George Floyd was murdered over one year ago. We are one year beyond massive protests throughout the country. We have declared that the police should be defunded in multiple communities. We have declared that choke holds should be banned. We have declared that no knock warrants – resulting in the death of Breonna Taylor - should be banned. Protestors demanded that policing be “reimagined” and not simply reformed and retrained. Where are we as a country on the topic of racial justice?
There is a brewing backlash across the southeastern US directed at the Black community. I have personally witnessed an increase in the number of white men, not associated with law enforcement, openly wearing holsters and carrying handguns. I have lived in the south for the past twenty years and I have never seen so many white men openly carrying guns. To be clear, it is legal in these states, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, to openly carry a hand gun. No license is required. I have seen individuals in supermarkets, farmers markets, and walking in the downtown areas of towns in these states carrying guns. This is the local manifestation of the backlash against the protestors for racial justice across the country last year. Before someone says that “you can’t know if a person is law enforcement or not” – if I see white men from fifty to seventy years old in tee shirts with tattoos from their neck to their bellies with gun holsters – guns in place plus extra clips walking down the street or in stores – I know they are not officers. The message is clear that they intend to exert their power and control over Black people as they believe it is their birthright and duty. This is what the attack on the Congress was all about on January 6th. The intention of white men to hold on to and exert their white supremacy powers in America.
There is an aggressive, belligerent, and deadly disposition coming from white men at this moment. The Black community has cast their faith and our power in the election, in the legislative system, in the system of democracy to no avail. How many times will we be played, how many times will we be suckered by the Democrat Party to continue to vote for their candidates and get nothing in return but death, hell and destruction.
My advice to you is to be aware, be prepared, be ready. In an instant you can find yourself in mortal danger of white men who have declared themselves to be in charge when they are no more than ordinary citizens like yourselves. Be aware, be prepared, be ready because I do not see any other steps that can be taken utilizing the system that we currently have.
The Angry Man
We all know an angry man. It seems he always speaks with passion even when the words appear