Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in single garment of destiny. Whenever affects on directly, affects all indirectly.”
Issues on racism have pursued for way too long, and it is at its point of needing to be permanently resolved. The recent racial slurs and killings exemplifies the ceaseless unsolved result of broken systemic racism in America. We immensely are demanding peace and justice over our people, especially of the black and brown people and their communities. And we will not back down from the continued fight for social change and injustice.
As I have stated once before, and I will repeat it, our country must unite to dismantle racism and bigotry in all forms and denounce race-related violence and police brutality. In the words of Jessie Jackson, we must use our economic leverage and our political power to respond to this ongoing miscarriage of justice.
On October 20, 2020, Marcellis Stinnette, a 19-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a Hispanic police officer in Illinois shortly before midnight during a traffic stop. It is told that the teen did not receive medical assistance and bled out on the ground for eight minutes. On October 20, 2020, Quawan “Bobby” Charles, a 15-year-old black teen, vanished from his home. Days later, the family said his body was found in a sugarcane field about 20 miles away, in Iberia Parish. The teen was beaten and tortured, and being compared to the murder of Emmett Till. However, local officials are not providing transparent details regarding the death of Charles. The ACLU is demanding a full, independent investigation.
Over the weekend of November 7-8, Simmons College of Kentucky, a historically black college, located in Louisville, Kentucky received a voicemail from a man that was rooted in racism. The voice related the following message, “Boy ya know, a few, me and a few of my upstanding white friends from the community would sure wish you would shut that n***** college down, ya know please tired of all you n**** starting problems with all the white folk around.”
The time is already overdue for us as Americans to stop accepting nonsense as such and come together to do all that we can as a society to challenge and change systems of inequity that perpetuate racism and bias that continues to happen in this country. Enough is enough. We must not stop speaking up about JUSTICE, PEACE, and RESPECT among humanity. While I do not encourage violence because it is neither the answer nor our agenda, we must not be silent.
Dr. King reminded us all that, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Demetrius Johnson, Jr.
President and CEO, Founder