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July 27, 2015

A Call To Action for Bloggers of Color and Culture to Sound Off

Sandra Bland
Sandra Bland

A Call To Action for Bloggers of Color and Culture to Sound Off
by William Jackson
Father, Educator, Blogger, Speaker, Presenter

Bloggers of Color and Culture Matter is a sounding call to those
of color to begin to share the importance of information that liberates
the mind and engages the intellect not for violence and social
upheaval, but to inspire people of color to take positive action
in their communities for positive changes, if they have not done
so already.
The voices of millions of African Americans and those of
diverse color and culture must not be silenced or ignored.
Violence is not the answer, the engagement of literacy,
discussion, dialogue, reading, comprehension and sharing
of life experiences is needed. Our elders need to be lifted up
for wisdom and experience to guide us through and help us
to be able to defeat today’s challenges.
Through the abilities of digital technologies like Blogging,
Vblogging, Podcasting, Microblogging and other dynamic
communication platforms and tools people of color cannot
afford to be silent.

African Americans cannot afford to be quiet, allowing
national news stations to cover the deaths of our sisters and
brothers allows these news channels to tell one side and only
what they want the public to hear and to learn.
Malcolm X stated the power of the media will have you loving
those who are killing you, and hating those helping you.

The voices of those of culture need to be expressed where
the stories are truthful and accurate, when African Americans
allow others to speak for them sometimes the truth is
distorted, left out and even modified to show a picture of
personal self interest for self hatred, self-execution and destruction.
Truth be told, yes there is Black on Black crime, but that does not
mean there should be open season and allowable savagery
from those in law enforcement to brutally beat and even kill
people of color, to violate not only their constitutional rights,
but their civil and importantly human rights to life.

The deaths of 9 Christians, to the deaths of unarmed African
American boys , girls, men and women should never go
un-noticed and un-discussed. The killing of Sandra Bland is a
message to African Americans that we cannot bow down to
threats, tyranny and racism that seeks to enslave us again.
When you begin to systematically kill boys, girls and women
of a culture this is progressive action to genocide.
The words of just the President of the United States of America
should not just be heard, but the digital screams of millions
of people of color should be resounding through City Halls of
our respective cities, the Congress, the House of Representatives,
the Judicial branches of government for them to make positive,
progressive and transformative action to make changes that
protect and enforce the Constitution of this nation.

Violence will not make progressive change, but education,
engagement, community unity, cultural love, respect and unification.
It cannot be just churches, schools, funeral homes, law enforcement,
the State Attorneys Offices, City Halls and even City Council members.

Bloggers are needed to cover the stories that news agencies either
can’t or won’t cover. Where are the screams, the outrages , the prayer
meetings, the African American lawyers and political activists when a
African American woman can be dragged from the back of a police car
and already appear to be dead even before the due process of the law?
This is not the first time, look at the annuals of African American history
and see how children were “gator bait,” women were treated as sexual
slaves and field machines, boys were beaten, tortured for sport and men
were torn from families to work in inhuman conditions.
This was not too far from past histories and if African Americans and people
of color continue to disrespect education, intelligence and intellect it will

Anyone of our mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, daughters, aunts,
nieces, step-daughters, lovers, side-chicks, girlfriends could be next to
what happened to Sandra Bland. What will happen then? Who will speak for
them as their bodies grow colder from deaths touch at the hands of men
and women who see them as garbage to be dragged from a police car,
dumped on the ground, and dragged away later to be disposed of like trash?

The views of this blog are the views of William Jackson.
No other contributors where sought to add content.


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