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Thu Aug 21, 2014, 03:27 AM

A Promise. From Me.

The public spotlight is not focused on where I live right now.

There are "issues" connected with racism, police brutality, militarization of law enforcement, and protection of civil and Constitutional rights practically everywhere in America, now. Where I live is no exception. But at the moment, the fights that matter, the places where we need the eyes of the world looking, are not here.

What I can do, and will do, I promise, is this:

I will keep MY words and MY focus on where it needs to be: An unarmed black man was murdered by police.

I will do MY best to speak coherently, simply, and firmly about what needs to happen in America: justice, law enforcement reform, and civil rights.

I will remind anyone who speaks to me about these issues, and who has been distracted by the noise machine, of where the fundamental injustice rests in our society.

I will pay attention.

I will do my best to be aware of, and counteract, my own assumptions of white privilege.

That's all I can usefully do now. But here is a further promise:

If, and when, it becomes possible and/or necessary for me to drag my sorry old white ass out into the street where I live, and stand with my black--or Hispanic, or Native American, or whoever the brown punching bags of the month happen to be-- brothers and sisters (oh, hell, who am I kidding... "my black grand nieces and nephews" would be more accurate...) for justice, I WILL DO IT.

And if that means sitting down until some po-po has to pick me up and drag me, well, I been there, done that. I can do it again. It's worth it.

It is time.

The back of this beast must be broken, once and for all.

I will do what I can, and must.

I promise.

determinedly,
Bright

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TygrBright Aug 2014 OP
VanGoghRocks Aug 2014 #1
Jeff Rosenzweig Aug 2014 #2
littlemissmartypants Aug 2014 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2014 #4
Ferretherder Aug 2014 #5
Tommymac Aug 2014 #6
TygrBright Aug 2014 #7

Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Thu Aug 21, 2014, 03:30 AM

1. Hear, hear!

 

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Thu Aug 21, 2014, 03:44 AM

2. K'n'R

Thank you, Bright.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Thu Aug 21, 2014, 04:34 AM

3. Forward together. Not one step back.

Thanks for your post.
Love, Peace and the Righteous Fight!
~ Lmsp 🙌

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Thu Aug 21, 2014, 05:23 AM

4. Very well said, my dear Bright!

I greatly respect your determination.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Thu Aug 21, 2014, 06:15 AM

5. I hope that same resolve resides within me, Bright.

Well said.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Thu Aug 21, 2014, 07:38 AM

6. I will have Your back here in my area when the time comes.

I pledge to follow your above actions too when called upon by events.

Old gray but not in the rocker yet.

Tommymac

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Response to Tommymac (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 21, 2014, 01:16 PM

7. Thank you! See you on the barricades.

I'll bring the Metamucil...

ironically,
Bright

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