Today I’m going to a peaceful demonstration to protest the death of Ezell Ford, a young black man shot and killed by an LAPD officer just two days after an unarmed Michael Brown was shot and killed by another officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
I attended a rally for Michael Brown last week in Leimert Park and I was kind of disappointed. There seemed to be a lack of unity and surprisingly, purpose.
People were rightly angry. Everyone should be. But anger without a purpose is like a barking dog, it makes a lot of noise, but we all know he’ll never bite.
The problem with anger is that it’s an emotion and eventually goes away and so does the urgency to change an issue. Anger is also blinding.
Let’s be angry enough to want change but wise enough to get back to the task at hand. For any laws or even a mentality to change we need a plan and actual action steps.
So with today’s event I pray for a few things:
- Ezell Ford’s memory is honored by those using his death to impart change
- LAPD is held accountable for their use of excessive force
- all people attending are unified
(At the last rally some people made statements that were an attack on non-blacks in attendance.)
Unity is unity!
We can keep the momentum going, anger and all, to influence real change in the way that police officers interact with people of color because black/brown lives matter.
We can keep the momentum going, anger and all, to influence real change in the way that we as black people see ourselves. Because if black lives matter in Ferguson between white and black they should also matter in Chicago between black and black.