The riots of Ferguson, Missouri as a result of the murder of unarmed teen Michael Brown at the hands of a cop, are as disturbing as the incident itself. As a black mother, I worry for my future sons, and the sons of others whose innocent lives may be lost at the hands of an organization that is supposed to protect the greater good. Michael Brown, is our son, and I am heartened to hear of mothers across the nation speak out about this tragedy. My heart and condolences go out to the Brown family.
What is sad (but not shocking) to me, is the noted silence among a greater part of America, specifically the white, conservative demographic, over the atrocity that has clearly been seen on videotape. It is obvious that black men are systematically selected for criminal justice, yet a part of the population continues to turn a blind eye. How does a white person answer to that inconvenient truth? One white mom spoke up:
To admit white privilege is to admit a stake, however small, in ongoing injustice. It’s to see a world different than your previous perception. Acknowledging that your own group enjoys social and economic benefits of systemic racism is frightening and uncomfortable. It leads to hard questions of conscience may of us aren’t prepared to face.
We want to claim we have progressed as a nation, but the fundamental ills have been conveniently swept under a rug as we sing a proverbial ‘Kumbaya’ in the age of political correctness. What will it take to get us all to take a honest look at ourselves and our views in a cold, unforgiving mirror?
Maybe this is the mission of a nation’s mothers.