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Aftermath of Indianapolis Protest: Be The Change

By May 30, 2020 No Comments

The country is in turmoil after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the fever pitch finally hit the city streets of Indianapolis Friday night. 

Last night, various news sources released news about the protest. It started as a peaceful protest, with people voicing but after some time things escalated and IMPD Officers stepped in. FOX59’s article says that, 

“According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers used gas and shot pepper balls into crowds after peaceful protests escalated.”  

And while I don’t know if that’s the sequence in which things happened, I know that the situation intensified and things turned violent. I went Downtown this morning to get a haircut and had to stop in to see what sort of damage it created, and honestly: it wasn’t pretty. Taking a lap around Monument Circle,  shattered windows, graffiti with words like “Black Lives Matter” (they do) and “No Justice” painted on the monument, turned over trash cans and more colored the scene. Camera crews were already on the scene creating their narratives of the aftermath. 

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My heart is HEAVY 💔 after seeing the aftermath of what went on in Indianapolis last night. I believe there is a better way .⁣ ⁣ Comment below with some ways that you think we can mobilize in a positive way. I’m all ears at this point. #BLM #InThisTogether #BeTheChange #DoMore⁣ ———————————————⁣ ———————————————⁣ As a Black man out of Camden and then Glassboro, NJ. As a black man who has experience racially profiling. And as a man who understand the systematic injustice, our people have suffered from for HUNDREDS OF YEARS: ⁣ ⁣ I feel the pain of my people. ⁣ ⁣ We cannot sit and act as if the actions of the individual who represented the Minneapolis Police Department & his 4 accomplices have acted in a way that is anything other than repulsive. ⁣ ⁣ We cannot ignore the fact that specific individuals in various police departments across are targeting black men & women in specific. ⁣ ⁣ I have friends who are police officers and servicemen & women, and while I know it is not everyone, we cannot ignore the sick trend that is killing us in DROVES. ⁣ ⁣ It is disgusting, devaluating and dehumanizing to have to watch people who have done nothing wrong get shot and killed in cold blood.⁣ ⁣ While I know we have to take a stand and I understand that we have to make ourselves heard, I do not believe that violent protesting is the way. ⁣ ⁣ I believe that we have to be the change we seek. And as someone who has a problem with the current approach, thinking of better solutions is something that I have tasked myself with as a leader in my community. I personally have to DO MORE. ⁣ ⁣ I don’t believe that we will think of anything that will solve this immediately. I believe that if the leaders of the black community come together and create an open dialogue where we all can have input; I believe we can change the narrative of this story. We just have to find the best vehicles to do it in a meaningful and sustainable way. ⁣ ⁣ Again: We have to be the change we seek. ⁣ ⁣ Full Blog: https://garybrackett.com/aftermath-of-indianapolis-protest-be-the-change/

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First off: I have to say that I do not believe that violent/destructive protest will ever be the way to change a socio-political issue like the one we are facing. We are giving more ammunition to the establishment to fire right back at us. 

By the same token: as a Black man who came out of Camden and then Glassboro, NJ. As a black man who has experience racially profiling. And as a man who understand the systematic injustice, our people have suffered from for HUNDREDS OF YEARS: 

I feel the pain of my people. 

Protests erupt in downtown Indy (photo via FOX59)

We cannot sit and act as if the actions of the individual who represented the Minneapolis Police Department & his 4 accomplices have acted in a way that is anything other than repulsive. We cannot ignore the fact that specific individuals in various police departments across are targeting black men & women in specific. 

I have friends who are police officers and servicemen & women, and while I know it is not everyone, we cannot ignore the sick trend that is killing us in droves. It is disgusting, devaluating and dehumanizing to have to watch people who have done nothing wrong get shot and killed in cold blood.

While I know we have to take a stand and I understand that we have to make ourselves heard, I do not believe that violent protesting is the way. I believe that we have to be the change we seek. And as someone who has a problem with the current approach, thinking of better solutions is something that I have tasked myself with as a leader in my community. 

I do not believe that we will think of anything that will solve this immediately. I believe that if the leaders of the black community come together and create an open dialogue where we all can have input; I believe we can change the narrative of this story. 

Black people are magic. We are the most resilient race on the face of the planet and it is my belief that this too is a problem that we shall overcome. It is, however, going to take a collective effort from the black community (and our allies) to make change a reality in a way that is nondestructive and does not disparage our image.

We can’t preach about death with violent outcries. That’s fighting fire with fire. And it’s much easier to put out a fire with a water hose than more fire. 

We have to be the change we seek. 

Mahatma Gandhi, the man who led the world’s first non-violent overthrow of a regime, said two things about revolution that I believe are valuable here: 

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

“Where there is love there is life.”

Simply put: We have to be the change we seek.

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