Racism begins with class distinctions. I never really thought about its true meaning. In politics, its catalyst changes our perspectives.
Democracy in Black notes
So...there's this “monolithic bloc of people” that share ideas about how one should view living. It's not even a colored thing at this point, it's how people can live among other people at closer proximity and have some of the same values; values important and necessary to function civil and normal as a class of people. Our genetic makeup is as important as a right to privacy. Human decency holds a general standard of rules every person can abide with, and being inherent to “genes and evident in our skin pigment” scientifically.
Then, there is a “monolithic” mentality of certain folk, cultural if you care to know, who go beyond policies and procedures laid down to us from the past, when living just 'aient' right by us. The hard work that made things happened in past involved desegregation, ending violence and brutality when people protested, and when mobs of people created havoc because of; and when young people, especially black youth, are murdered at the hand of police officers.
What these hard working individuals did to remedy situations was to preach about the why, what, how come etc.... There's a void that always need to be looked at and a space to create and to discuss what actions should take place for a solution. This action suggests that some unwritten law has been laid aside; and its watered, manicured, and a new founding space is revealed. Out with the old, attend for the clearance, a coming together emerges. It's a process where it may take years to come forth in meaning and benefits, although its for mankind.
There are those unique individuals that gather together collectively, to try to understand such a thing that caused a crisis. These individuals need a space or spaces privately without public awareness to decide how to reform the public's concerns, or to rebuild community if some destruction of public property occurred; to even rectify to the powers that be the reason civil unrest evolved in their community.
During certain times, studies done by students from black colleges have been race transcenders in regard to “public enemies”. Colleges are meant to open up avenues of exchange on matters that others may find a non-threatening nature begins to become life-threatening, so its a good thing to find space for these types of discussions. HBCU's (black colleges) in the past, created ways for black students who have earned their right of passage because of their intelligence, or abilities, or skills. This was one way that black people were granted access to many civil right bills through public discussions, that they later overturned and passed legislation for the benefit of all people.
Today, a lot of that has changed. Propaganda news turned the tide of news reporting. New recruits who spread their wings, found they could voice their concerns to newer broader avenues. Now, social media, blogs, online news reporting, i.e., address people issues in the digital world of educating, teaching, and learning new knowledge about our communities. Seeking solutions to old problems aren't understood in terms of xyz which required a delicate balance of concerns and solutions. In light of the time spent in delving deep into the human minds thoughts and processes, nowadays, information about anything civil mostly derive from the digital age. Even the undercover scene, especially in the political realm, has spaces with which to converse on subjective issues, but I've come across people whose interests are becoming more religious than their beginnings.
Information is still available!
What about people who ordinarily work a 9 to 5 job, are staying home and addressing the same type of issues that we talked about previously? It's not a bad thing finding what is needed to make a statement or a report, it's actually more convenient. The information is here online, it's timely in most cases, and it is still able to convince our audience of concerns of fear with uncertainty and how to deal with this fear. The adage “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” has lead a few people to derive a stance of “no worries”, an excursion to find a pathway of certainty.
If people who stayed home and are a part of the information pile on issues involving civility, because so much has been accomplished during The Bus Boycott Montgomery Movement, young people who come to terms with that era, forthwith can report their version of the happenings in the past, can possibly find a niche in reporting. It's been said before, “We still hold these values as self-evident that all men are created equal”. And yes, the beat does go on!
Does this strong federal government exist?
Hard work eventually will pay you a dividend (my thoughts), so accordingly, the colored liberal person who asks, “Why rely on a strong federal government that encourages dependency?” Because...
We need that kind of commitment to survive in this land, a government that is strong and takes care of its citizens. The dependency of government gives us what we need when its needed. Can one imagine a strong federal government enacting monies from the private sector, who pulls up in front of the race in an uncertain economic future because of a pandemic to keep the people from distrusting our government.
During the years in the early to mid -2000s, unemployment was high, and so jobs practically unavailable. Why it reminds me of how NATA (The National Association of the Traders Association) helped countries by monitoring business of imports and exports in territories, making sure that every person was doing there job well, I do not know, it just does.
Well...this government took the lead, created a tremendous amount of revenue from transportation jobs, and commerce hasn't been the same since, until the pandemic. Then, the government pulled up, and a host of people could feed and care for their families, income was kicking in, and workers were satisfied with the management of this act. They took the responsibility and accountability for our nation.
Rosa Parks, a race transcender!
Rosa Parks stood up at a time when people were fed up with the way things were going when trouble was brewing, and colored people demanded change. That day she told that driver of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, “No, I will not take a back seat”. Rosa Parks is a race transcender, because history was changed, and black people had a voice that cried out, a story of remembrance, a progression of change. That day Rosa Parks had worked hard and long and she was tired. She said “No!”
Once again, MLK Jr.'s stance of “One day all God's children will join hands and proclaim free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I'm free at last”!, continued to be the resounding declaration for new beginnings.
Imagine you working the day long, tired, bus 5 minutes late, and you just want to rest your feet. Like the lyrics by Kanye West, a reminder of how in a metaphor
Seems like street lights glowing
Happen to be just like moments
passing in front of me
So I hopped in the cab and
I paid my fare
See I know my destination
But I'm just not there
In the streets
Rosa Parks' help continued a movement that changed people's minds. No more giving up your seat to somebody who didn't appreciate you because of some other's opinion about back seats. She was the gift, she planted a seed, and it landed a civil rights action suit that we reap and benefit from.
It shouldn't have to stop though. There might have been some incidents and affairs never bought to light during this period. Demonstrations weren't all that peaceful, many persons' arrests were now on the books, many photos revealed inequality still existed. But a space was created that later helped MLK Jr. guide further the voice toward the promise land.
There's still work to be done and people fortunate enough to gain access to some of the bills passed, yet think of the people and power of peaceful protest. Just know that growing up in those turbulent times was a lesson for black folk, especially young people. A time for growth and renewal, belief and restoration.