Peace

If peace means accepting second class citizenship, then I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of evil and injustice, then I don’t want it. If peace means being complacent and accepting the status quo, then I don’t want it. If peace means being passive, then I don’t want it. If peace means a willingness to be exploited and humiliated, then that’s the kind of peace that I don’t want—-DR. KING (from his speech in Louisville Kentucky , 1956)

 

That is white Americans’ definition of peace for Black people and other ethnic groups.  Personally, I would rather die fighting for real peace and freedom.

Death

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

What is it that dies inside of us while we live?  I don’t know for you but for me it was hope.  What is life without hope?

Life ended a while back, a living shell remains, eventually that too will crumble, returning to Mother Nature’s life cycle.

Adversity

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. – Malcolm X

Next time you feel defeated think about this quote.  Go to the balcony, process the full picture and find the opportunities for  self-growth as well as improved performance beneath those feelings of failure.

Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. -Martin Luther King Jr.

A bit of hope that eventually truth and love conquer all. But how long is eventually? And is this really so?

Riots

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. -Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King also said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”

Wonder if MLK made a distinction between riot vs protest. Riot is a widely used term to describe a protest involving communities of color. And often these peaceful protests end in riots when government operatives or opposition groups infiltrate to agitate and incite violence that nullify the message or intent of the protest.

With so much government spying, can riots or protests lead to real change?

They haven’t so far, yet, we see more and more protests or riots to increase awareness and more and more opposition to that awareness. Change requires long-term commitment while protests or riots are as MLK said, reactionary emotional catharsis. Plus protests or riots are vulnerable to outside inference that dilute their message.

How else can we attract media attention to increase awareness about important life and death issues?

Silence

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King Jr.

In the US, we have many living dead and their silence deafening in the midst of cries for justice.  Fortunately, not everyone is silent.

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Winning

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible. -George Orwell

They always do until time works its magic through nature or exposure.

Now, big corporations’ powerful partnerships with government including the criminal system of LEOs, prosecutors and judges seem invincible, the ultimate organized crime ring.  Emboldened by a corrupt judicial system of bias, murderers are set free to commit more crimes while victims are defamed and blamed for their deaths using government-supported mainstream media.

Seems impossible to get justice when selling 50 cent cigarettes on a street corner or stealing a can of soda is justification for a death sentence.    In seconds without evidence, cops decide who lives and who dies without regard to human rights or guilt.

Corruption is the undisputed declared winner today.  Wall Street stock markets surging to new highs as more and more groups targeted for marginalization are gunned down by cops, the media and politicians. PoC, people with mental illnesses or developmental delays, the poor and the homeless are, in plain sight, discarded in graves or prisons, whichever more profitable.

How will those marginalized groups ever defeat such power?   Greed and corruption create a culture that is unsustainable. Time and solidarity are the underdogs’ friend. What do you say?