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The Danger of Walking while Black

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When the New Jersey highways became notorious for stopping African American male drivers for no other reason than because of the color of their skin it became known as, “DWB, Driving while Black”. When Michael Brown was shot six times; with his head bowed and his hands up, “WWB, Walking while Black” is now the most current threat to Black men in this country.

To add insult to injury, the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department while protecting the officer who murdered a jaywalker attempted to murder the reputation of Michael Brown by accusing him of being a thief. As this boy lay in the street with rigamortis descending upon him yet another Black mother is crying because it is open season on Black men. If the system cannot imprison Black men for the same crimes for which White men are given suspended sentences and rehab; shooting them down like animals is the next best thing.

In the midst of all this madness, I ask, where is the Black Church? Watching the preachers of LA? Where are the big time big name preachers who pocket our tithes and offerings every Sunday? The only preacher with national influence who has spoken out is Al Sharpton. Call him an ambulance chaser if you will. But if my loved one was shot dead by the police, I'd want somebody to call the ambulance.

Michael Brown was a graduate not a cigar thief. It is disheartening to me that whenever negative things are spoken about or done to Black men there are people of every color who zealously co-sign. However, when the truth about Black men is spoken, not the stereotypes, not the media misrepresentation, not the limited life experiences of some people, but simply the truth about the majority of Black men in this world, the so-called religious leaders are silent. Black preachers from all over this country should be heading to Missouri with the men in their church and demand justice for Michael Brown. In doing so, they would be demanding justice for themselves.

Darren Wilson may have shot Michael Brown, but the silence in the Black Church community gave him the bullets. To those ministers who cry loud and spare not, I thank you. But to those who continue to hide under the pews of complacency and faith-based initiatives, may the Blood of our Christ rebuke you, may the blood of Michael Brown rebuke you. May the blood and words of Dr. King rebuke you.

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The death of Michael Brown makes me sad. It makes me afraid - very afraid. But I will not give up. We shall overcome someday, but not today!

Monica C. Holland
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