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Call and Post (Newspaper) - May 27, 2015, Cleveland, OhioPage 4a\the Call and Post wednesday May 27, 2015 Call amp Post founded 1916 Ohio a Buck news Leader Cleveland Columbus Cincinnati Don King publisher Kevin heard managing editor George l. Forbes chief Legal counsel my hands a bad King up should Cleveland riot by Megan Sims As my classmates and i Rode through Baltimore on a City bus i saw some of the sad realities that exist in most Black communities but the most prevalent was poverty. Abandoned buildings spanned the length of whole streets housing projects were in deplorable conditions and in the midst of it All cops were in riot gear and National guardsmen wore full fatigues while holding ak47s near Large tanks across the Street from a High school. These officers and guardsmen looked so alien to their surroundings As they talked amongst themselves not at All appearing to try to understand the Hurt and the anger. Television cameras converged on City Hall giving attention hungry people their 15 seconds of Fame ignoring the fact that just a few blocks away Are impoverished people sleeping underneath a Bridge. Scenes like this have become All too familiar to me. It brought Back memories of my trip to Ferguson Missouri Back in september. A Little Over a month after Mike Brown was killed by Darren Wilson i found myself in the midst of hundreds of marchers. We marched through regular neighbourhoods that did not look much different than places i knew Back Home in Cleveland. People came out of their Homes cheering clapping and putting their hands up in support. There were some residents including youth who even come into the streets to join. We marched to the site where Brown was killed and a silence fell Over the marchers. It was powerful. But the most powerful part of All was the passion of the youth. If mainstream news cameras could have seen these youth i can already hear them being called a thugs a which is a word that the White people would never use for their own but these youth were not and Are not thugs they Are revolutionaries they Are not a a rioters a a protestors or even a looters a they Are revolutionaries mainstream Media loves to watch the fire bum while ignoring the reasons Why the House is on fire. And a lot of us have been allowing the Media to school us on what they believe is going on in our communities Huey Newton co founder of the Black Panther party for self defense once said that a the Power to name is the Power to define a which in a sense Means that those who have the Power to name and define our realities have the Power to make these a a realities act in a desired manner so we must create our own definitions because these Are not a riots a these Are uprisings because enough is enough we cannot allow mainstream Media to Tell us to denounce and turn our backs not Only on our own people but to turn our backs on the hundreds of years of oppression that boil Over and explode. Now Here we Are in Cleveland wondering if we will be the next Baltimore and Ferguson my Little sister was even handed a slip from her school giving students permission to stay Home in Case of countless meetings have been held around the City to figure out ways that will prevent a a riots and a looting a but what Many of these meetings Are not talking about is the fact that the uprisings in Baltimore and Ferguson were not one dimensional like the mainstream Media wants you to think. It was not and is not just about police brutality and police murder. It is about poverty mass incarceration the school to prison pipeline the internalizing of the racism we have endured for centuries and much More we have to Stop allowing the mainstream Media to Tell us what these uprisings Are about because they Are deeper than the faces of the dead unarmed Black people we now know. We also need to Stop forcing nonviolence Down our own throats and allowing others who do not know what it is like to be Black in America to do the same. America has never been nonviolent with Black people. Why should we be nonviolent with them i remember Malcolm x eloquently stated that a we Are Only nonviolent with those who Are nonviolent with we should be angry that police humanity is never called into question and that Michael Brelo could deliberately shoot two unarmed people to death and Only be charged with voluntary manslaughter we should be angry that people Are More concerned about smothering the fire and not doing something about the conditions that set the fire in the first place but if you look around Cleveland is already a lot More like Baltimore than Many think and that is not because of the Brelo Case and the inevitable verdict but because of the systemic oppression that the Black Community has faced in the City. And if there were to be an uprising Here. I would understand because uprisings do not hinder movements. The Way we let others define our realities does. Megan Sims is a senior at Howard University majoring in print and online journalism. She s covered riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. Beloved Community by Rev. Or. Todd c. Davidson senior pastor Antioch Baptist Church with the preceding and impending Legal decisions in cases in Cleveland Ohio the Case of Michael Brelo and the officers who approached and shot Tamir Rice and nationally we have been presented with another unique Opportunity. Sadly we seem to Only find the Effort and Energy to consider these opportunities during times of great tragedy and trial. It is however a grand Opportunity. A grand Opportunity for people of Good will people who value doing justly and Loving mercy people of All faiths ethnic ties creeds and countries of National origin people of All social stratum and educational attainment grand Opportunity for people to stand in Solidarity to Challenge systems that have Long been a source of division derision and disparagement. This is not about vilifying or victimizing one person because adversarial conditions Are never created by one person but this is about challenging systems. We must despise systems of social and economic injustice without despising those who were reared in the Crucible of a system that favors some and devalues others. Our problems Are bigger than people. The