She Said: I think we expect him to be the president of the black americans in the united states and not the president of the united states.. Why don’t we put pressure on some of these other leaders to step up and formulate some type of public national stance on the issues and let’s mobilize to pressure the congress and senate to make changes on the state and national level as well as use the organization’s powers to affect change on the local levels too? That’s all I’m saying.. It takes more than one man and you all know his hands are tied because he has to represent all. What do you want him to do? SHow up on TV eating a plate of fried chicken like Mellie and offer a free fish fry at the White House to prove he’s black? The NAACP and all the other black organizations need to do better. We should hold them accountable for falling asleep on the job. They are more reactive instead of proactive. We let voting rights get away from us and look what happened.. okay I’m done… *puts the soap box in the closet*
He Said: Slavery did not end until a POTUS (Lincoln) put his foot down. The Civil Rights laws did not transpire until another POTUS put his butt on the line and signed the bill (Johnson). Now the motives may have been in question, but the results were the results…. Ijs….
She Said: Lincoln only freed the slaves in the colonies that were in rebellion at first. It was a political play to strike at the south when he freed everyone else- there was no plan for the after affects (that we are living in now and our ancestors lived in) Which is part of the problem. I don’t believe he’ll (POTUS) play that card while in office because he has to think about the next presidential election. What happens if we get a Republican controlled national govt? He has to leave room for the successor on ALL issues. If he does stand up and deal with police brutality, what exactly would he do? Some things are to be handled at the local level – like law enforcement. If black people would vote in EVERY election (not just presidential) we could put some people on the ground in areas where it really counts and that’s on the local level. East St. Louis (right across the river from St Louis near Ferguson) has historically been the site of racial and social unrest for decades… what can President Obama say to change that? Not a thing.. What can the citizens of NYC and Ferguson and Florida for that matter do to effect change in their communities? Run an intelligent candidate in a local election that will appoint the right people in the right places whether it be Sheriffs, Police Commissioners, Mayors, City Council members, Judges or Board of Education. They have to power to change things on the local level. Then they can raise your taxes to pay for the body cameras or submit legislation to change the law making it illegal to sell un-taxed cigarettes on the street, change the rules in the precincts that say it’s okay to use the choke hold, overturn the law that says stand your ground is legal, or put more sympathetic judges on the bench with a plan to help these black kids that are being cycled in and out of the system but it has to happen on a LOCAL LEVEL.. The top down government was what caused the civil war in the first place.. the States wanted the right to do their own thing and they still do as you can see (keep your black behind in the field or throw you in jail nowadays and kill you) and when it came down to admitting states that wanted slavery into the union, they wanted a balanced representative body. There is a reason it’s called the Missouri compromise… and look at what has happened in Missouri.. We are the only civilized nation that uses the Grand Jury system.. IJS.. that was long but I needed to say it..
and Johnson signed that bill because your cousins aunties and uncles were in the street embarrassing the US government… that’s not the only reason – he actually taught school in Texas and saw first hand the work of discrimination in schools especially with the Latino children… The bill still didn’t stop folks from discriminating just like Brown v. Board didn’t force anyone to let the little black kids in their schools.. IJS.. It has to be a cultural change– a mindset change— not simply legislation… It doesn’t solve anything. It only puts the law on the books
He Said: Bianca, like I said, it doesn’t matter the reason. Imagine if slavery had never ended, imagine if the civil rights bills had never been signed. Oh wait if slavery never ended there would have been no civil rights bill….Duh…silly me…. Heck Bianca, you would not have the freedom or knowledge to write what you wrote…. Ohhhhh, I can go on and on with this…….