Dec 9, 2014

Editorial: What's Really THE Movement?

As a journalist I try to stray from writing liberal stories that could jeopardize how I am looked at for the rest of my career. As a man, there are some things I cannot keep quiet.

As far as what that has to do with WTM I try to keep church and state separate. That would be a against to who I am as an editor. The name of the show and site is called "What's the Movement?!" Frankly, what's going on in our own nation as far as police brutality and social injustice is a movement. It is THE MOVEMENT. 

Before I leave God's green Earth I'll probably be viewed as a music mogul if all goes my way. What people don't know about me is I read, I'm into law, and I know history. I originally planned on going to school for political science but that's off topic and a different story. I wasn't sure if I was the only one like that. I sat at the barber shop the day after they decided not to indite Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown. It was quiet, no one was in the shop but me and the barber. She's an older woman, late 60's and generally slow to speak. The news comes on TV about the rioting and protest in Missouri. She cut off her blade and looked at me. 

"You wanna know what the Civil Rights looked like? It's right on TV, it's like the 60's all over again. There's no text book that you can read that will be as accurate as that."

Corey Sipkin/ New York Daily News
Across the country it's been raised on all news outlets about Pop Culture and their stand on our domestic issues. Athletes, musicians, artists and many more people have voiced their opinion on what's going on in Ferguson and across the country. The (so-called) experts have now questioned, should they be allowed to speak on the issue. The answer is simple. Yes.

In conversations with my peers and others I would indeed call experts on this field I've come to this conclusion. Our generation is unlike any other that has ever walked the planet Earth. Information is spread so wide and so fast thanks to the internet. The only problem with our generation is it lacks leadership. We tend to attempt to trend and fit in. Of course this is an exaggeration. Like I said, we are unlike anyone else and our leaders look and sound different than what they used to look like. There are the Martin Luther King Jr's and the Malcolm X's, but for our generation it's Pop Culture icons and athletes.

Jeff Curry/ USA Today Sports
Of course, (some) owners and management are against such liberal opinion (usually) but it's nice to see support. Before the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers game several players wore "I Can't Breathe" shirts in support of Eric Garner and his family. It's safe to say Lebron James is the most polarized figure in all of sports, so any action he takes is not on fell eyes. The same goes for when the Rams and Raiders played on November 30th and several players entered the field with their hands up supporting Mike Brown and what's happened in Ferguson right outside the St. Louis area. 

Our generation's role models are different but needed in our time. Many people may feel different but it's the truth. They hold so much power in our eyes. If you don't believe me let me spell it out some more. If Rihanna and Chris Brown were to start dating again it would cause an uproar. If Kim Kardashian were to post a nude the entire world would see it. That's why it is imperative that these people do something to show support for this movement. It's a big deal when half the NBA and NFL put their hands up or warm up in protest shirts before the game. It's a big deal when J. Cole visits Ferguson or is seen walking in New York with protesters marching. It's big when Nelly hosts a charity football game to raise money for the families. When Wale, Chris Brown, Bow Wow (Shad Moss okay), and Diddy are seen there it's huge. I've heard experts say "It's not their place to speak on these things." I say it wouldn't be the first time. Remember the '68 Olympics right in the heart of the (first) Civil Rights Era.
The gist of what I'm trying to say is there's a problem with what's going on in our society. We shouldn't have these kind of issues in today's day and age. I shouldn't have to teach my children Police Etiquette one day. I should be able to let them leave the house and know that law enforcement is there to protect and serve. Frankly, I shouldn't have to teach them that there are people who will hate them because simply because they look different than someone else. It bothers me that police could murder the innocent and there be no consequence. If you or I did the same act we would at least be tried by our peers for the crime. What they are saying is these are not crimes. They need not be tried because the murders were completely innocent and perfectly fine. That's not okay, I shouldn't be okay with it and neither should you. Get out and speak on it, voice your opinion. Protest and do it loudly. This is indeed the NEW Civil Rights Movement. This is what will be remembered forever during our lifetimes. We are the new leaders. Doesn't matter if you are a student in the dorm room or Jay-Z counting his money and changing Blu Ivy's diapers (or paying someone to do it). Rest in Peace Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and everyone else that have been murdered by the unjust.

"I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I will spark the brain that will change the world." Tupac Shakur
Jonathan Ramsey
Jonathan Ramsey

Multimedia Journalist, Founder and Chief Editor of WTM Host of A-Side B-Side Podcast and more. I like to talk about stuff and write it down. Sometimes to a microphone. Either way, I need you to feel this.

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