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Let’s Talk Race! Conversations Post Ferguson


Good Morning World Wide Web,

There are several conversation going on.  The conversation in this YouTube video ended well, but can Talib really walk into a room of reporters or scholars and give his insight?  Will they listen to him?  If you go to any news outlet now and type Ferguson MO into the search bar, there will be some results.  What took place with the shooting death of unarmed black teen Mike Brown has sparked conversations across race, cultures and the color lines.  It’s good to see the dialogue.  Some of them have great points.  Others not so much.

I think we can all agree that a real conversation is overdue. Personally, I attempted to find some key stakeholders and bring people together almost naïvely hoping that through a series of talking we could get started.   I don’t expect that a simple conversation or a series will change anything immediately.  The one thing I know is that a conversation will be a step in the right direction.  Real conversations.

In my neck of the woods we’re calling on the collegiate community; the scholars.  I’m not opposed to the participation of people who’ve chosen to mount up their debt and excel at standardized testing for cramming 12 weeks of material about an array of subject, but I think conversations need dichotomy.  Instead what you find are important narratives become more political in nature where there’s a top down approach.  Listen, I get it!  Your student loan bill, title and socioeconomic status places you higher on the food chain, but where you go home and the person who has a tomorrow interest in what happens today aren’t equal.  Ideally Ferguson should be discussing Ferguson and inviting who they’d like to the table.   Instead societal norms and “buzz words” have created efficiency in not having conversations but hosting trends.  I’m literally getting in line for a title myself.  I respect the process.  We have a great country and some of our greatest leaders have advanced education.  I don’t want to sound as though I’m discounting education.   I’ve decided to go back so that I can make a difference.   I can’t rap,sing, play football, basketball or any of those other groovy sports to get a platform quicker.   I’m about 18k in now and counting.  I’m assuming my voice will cost me another 10k just to get in the ring.   Reality is not a 3 month class.  It’s real, and until there are real stakeholders at the table, it is my opinion that nothing will ever truly be resolved.  A combination of knowledge and experience are the perfect bowl of punch.