The Laquan McDonalds of this nation face the official Macroaggressions of Despair and Death
“For a moment, lying on the ground, he moves but then is still after he appears to be shot several more times. An officer kicks an object away from his body. The video shows none of the officers on the scene offering assistance to the teenager, Laquan McDonald…” –NY Times 11/25/15
This does not seem to ever end, even as the animal hunting seasons have a beginning and an end. And if not for an independent journalist (note the word “independent”) and the act of a fair judge; we may have never seen an indictment of the murderer. One watches the video and wonders: “What could the prosecutor be looking for, that would take a year?” We have reached the point where for Black Americans, your only shot at justice (after you are murdered) is if there is a video record, and even then, as in the case of Eric Garner murdered in Staten Island, there are no guarantees.
For many people in this nation the terror they fear the most is not somewhere in a Middle East country, a terror that is led by a group of crazy religious misinterpreters. At the very least, these fatal ISIS fanatics follow a “non-discrimination” clause in their murderous behavior. Most Americas are still not aware (and not being told) that the vast majority of the victims of ISIS are Muslims.
What Black young Americans, must face inside of the US is the ongoing terror of life in their head, hearts, homes, the potential for terror just outside their door. They must duck the official organized terror of society, and the deadly fratricidal terror the society has organized in the minds of other hopeless young men, who look and live hopelessly, like them. They are driven mad by the daily weight of bearing the daily terror of psychological and social suffering, brought on by joblessness, poor physical and psychological healthcare, inadequate and ineffective educational systems that offer no way out of their terror filled lives; their mis-education only prepares them for a future terror of hopelessness (and the only option is to inflict their hopelessness on themselves, and on those around them). If young Black people don’t have a chance to survive on a street, or a classroom, then what chance do they really have?
No amount of training, no matter how well-meaning and professional is going to rid the heart of hate. And what critical number of “bad apples” must fall off the tree before we say that there is a systemic problem of institutional racism deeply secured in the cultural roots, trunk and branches of the tree? And so I ask (And I will keep asking, while we wait for hearts to change): “What are the areas in society where we can take control of, right now, to affirm and protect the present humanity, and the future positive possibility of our young people?”