“We need to put aside our moralistic or ideological differences and realize that, as a black community, we are all under threat. We are under the threat of genocide. We are under the threat of mass incarceration. We are under the threat of impoverishment…We definitely have a community that’s collapsing, and if we don’t come together, reach out to the youth, to the elders, to every segment of the community, then we’re going to be in real trouble.” -Marshall “Eddie” Conway
Beautiful statements were made, experiences shared, communities united, only to end with police pepper-spraying a teenager – the ultimate showing of what the problems are in our society and in our communities that desperately demand our attention.