I’ve watched for several months as the media runs video of riots and people protesting in the streets as a result of civil unrest. There is no shortage of articles written about the so called “Thugs” in the streets and dangerous protesters. I for one do not understand annihilating your own communities as the result of misplaced anger. I do however understand the feeling of anger and isolation and even desperation as to how to change what is happening in our country. Baltimore is simply the boiling point right now, but this could be any city in America. This country has made so much progress, but it seems like we are going backwards. People are angry yes, but we must find a way to use this anger in a way that is productive to help stop this regression.
Contrary to popular belief, the answer does not lie in the elders. Our illustrious leaders, who led the country during the civil rights marches in the 60s, cannot lead this generation. We have to go directly to the source, “The Millennials”. Our answer lies with this new generation of young people who are no longer going to sit by, and let the world run over them. We need to look to the core of this group and pull out the leaders of today providing them our full support, if we want to change our world. This is not a new idea; as a matter of fact this is usually how changes to infrastructures are made. The next generation makes their mark on society. Now is the time for this generation to put its best foot forward.
I must caution this generation to stop the violence! It must stop in order to move forward. Your voices will never be heard when you are shouting in anger. You must fight this battle with your brains, not your brawn. Instead of looting and burning down establishments in your own communities, how about trying to change the laws from the inside? Go to school and learn about the government so you have the knowledge to go along with your passion. Start organizations in your local communities and online to organize peaceful protests and petitions. If that is too old school for you, develop your own concepts. The point is, you won’t be able to change any of these laws and injustice if you are dead or locked in jail for violence. Don’t get me wrong, Dr. King wasn’t afraid to go to jail for his beliefs, but his non-violent philosophy was the reason he was able to get out of jail to continue the fight. You don’t have to use your fists or weapons to beat your enemy. Violence begets more violence.
That being said, there was a peaceful protest that was happening at the same time as the looting that was blasted all over the news. There is footage out there of people chanting, singing and using their voices in unity and for a purpose. Because the media will not show the peaceful images in mainstream news, it is up to everyone on the side of justice to ensure the images are seen. We can no longer allow the people who control the airwaves to pollute the reality of the situation. We all have the internet and smart phones have become very useful tools. Use them in conjunction to share the truth, and to unite the country. Instead of using the web for useless banter and bullying each other, how about we use it to make the world a better place?
Now elders, the younger generation cannot do this alone. It is up to us to assist them, and help guide this generation to the promise land Dr. King and all of you fought for in the 60s. This is not a racial divide; we all must work together for this change to come about. To quote Dr. King “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere.” We won’t allow this country to regress into a hateful, useless nation. We must demand for our country to do better, and become the “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” we want the rest of the world to believe in. WE MUST DO SOMETHING NOW!