War is ugly. To many of us the sight of blood is not something we relish. Watching the life choked out of another human being is ghastly.
Seeing someone kneel on the neck of another human being until the life leaves his body is something that challenges our concept of this thing we call humanity.
Watching a kneeling man with his hands in the air end up with a barrage of bullets pumped into his body is beyond comprehension.
Seeing a man driving along the road with his family stopped and murdered as he sat strapped in his car is far too much for some of us to take.
Seeing and unarmed man gunned down forty-one bullets flying his way and all he had that caused him to die was his black skin is way too much.
African-Americans are in a state of warfare, it is against a powerful force that has demonstrated for hundreds of years that it has no compunction about killing us.
So when we say I cannot watch another video of these killings I do get that. However, I want you to understand that by doing so, you are doing the bidding of those who want to see our total demise.
The ghastly imagery is supposed to shock us and cause us to emerge from our slumber. If we continue to turn our heads away we will never be inspired to act.
It is exactly what those who hate us want us to do, [to treat each killing as an isolated incident], not as the systemic pattern of violence aimed at us because they hate us and want us exterminated.
All throughout slavery, our people were subjected to conditions that some cannot even imagine.
Those barbaric acts were inflicted on us by a degenerate people who were European criminals. They were given the choice between going to the colonies or face death.
The barbaric acts that have characterized slavery, the periods called reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, to present-day have not been isolated incidents of white people committing acts of aggression against us. They were and still, are government policies codified into laws and enforced by what became [police] the thing that emerged out of slave patrols.
If you believe that period of endemic government suppression of black people was a one-off event, then sadly we are in for another 500 years of this tyranny and mutilation at their hands.
If you believe in turning your other cheek, if you believe turning away is in your best interest, because you cannot bear to see the slaughter of your sons and fathers, sisters and brothers, cousins and uncles, then prepare yourselves for this to continue long after we are all gone, go ahead be my guest. Then it will our children and grandchildren, yours and mine, bearing the lashes at the hands of their children and grandchildren, because they are not going to surrender white privilege without a fight.
The idea that a people who have been enslaved brutalized and murdered, who have suffered the indignities of another race’s booth-heels on their necks, would appeal to some perceived better angels within those very same oppressors is a laughable absurdity.
Refusing to face the realities of what is happening now & turning away from the gruesome nature of it all, literally guarantees that it will continue for generations to come.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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