Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail
I’ve seen this before. This is not new. I was born in ’57 so I was 11 years old when I saw the riots with Dr. King’s assassination, later on with Rodney King and the Simi Valley verdict, Trayvon Martin and Ferguson.
People are tired and they take it to the streets.
His death is not just made up. Many years later, Eric Garner, automatically I thought of Ray Raheem. Then to see my brother George Floyd. I mean, he was quoting the words of Eric Garner: ‘I can’t breathe.’ He was channeling Eric Garner. I’m sure of it.
“I’ve been very encouraged by the diversity of the protesters. I haven’t seen this diverse protests since when I was a kid. I’m encouraged that my wife’s sisters and brothers are out there. That is the hope of this country, this diverse, younger generation of Americans who don’t want to perpetuate the same (expletive) that their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents got caught up in. That’s my hope.
My young white sisters and brothers are out there in the streets. How many black folks are in Salt Lake City, Utah? And let’s take into account that the NBA is not playing. The Utah Jazz are not playing!