The right side of history

Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes

Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes

White people. You know how we watch things like 12 Years a Slave or Driving Miss Daisy or The Colour Purple or whatever, and think we would be different than the white oppressors in those movies? How we post about how sad we are about Nelson Mandela’s death, and how inspiring we found him? You know how we all like to pretend that if we’d been around in 1961 we would have for sure been one of the Freedom Riders?

Now is our chance to be on the right side of history.

A young black man was murdered by white policemen for jaywalking, and then his body was left on the street for hours. When members of his community reacted to this, the police used military tactics to shut them down, shooting tear gas at protesters and arresting members of the press.

This is happening not in the past, and not in a novel that your book club is reading about South Africa. It is happening right now in an American city of 21,000 people.

Please let’s not wait for the movie to come out about this in 30 years. The time for solidarity and action is now.

Find out what is happening in Ferguson. Then find out what you can do about it. If that last list feels too American to you, here is a call-to-action for Canadians

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