“this is the 21st century and we need to redefine r/evolution. this planet needs a people’s r/evolution. a humanist r/evolution. r/evolution is not about bloodshed or…fighting. we will fight if we are forced to but the fundamental goal of r/evolution must be peace.

we need a r/evolution of the mind. we need a r/evolution of the heart. we need a r/evolution of the spirit. the power of the people is stronger than any weapon. a people’s r/evolution can’t be stopped. we need to be weapons of mass construction. weapons of mass love. it’s not enough just to change the system. we need to change ourselves. we have got to make this world user friendly. user friendly.”

– Assata Shakur

I grew up in the South. I remember signs on bathrooms and water fountains that said, “Colored Only”. We had (I’m told, I don’t honestly remember seeing him) one Black in my high school class. I’d only seen one Asian. Didn’t know Mexicans were anywhere other than in Mexico.

I am, in great part, Irish. There was a time when, as emigrants, the Irish were not particular welcomed (except in Boston, perhaps). When job openings or housing rentals were advertized, the fine print usually said, “Irish need not apply”.

Italians, Jews, Orientals, Afro-Americans, Hispanics and others have simular stories. At one time or another, if you weren’t a WASP (White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant), that predominate society wanted nothing to do with your sorry ass.

But that was back then, in the 1800’s and early-to-mid 1900’s.

We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the civil rights era of the 1960’s. The marches and protests were utlimately effective by bringing attention to bigotry and inequality.

Except, the problem today isn’t minority rights to vote, employment or housing, it’s the right live through a routine traffic stop and not get shot while reaching for one’s wallet to provide requested ID.

This issue must have explanations as to its cause. Why are minorities more likely to draw police attention? Why are they more often killed in a confrontation with police?

Why do some minority individuals feel the need to kill in return?

I hope the answers are anything other than racism pure and simple.

We need a “r/evolution”, a “need to change ourselves”.

– Bill


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