As a community organizer I see how Gray this portion of the CRM is.
they always say how tired they are.
I’m the youngest active member of my branch.
we got old folks calling tweets “twats” cause they don’t know any better but they are trying to connect with us.
the young folks who have connections on social networks and know how to spread information like wild fire.
but we wont show up or show out.
and I blame the boomers for this.
They told so many of us that its over and we should be grateful that they did the hard part so we can enjoy *xyz* luxuries.
hold up, i’m not saying that they didn’t work, they didn’t bleed and they didn’t die.
i’m saying that en mass, they didn’t finish and they didn’t teach us how to finish.
note that most Black folks didn’t even participate in the CRM. so those organizing skills, drive, and knowledge weren’t passed down.
they said it was over.
we got scraps.
and now they are dusting off their marching boots and wondering why damn near everyone at the function looks just like them.
and they are complaining.
i get fingers pointed at me at every meeting but not one of them has their grand kids at the table.
and that is cause people hushed up after they got jobs and barely better treatment. hushed up to the point where they didn’t teach us beyond what the integrated schools had in the curriculum.
so we see no need for organizing and organizations that are here to help.
our old folks are walking around with cracked skulls, metal plates in their bodies, permanent physical/ mental disabilities, prison records, and chronic illnesses as a result of living in their portion of the CRM.
just. like. we.do.
cross generational communication needs to happen asap.
old heads gotta step back and let the young ones do the work.
but us young folk gotta step the fuck up and stop entertaining the minstrelization of revolutionary liberation.
we got a lot on our plate. shit is bad. there is no sugar coating it.
i am not shaming people who aren’t able to come out cause we don’t all got it like that.
but i need some of yall who got more than enough time and ability to contribute but you don’t think its fashionable to come to a rally, speak out, or be ACTIVELY part of an org that wants to make change for the better.
i know that times is hard but the fact remains that we need physical bodies to SHOW that we care and we matter.
things are changing but they still count effectiveness and public reaction through hard numbers of attendance.
do what you can do. but know that we are struggling because the movement isn’t growing nor evolving fast enough.
what will have to happen to get you in the streets?