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Sat Aug 30, 2014, 08:20 PM

Beyond Ferguson: Understanding the big picture

I just want to say that Carol Anderson nailed it in her column titled: Ferguson isn't about black rage against cops. It's white rage against progress.

When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.

Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of black employment. It goes virtually unnoticed, however, because white rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.

White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ferguson-wasnt-black-rage-against-copsit-was-white-rage-against-progress/2014/08/29/3055e3f4-2d75-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html


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The reason its important to remember this is that it keeps the focus where it should be...on racism. But it also allows us to acknowledge the strength of our cause. Change is happening and the backlash is very real. But as I've said so many times, the dying beast is lashing out in its death throes. That's why I loved how Rev. Al Sharpton ended his remarks at Michael Brown's memorial service.

I don’t know how long the investigation will be. I don’t know how long the journey’s going ot be. But I know how this story gonna end. The first will be last. The last will be first. The lion and lamb gonna lay down together. And God will! God will! God will make a way for his children! I been to the end of the Book. Justice is gonna come!


The backlash we're experiencing now was triggered by just that kind of hope.


We know the battle ahead will be long. But always remember that, no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change...


Lift Every Voice and Sing




MORE MORE MORE HERE:http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/08/beyond-ferguson-understanding-big.html

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 08:35 PM

1. there’s a reaction, a backlash.

 

well said

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 09:45 PM

2. Thank you for the video.

It was a stunning rendition of a powerful song.

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Response to DamnYankeeInHouston (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 01:52 PM

4. +1000

The video really brought the song to life.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 01:44 PM

3. Plus a million. People need to look in the mirror for a change.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 10:23 PM

5. Yes, they do freshwest.

I am glad you had a chance to read this.

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