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The Power of Voice II: An Artist in the Midst of War

By Dr. Maxine Thompson

“A time comes when silence is betrayal.’ Martin Luther King, Jr.”

“Those who commit the murders, write the reports.” Ida B. Wells

Here’s a Twitter post I tweeted on 9-24-16, which tells a story.

#TerrenceCrutcher #KeithLamontScott #TawonBoyd #RIP vs,#TheNewYorkBomber Still Alive #DylanRoof Terrorist Still Alive.

Malachi 4:1

Now a week later, 10-1-16, I retweeted filmmaker, activist, Tarique Nasheed’s tweet.

The LAPD just killed a Black man and wounded another, & now they immediately put on riot gear. But no one is rioting

Ida B. Wells was an activist and a journalist. According to Wikipedia: She was born into slavery in 1862, but as an adult, she documented lynching in the United States in the 1890s, showing that it was often used as a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites, rather than being based on criminal acts by blacks, as was usually claimed by whites. Needless to say, she had a voice at a time when it was dangerous for a black person, a woman at that, to have a voice.

In that vein, I never realized how important my voice was until I lost mine after a thyroid surgery in 2008….

So I must speak out. Now we are living in an even more treacherous time, much of which is being documented through technology and social media. We can see the backlash that followed NFL player, Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem in protest of the oppression of our people.

Whether the media forgets, we should never forget. Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Alva Braziel, Delrawn Smalls, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and on the anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death, everything is the same. Let’s not forget Trayvon Martin, either. Do you recall any convictions for these murder victims? Do you expect to see any convictions for the more recent murder victims, Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile, which were captured on video and live streamed for the world to see? Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist, who was shot by police Monday, 7-18-16, with his hands held up in the air.Twenty-three-year-old mother, Koryn Gaines, and the shooting of her 5-year-old son? Since then these police shootings/beating/murder: Terrence Cruthcher, Keith Lamont Scott, Tawon Boyd. And, most recently, here near my home, on 10-1-16, the officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old, Carnel Snell, Jr, in Los Angeles. Just before that there was the shooting of a mentally ill Black man, Reginald Thomas in Pasadena. Also the shooting of another mentally ill, homeless Black man, Joseph Mann, in Sacramento, and another Black man, Alfred Olango in El Cajon, California. Will there be any convictions?

This is beyond unjust. What should we do as writers? We write. My business philosophy, taken from my former job at the Los Angeles County Department of Children Services, (and my 23 years experience as a social worker) is, “If you don’t write it down, it didn’t happen.” For example, if a child was injured or killed in a foster home, or in its parent’s home, and the authorities couldn’t find any documentation in your case, indicating you had made all reasonable efforts to supervise and protect that child, you were in deep trouble.

Likewise, if you don’t write or speak out about what you are seeing happening here in the United States, you are just as involved in the complicity of these crimes we see around us.

Our job, as a writer, involves taking a stand. What is going on in America is wrong. Systemic racism is wrong. This involves all of its offshoots—mass incarceration of Blacks, poverty, redlining, racial profiling, police brutality, miseducation, and lack of reparations for our ancestors who provided the free labor which built the wealth of this country.

As writers, we need to document. The power of the pen still reigns.

Let us never forget. If you don’t write it down, it didn’t happen. I always see it on a deeper level. Without writing our passage down, “we,” as a people of African descent, didn’t happen.

About the Blogger: Dr. Maxine Thompson is a novelist, poet, columnist, short story writer, book reviewer, an editor, ghostwriter, Internet Radio Show Host, and a Literary Agent

I don’t know about you, but all these senseless mass murders in the last years are beginning to take its toll on me. I am usually a happy person. I believe in God and in his son, Christ Jesus. I read my scriptures every day, but even so, I feel a low-grade depression now that’s like a recurring low-grade infection. Psychologists call this (PTSD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I believe I’m not the only one suffering from this. We haven’t recovered from one shooting, (for me, as an African-American, that includes all the unjustified murders of my people at the hands of the police, who are supposed to protect and serve, and most recently, the Charleston, SC church hate-crime massacre) when there’s another mass shooting.

Life is already fraught with enough of our own personal drama, so add all these mass killings, and police brutality murders, which we’re seeing in the media, it can become too much! What happened to America, the land of the free?

Granted, we live in a dangerous world. According to the Bible, we are now living in the last days. (2 Timothy 3: 1-5.) The season of terror is here on American soil. We live in a constant state of high alert since 9-11.

I am now a senior and I’m more cautious. I’m not as adventurous as when I was a young social worker who would knock on doors to back houses at night in Detroit or South Central Los Angeles, not knowing what I would encounter. Nothing bad ever happened to me either, (maybe because I’m a former child of the inner city of Detroit.) Yet, at the same time, at this age, as a baby boomer, I don’t want to live in fear. What should we do?

If you can’t go to church without fear, you can’t go to work, you can’t go to the movies, young children aren’t safe in school, where is our safe haven?

It just came to me. With prayer and belief in God, we have to create it for ourselves. This is what my ancestors, who were brought here in chains, did. They created their own safe haven through a strong faith, which eventually led to their emancipation.

My advice to parents with young children is to pray over them before they go to school each day. Tell them to watch their surroundings. Tell your children you love them every day.

Adults should pray each day before they go out into the world. Handle your business as to living trusts and wills. Watch your surroundings. But unforeseen circumstances can befall any of us.

If caught up in a hostile mass shooting, an expert on TV said to either run, hide, (cut off your cell phone’s ringer if you’re hiding,) or fight, if there is a group of people against 1 or 2 gunmen.

Last, we need to hold our politicians accountable as to gun control laws. Make your vote count. Enough is enough.

My heart, my prayers and my condolences go out to the families of the latest shootings here in San Bernardino Regional Center, California.

  
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