My man took to twitter to rip this particular aspect of "American exceptionalism".
"Racial discrimination is still a dilemma in the U.S.
"Today like previous years, African-Americans are still under pressure, oppressed and subjected to discrimination. #Ferguson"
"In 1992 a popular uprising protesting the blatant oppression of black ppl couldn't be subdued by the police so #army got involved. #Ferguson"
"During Clinton’s presidency,+80 Davidians including men,women & #children were burnt alive at a house. This is their #HumanRights!" [Source]
Yo Ayatollah, back away from the computer there for a minute. Maybe a little more focus on giving spiritual guidance and less on hashtags is needed.
Anyway, I am not aligning myself with the Ayatollah, and I am pretty sure that most black folks in America feel the same way. They understand that they are times when they are mistreated in this country, and that America has a long way to go to become a perfect union, but they are not naïve,enough to believe that they would have it any better in a place like Iran. Or that, compared to America, Iran can take the high road on the issue of human rights.
Still, there is an important lesson to be learned here: America cannot get away with not placing equal value on the lives of all of her citizens. That "shining city on a hill" is being watched by others.
Sadly, though, that city isn't shining as bright as it should be. And it doesn't take an Ayatollah from across the world to see it.
Speaking of twitter, I tweeted about Rev. Jesse Jackson being booed in Ferguson and the response I got from the white people in my twitter line was interesting.
Jesse Jackson being booed by black folks is not surprising to us black folks, but apparently it was to whites.
The only people who hold up Jesse Jackson as the leader of black folks are white producers on cable news shows, conservatives, and white trolls in the Internet.
While we respect what Jesse Jackson did during the civil rights movement and all the other times that he spoke up for people of color when it was not cool to do so, his power and influence (at least among black people) started fading a long time ago.
White people, on the other hand, are still under the impression that we view Jesse Jackson as our go to person on racial injustice in 2014 the same way that we did in 1984.
But we understand why this is the case. When you don't actually know any black people, and all of your perceptions about us are programmed for you by cable news, we don't expect you to know any better.
A popular black pundit on CNN called out Al Sharpton today. Black folks were not surprised. Because, as with the case of Rev. Jackson, there is a myriad of views about him within the black community.
"FAMILiES of the victims pleaseeeeee stop asking #alsharpton to speak or ur behalf,you have a better chance having #caesar the monkey from #planetoftheapes to get justice for you..the stats also show AL coon sharpton has not helped one situation he has protested at,he actually made it worst and because of him the jury goes the other way..(think about it) Jena six,trayvon and the list goes back way back..#AL ur like a #THOT in the club,lookn for attention what u said at trayvons rally #enoughisenough ur right were tired of u PRETENDING” [Source]
That was another black person.
It's hard out here for a reverend these days.