RED SUMMER REDEEMED

Our world is unhinged, BLM, ANTIFA,”I CAN’T BREATHE ” are phrases and new mantras for a another tumultuous period in our history. The political parading and posturing have become the fodder for social media, while ground warriors walk the world disrupting the very fabric of the veil that blinded our eyes.

It seems there is a season for all things. It can be a fleeting one, or can be moments infecting us with pain and knowledge with fear but hope and reflection to compare.

One such season occurred the summer of 1919. Coined “ Red Summer”. Due to the lynchings and violence against AfOne such season occurred the summer of 1919. Coined “ Red Summer”. Due to the lynchings and violence against African Americans across the country. Coupled with the Jim Crow era in full bloom, this violence was seen throughout several cities including Chicago and Washington, DC,

Why?

After WWI African American soldiers thought with their participation there would be peace. They were mistaken, as misinformation, lies to fuel white soldiers, a fear of black evolution became drivers in the murders of hundreds of African Americans, with the worst being in rural southern areas. Whites laid waste in black neighborhoods, stretched cables across the street to prevent fire trucks from arriving, and there was no police intervention.

African American soldiers fought back to avail. Throughout the cites, towns and farmlands. African Americans without any assistance violently and with a reprehensible viciousness lost family, friends, and property. Thousands of lives lost along with broken promises of peace after war.

The pain and degradation in reading about this is heart wrenching. But I suppose the worst is seeing where we are today as African Americans still fighting to be seen as human.

But there is a difference in our fight. As now the world does not just watch. They fight with us.

If you knew of the “Red Summer” or any other shock of African American persecutions is of no consequence, as new history is being made and some redemptions of that past is being waged.

You cannot shut your eyes to the past

Will Brown, victim of Omaha, Nebraska lynching (1)

But you can use it to fuel the future, redeem the wronged and fight with the knowledge that you are now a part of history that may finally bear the fruit of freedom

This BLACKOUT Matters

Blackout Tuesday

So I am a good 15 minutes away from Washington D.C. Everyday until about 11pm thereabouts, I hear helicopters, police sirens and ambulances. Lately I don’t know if I live in Montgomery County or in some post apocalyptic dystopia waiting on a superhero to commence the battle into a triumphant ending. But alas, this is the current state of things as protests and rioting continue over the death of George Floyd.

Music execs Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, deemed Tuesday, June 2 a day to pause all business and take a stand against the “racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard.” coupled with a website https://www.theshowmustbepaused.com/ and information

From celebs:

businesses:

https://www.instagram.com/andreas_caminada_schauenstein/

to us regular folk:

Many people from social media and music platforms are joining.

We are at a tipping point in this crisis, especially with states slowly reopening, and still so many people out of work. The right person/leader/candidate with the right voice can move people in directions. What can be scary is what direction we are moving towards.

But, today I digress and save my thoughts for another day.

Today, in whatever way we can we stand together to say “no more” to injustice on a “human level” We are all Americans and no matter your beef with your neighbor, your disdain for another’s culture, your ignorance that repels you due to the color of skin. Our country, our government should see us all as “Americans” and should protect our basic humanity.

The walls, the bars, the guns and the guards can never encircle or hold down the idea of the people. -Huey P Newton