Never Forget

Watching the NY1 cable news about the protests against police brutality I’m struck by the signs held up that shout:

White Silence is Violence.

In my own way I have not been silent. I refuse to remain silent on the things that matter to me.

In coming blog entries I’ll be talking about moving forward to institute justice.

This moment and movement in American history warrants that I take a detour in the blog.

I hadn’t wanted to talk about politics anymore. Today I will.

What I have done before to speak out:

You can read my blog entry titled Death by Cop where I list the names of individuals cops have killed.

My contention is that I cannot speak with lived experience about injustice.

I was free to live on Staten Island and walk down Bay Street whenever I wanted.

Police officer Daniel Pantaleo killed Eric Garner on Bay Street for selling loose cigarettes.

We need an action plan that the Black Lives Matter leaders can draft and send out to everyone so people can get on board to lobby elected officials.

Why not send out direct mailings to every household like is done for a political campaign?

Send out a mailer with bullet points telling people to lobby government leaders to enact the listed changes.

I’ve always thought that part of the problem is that how history is taught is all wrong.

Hawk Newsome echoed my thinking this morning on a NY1 cable news interview. He is the President of Black Lives Matter Greater New York chapter.

Newsome said point blank that how history is taught is all wrong.

My question is how can individuals best join in to lobby for equity in society for People of Color?

We cannot be expected to sign a MoveOn online petition. Link us to the e-mails of our our elected officials directly so that we can write to these leaders on our own. This is what advocacy organizations have done in the past.

I want to speak out. I would like to be given a specific action plan to advocate for as one human being on behalf of other human beings.

Hawk Newsome talked about teaching People of Color financial literacy. Not giving them handouts.

Newsome attacked white liberals for being racists. This is in fact why for years I have been disenchanted with the Liberal political party.

I’m no fan of any political party in America.

I align with the Green Party because of their stance on legalizing marijuana use.

We have reached a tipping point in our humanity.

There’s no going back to business as usual in society.

https://christinabrunileftofthedial.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/death-by-cop/

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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