In search of justice for the New Orleans 200,000
A note from Dr. Calvin Mackie from the day before the Jena 6 rally.
One Love. One II.
Brothers and Sisters,
When you get to Jena please tell all those Black people that when they leave Jena, come to New Orleans in support of the injustice towards the New Orleans 200,000! Tell them that Charles Rangel (D) from NY still hasn’t visited New Orleans and that over 200,000 citizens, mostly Black, are still displaced to over 5500 cities in America. Where is our justice? Where is the outcry over a government who damaged and destroyed generations of Black fiscal, cultural and historical wealth via political and engineering neglect?
Okay, I have just awakened and realized that i dreamed that people, especially Black people, gave a damn about the greatest catastrophe in the history of the country. I guess racism and levees don’t mix, or we just can’t put it together. I guess we don’t see that civil rights is tied to equal protection, protection in the judicial system as well as in infrastructure. I’m awake now and I apologize for thinking and questioning, because I know a Black man is not suppose to do that.
There are two Martin Luther King Quotes that come to mind however:
- “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and that’s why we must go to Jena.
- “At the end of the day, it is not the words of our enemies that we shall remember, but the SILENCE of our friends” and that’s why we must go to Jena and ask why we are not as upset about the way the federal government has treated Black folks in N.O. post-Katrina, and also, why are our so called “leaders and friends” are so Silent about it.
Katina, not Jena, was the clarion call for Black Folks to wake up and galvanize like we never have since MLK Jr. I guess it was just too big, too complicated and took too much energy to get us going. Jena is small and clear, and we have fought this enemy before….so, let’s go. I’m wearing Black tomorrow too, but let everyone know that we in New Orleans have been wearing Black everyday for over 2 years. (Yes, Brothers I am back at it….)