Today's double murder of a White female reporter and a cameraman underscore the sometimes-deadly dynamics of race and responsibility in the 21st Century.
Despite a bi-racial president who fancied himself a racial unifier, it's clear noteworthy percentages in my Generation X and Millennials are anything but unity-minded regarding race, For decades I've told White peers that after my generation there would be no diplomats brokering domestic détente. The contemporary continuum of conflict since the Michael Brown riots and advent of the Black Lives Matter disruption protest movement bear brutal witness to this warning.
Black people no longer reliably suffer in silence as a form of appeasement to heavily armed guardians of a status quo we did not create. This by no means discounts the epic progress of the Civil Rights era. As a direct beneficiary, I would never proverbially spit in the sainted faces of giants like Charles Hamilton Houston and his Howard University Law School student, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Today's case of Vester Flanagan reinforces the end of diplomacy as an accepted Black norm in the face of real or perceived disrespect. Reinforcing respect is a foundational ethic of my free security activism and its organizational expression, SWS: Security Within SELF. We know only too well the excesses which lack of respect can sanction within some aggrieved souls.
Critics may wag bony fingers and spin the above as sanctioning the targeted assassination of White people. Since I don't possess the mindset for such behavior, their wagging is in vain.
My point is offering a frank assessment of the state of 21st Century race and responsibility. I and my brothers have been street referees between the Black and White scorpions in the bottle called America. We've supported claims of racial bias against Blacks and opposed acts of crime against Whites.
It seems this street referee role may be gaining new urgency as today attests.
Only time will tell where the issue of 21st Century race and responsibility is headed, but I must confess it doesn't look good.
Wise words on the topic from Shawn James, Understanding Vester Flanagan/Bryce Williams and Workplace Racism
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black. Free Security Activist. SWS: Security Within SELF organization founder.
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