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A Movement Toward Justice

September 20, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen, the movement I spoke of earlier has now been defined. This morning as I listened to Joe Madison – The Black Eagle, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing described for us a movement that would end in the substitution of the system of racism/white supremacy for one which has "justice" as its modus operandi. 

I could not agree more.  In the face of the indifference that our people have so often been subjected to, it is most fitting that our focus be on justice. Before this country was conceived, black people, people of color have struggled against deep and ingrained racial designations of privilege, and with them the exclusionary exercise of power.  From Reconstruction to Jim Crow America has advanced a system that promised inclusion but whose predisposition has been to exclude us from possessing our share of the American Democracy. 

Why justice? Because we have yet to see proper value placed on the African American.  Why justice?  Because social equity is still predicated on a root sense of difference, black or white, rich or power.  Why justice?  Because our young boys and young girls are being handed an unequal hand by our judicial system, and being incarcerated at alarming levels.  Why justice?  Because our schools are more likely to be under-resourced than those of whites. Why justice? Because the unemployment rates of black men in cities such as Chicago, New York and Philadelphia are upwards of 50%.

I could go on and on to detail dozens of disparities our community has suffered in this "open" society, but it would probably take me more than a week to get it all down.  Right now, our rallying cry must be: "Enough Is Enough"!  We must cause this county to remember the admonishment of that wise "black" king, Solomon, to his son:

"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgement is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice." – Proverbs 21: 2-3 

Because freedom without justice – isn’t freedom.

 

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