problem is never limited to a specific person or is a system. Jesus the Christ stood up against systems that were antithetical to the love mercy Justice and Solidarity narrative that he espoused. He did not simply denigrate individuals because he understood that those individuals were a part of a larger system at work. He sought not simply changes in Public policy but changes in the hearts of those who govern and Lead because it is Only heart change that is sustainable. So we need voices that value love and reconciliation to emerge voices that value protests that provoke changes of heart voices that value doing justly Loving mercy and walking humbly with god that emerge from executive boardroom tables from our communities from our churches from our political leadership. Love is still the Only remedy that conquers hate Light is still the Only ele ment that can put out is still what Justice peace and Hope look like when they speak in Public. Systems of oppression effect negatively both the posterity of the oppressed and the oppressor and both require a unique kind of love and reconciliation to grow. The kind of reconciliation that roots out any teaching of hatred or prejudice superiority is. Inferiority and teaches that the a a others that we Label and objectify with our labels Are gods children just As we Are. We have another Chance to show god that we can become that beloved Community where All Are welcomed and none Are left i have Hope that we can no we will do just that time to throw some political punches by James Clingman Nipa columnist for the past 50 years most of our conversations and efforts have been entered on politics. Reminiscent of the reconstruction Era when Blacks occupied political office for the first time Many of our politicians Are just figureheads toothless tigers and lackeys for the establishment. Many of them Are simply a a employed and Are Only concerned about keeping their Many Black politicians actually work harder on behalf of others than they do for their own Brothers and Sisters. We must change our conversation from politics to economics. Before you political Hacks get angry let me say that we must continue to be involved in politics. We must run for office and we must leverage our votes by All Means. But we cannot afford to Stop there. We saw what happened in 2008 and 2012 both times Black folks were told to a go out and we were told we must vote in even greater numbers in 2012 than we did in 2008. We did it and we still cannot even get a hearing on reparations. A few years ago p Diddy told the Young people to a vote or they voted and yet when it comes to economic empowerment they and we Are nearly dead. Like i said in a previous article where is the a Start a business or die Campaign the a Pool our Money or die Campaign Black people must realize that while our relatives fought and died for voting rights those folks did no to die so we could spend the majority of our time a a playing politics. They wanted us to take our participation to the next level. Similarly Black folks your relatives and mine also lost their lives because they chose to go into business. Where is the rallying cry today for entrepreneurship Black politicians who do absolutely nothing for Black folks come out every couple of years to Tell us How Good they have been and what they support on our behalf. What a Load of fertilizer that is. Even stranger is the fact that democrats and republicans liberals and conservatives do the same things. We May Duck the a a rights Cross but we still get hit by the a a left Hook. In other words we have nothing coming from either political party and they have proven that to us time and time again. Since our vaunted voting a a Power is so important to the two major political parties we should be using it in ways that support the most important political principle quid pro quo. We should be leveraging our votes otherwise Why participate at All it really does no to matter what color the politician is. What matters most is what Black folks Are getting from the system and Black folks Are getting the Shaft from most of our politicians. You know it i know it and they know it. Its bad enough that the leadership in the two major parties really does no to care about us. One is throwing Mike Tyson right crosses and the other is throwing Joe Frazier left Hooks at us causing us to be off balance out of sync and off Kilter As we try to avoid their vicious haymakers. The political a a leaders who continue to Tell us that All we have to do is vote to change things should be voted out of office. This voting for All democrats or All republicans by Black folks is nothing Short of political suicide. Carter g. Woodson said a any people who would vote the same Way for three generations without thereby obtaining results ought to be ignored and the old game of Black folks being All or nothing to either party has proven to be our political demise. We give our All and get nothing in return. Eighty years ago nearly All Blacks voted Republican. Now its just the opposite. Neither scenario has worked so Why do we continue that insanity Black folks have been getting hit with right crosses and left Hooks since we got into this political game and now we need to Start throwing some punches of our own. The hardest punches we can throw Are economic punches. We must be willing to take off the gloves and go with Bare Knuckles into the marketplace and let our presence be known by withholding and redirecting our dollars. We must put our Money where our Mouth is and contribute to politicians who speak and act on our behalf. The Only things that count with politicians Are dollars and votes in that order. We must leverage both to get what we need from either the a demo publicans or the As the right crosses and left Hooks continue to be thrown by crooked immoral and unethical politicians both White and Black lets get Busy economically and Start punching Back before we get knocked out. Jim Clingman is the nation s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He can be reached through his website . He is the author of Black dollars matter teach your dollars How to make More sense which is available through his website Amazon kindle books. Y i

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