There has been a ground swell of protests recently over the senseless deaths of innocent people at the hands of the police. People have been rallying around these causes demanding justice. As Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is a lack of justice everywhere”, a timeless phrase. This injustice is exacerbated by the recently released CIA torture report, which details the illegal and heinous crimes committed by our government in the name of “public safety”. Add to this the fact that nobody has been tried, or even indicted for their criminal behaviors that led to the economic meltdown of 2007 and you begin to see a systemic issue in our justice system, much more dire than the racial component. How is it that the people who robbed our retirements, displaced millions from their homes illegally, looted our public treasure, and sent our jobs overseas, just to add another zero to their already obscene and useless wealth sit free, while people are executed for petty crimes? How is it that the war criminals Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld (there are many others) gloat about their “accomplishments”, while the illegal wars of profit they started under false pretenses stumble on consuming millions of lives and trillions of dollars? Where is the justice for the Iraqis, where is the justice for the Afghans, where is the justice for all of humanity? Until we stop seeing ourselves as different based on the color of skin, religion, or place or place of birth, justice will not be served. #BLackLivesMatter – because #AllLivesMatter, and if you can’t see that you may be part of the problem. Frederick Douglass once said that “power concedes nothing without a demand”. That is why these protests will fail, just as Occupy Wall Street did, they are making no demands.
I have nothing but respect for the protesters that are engaging in peaceful protests and mass civil disobedience movements. The issue lays in the fact that you can chant all the catchy slogans you can create and block all the freeways you like, but without demands nothing will change. People must realize that social justice will never be obtained without first accomplishing economic justice. The youth unemployment rate is 14.2% and an even higher 21.4% for African American youth (the true rates are much higher than these official statistics). This is the first issue that must be tackled. Our economy no longer works for the vast majority of people. People who find themselves working harder, for longer hours and less pay, all while adding up more debts. Since the financial crash, 95% of all economic gains have gone to the top 1%. This is directly related to the second issue, our government no longer represents the citizens. The government has been hijacked by a corporate cabal that is making a mockery of what America is supposed to be. We no longer have representation in Washington; we have corporate administrators that do what they are ordered. This has occurred due to the fact that we have become uninformed and ignorant of the issues that affect our day-to-day lives, as well as our futures. The media is controlled by the same corporate stooges that own our government, so you are not going to be informed by them. Our education system has also been gutted of any creative thought or intellectual enlightenment. When you compile all these issues together you see why we are at our current predicament. We now have a large portion of our population with no education or knowledge, no prospects of advancement, and nowhere to turn for help.
We are at a liminal moment in our nation’s history. Will we move forward and begin to right our past wrongs, or will we continue on this out of control downward spiral until everything we hold dear is lost? I for one have become hardened in my resolve to stand up and fight for what is right. I will fight for the ideals of what we are supposed to be as a nation, I will fight for the better future that we were promised. I will fight for a future without racism, without exploitation, without endless wars, a future with justice for all. There are others willing to fight by my side. The future is ours to mold, but we must work towards it together. We have a list of demands and we are ready to fight for them. So my question for you is, will you join us? AmericanReformer.com