My highlight of the week came on Thursday this week. I participated in the #300MenMarch Occupy Our Corners Movement. I took my youngest with me so that she could see firsthand what it looks like when black men love and protect their space. She needed to see that. Too often, our children see black men in their worst light. They see them addicted. They seem them frustrated. They see them downtrodden. They see them breaking the law. They see them in caskets or in jail.
Thursday night was different. Munir Bahar is the head behind the #300MenMarch movement. It has not come without criticism. People don't believe that presence alone is enough. Please don't believe that marching is effective. To those people I say, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. If it doesn't make sense to you, that's fine. Just make sure YOU are doing something that you believe that can make an impact. Because everyone can talk. Everyone does not step up to the challenge, however, when it is time to act.
I spent the rest of the evening pretty much on quiet time. I reflected on the notion "If your people are not encouraging you to be a revolutionary, they are encouraging you to be a slave" until I fell asleep. And I slept well. I told a few brothers about the movement. I recommend for people to get involved. If not this, something. We are hurting in these streets and are one escalated argument away from possibly losing our lives.
I'm Ellen Gee. When I'm honest, we learn things. When I'm not, we learn things too.
Capturing the Past