Gumption, Audacity, & Privilege

My Response to the Siege on the Capitol

A tad bit of my back story: I am an Educator, Advocate, and Leader from Kansas City, Missouri that is motivated to live life not merely survive or thrive under its conditions. I ran a grassroots campaign for Missouri State Senate District 7, Titled Jorge Fuller For the People, challenging us to elect leaders that will be for the betterment of the people, not the systems that bind us. I protest the senseless murders caused by police brutality, the ignorance of a community of “houseless” people, and the continued control of power from terror tactics limiting the growth of our people. I stand for educational prosperity, economic progress, and civic relationships.

I was merely going to post a Facebook status but I decided that I should not limit where I share my thoughts:

  1. Presently I am reading The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin and it is stirring within me a metamorphism that I reach meditation unintentionally and begin the required written formation of thoughts.
  2. So far I have learned from Mr. Baldwin that I do not request the acceptance of my humanity from those that deem themselves superior to me. I however demand they stop beating me every chance they get. It is the notion that who am I to convince you of my humanity when the difference you choose is not that of my accolades, character, or presence but just the phenotype of my epidermis. The comparison of BLM protest to yesterday’s (01.06.2021) Siege of the Capitol in Washington D.C. has me feeling the following:
  3. I am flabbergasted to think that in the June & July of 2020 Marshall Law and Military personnel were called to Kansas City, Mo. during peaceful protesting. They arrested and transported many because of an ordered curfew by the Mayor and instigated reaction to treatment by systems. We had to pack City Hall and Battle the Fraternal Order of Police just to ensure that true peaceful protestors weren’t being held captive indefinitely or received continued suffrage beyond the mental anguish of those events (yet still many suffer).

On January 6, 2021, The world watched as Confederate, Snake, & Trump flag wielding people (“PROUD Boys”) marched with jubilee and sieged the capital. This was planned, organized, and coordinated months in advance with statements & threats of Civil War for the outcome of elections. Yet there are no arrest, consequence, or recourse for these actions.

I dare say the media’s bias reporting continues to intentionally describe the event with lessoning terms. Labeling yesterday as a protest and riot (WRONG) as they decided to interrupt congressional meetings and destroy, desecrate, and harm property in people causing casualties to their own. The correct terms should’ve been A Domestic Attack Made by Terrorists or An Act of Treason!

The comparison to BLM protest and yesterday can only be made in the reaction and response perpetuated by Law Enforcement and the Military. They allowed the events to occur with prejudice and privilege that one would justifiably assume is due to race. There was identifiably a GAP (Gumption, Audacity, and Privilege) in the handling and rendering of consequence. Less than 24hrs later nothing has been stated by our present Commander & Chief beyond, “Go Home Now Peacefully, We Love You.”

Who led this? What will be the consequence? What did they hope to achieve? What will be the outcome? (Rhetorical as many process this)

My understanding that because of the construct of race and overarching prejudice: Justice will never be equal, we may only pursue freedom not obtain it, and rights to life & liberty are granted to those reared in the singular thought of mastery. What we witnessed was as James Baldwin describes (from interaction with the Honorable Elijah Mohamed), “…the most dangerous creation of society is that man who has nothing to lose.” We are in frightful times as White America is losing their identity.

I ask that Negro, Black, African America (all People of Color) remain patient and release the hate as the bondage that we feel is not of inferiority but the inhumane treatment from our brothers that refuse to free themselves from identities, privilege, and fear of their past and: that our excellence will drive them away from their perceived authority. Our chains may physically disappear but they are still connected to theirs. We must not assimilate under the guise of acceptance and integration as the reckoning we witness is of their own-doing.

I respect their right to communicate by the means they choose but I expect that consequence will also be present. My humanity which quells my fury allows me to leave you with a quote of a brother of mine Melvin Templeton III (loosely remembered), “I love you and respect you, I may not agree with what you are doing, you’re wrong, but I love you.”

Compassionate Black male educator striving to provide quality education for all. Fuller for the people is a slogan he lives with ingenuity and integrity.