“Why does it take a catastrophe like this in order for America to hear our cries?” –Danielle Williams, Baltimore protester.
If we knew 30 days ago where we would be today, would we have behaved differently? We’ve witnessed how other regions of our nation respond when public policy does not reflect the needs of the community. “Civil Unrest” is a term coined by those who are tired of the status quo. It is also feigned by those who resist it. Freedom has NEVER been offered without a struggle because those in power are already free to do what they want. We want to act in a positive manner? To do so is to takes action!
Wait! Thirty days ago? We haven’t recovered from the last acts of social injustice! Statistically there were in excess of 360 police-involved deaths last year alone. With a wrongful death averaging almost one per day, how has this not become a national epidemic. Far more people are affected by injustice than Ebola and Mad Cow Disease combined! But disease (no matter how limited or minimal) has everyone concerned because disease knows no ethnic, cultural, class, religious, gender, or age barrier. There’s the rub! Anyone can fall victim. If it can happen to any one of us, we have a united concern! Division dissolves. This is probably why zombie movies are so popular.
BUT THIS IS NOT SCIENCE FICTION. THIS IS REALITY!!!
Only days ago I saw the news clip of Protester Danielle Williams explaining to the media that the frustration of the people is a direct result of a failure to act. All Americans have witnessed and endured as much as they are willing to tolerate. We have passed the breaking point (on countless occasions).The American people have tolerated inappropriate behavior since the American Revolution. The government’s unwillingness to represent, promote, and provide for the needs of the people is what spawned the revolution. The Revolution ended a tyranny that lasted far longer than it should have. The world will no longer be threatened by an “American Superpower” that fights for freedom abroad. Instead the world is watching our nation implode. Once a model of democracy, now a vision of division. Us verses Them. What we have here is either a revolution or an evolution. What’s the difference? One is violent. The other is peaceful and natural. I’d prefer the latter.
My prediction is that on the other side of the protests, the policy changes, and the police retraining; there will be a shift in power that does not improve the overall status quo. We, who’ve been mistreated, will rise up and claim a nation (for the first time) that was always ours. But claiming what belongs to us and protecting what is ours are two very different acts. When will we be any more protective of human rights? Will we revise or REcreate systems in a manner that will lift up the rights of ALL living beings? Or will we simply conclude in the knowledge that at least OUR people will no longer fall victim to brutality? Tough questions.