Silence at our own peril

caines | 5/16/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will. Frederick Douglass It is disheartening to see such stagnation in the National Civil Rights Movement, when it comes to Blacks. It seems that other minorities have been vocal about their respective rights to equal treatment. From Muslims to gays and lesbians to latinos, every group has rallied against unfair and unequal treatment to a receptive Obama Administration. America finally has a president that is genuinely concerned with groups that have been historically discriminated against, and Blacks are silent. They have made no public demands, by marching or protesting, aside from symbolic marches that celebrate past Civil Rights victories. Public perception is that Blacks have reached the Promise Land. Black men wake up in new Bugattis and make it rain at the strip clubs, is the perception. Blacks are fine, every Black person in prison, actually committed the crime, every missing Black father chose to leave his family, there are no political prisoners in America, or any real racial injustice worth mentioning to a national audience. We must make public demands, that our government stop destroying Black families, torturing Blacks with decades in prison for minor crimes and allowing police and prosecutor misconduct to ensnare us, regardless of guilt or innocence. How can we stop gun violence, when all teaching starts at home, and our parents arent at home, because theyre in prisons? We must demand the immediate return of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, back to our communities. We arent saying let everyone out of prison, we are talking about non-violent drug offenders, innocent men and women, political prisoners and victims of police and prosector misconduct. Free our people. Roderick O. Williams