Valuable lessons from King-led marches from an eyewitness

Valuable lessons from King-led marches from an eyewitness

Valuable lessons from King-led marches from an eyewitness

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence…they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir…It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.

That is the life of many black people historically, and especially black people who stand up to oppression. Damn, Justin Timberlake sounds nice right about now, right? ♪Haters gonna say its fake ♬
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Valuable lessons from King-led marches from an eyewitness
Someone to celebrate! He was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was awarded a wildlife refuge with his name on it. That’s the Indigenous reality.

not what schools celebrate in January. The black version, the black reality, is that Dr. King was arrested some 30 times for his work. The black reality is that the FBI tried to extort Dr. King and get him to commit suicide and blackmail him with freaky pictures. The black reality is that Dr. King’s life was taken by violence like so many black people throughout history under very, very suspicious circumstances in ways that look(ed) as if the government might have had something to do with it. Unsolved. Finally, the coup de grace of black reality is that folks, after assassinating Dr. King’s body, are still trying to assassinate his reputation by commenting on his interpersonal affairs as if his interpersonal affairs are anyone’s business.
Valuable lessons from King-led marches from an eyewitness

Valuable lessons from King-led marches from an eyewitness

Gyasi Ross is a father, an author and a storyteller. He is a member of the Blackfeet (Amskapikipikuni) Nation and his family also comes from the Suquamish Nation. He is the co-host of the Breakdances With Wolves: Indigenous Pirate Radio podcast. He can be reached via Instagram and Twitter at: @BigIndianGyasi


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