Part 5: The Homegoing of Michael Brown and what can teach other communities to stay on point.

Posted: August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized
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If you’re just getting home form work, or getting used to your first week of college classes, or getting prepared for the schools for next week, Michael Brown is officially laid to rest in Missouri. Just to think this young man, at 18 years old is gone. And wouldn’t be able to go to college if he had not got shot by Darren Wilson in his homestate. 

Seeing the church, that packed about 4,000+ for an 18 year old is like saying we need to do more to prevent the cause of young black men going out with a bullet to the arms, an eye and the head. If those did the math, those were the areas where Michael Brown was shot in a total of six times. We know this. Plus also there are those who preferred the idea of having Michael Brown killed. I mean excuse me, but this kid didn’t deserve this at all. For those pundits, and those haters who feel that this kid deserved it because he was some black thug on the street, clearly and I mean CLEARLY you don’t know jack about Michael Brown. I don’t know jack about him either, but I can identify about being on the watch while being black everyday. This might scare the non-black readers, but partially, it is a reality. A reality in which many in the black communities in the country know all too well. Now I’ll probably get the proverbial “dude just go to school, get a job, yada, yada yada.” We know. But when a situation like this happens, your education, your high paying job, your neighborhood, etc will not save you. I want the non-black readers to understand this. Even if you feel that black folks are still an enemy of the state

Looking at the almost 2 hour plus service online with no commentary, it seemed surreal that this is happening despite of the cause. Seeing the mother of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden crying infront of the black and old gold casket that contained the body of her 18 year old son. Seeing the father, Michael Brown, Sr. the same state in he’s in having his son buried at 18 years old. Not even to start college. 

Seeing and hearing the Stepmother, Cal Brown of her memories of Mike, or “Mike Mike” during the service. She also commented about Mike’s death being predicted by an ominous outcome of death. As bone-chilling as it’s sounds that is what she said in his commentary. Many other speakers from Mike Brown’s Family spoke about his choice being saved by grace slightly before his death. Question, how many 18 year olds now, right now had ever got up in church, or made that confession to say I want Jesus in my life? When Mike made his confession to the inspirational commonality of the teachings, they say and many say he was saved by grace. We also heard that he wanted to shake up the world and to show his talents and gifts in the process. This was all planned by him to do. But in the light of the recent events and his death, his gifts and talents are taken elsewhere eternally. 

After his uncle delivered the Eulogy, it was time for Rev. Al Sharpton to take the stand. 

As I stated in my last blog, whether you agree or disagree with his viewpoints of being in the struggle, or being active, he is still active no matter what. I’m not an Al Sharpton fan. Yes, I do watch PoliticsNation, and sometimes, I listen to “Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton” on the radio to hear his viewpoints. Some I agree with. Some I disgree. But it is a viewpoint regardless. 

But this special commentary, in his message today wasn’t just about Michael Brown. It was about that America should start and re-start policing the officers who crossed the line too many times when dealing with African-American Males and alike. He also expressed these words that really sent shockwaves to the masses and those that play poker with police brutaltiy and controversial law: 

“America is going to have to come to terms with [the fact that] there’s something wrong, that we have money to give military equipment to police forces but we don’t have money for training, and money for public education and money to train our children,”

“How do you think we look when the world can see you can’t come up with a police report, but you can find a video,”

On his commentary of non-violent protest:

“How do you think we look when young people march nonviolently, asking for the land of the free and the home of the brave to hear their cry and you put snipers on the roof and pointed guns at them. How do we look?”

And for those looking for a movement:

“We can’t have a fit, we’ve got to have a movement; “A fit, you get mad and run out for a couple of nights. A movement means we’ve got to be here for the long haul and turn our chants into change, our demonstration into legislation. We have got to stay on this so we can stop this.”

(Note: for further stories of the commentary, click on the links below from Politco.com)

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/michael-brown-funeral-al-sharpton-110315.html#ixzz3BSTm1sGE
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/michael-brown-funeral-al-sharpton-110315.html#ixzz3BSTXvyuL
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/michael-brown-funeral-al-sharpton-110315.html#ixzz3BSTINn3R
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/michael-brown-funeral-al-sharpton-110315.html#ixzz3BSSdgvIM

In addition to Rev Al’s Commentary, he was not saying, stay on it for two weeks. This is a long process. A long process to uphold everyday. It’s not a quick fix overnight. And plus, its not a quick fix overnight on Facebook. Oh, I have to say it’s going to take MORE THAN SOCIAL MEDIA of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, MySpace, Instagram and many others being parroted in all with words and memes. You have to do it in public and to be guided. Now let me comment the guided part, there are those of us who protested recently and sort of got it. But the guidance wasn’t there. That guidance has to come from those who are in the long haul. than 2 weeks. You can’t do a movement thing like this in a short amount of time and that’s it. It doesn’t work that way! Gotta play the long ball. 

What I’m saying is, you can put up your pics in all on Social Media. But the fact of the matter is, you need to be active in the public front. That’s like saying, step away from your Facebook, and social media stuff behind the machines and get ACTIVE in the game of being in the struggle! But wait: not many don’t want to lead that. Don’t want to be all revolutionary or ashamed to be black. We know. This is not just a wake up call for Ferguson. But also a wake up call for the rest of Black America (ie St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, etc) that you just can’t sit on the bench and expect to see the parade go by! It ain’t gonna work folks. It’s just like when folk ask about looking for a new black leader or leaders to steer the ship. Again, it’s not going to cut it! Wait your turn and get some guidance! 

Finally, the lasting thing from the home-going in regarding Michael Brown, Jr. Some of the Cameras and footages were at the cemetery where the burial took place and the center of the expression was centered around Michael Brown, Sr. The expression of the sadness got to him when he and his family had to see his son’s casket lowered into the grave. The picture that was seen on the Internet of his grieving had sunk in. Many were on Instagram or Facebook had seen it and those same many folks were saying “take it down, we get it!” Maybe they don’t. Once again, this is a FATHER. A black father expressing his bereavement of his deceased son! If many don’t understand the sadness then many shouldn’t comment on either platform, just my point of view. For all of you manbox fans of the males, and yes I’m telling the females too: there is nothing wrong for a male to express that. It’s not all macho. If you’re a male that has to express that, go ahead. Let it out!

I’ve seen pictures like this in past Ebony Magazines, Time Magazines, National Geographics, Jet Magazines, and many others who had to openly express their sadness pictured. Think about this: how many times we’ve seen this in the middle eastern countries of mothers, grandfathers, fathers, sons, daughters and many others in tears of sadness upclose with pictures? Don’t tell me I’m the only one! And why is the “questioning” of this is being brought to light by those who had to pump up the commentary? They’re going through mourning and folks are just asking questions why and joking about it. This is no laughing matter! Anyway you slice it. Even you see it in your local or regional or national newspapers. So what’s the problem? Yes I do realize it’s so sensitive. I get it. If you don’t like pics that expresses sadness, don’t look!

Since the Homegoing Services have now passed, Michael Brown’s memory will live on with those seeking for justice. The families of Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell and many countless others who had lives vanquished by those behind the badge and or the neighborhood watch. This is an ongoing struggle in America as we know. 

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