Ferguson soldiers are expressing themselves and educating the public on their revolution’s movement. The most ignorant question around the world is why are they angry? So, the issue is in your face in this young man’s message to the world. He demonstrates courage and commitment that is unashamed and unapologetic. His uniform is created by some genius T-shirt designer who has created wardrobe of the protest uniform for the Ferguson revolutionary movement army.
Honest voices are often hard to hear in the Black community since far too many talking heads on television and working at national media companies place corporation workers first and Black movement supporters second. If they expressed their support for a Black movement or Black causes like Ferguson, their job is at risk. The Ferguson circumstances have created a renewed Black American truth that speaks through this young man. Like any street preacher, he feels anointed by God to speak to and challenge social injustices.
He speaks to the White men nationally who he sees as Michael Brown co-conspirators harming all Black men systematically. He highlights the fact that the same White man could kill him vice versa. His willingness to die feels very much like he is channeling a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or Malcolm X. I am not covering my face leaves no question that he means to be known for representing his community and the Ferguson movement. No fear of reprisal is a challenge to far too many that are in meetings and conference calls lacking courage to speak to the discrimination that Black people face. Corporate Black executives and marketing brand managers masking their Black concerns and ignoring discrimination or non-investment in the Black consumers’ markets or doing business with Black owned firms in corporate meetings.
These masks come with the Black benefits. Black corporate leadership and community leaders might want to grow courage to share truth and respect the Ferguson Movement. Ignoring and denying the Black community to be the favorite Black person or the Negro pet is out of style and social media will soon expose you.
Paul Lawrence Dunbar wrote about the mask the we wear,
“We Wear the Mask,
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!“
Mask off! This expression is, look at me! I am talking to you world. We don’t want to really be him, be hurt or involved in a deadly encounter with the police but someone has to be on the front line so he has answered the call for the Ferguson Movement.
Are the individuals engaging in the Ferguson movement soldiers of change?
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