artists and other celebrities have spoken out about the devastation and societal stances that have pervaded America. Childish Gambino’s This is America video speaks volumes.

How do we effect change in a society where the one’s mere presence, speech, “permitted” actions or other freedoms are perceived as threatening and could lead to their assault, detainment, or even death?

It saddens us, it infuriates many, it scares most. Scared for children, family members, friends who at any time could be a victim. Victim of mischaracterization, victim of wrongful termination, victim of attack, siege, or death, socially motivated hate crimes or witch hunt.

Martin said to march and take a nonviolent stance. Malcolm said to fight when necessary.

Police say excessive force is where government officials are legally entitled to use force exceeding the minimum necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others for harm.

Unreasonable force, however, is aligned with excessive force when it is found to have violated a citizen’s Fourth Amendment Source: criminal law

So how do we protect ourselves and others from situations that lead to perceived unjust casualty to careers or lives? How do we fight for peace for EVERYONE – and win?

Food for thought.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. jonolan says:

    Easy – go away. Desegregation seems to have benefited nobody in the US, certainly not the Blacks, who’ve had every single measurable performance / result / lifestyle metric drop, if one speaks macroscopically, since segregation ended.

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    1. dlorahdenise says:

      While your opinion is respected, violence such as this existed before desegregation – and we’re not speaking simply against “blacks”. These issues simply were more widely accepted prior to desegregation. While many Americans enjoy the spoils of the country, such comforts were made possible by the labor of people of multiple origins. This country was founded through cultural desegregation persay, as the land and labor of people from MULTIPLE backgrounds is what created this country. We need to get to a place where that same diversity is seen as a positive and all people are accepted and respected in our (American) nation.

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      1. jonolan says:

        We’re going, in all likelihood, to have such different opinions about the nature, scope / prevalence, and causes of the violence that I’m not going to get into that fight since neither of us are likely to accept the other’s facts / narrative.

        But, on that whole “diversity” thing – Blacks, if one speaks of them as a whole based upon their dominant culture / narrative rejected that whole concept post-desegregation. They, once no longer physically / legally kept apart and “other,” stopped acting like the rest of America (and they did before, which made the racism they experienced especially vile to me) and built themselves a culture that was deliberately exilic and antithetical to American culture.

        Remember, America – really any functioning nation – isn’t about diversity; it’s about assimilation and coming together as a cohesive whole, with the minority elements adding those parts of their culture that are acceptable and casting off those parts which aren’t. In other words, multiple backgrounds, not multiple current beliefs / narrative / behavior sets.

        You don’t hear, “Not Indian Enough,” “Not Chinese Enough,” or any such thing, but you sure as hell hear, “Not Black Enough” and “Too White” and too often it is said to and about Blacks who show a fondness for- or proclivity towards behaviors, e.g., being “well spoken” – offended by that? – or educated.

        So, the only thought I have is that Blacks and Americans should go their separate ways for the most part. The other alternative, if we want to see better results than we currently have, is for them to become like the rest of us, but that’s decried as White Supremacy and Cultural Genocide…even though the current “Black Culture” has roots no deeper than we, Whites’ delusional nostalgia for the Nuclear Family.

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      2. dlorahdenise says:

        I do agree that you don’t hear “Not Indian Enough”, “Not Chinese Enough” however that is because the divide is currently so publicized between “Blacks” and “whites” in our nation. However this doesn’t negate the fact the challenges faced by any “non-white” group of people DO exist. The degree of violence or harm (physical or not) is not considered absent solely because it isn’t heavily publicized. The point of this post was to highlight there is a significant problem, and that it exists clearly in a manner that may/has manifest/ed with other groups of people (not just “Blacks” v. “Whites” and not just “people v. Police”) that in summation harm the entire country. This isn’t just about harm to “black” people, this is about harm to all people and the lack of respect and civility for the differences among us. We can be different and coexist peacefully. Nothing forces divide, hate, or harm except our free-will and the legal/societal/workplace/etc blind eye to the harm it causes the people of the nation. We must get rid of the negative connotation of an “US” v “other/them” before we can ever be a UNITED America.

        Thank you for your thoughts, suggestions, input. I hope we see a positive change in our lifetime no matter the path taken.

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