I love when journalist speak their mind as opposed to feeding us what the publishers want us to read. Christine Flowers never pulls any punches and doesn’t mind mixing it up on the topic of race relations in America.
I think a big part of the race relation divide in America is that people don’t talk about race enough with each other, especially between the races. As a black blogger committed to a black community, I bring up race often. I figure someone has to speak on our behalf, why not me (us).
I don’t totally agree with all of Ms. Flowers statements regarding the Faux Controversy particularly her claims of this being a media-driven mess. I think the folks in Ferguson would have taken to the streets even if TV and social media wasn’t invented yet.
But the days of anger are not over. Young blacks have no connection to the peaceful marches of the past. They see the world they live in and wonder what changed as a result of peace marches as they still live in ghettos, go to bad schools, can’t find work, and white people get cured of Ebola.
Young people have only seen the United States at war around the globe. When they turn on the TV they see tanks and armor everyday. When they hit the streets they see the local police with some of the same gear. Young folks believe that you fight fire with fire. Violence and revolt is the only thing that gets attention in their minds. You may not like it, but they’re right.
The squeaky wheel gets the oil...and the tear gas, and the national guard, and the stitches. It doesn’t always get justice, but as Ms. Flowers says, neither does national conversations on race.
The message from young blacks in Ferguson is..."Now that we have your attention...”
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