Recently I attended a lecture by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing at the Charles W. Wright African American Museum in Detroit. After the lecture, there was the usual question and answer session. On several occasions, young black people one or two whom were college students, asked what I felt were very sensible questions; “now that we have this information what should we do?”
Dr. Welsing’s response was directed at several items she had written on a marker board. Stop disrespecting yourself, stop having children without fathers etc. All of which are sound principals; And all which require attention, by the black community. However my mind drifted back to the days of my political and social involvement in the 60s and what to me was missing, in all of her comments or answers, was the constant cry which went out in the 60s and the one which gave us so many victories, was the order “organize”.
This is the type of directive these young people were seeking. 50 years of enjoying what we felt were permanent advances, has left the black community in a virtual retrograde and downhill slide into oblivion. These young people were not around in the 50s and 60s, but they see the destructive condition of today and they are asking the simple question, how can I participate in some constructive action plan, to stop this slide.
It was the same question asked from the campuses of colleges in the 60s, and from the streets of the community and the churches and the answer was “organize”. Where ever you are, what ever your condition “organize”. Do not organize to sit and just listen to feel good speeches; “organize for action”. Unfortunately, Dr. Welsing could not respond or direct them to any action activity, because there is none. This is the sign of a defeated people.
I ask the same question that Attorney General Holder asked; ‘are we a community of cowards’?.
Samuel Adams, known as the “Father of the American Revolution” is quoted as saying, as he tried to rally the settlers against British tyranny;
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude, better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget, that you were our countrymen.”
The time to “organize for action” is now. There comes a time when silence is betrayal.
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