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Ambushed by Anger

Posted in publishing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2016 by peace4diane

I’m angry.

And if I have to hear about how tragic the Dallas shooting on July 7th is, or how much we need to heal and come together and pray and lower our flags to half-staff…if I have to read another Facebook post about #BlackLivesMatter or #HandsUpDontShoot; if one more tweet, one more speech about coming together and building or re-buFerguson_Riot_Photo.1ilding a community goes forth. . .


I’m angry because the media is calling the July 7th killing an “ambush” but the July 6th killing was a “shooting.” Was not the result exactly the same? Somebody’s brother, uncle, husband, or father didn’t come home tonight.

Earlier I posted this on Facebook: “I’m angry about what is happening to black people in this country. What would happen if we disarmed the police? Took all their guns away? Two men would have gone home to their families this week if it were so. That’s what I know.”

Why was there no One-Hour Special: The Ambush in Minnesota airing on ABC at 9pm hosted by David Muir? When will we see the One-Hour Special: the Ambush in Baton Rouge airing with no commercial interruption?

Anarchy notwithstanding, I am not content to jump on the band wagon of “coming together to heal”.

I am angry.

Race_Riot_Photo.1My Christian heart breaks at what is going through my head. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is true, then the protests, speeches, make-shift memorials, TV documentaries, rallies, prayer vigils, tears, and riots are of no use. They just don’t work. Disarming police officers is outside the box, but radical thinking is called for here. We need something that works. . .and we need it now.

I am furious.

I will not band wagon. Not yet. I need more evidence. Besides, I stand by my rationale to disarm the police because we as a people do not embrace the concept of the value of a Black person’s life anyway. Because we daily kill each other is evidence that we do not believe it. We really don’t need a police force at all. Let them all take administrative leave and stay home. Let us handle our disputes. Does a black life matter so much when my black brother or black sister picks up a gun and points it at another black person?

Let us not come together any more. There will very soon be no “us” anyway. I speak of revolution—the revolution of the mind. Think about how the media is using semantics to explain what happened in Dallas, brainwashing us to believe that these cops were innocently ambushed.


Doesn’t anybody get that?

Why is the flag lowered to half-staff one day and not another? Riddle me that.

Endangered Species

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2012 by peace4diane
Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

I didn’t know this kid, Trayvon Martin. I just began to see his name pop up in my Outlook inbox, on Facebook, hashtags on Twitter, and I began to hear his name pop up in conversations.

Then everywhere I looked, people were wearing hoodies and getting photographed with bags of Skittles.  Then the local news picked up on the story. The cry for justice was unmistakable.

Then i got an e-mail from The Color of Change. This is a social justice organization that I believe has a finger on the pulse of political change from a cultural perspective. So I got involved. After all, I’m the mother of a male child and I grieve every time I hear about another young person killed by senseless violence. He was only 17 years old.

Bullying, drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, rape, torture, human trafficing, botched abortions, child abuse, domestic violence, innocent bystanders: teenagers are an endangered species. But I was naive about the whole thing until I heard about Trayvon Martin.

I thought we had moved past the point of wearing fear like a bathroom, putting it on every morning before we brush our teeth or use the restroom. As soon as our feet hit the floor, we mothers are especially assaulted  with violence of every kind. The societal response to Trayvon’s killing symbolizes that threat. A black child is “suspicious” and still not able to walk the streets safely. A black child is still an endangered species.

The so-called Don’t Back Down laws are on the books in the state of Indiana. Recently, a Kroger grocery store employee shot a robber who came in the store. The employee felt threatened and opened fire. There is hope, though. There is always hope.

What do we do? What can we do? Well, I’m a poet, a thinker, an observer. So I will write to cope with my grief for this young man gunned down because a neighborhood watch ‘guard’ felt threatened. Then the local police department botches the investigation. At least the chief of police had the decency to step aside while the DOJ does its investigation.

A letter writing campaign spearheaded by The Color of Change called for an investigation by the Department of Justice into the police investigation and this call has been answered. It’s a start, but it’s not the end of this. . .or it shouldn’t be.  Here’s the text from the COC website:

“Three weeks ago, 17-year old Trayvon Martin was gunned down by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. Despite Zimmerman admitting to following, confronting, and killing Trayvon, he has yet to be arrested or charged with any crime.1

Just minutes before Trayvon was killed, Zimmerman had called police stating that Trayvon looked “suspicious.” Trayvon was unarmed and walking back to his father’s home in Sanford, Florida when Zimmerman accosted him.

At the crime scene, Sanford police botched their questioning of Zimmerman, refused to take the full statements of witnesses, and pressured neighbors to side with the shooter’s claim of self-defense.2 As it turns out, Sanford’s police department has a history of failing to hold perpetrators accountable for violent acts against Black victims, and the police misconduct in Trayvon’s case exemplifies the department’s systemic mishandling of such investigations.3 And now, the State Attorney’s office has rubber-stamped the Sanford police’s non-investigation, claiming that there is not enough evidence to support even a manslaughter conviction.4

Trayvon’s family and hundreds of thousands of people around the country are demanding justice.5 Please join us in calling on the Department of Justice to take over the case, arrest Trayvon’s killer, and launch an independent investigation into the Sanford police department’s unwillingness to protect Trayvon’s civil rights. It takes just a moment:”

Grace & Peace