When I think about the Michael Brown case, I think about mothers. I think about the fact that African-American women as mothers have to fear for their sons’ lives — while a Caucasian mother most likely does not have these same fears. I think of the parents and families of African-American males who had to have conversations about how to conduct themselves in the presence of police officers — while Caucasian parents most likely do not have these conversations with their sons.
This past week I went to a viewing of “The Black Power Mix Tape from 1967-1975.” This film was a presentation of African-Americans during this time period. What was so interesting about this film is that the same type of tactics used during that period to conduct order in black neighborhoods were the same tactics used in Ferguson, Missouri. These tactics were armed forces.
The question the audience asked after the viewing of this film is, “Has America changed?” Even though there is an African-American president in office, there still is racism, and a post-racial America does not exist. As readers, do you think America will ever change? Is there hope? What will have to happen for there to be change?