- November 18th, 2014
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I, too, know how it feels to be downtrodden by what appears to be blatant racism. Although in my city we as African Americans make up nearly 83% of the city’s population, there is still a blanket of divisiveness in the depths of our infrastructure that often calculates into subsequent oppression. Because of this…I understand. I side with my people who search high and low for justice and closure during this time as the laws that had so often shackled our minds, captured our feet and stolen our freedom are debated back and forth in the court room before developing into an answer for the death of Michael Brown. I hear your pain. I feel your voice that resonates in my mind and heart like the cries of our many ancestors who lost their struggle to escape the chains of oppression. With all of these emotions swirling around in the abyss of my soul I ask only one thing. If the verdict does not exemplify what the Ferguson community would identify as justice for the deceased…please do not resort to violence and hostility.
Just ask anyone from my city of Detroit what happens when we ruin our own city in an angered rage against the machine. In 1967, riots spawned in the streets of Detroit in response to racial tension stemming from an ongoing disconnect with the black community and the mostly white police department. Structures in my city still hang on by a thread. The same thread they were hanging on some 47 years ago after rioters tore down the city looting and burning down the community in which they lived. We have yet to heal physically, structurally or economically since our disenfranchised people acted on their dismay and took to the streets to purge the boiling blood that had lay dormant in their veins for so many years leading up to the riots. As I peek beneath the the rubble of the ruins of Detroit, I look over toward Ferguson and plead that you learn from our missteps and if the verdict does not satisfy our expectations I am hopeful that our brothers and sisters in Ferguson take action in a manner that does not cripple their city for generations as we did. No matter the verdict or outcome Ferguson a nation of supporters have your back, starting on the front lines of Detroit. Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE.