Rage against the Machine: The fight for equal right, urban renewal and justice for all.

 Rage against the Machine: The fight for equal right, urban renewal and justice for all.

 

April 4, 1968 the assassination of the civil right patriarch Dr. Martin Luther King Jr sparked social unrest in every city and in particular Baltimore. The reason for this unrest was because of the murder of a major voice in the community, the repressed anger and treatment of the powers that be and the resentment perceived political, social and economic injustice.

Fast forward April 27, 2015 the rage and machine strikes @Jaylon Smith Jersey again. This time we didn’t have MLK Jr now we have Brother Freddie Gray and the unrest, repression and resentment that has gone unchecked.

Why does history continue to repeat herself in places like Baltimore? The reason this occurs is because the missing moral compass, poor conflict management and a few bad apples who makes reconciliation hard.

Why so much anger and rage? Because we’ve swept things under the rug without proper action, direction, leadership and decision.

Has injustice eluded us again? I agree the @Jaylon Smith Authentic Jersey judicial system takes its time, but I have a hard time believing it takes this long with the injuries that Freddie Gray sustained.

Here are few things to consider:

  1. Children of color were almost half the total US child population in 2012 and majority of them lived in 10 states Maryland is one of those states ( Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii)
  2. Over 19 % of the children living in food insecure households
  3. One in 11 children in the US are uninsured
  4. The unemployment rate is at 8.7 and rising
  5. The 2010 population estimates showed that the Black or African American population accounted for 29.4% percent of the total population in Maryland. The Maryland Black or African American population increased from 1,477,411 persons in 2000 to 1,700,298 persons in 2010.
  6. Among adults of all ages, NH Whites were about twice as likely as NH Blacks or African Americans to report having ever seen a provider for a mental health problem during 2001 and 2002, even though the same or more NH Blacks or African Americans reported experiencing persistent poor mental health than NH Whites at all ages during 2001 and 2002
  7. Disparate policing practices that focus attention on certain communities lead to greater arrest rates for African Americans. For example, police may focus their efforts on low-income neighborhoods or racial or ethnic minority neighborhoods. Police are also more likely to spot an offense occurring on the street, but not in a suburban home. (Hoytt, E.H., Schiraldi, V., Smith, B.V., and Ziedenberg, J. (2002), “Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform: Reducing Racial Disparities @Jaylon Smith Womens Jersey in Juvenile Detention.” Baltimore, MD: Annie E. Casey Foundation)
  8. 5.7 million dollars has been spend since 2011 on judgments and misconduct by police

 

These eight things are simply a small order to a larger issue at hand. The commonality of Ferguson, New York, South Carolina, and now Baltimore is the Police and bad policy. We need a call to action to have better policies and relationship with those who protect and serve within the community. We need clergy to use the pulpit as a place of prophetic preaching and not a ploy to get rich. We need a plan of action that benefits the officers and the people. We need Jesus to walk with us every step of the way

 

However, if we don’t bring about justice and reformed policy, the cycle of the rage and the machine will continue until change occurs. The change we’ve discussed is simply equality across the board, healthy relationship and most importantly a call to revival and renewal; because usually in history, riots proceed revival and renewal. Baltimore is tapestry of urban America, and if we don’t act now this painting could be coming to a city near you.

 

A few things that you can do within your community ( application)

  1. Schedule a meeting with the city officials ( Mayor, police department, Superintendent,, clergy, chamber of commerce and city managers) to come up with a plan to prevent Baltimore and or Ferguson
  2. We need to ask some tough question ( what, when, how and why)
    • How can we change the culture to love and not hate?
    • Who will control the media and the information that receive?
    • What can we do to come together to provide a unified front?

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