The Naked Truth/Jamala Rogers
It’s Looking More like Democracy
In a Detroit suburb, a frightened Black teenager ran for his life after he randomly chose a
house to get assistance when he missed his bus and tried to walk to school. The white
homeowner, Jeffery Ziegler, responded with shots from his 12-gauge shotgun at the running
youth. Brennan Walker is one lucky, Black kid to be alive. Ziegler’s sentencing is next month.
The nation’s eyes will be on the race for governor in Georgia. The reason transcends the
possibility of the state’s first African American woman for governor. Nearly seven million
new potential voters could determine the winner in the hotly contested November 6 election
between Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams. In his role
as Secretary, Kemp has been brazenly engaging in voter suppression of Black voters since
2010. The ballot box is their revenge.
These scenarios point to the work of communities who are refusing to be victimized as
second-class citizens. They are part of the democratic wave of grassroots organizing
demanding accountability and fairness. Communities are demanding more inclusion, more
input, more justice, and more peace.
In Georgia, the governor’s race is a dead heat. If progressive minded voters show up and vote
for Abrams, history will be made in one Southern state come Election Day.
The winds of change are blowing across this nation. The rage of organized resistance is being
fueled by the likes of trump and his racist, misogynist, homophobic, Islamophobic and
ethnocentric buddies. We must get more organized and be more strategic because this gang is
not going down without a fight.
Meanwhile, the cop who murdered Tamir Rice has been re-hired as an enforcer of the law.
The Bellair Police Chief says Timothy Loehmann “deserves a second chance.”
Two steps forward, one step back. Let’s stay woke. The struggle continues.
These are incredulous times. I’m not referring to the Kavanaugh confirmation. There’s another adjective for that and another column I’m talking about the jury
conviction of a Chicago cop, the St. Louis City prosecutor attorney releasing her list of 28 police officers whose reputations are not credible enough to take their
cases. A white man who shot at a lost Black teenager who came to his house to ask for directions was found guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily
harm. A record number of Georgians have registered to vote in the upcoming election. These are vivid examples of the People’s struggle for accountability and
In a rare move, jurors convicted Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the execution of LaQuan McDonald and 16 counts of aggravated
battery with a firearm. Van Dyke was apparently trying to give the 17-year old Black kid a bullet for each year of his young life. Most of the 16 bullets hit
McDonald while he was down. The jury didn’t buy Van Dyke’s familiar justification for cops shooting Black folks — and the video confirmed that the cop was
not in danger.
St. Louis Prosecutor Kim Gardner made public that she had a list of 28 officers whose history of problematic warrants forced her to refuse their cases. Such a
list by prosecutors is not new. What’s new is Gardner made the problem a matter of public record. Gardner was elected as the first African American
prosecutor in 2016 and has been systematically moving on changes demanded by citizens for decades.