How We, Not the Department of Justice, Must Respond to the Murder of Alton Sterling: Yes, We MUST Respond to this Modern Day Lynching

If We Must Die

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

Claude McKay

Although my heart is involuntarily responding with a feeling that it is fortunate that Alton Sterling’s murder by two Baton Rogue police ALTON STERLING 1officers was caught on tape, however, there is an over-riding logical part of my mind that realizes that concrete proof and evidence of what amounts to blatant murder is still insufficient to meet the threshold of believable for those outside of our community who go to outrageous lengths to explain away such occurrences as if they never happened. Put simply, from the perspective of many whites, Alton Sterling, and every African-American that you know, including yourself, are simply too black to be worthy of living.

Anyone who is able to watch the horrific cell phone footage displaying not only the unnecessary initial attack from two rogue officers that swept Sterling from his feet, but also the continuation of the attack that included officers pinning the 37 year old African-American male to the ground prior to shouting “He’s got a gun” before shooting him several times at point blank range that does not have a sorrowful spirit is quite simply incapable of recognizing the humanity of African-Americans and should therefore be considered less than human themselves; only a ‘Devil’ would be able to justify this obvious case of murder.

Now I am certain that there will be a few racial apologists who say, “well he had a gun”, rest assured that the reason officers were called to this location was because a report had been issued that this gentleman was in possession of a gun. Considering this crucial fact, the officer shouting “He’s got a gun” should be considered little more than a rehearsed ruse that these two officers thought would justify what amounts to pre-meditated murder.

Although I am far from expecting an apology regarding this matter from white America, I would like for them to realize that it is the politico economic violence emanating from their community that continues to stoke the fires of racial discord in America. After centuries of lynching, the beating of Rodney King, the taped murders of Eric Garner and now Alton Sterling, I am here to tell you that our options have dwindled; we will either fight this enemy on every front or die an inglorious death.

One would be hard-pressed to argue against the reality that it is time for African-Americans to meet the political, economic, and physical violence that whites have comfortably executed upon our community with similar, yet much more intense, actions and activities.

It is time for all African-Americans to throw the gauntlet down in an unprecedented manner and turn our focus upon building our own ALTON STERLING 2community via political organization, economic self-sufficiency, and an unconditional love that trumps the apparent fear that we have of whites, particularly so-called law enforcement officers. It sickens me to see by-standers observe an African-American male being tackled and then shot in the chest by what amounts to as a gang of gun wielding thugs and they do nothing more than pull out their cell phones as if they are whites who are anxious to secure a piece of a lynched Negro body in the wake of a 19th Century lynching. Make no mistake about it, the actions of these racist law enforcement officers would make groups such as the Crips and Bloods cringe.

Brothers and sisters, it is clear who the enemy is and what our response to their multi-pronged violent attacks needs to be.

Please don’t consider this a warning shot aimed at the enemy, rather, it is a rallying call for our people to forgive prior offenses with your own kind and forget the teachings that have planted seeds of doubt and despair that have long ago taken root and sprouted in your hearts and minds. ‘Seize the Time’ and let’s reverse this historic trend of in-fighting among our own. Quit delaying the inevitable, turn and face your enemy, let’s answer that age old question of “who’s better in what will invariably be an unfair fight.”

Brothers and Sisters, please

  • Commit yourself to no longer giving your dollars away to those who do not look like you as it is economic suicide.
  • Commit yourself to loving your brother and sister.
  • Commit yourself to being a righteous Black Man or Woman.
  • Love and embrace your own with an unending love for their well-being.
  • Protect them as you wish to be protected against any and all marauding forces that seek to attack them regardless of if the attack is political, economic, or physical.
  • Remember that we are family and it is most certainly time for us to defend our communities while also building it.

Focus my brothers and sisters!!!!! The enemy has once again breached our door and now it is time that we respond in kind with a more significant force that will make them think twice about creating such a criminal act again.

Trust that God sees all and he is most certainly not pleased with our cowardice.

“Up You Mighty Race, Achieve What You Will!!!!!!!!”

Dan Freeman

©Manhood, Race & Culture, 2016

2 thoughts on “How We, Not the Department of Justice, Must Respond to the Murder of Alton Sterling: Yes, We MUST Respond to this Modern Day Lynching”

  1. Brother Freeman,
    I am so completely in agreement with you and will do my part to live your recommendations. I am more than angry and frustrated about what has become a regular attack on the African American community. Thank you for your thoughts and expressions of hope to strengthen our family and community.

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