When faced with the seemingly insurmountable oppressive actions we are dealing with and have been dealing with since we were brought to this country, if we have to wonder why being disruptive is not just a moral responsibility of ours, but a human right that we must exercise wherever possible, then we are missing the proverbial boat.
Yes we know some will and or may take pause or exception with the phrase "since we were brought to this country", but as was recently conveyed to us, to those who would take pause or exception with that phrase we say, in some traditional Afrikan cultures I, we, us, and our are often times one in the same thus they are used interchangeably. Therefore we caution against us being so quick to seek separation from the plight of our ancestors. Quite frankly and honestly the attitudes of the different times in which we exist or existed are not that far apart from each other.
We recently participated in a conversation with a patron who promoted and encouraged the following ideas: 1) Black people are functionally capable of exercising racism and 2) Black people should be trusting and willing to engage in groups with those who have historically and collectively, as a race of people, directly benefited from America's systems of institutionalized racism. We of course are exercising creative restraint with our words and language so as to not be offensive to the readership, but we think you are all capable of reading between the lines to discern what we are talking about.
We will not bore the readership with how we addressed the above views. Knowing us well, the readership should already be very versed in how we assertively, with diligent vigilance responded to the above perspectives.
When we are subjects of a society and culture that allows to exist in its midst the type of sick evilness that is able to efficiently achieve hiding behind the authority given it in trust and confidence by the people, then the people have a to account for their concerns over the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character through their actions. And since anti-Black racism is absolutely not confined to the borders of this society, we must collectively encourage Black people everywhere to exercise their human right to be disruptive in the face of aggressive oppression and violence.
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