“We Can’t Be Alive At No Time, But Now!”-Mos Def
The Civil Rights Movement is the greatest cultural and political event in American history and sparked a shift is reality for this country. That moment is looked at as one of the few times Black people worked collectively to make significant change. Amazingly organized and thoughtful acts were made to restructure the laws and culture in America. Since then we’ve been destroyed by drugs, the Prison Industrial Complex and all-out violence. Now, in 2015, we are moving and shaking more than ever before. There was an awakening after the death of Trayvon Martin. We’ve marched in Ferguson, Brooklyn, D.C, and now, Missouri. The results have varied, but the efforts are significant nonetheless. We’ve become more aware of micro-aggressions, institutional racism and police brutality. The language surrounding race-based dialogue has become more nuanced among black folks. Its amazing, inspiring and exciting.
If you remember, one of the outcomes of the #OccupyMovement, it was the raised awareness in Economic Inequality here in America. What will the outcome of these protests be? Fired university Presidents? Hypersensitive black people? Weary white folks, scared to speak freely? Revolution? As we continue to protest and organize, in neighborhoods and college campuses across the country, we have to take a step back and realize how significant this moment might be in our history. I think this may be the beginning of a cultural shift. As of now, we are still attempting to appeal to the moral conscious of white folks to end their oppressive behavior…. but not forever. Having white folks lessen our oppression, isn’t absolute freedom, it is merely a step in the right direction. Because ultimately we want to live, and police and white radicals are threatening our survival everyday. What I believe is that soon we will realize our real fight is for power, and the control our or communities. Soon we will stop asking white folks for better treatment and start making that reality for ourselves, by our own means.
From Mizzou to The University of Cape Town, we are more aware than ever before. This is a critical moment in our history and the fight against oppression. The decisions we make and what we decide to do with this new found consciousness, and longstanding passion, will determine the heights our children and their children can reach….. What A Time To Be Alive.