Bekezela Mguni posted: “Rage is an appropriate response to dehumanization. Rage is an appropriate response to what is and what has been happening. It cannot remain in the body, in the psyche. Our bodies and souls are worth more than storefronts and vehicles. Perhaps if we were seen as human our grief, our outrage, or exhaustion, our fear, our vulnerability would be respected. But we’re still seen as subhuman and still not worth enough to have an appropriate response to dehumanization, subjugation and terrorism. We have been gracious, we have been peaceful, we have been understanding, we have been patient, we have been kind, we have been calm, we have been quiet, we have been …”
Llyod Dennis: It is not useful to judge. There is a difference of perspective between those who feel they have something to lose and those who don’t. These acts are not done to accomplish anything, they are about throwing over the table, about being so sick and tired that jail or dying don’t matter,one a family reunion the other the ultimate end of anger and frustration. Young people feeling like they are going to kill us or put us in jail anyway aren’t thinking about what “we” have to lose. They’re just saying “F__k it!”. So what brings children to such a state of hopelessness that they just don’t care about anyone’s lives or futures including their own. That is the issue!
What happened in Baltimore yesterday had very little to do with Freddie Gray….
It was a culmination of decades of neglect, lack of opportunity, and a system that made criminal enterprise as desirable an alternative as any other…There is plenty of blame to go around, the education system, the government (city, state, and local), the police department, and the community itself….
If you live near a major American city with pockets of poverty, that city is one injustice from burning if we don’t work together to find solutions…Don’t think it can happen in your city??? All was “well” in Baltimore a week ago..