From: hellobeautiful.com, by Danielle Young, on: April 1, 2015, see the article HERE.
Reverend Samuel Mosteller, longtime president of the Georgia Southern Christian Leadership Conference (which was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) said that Black families should be exercising their Second Amendment right, in response to all the violent and tragic police shootings claiming the lives of several unarmed Black men and children.
“You know, the SCLC stands for nonviolence,” said Rev. Mosteller, “but nonviolence hasn’t worked in this instance.”
“You stand there, (police) shoot. You run, they shoot. We’re going to have to take a different tack,” Mosteller passionately claimed. “Nobody is protecting the Black community! I am going to have to advocate, at this point, that all African-Americans advocate their 2nd Amendment rights,” Rev. Mosteller said.
Mosteller’s angry request comes only a week after 23-year-old Nicholas Thomas was brutally shot to death by Smyrna police, who claimed the victim tried to run them over in his Maserati after they attempted to serve him an arrest warrant for his probation violation.
But not everyone agrees with Mosteller’s violent tactics. Janice Mathis, a lawyer with Rainbow PUSH Coalition said, “Arming the Black community is not Rainbow PUSH’s position.” The SCLC has been historically known for their lack of violence. In fact, if you can remember from Ava DuVernay’s Selma, members of the SCLC were criticized by younger members, who wanted to continue the civil rights movement with more force. Mosteller’s would-be tactics are a departure from the usual for the SCLC, but it’s not like his feelings aren’t warranted.
Watching the amount of Black death increase at rates we can’t keep up with hurts. We can protest and scream #BlackLivesMatter until we’re blue in the face, but until the world adopts humanity, we’re going to keep having to watch these deaths in horror.
According to reports, Mosteller also announced plans to organize recalls of the sheriffs of any county where an unarmed African-American is shot by police. These are the types of plans that should be implemented to help effect change in our world. If our ancestors have been able to do it, why can’t we?
Do you agree with Mosteller’s views? Should Black families get ready for war?
To give the reader some context of where the article appeared, the hellobeautiful.com website is “the premier online destination for today’s woman of color” according to their “About” statement.
After reading the article, I proceeded to read well over half of the comments (there were 480). If you want to see what a segment of the black community thinks about our racial divide, I suggest that you go there and read the comments. I estimate that at least a quarter of them are of the opinion that they (blacks) are under siege and police are murdering black men (especially youths) every day and all over the country – a war some call it. Little mention is made of black-on-black killings and little is said about how the police shootings might have been avoided by obeying police commands and not becoming belligerent. While we’ve had a few high-visibility police shootings, they seem to have multiplied into “open season” on blacks by police according to a number of commenters. And many making comments were no better than Sharpton and other race-baiters who do nothing but inflame already sensitive racial tensions. There were a few white commenters who were trying to educate the more militant participants about why their rhetoric would cause more harm than good, but they were verbally assaulted over and over and told to go away.
I honestly hope that what I saw was only a small minority of blacks who think that way. I don’t want to see a race war and regardless of their bravado on a website, they’ll rue the day that they started one. It’s a shame that Barack Obama is too full of himself to see what he has birthed, a country verging on a race war – and much of it is his fault.