There has been much controversy and discussion about the removal of the Confederate Flag lately. Many claim that it is a symbol of victory and an important part of history but there is much violence, racism and hate associated with this flag:
Bree Newsome (with assistance of a friend) took the initiative and climbed the flag pole to take down the flag herself. We all understand and know what transpired during the civil rights movement. There was no equality for people of colour during that time. People of colour couldn’t use the same fountains and washrooms of whites, they couldn’t go to the same schools. And if you spoke or advocated for equality; you were beaten, degraded and even killed.
I applaud those who came before Bree Newsome and stood up to their oppressors, people who demanded respect and equality and who didn’t want to be treated like they were unworthy. All over the world people like; Harriet Tubman, Representative John Lewis, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington, Mohandas and Kasturba Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, Malcolm X, Desmond Tutu, Bob Moses and Ella Baker fought their oppressors and demanded change around the world.
Today, this type of oppression continues by those who are supposed to serve and protect everyone. It is common to see videos of white policeman beat and kill so many people of colour. When politicians are debating creating barriers, fences and walls to keep immigrants out, what else are we supposed to conclude except that these same politicians are pandering to the white racist America. If they are treating minorities from other countries this way, it isn’t inconceivable to believe that politicians and legislators want to keep America’s minorities disenfranchised, poor, uneducated and oppressed.
So, when you hear your friends say things like; “they do it to themselves”, “if they were not committing the crimes, they wouldn’t be in jail”, “they are supposed to listen to the police” and so many other ignorant statements, they are just regurgitating the sentiments expressed by corporate media to insure we keep those same minorities lucid and submissive.
The REVOLUTION OF LOVE continues – we are the many that have had enough of those few who want to continue this oppression. Knowledge is power! With knowledge, determination and passion POSITIVE CHANGE is inevitable. So many have given their lives to ensure those people who have oppressed others and their symbols are removed but never forgotten.