This is a conflict that has been fermenting for centuries since the beginning of civilization and with all the advancements of the whole, this conflict has defied resolution by our greatest minds, and those who were so inclined to sincerely challenge its existence and expose its foundation. Change has been glacier-like, slow, and frigidly cold. Acknowledgment has denied its existence. History has provided justification. Diligence has lacked stamina. A resolution has evaded reality. Despite all of this the spirit has transcended time. It is inevitable that change eventually yields to the passage of time. The time has taken its place and the time has come. Father time is undefeated, and change has an unblemished record as well. One thing for certain and two things for sure, time will pass and change will happen. It is the evolution of life.
In the last few years, Colin Kaepernick as an NFL player started actions directed towards bringing awareness and acknowledgment to racial injustice in addition to law enforcement conduct and its use of force. Compelled by his message, the Kaepernik message was besieged on most sides and condemned, but he maintained the integrity of his conviction when others abandoned him. He found new supporters who were also compelled by his message. Unfortunately, he also had ample examples to support the need for his message and concern. The injustices just keep on compiling, seemingly unabated, with the very incidents that compelled him to action.
That action was taking a knee. Taking a knee, that’s right. No further words, gestures, use of force, or violence; just taking a knee. Colin Kaepernick set the table when he peacefully kneeled and he was torched from the highest offices to the lowest places for protesting by kneeling. If the seriousness we are all witnessing today had taken place then on all sides including the supporters and opposers the cost would have been a conversation. In the time since he first kneeled before the symbols that have been touted while committing atrocities against black people in particular and most people in general including women, he has been vindicated. He was protesting injustice, not the flag or national anthem. Not only the injustices that he knelt for but many, many other injustices have come to the surface, but not because of a change of public acceptance of his knee but the occurrence of a much more infamous knee.
This knee could not be ignored but the knee was felt around the world. This knee was seen around the world and acknowledged for what it was, a crime against humanity. This knee was Chauvin’s knee, the arrested and disgraced policeman charged with the murder of George Floyd. It is befuddling that he has support for his actions by his police union. But it is not just ironic a person of such little regard for a Black Man’s life as Chauvin has ignited a worldwide condemnation of racism bringing about the changes Chauvin seemed to reject the most. Mr. George Floyd’s name will be mentioned in antiquity with history being the judge of not only America’s original sin but America‘s continued sin. He is the spark that lit the fires of World War III.
George Floyd, Colin Kaepernick, and others both living and deceased have paid the ticket and bared witness to the necessity of a mandatory acknowledgment of the huge ongoing systemic racism and abuse of black people. Beyond words, a resolution of action is called for to address these injustices in a meaningful way that is in consideration of what those who have been oppressed demand and not only what the oppressor offers. In villages, cities, states, providences, countries, or whatever there are many crusaders against injustice but it is like a strand alone. There have been many George Floyds worldwide. Every location around the world has its own barbaric accounts of current medieval persecutions based on some element of their existence be it racial, religious, sex trafficking, economic status, gender, or whatever the justification is buried in.
A worldwide movement and demand for change which has been delayed far too long demands that humanity is equally extended to all especially in the legal, public, institutional, opportunity, and societal realms. Chauvin’s knee ignited outrage around the world over Mr. Floyd’s murder but on a much grander scale, it ignited the strands to become a cable of collective strength against oppressive situations whether they exist in South America, Europe, Asia, and or any continent of Earth. This is a dimensional change in the consciousness of the people that has spread around the world. It could not be foreseen that those afflicted by any of the ism(s) that it would unite people under racism globally. Global racism is not just a black problem, it adversely affects many people who have been similarly marginalized with the expectation to suffer quietly and peacefully.
Chauvin’s ultimate deed was to unite something never in the history of the world seen or done before by anyone. He is the very first to unite people from all corners of the world to shout emphatically for change not on religious principles but human principles, freedom, and equality. The people, an army, were amassed in the streets of the world to say the Black Race has suffered mightily under the privilege and ignorance of oppression as others have suffered too. The Black Race is not alone in their suffering, there are many other races and segments of society that have suffered systemic oppression too. The people’s demand for change is sparked by their very own oppressive circumstances as well, but Mr. George Floyd was the origin of ignition for the will of the people to become exceedingly strong when intertwined.
People around the world are fed up with their own oppressive situations and the deadly discrimination black folks around the world are challenged with and the dissent reverberated internationally with the murder of Mr. Floyd. The collective humanity in general and the humanity of the offenders specifically is tarnished by all these acts against humanity by either commission, omission, or silence. Long since the slave trade, the participants to this business are well known but have yet to be fully exposed or confess their benefit or culpability.
Many Africans were forcefully deposited all over the western hemisphere and Europe. The enslavement of Africans and their descendants helped to fuel worldwide opposition to the practice of racism and unites the black people of the world. Racism against the descendants of enslaved Africans anywhere they were enslaved is part of a colonial wealth stealing deception perpetuated and enforced by the dealers of exploitation and oppression.
Persecution through racism and discrimination is the firewood that combusted, into an abundant flame. Kaepernick was the fluid that made the wood more combustible. George Floyd was the spark the ignited the fire. America’s current state of brutal and murderous inclinations is the oxygen and until the wood burns out or the oxygen is removed the fire will continue to grow. The firewood of racism and discrimination is very flammable and plentiful to keep the endurance and fortitude of the peoples will be engaged while seeking solutions and change.
This WW III will not be fought like any war before it, it will be fought by the will of the people, the UNITY of HUMANITY. By the people’s elevation in knowledge, acceptance, and consciousness, the survival of our humanity cries out for the implementation of an ongoing sincere resolution, and the dissolution of bias and systemic racism. WE must commit ourselves not to be the problem and not to promote it but participate in the solution.
Everyone fits in at least one group discriminated against not always based on race but gender, sexism, immigration, poor, overweight, tall, short, smart, righthanded, and on and on; but what makes me better because I don’t belong to your group or you don’t belong to mine? The people are waking up to the deceptions and lies to promote ignorance, separation, and conflict while being financially exploited.
The protests are equally about hopelessness and despair, they are a cry out to the atrocities committed on fellow human beings. The protest for a better existence is met with riot responses and tear gas to enforce your interpretation of the law justified by the hypocrisy of unequal protection under your law and unjust application of your law. The exploitation of the people is reaching the point of being unsustainable as it has throughout history it has been proven.
The weapons of this revolution will be fought with the fortitude of the people to stay the course since we have never been closer globally or otherwise. We must build support against a common enemy. The deadly deed now heard and seen around the world has sparked outrage threatening to topple economies and governments amassing an army of millions united across all borders of the world whose voices have risen to protest because of a Black Man’s murder, Mr. George Floyd. Salute to world change, gratitude for sacrifices made, and resiliency for sacrifices still to be made for change.
Moral of the story < The miseducation and bogus science that has enslaved many people over many years have reached the point where it is preventing the evolution of the future with the burden of antiquated thoughts, actions, and beliefs. The lies were frequent and well-told to protect and enhance the perpetrators, but history and truth have prevailed to lift the ignorance that was based upon divisiveness that served you so well for so long. If all good things must come to an end, then surely all bad things can not last forever. The movement is not restricted by race or any other consideration, the only requirement is a willingness to contribute to change. Agents for change all look alike, like contributors to change.
It is time to begin recognizing equality and human rights worldwide!
Thurston K. Atlas
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