Otis Madison

PEACE? by OTIS MADISON

Donald Trump said, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”; yet, still calling for peace!
Mr. Trump, before you continue to try to perpetuate this pseudo calling of peace, why don’t you take the time to educate yourself? Better yet, allow me. I love being the one to tell you this.
“The looting began when your European ancestors devised, formulated and established the Transatlantic Slave Trade; rapidly procuring African bodies against their will and scattering them across these lands. Forcing them; by way of whip, chain, noose, gun and bible(the same bible you held up after shooting peaceful protesters); to cultivate these lands.
Africans, by way of: hard labor, traumatic abuse, sweat, tears and blood; paved the way for European-Americans to gain the economic benefits and political status needed to attain its dominance across the world. They didn’t own any shares of land nor any of the economic benefits that they slaved and died for, but they were promised that their work after freedom would allow them to gain those things the same way as anyone else. They settled, as payment, for the Emancipation Proclamation and the securities established in the Constitution to benefit them and the African generations to come.
The American system didn’t allow them the freedom and liberty to enjoy the civil rights given to others therefore; violating their settled upon agreement so, they began to protest against it. The system didn’t allow it and the Africans died hoping to retain those things, but numerous African-Americans have continued to peacefully protest in an attempt to get America to uphold their end of the agreement. This protest has been going on for over 400 years; only to be halted countless times by your system killing our civil leaders, implimenting spurious legal changes to impact the black communities, killing the innocent and convicting the ignorant; all while saying, “One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty And Justice For All”. Even Martin Luther King Jr.(most famous civil rights activist) tried and was assassinated. And your system still continues to loot and violate its agreement (by denying African-Americans the rights guaranteed in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, and 15th Constitutional Amendments) instead of admitting the error in its ways of dealing with the black communities.
So. Today, due to the murder of George Floyd and countless others, the protests continues! And you demand peace and a peaceful protest.”

PEACE: 1: a state of tranquility or quiet: as a: freedom from disturbance b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom 2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions 3: harmony in personal relations 4 a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments b. a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity 5 used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm as a greeting or farewell.
PEACEFUL: 1: PEACEABLE 2: untroubled by conflict, agitation, or commotion: QUIET, TRANQUIL 3: of or relating to a state or time of peace 4: devoid of violence or force.
PROTEST: 1: a solemn declaration of opinion and usu. of dissent: as a: a sworn declaration that payment of a note or bill has been refused and that all responsible signers or debtors are liable for resulting loss or damage b: a declaration made esp. before or while paying that a tax is illegal and that payment is not voluntary 2: the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval esp: a usu. organized public demonstration of disapproval 3: a complaint, objection, or display of unwillingness usu. to an idea or course of action.
by:Merriam-Webster.

Tell me, Mr. President. How do you stay at peace when the innocent image of yourself has been murdered for your eyes to see? How do you remain peaceful when your pleas for help and justice are left only to be washed away by your blood and tears? How do you protest peacefully when your purpose is to escape death?

“Rioting is the acts of the unheard.” -Martin Luther King Jr.-

To say that you stand with the black community for justice and equal rights, but become angered at them because they have caused the looting and destruction of their own communities are misleading for a number of different reasons and is only used as an excuse to not join in.
1. There is no such thing as a peaceful protest when perpetual violence and oppression on many forms are among the things that you have been protesting against for 400 years.
2. Protestors aren’t condoning the looting.
3. When you protest you disrupt law and order, giving criminals room to take advantage.
4. We don’t own the communities of which we have been confined to and they are now slowly being stripped away by way of gentrification.
5. The black body has and is still being exploited for America to build its economy and still don’t “OWN!” no stakes in it.
6. To sit back and be willing to reap the benefits off the exploitation of the black body, but not being willing to hold those truly accountable for the destruction is counterproductive.
7. “Faith without practice is worthless.”
8. Countless have died and will die for the cause.
9. Your economy will rise again.
The list goes on.
Now is not the time to sit back and look for excuses while seeing: A white man go into a church and kill nine black people and wounding plenty others out of hate; and he gets a life sentence in prison; but an innocent black man get killed for admiring a white woman!
What’s the excuse?
A white news anchor get paid for saying, “shut up and dribble”, but a black sports anchor is fired for speaking out against inequalities!
What’s the excuse?
A white man may go through life without ever having encountered a police officer,
but a innocent black man is lucky to end up in jail, instead of dead, after countless encounters with a police officer.
What’s the excuse?
“Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace-but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What will they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” -Patrick Henry-

No more excuses!
Now is the time for us to demand the legislators to finally begin holding the system to its standards and serve the people. Create and pass laws that will put a end to the destruction and move the path towards peace and prosperity for all. Stop allowing them to sacrifice their Confederate statues and idols as being enough to satisfy us instead of making the real changes needed. We need:
1: To micromanage the police departments and hold them to the highest scrutiny when they act unlawfully instead of letting them act with immunity.
6: Defund police departments and invest funding into education and housing for the poor.
3: To make it illegal to use someone’s ethnicity as a vetting tool to determine and/or deny someone equal economic opportunities or to systematically profile and give out disproportionate criminal sentences.
4: To repeal the “Abolishment Of Parole” and make it retro active for all.
5. Make it so one only have to serve 50% of the sentence instead of 85% and make it retro active for all.
6. Impliment Virginia’s House Bill No.1532 (in addition to above #4) nation wide.
These are the things needed that will eliminate the confusion to gain and maintain peace.

PEACE – “Is the absence of confusion!”
And with that, I be PEACE!!

Sincerely,

OTIS MADISON #1454075
W.R.S.P
P.O. BOX 759
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Email at Jpay.com, Otis Madison, #1454075

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