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The Civil Rights Pharisees are so predictable.
Some one seeking more efficiency could document their antics and outsource their roles to an India based call center for a lower paid worker to carry out their script.
In the case of Rev Joseph Lowery the decision tree is as follows:
- If there is a situation that can be exploited with a racial indictment against an external enemy of Black people (ie: A White male attacker or a police man) then the Civil Rights Pharisees will gather together to make a massive show for the news cameras, using the incident at hand as proof that Black people in America STILL suffer from the assault of injustice which threatens us at each turn.
- When there is a situation in which an event points to the failure of the leadership within the Black community per the presence of unsavory outcomes, this despite the growth in power of the machine that the Civil Rights Pharisees have assisted in promoting into power - when faced with the threat of having to CRITICIZE THEMSELVES - they find some point to retain "Ideological Unity" by waging an external protest.
We see in the video above that Rev Joseph Lowery did #2.
In a community forum that was precipitated by the stomping murder of 18 year old Bobby Tillman there was an open wound that hurt the community greatly. "How did this happen? What is wrong with us?". These are the questions that were asked by many in the wake of the murderous assault two weekends ago.
In seeing an opportunity to gather a crowd and redirect their passions to something of more interest to them - Joseph Lowery and another "community organizing" group gathered in the city that was the scene of the murder to talk about...................how the criminal justice system is unfair to Black people!!!!!!
I had an international visitor in my home for several weeks. After watching an abundant sampling of news on the television and in the daily paper that I get delivered I was asked "Are Black people doing all of the crime here in America?". My answer was "No. Metro Atlanta has a unique concentration of problem plagued communities. There are other people who are committing crimes in the broader area, our communities suffer from a state of management dysfunction that allows these issues to fester. We have a dysfunctional culture that has taken root in many people.".
Sadly when given the choice between HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT and the CONTINUED STRUGGLE - it is clear which path Rev Joseph Lowery and others prefer to take. Where as human resource management toward a certain directed outcome will likely cause the leadership to stop on someone's toes and is likely to trigger conflict within, uniting the community in the context of the "continued struggle" brings unity to the masses.
Simply put - IF a group of White teenagers had stomped a Black male to death in Douglasville Georgia the same basic elements of the gathering in which the INJUSTICE cast upon Black people would have been carried out - just as was the case with the meeting in the video above. The only difference in the meetings per the triggering event is that the fact that since Black males are accused of this murder - the Civil Rights Pharisees had to show a slight amount of contrition in their recognition of the problem within our community, just prior to them REDIRECTING the consciousness of the people outward toward the INJUSTICE that is had by Black people as expressed by the criminal justice system.
Most people who don't live in Metro-Atlanta are not aware of the facts that counter the claims of Rev Lowery. The largest populations of Black people are in Fulton County, Dekalb County, Clayton County. These are the core counties in the metro area. There is growth in the Black populations in Cobb County to the northwest, Douglas County to the west, Gwinnett County to the Northeast and Rockdale County to the east. In the core counties - the legislative, executive and criminal justice systems are run by Black officials or at least people of different races who are FAVORABLE to the sizable Black electorate in these counties.
In shaking the chains of "Injustice" Rev Lowery and others are required to be purposefully vague on specifying WHO is rendering "injustice" to the Black community. As with the education system - after years of struggle to seek better outcomes - they now have "their" people in power yet the results have not changed.
- When a Black man is prosecuted in Fulton County - a Black District Attorney prosecutes him.
- When a Black woman is detained in jail in Clayton County - a Black Sheriff holds the keys
- As a Black mother is seen on television demanding JUSTICE in response to the untimely murder of her son in Dekalb County - she is speaking to the Black Sheriff, District Attorney and favorable County Commission members to bring this justice to her
Ultimately I am not talking to Rev Joseph Lowery and other activists about the need for them to change their ways. This is a problem with the Black Rank & File. Whereas these individuals are allowed to use their first amendment rights to say what they please - it is up to the Black community to notate the problems that we have within the eco-system that we are charged with managing and to PROMOTE NEW MESSAGES that can render different outcomes.
We have a choice to "keep struggling", aggregating power over certain key institutions yet the desired results remaining elusive OR to reconcile the linkage between the desired outcomes and the management activities that lead the way.