SCLC - with all due respect - Martin Luther King Jr is now resting in peace. You all can walk a little less than a block away from your headquarters and see his tomb.
As a keen observer of Atlanta politics and problems I would then ask you to walk a few more blocks up the street and then make a left turn onto "Boulevard". Keep walking until you get to the "killing fields" that are just across "Freedom Parkway".
Addressing THIS problem should be your main mission, SCLC. If you are able to study, correct and sustain peace and safety for the Black people in this area which is so close to your headquarters then you could document the "lessons learned" for use elsewhere around the country. (I recall news from a few years ago that you all had expanded to a global presence as well.)
SCLC all that I ask is that you stack rank the actual threat to the Black community. You will see that this top 5 list will different greatly from the list that you have which most closely approximates your forte' that has been built up from decades of struggling against an external entity.
SCLC the present threat to Black people has no particular "racial form". Instead is in the form of a spirit. The spirit which:
- Has no respect for human life and thus will extinguish it on the cheap
- Uses terrorist tactics as a means of controlling a group of people
- Violates civic rights because they realize that the prevailing order will protect them
The main change that is required from you is to accept the fact that today a faction of BLACK PEOPLE are possessed with this spirit. Thus it is up to you to recalibrate your fight and address this threat accordingly.
In addressing this threat you are likely to have certain forces within the Black community against you. They defend the status quo, preferring to keep our collective focus on EXTERNAL THREATS. In their perverted way - they believe that the Black community can UNITE if we all agree to stay together to fight "White Supremacy". Even when the White folks move out of the community and favorable forces take over the key institutions within our community - they still desire to fight 'White Supremacy".
It is now time to disassemble this thought regime. This old regime wreaks with "Non-White White Supremacy". The White terrorist upon our community has no more power than does a Black terrorist. With our people now controlling these institutions it is our job to field a workable order that will allow us to achieve the Safe Streets that are a key component of our "Permanent Interests".
These Permanent Interests must trump any ideological or historical entrenchments that are present.
The SCLC will gather this weekend for its annual convention in Memphis, the very city where its founder was assassinated in 1968.
Capitalizing off the symbolism, the theme is revitalizing the “Poor People’s Campaign,” which Martin Luther King Jr. used to address the economic condition of the poor and died before he could complete it.
“We are going back to Memphis to try to re-capture the original spirit and mission of our fallen prince,” said Byron Clay, SCLC’s interim president.
But some wonder if the Southern Christian Leadership Conference would be better off with fresh ideas on how to fix itself, instead of retreading old ones.