Thursday, May 27, 2010

Am I Not Human: Questions





I've been having discussions lately about humanity, needed anti-violence police to safeguard our communities, the practical applications that have yet to be revealed for community safety, and the needed healing return towards the peace consciousness of the ancient matrilineal cultures.

Utilizing positive-thinking/dreamvision ('I-am-human' affirming) for a loving peaceful world at least once monthly and raising awareness through the 'Am I Not Human' campaign are two efforts, but solid brainstorming is needed on how we can assure community safety and stop the terrorizing on our streets by the police in the force who desecrate their oath to serve and protect (would be very helpful I imagine, if officers who do uphold their oath would speak out against police brutality as well, just as I hope any group placed in a position of power privileged by Western society would speak out against those in their group abusing power, to take down the us/them barriers something serious) and those without power, trying to create power through non-privileged criminality aided no doubt by poverty and stereotype.

War makes more war, and pacification encourages arrogance in the pacified. We know we can't continue with those approaches and see anymore change for the better in the world than they've already failed to influence. If we call for cameras everywhere, we aid big brother's orwellian dream (though I still believe officers should wear cameras that are accessible by community watch and grassroots orgs as a safeguard against police brutality- a suggestion made in the Afrospear sometime ago).
There are always solutions, if there are problems. But it will take dialogue, and interest in finding those solutions for real, coupled with the hardwork of putting them into action. It starts with questions. If we're serious, we'll find the answers.

Golden Maat and the facilitator I spoke with where I live raise points about humanity.
Golden Maat reminded us in her timeline in recent weeks that we've largely forgotten humanity. The facilitator reminded me police are being trained to regard us as non-human.
In turn the actions of their renegades who end up playing the part of the beast, as they approach our community as if it were full of beasts, has us regarding the police as inhuman. It doesn't work, and is imploding on itself.

We've reached a critical place with the recent slaying by police of 7 year old #Aiyana Jones, in her sleep.

SOMETHING has to give.

I applaud Representative John Conyers for his efforts to launch investigation into this murderous style of policing. I applaud those running this petition demanding release of the tape that will disprove the police-coverup of #Aiyana Jones' slaying. If you haven't signed already please stand for humanity by standing for justice and sign.

On behalf of the innocents being slaughtered by those completely misinterpreting the right use of power. I ask:

6 comments:

jaybirdnflight said...

i will be joining in the monthly "am i not human" campaign. as a social scientist (degree pending but a conscious being is a scientist of sorts - always studying and observing), it is necessary to reflect on humanity - our positions within it and how the world positions US. so this campaign is much needed.

as far as #Aiyana is concerned and the twitter campaign, what i notice is there was an outrage followed by lack of interest. there are only a handful in my timeline that continue the chant, the rants, and her name in constant motion. there really isn't any discussion about it other than a few tweets re-tweeting her name or posting the link to the petition site or maybe a celeb tweeted a little something. anything to feel like you're doing your part.

but really. this won't bring her back. it won't change what happened. and i think on average, most people, being social creatures, will follow a pattern. this is not a topic they care to discuss, especially when they would rather forget that there is something more than entertainment, gossip, money, or anything else that's "current" or "relevant."

i am not one to complain about the lack of involvement. i have been there too. but to be more of a human citizen - a responsible one - i must make talking about the ills in the global community of which i am a part part of my daily discussions. we're not going to get all folks on board. i understand what we are up against. american society perpetuates that they will handle everything. so it's okay for us not to worry our simple minds about it.

so i thank you for this campaign. it will force me to look beyond my immediate community and into the global community and search for topics to talk about, reflect on, and how it affects me. this current war is affecting me on all levels: economy, jobs, healthcare, my security, and my role in the global community as a black woman. what they do "ova there" to someone who looks like me impacts the attitudes ova here about me.

it's all relative. global awareness and compassion for all human life is truly thinking outside of the box. it is my goal to continue this journey...

Villager said...

PurpleZoe - I have followed the tragic incident in Detroit, but, have not yet blogged about it. You have inspired me to do so...

Jaybird-N-Flight - I look forward to seeing your entry next month in this Am I Human? blogging campaign!

PurpleZoe said...

Peace Jaybirdnflight :D

Thankyou for joining the campaign, Queen. Raising awareness will def make a difference, specially with more folks signing on in time.

For the #Aiyana posts/tweets, continuing to raise awareness about the petition and the story can def stop it from happening again, and put the last nails in the police brutality coffin. The folks keeping the issue alive, can def help the folks who are otherwise distracted from human rights issues to give them more thought, and hopefully take action (even if its just signing a petition).

Very glad to work with you, Sis.

Shine on
-PZ

PurpleZoe said...

Peace Villager :D

Asante. What's happened to #Aiyana needs to be raised up, persistently. It's a tragedy we can never forget.

Shine on
-PZ

jaybirdnflight said...

thanks to you both, Villager and PurpleZoe! the responsibility is global citizenship. our first priority is our children.

i'm happy to be a part of this campaign. thank you, PurpleZoe for starting this! <3

jj

PurpleZoe said...

Peace Queen :D

Agreed. It's definitely about the youth and our responsibility as a Global village.

Asante for being a part of 'Am I Not Human'. It started with Eddie Griffin, Wayne Hicks, Danielle Vyas and myself posting to raise awareness about Darfur and Tibet before the commencement of the Genocide Olympics.
Everyone has there own blog though, and some folks didn't stay on with the monthly human rights campaign. @Villager/Wayne Hicks posts monthly for the campaign,and MsLadyDeborah does as well. There may be others, but I only know of the folks who drop links in the post that collects them in the sidebar, to keep track and visit co-participator blogs.

Shine bright, Sis
-PZ