By Braxton Gray, aka Word Sword
If ever there was a time in life that the Word-Sword wad wished that he was white, it was defiantly not on this previous Thursday night at Memorial Hall at Central Connecticut State University. What could make me so fearful as to renounce ever sharing that hollowed privilege even for one night? Well, it was on this night that the guest speaker for the Bridging The Gap event, Tim Wise, called white folks to task for crimes (real and imagined) against people of color.
Wise spoke a brand of truth to a group of people (some of which had either never heard of cared to hear about it) that not only raised their coattails but spanked their asses in a sometimes graphic nature. Wise spoke about racial, gender, and wealth inequalities — such as how and why black people are fearful of the police. The things that Wise spoke of should be familiar to readers of these past posts submitted by the Word-Sword. We have been investigating these topics since this blog’s inception: inequality in employment and pay, opportunities in education, choice of residence, inequality in incarceration and arrest, and the list goes on.
Wise spoke for the still heretofore “invisible” men and women (some of whom look like him) who remain voiceless even while shouting because the
privileged have closed their ears.
Wise spoke the words for people such as previous guest speaker and fellow activist, Bishop Selders (who was arrested again today for protesting in Hartford) These people try to get white folks to, as motion picture The Matrix exhorts, “take the red pill’ and wake up to the , way this country conducts its business. Wake up to the inequality that Donald Trump and the 1 percent don’t and won’t talk about. Wake up to equitable ways to distribute the vast wealth of this land of ours (all of ours from the Native Americans to the newly arrived refugees whom may be of a different religion).
Wise spoke for the Black Women not asked to speak for themselves, for the Black kids receiving a lead “Christmas present” from his local law enforcement “protector.” Wise spoke for the nights and days that lie between now and true equality.
Source: Tim Wise.com