|Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Sun/2014|
by Sylvester Brown, Jr.
Right now, on this day, at this moment, there is a kid….
He or she may be 12 or 22. This kid no longer believes in his parents, his president or his country. She/he now understands that “democracy,” “freedom of speech,” “protect & serve,” “due process” and “justice for all” are all convenient, regurgitated, adult lies.
Right now, this kid grapples with the memory of a 200-pound cop’s knee pressed against his, her or a grandmother’s neck, roped like a mad steer outside the Gap’s door.
She has seen the trusted “man in blue” gleefully, willfully, tactfully, militarily and purposefully surround her, trap her, spray her, shoot at her, assault her, ridicule her…and then, arrest her for doing the “right thing.”
Right now, this innocent, brave, bold and righteously rebellious kid no longer relishes in the comforts of childhood. She/he has been thrust face-first into the bowels of hypocrisy, smeared with the 241-year-old shit of the Founding Fathers.
Right now, this kid who is black…or not, who is poor…or not, who is gay…or not, now knows their rights, their “freedoms,” are not as sacred as that of a Nazi or a Skinhead. He/she can’t understand why the “very fine people” with torches and guns, blabbering racist, anti-sematic sounds are better received than a football player who placed a knee on “hallowed” ground.
Right now, a kid has been teleported to the 1960s. This time, however, the tools of vicious, slathering dogs, skin-blistering water hoses and raw, naked aggression has been upgraded with left-overs from middle-eastern excursions. This time, “the occupiers” occupy their streets, steal their narrative and relegate their principles below profits.
Right now, compromised adults teach their young to compromise. Children must now figure out their place in a country that’s vowed to be “GREAT”… again. These pubescent souls must make the premature decision to become rebels, outsiders or mindless followers. Right now, today, at this moment, they must choose to be someone who stands for something or falls for anything.
Right now, there is a kid…