Everything Has A Price: If Black Lives Matter, Do Something
October 20, 2015
“…the system does not respond to anything but economic loss. As the debate ensues as to what should be an appropriate response and an effective long term solution and as the community body continued to flail, I felt that a “Black Christmas” should have been promoted.
Ideally it should have been a Black “Anything but Christmas,” because the spirit of “Peace on Earth and good will toward Men,” we don’t even hear any more in the dialogue. And it has become even embarrassing to promote the concept of a little white baby Jesus, as an image of divinity. What we hear then and what we see is a mad rush from “Thanksgiving” which is almost an inconvenience to “Black Friday” where they balance their books. Now they are trying to move the shopping frenzy of a Black Friday up to pre-Thanksgiving purple Tuesday or blue Wednesday to extend the holiday shopping season. The supposed birth of Prophet Jesus is lost in the dialogue already. Since its lost already, let’s be real. Let’s call a spade a spade. Let’s call it exactly what it is—the biggest commercial holiday of the year. And if we contribute any significant percentage to this biggest economic event of the year then if we are going to access the system where it hurts, or where it’s going to be effective in bringing about a change, we should have kept our money in our pocket, and we should keep our money in our pocket. We should pay a price, deny ourselves if necessary for true freedom. We should sit down with our children and tell them: “Son, you know it is shameful for a people to attribute divinity to any human being, white or black. You know there is no Santa Claus also. You know there is no fat Caucasian man in a red suit that brings you gifts. You know that I am the one that gives you gifts on this day. I will give you whatever you need just as I do all year round. But I will not shop for this day or before this day until I know that your future is secure, and I know that you will not be vulnerable to being shot down in the street because you have a hood on, or because you look suspicious or because you are a young African American portrayed in an intimidating image. I will not let you lose your life to the forces in this system. I must ask you to share this responsibility toward your future, with us during this season and family togetherness. Let us come together and spend time together and get to know each other better. And love each other more. And this is how we will celebrate. And we will keep our money in our pockets until I know that you are safe and secure in the streets.”
That would have been my response. Now whether or not it would be effective, I will ask you this. I believe if this had been done on a mass scale, not only would the police come to respect the lives of young black men more but they are so serious about their economic ‘god’ that the police would begin to fulfill their real mission to serve and protect. They’d help young African American men across the street and make sure they didn’t accidentally fall in the streets and hurt themselves to protect their economic system.”
from “Yes, I Am Your Brother: Understanding the Indigenous African American Muslim”