Part 4: A Tough Message from a Guy Who Says He’s Not So Tough
This is Part 4 in an undetermined number of posts in this blog’s special coverage of THE CLEVELAND INCIDENT.
Given: If the female in this incident had behaved exactly the same way with Mr. Hughes, the black bus driver, and she had been ANYTHING besides black, no punch would have been thrown.
Guest Post by Sonny
“No more megaphones in our hands about the abuse of black males by police officers until this incorrect intention toward black males’ biggest supporters—black females— stops. Until black males stop their mistreatment of black females—and that includes the denial of the mistreatment—black males DO NOT DESERVE to have a halt to their mistreatment by white folks.”
I am not a tough guy, never been one and don`t claim to be. Ain`t from a rough neighborhood either. I am no expert at standing up for black females and no expert at military tactics either. No big time intellectual, nor do I have major accomplishments to show for my time.
It’s not easy taking this kind of stand because it is the most sensitive for black males and black females.
For black males: Standing up and risking what harm might come to them for protecting black females–for the ones who care to do so.
For black females: Risking all that matters the most–the circle, what little support you have and then– abandonment. Next, isolation, and extra mistreatment from everyone.
This is big.
Most black males will express unrestrained contempt for the insistence that this be done. Others will sit on the side lines, watch, and say nothing. Some will ride both sides of the fence.
But, Judgement will be delivered by The Creator either way. This is the “curse” our “curse”. This confrontation is necessary. Maybe we can man-up, suck it up and be big enough to stop arguing black females down on this and savor what little self respect we have left. We are so deathly afraid of where this might lead (if we are being honest). But, how is that different then any other day? Plus, The Creator would not confront us with this if we could not handle it. “Easier said then done?” “YES.” But, it won’t be done until we at least start saying it.
Cree’s note: That beginning quote is mine taken from a comment I made on Facebook. This piece was presented to me already posted on Sonny’s FB page last night. I had no idea it was being written. Better than a new car or house is this.