Americans Can and Ought to do Better, but Not with Reverse Racism.
I wholeheartedly and unequivocally condemn the brutal and barbaric killing of George Floyd by 4 police men. I pray that we get justice.
I 💯 definitely condemn the attempts of the likes of Candace Owen to prioritize Floyd’s alleged criminal past or character, that information is IRRELEVANT to the crisis at hand.
As an independently minded black American, I totally disagree with the SPECIFIC SEGMENT in this video that condones, advocates and justifies violence such as looting and destruction of property. I hear her passion, but I don’t agree with her reasoning. To me this kind of message is an indiscriminate declaration of war against all, including your own. We have to be very careful talking about a social contract in terms of a monolithic US against THEM.
The vast majority of blacks don’t have an equal opportunity, and I see no reason why we can’t leverage the electoral system for life improving affirmative action policies.
A substantially and disappointingly large number of blacks find the American dream inaccessible, in this sense I believe as Americans, if we are to be true to the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; we ought to do better.
Consider the following statements such as:
1) White people do better.
2) If you’re not part of the solution you’re racist.
3) White people, looting is what you do, and we learned that from you.
4) All lives can’t matter, until black lives matter.
I find the above to be at best psychologically manipulative, and at worst reverse racism. I’m happy to see so many whites rallying behind our cause, and we need more. Nevertheless, don’t make the logical fallacy that whites have a moral obligation to help us. They don’t. Whites or even wealthy blacks for that matter do not have a duty to help disadvantaged blacks unless they voluntarily opt-in, or commanded by law.
“…. Though it defies consensus, between 1900 and 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts. Attracting impressive support from citizens that helps separate regimes from their main sources of power, these campaigns have produced remarkable results, even in the contexts of Iran, the Palestinian Territories, the Philippines, and Burma.”
These are the words of Chenoweth and Stephan’s research on civil resistance.
If we want to change the system, change the laws. VOTE not LOOT. We can’t win a war using violence, because the enemy has bigger and far more bullets. We can win the war at the ballot, because as blacks we are not alone.
Cecil (CJ) John is an architect, technologist and innovator and has worked with some of the largest companies in the world including the IMF, US Federal Government and some of the top 5 consulting companies. If you like what you have read, you can follow me on Medium for more great content. You can also sign up for my newsletter or contact me by email, Linkedin or Twitter.