1964: After hearing too many “vague promises” from the New York City Board of Education to integrate the schools, civil rights activists staged a one-day school boycott on Feb. 3, when approximately 460,000 students refused to go to school.
Even adjusting for the typical absentee rate at the time, the school boycott was the largest civil rights protest in U.S. history.
Now I don’t know a lot about the Michael Brown case, but at this point it doesn’t seem like a question of whether or not Michael Brown was innocent or guilty. But even if he was guilty, I feel these protests would still happen.
I understand that these people feel unsafe with cops around, and that some areas have very corrupted police departments. But to ask for a whole occupation of people to just be killed?
They’re making a martyr of this boy and I think carrying it too far. I think the real problem they need to fix is getting rid of the stereotypes that perpetuate a lot of white people to consider black people inferior. Such as:
a. reverting to violence and starting physical fights often when frustrated or angry.
b. abandoning their children and their children’s mothers instead of caring for them and being responsible.
c. staying in school, getting a good education, and showing how intelligent they are.
This, in no way, pertains to all black men but there are many who follow these tendencies and make some white people scared of and angry at them because of it.
There are a lot of good cops out in the world. There are also a lot of corrupt ones. But to assume all cops are corrupt and racist is doing the same thing that racists do by assuming all black people are subordinate delinquents.
My opinion on this situation is still forming, so I would love to hear both sides of the argument. But from the perspective of someone who just saw this protest in New York on the news, I am frightened.
If you want to fill me in or talk about it, just inbox me. But tumblr is a great website where I feel I can voice my opinions.