Say, You Want a Revolution?

Step aside for a new generation of Social Justice warriors

No disrespect to my peers and elders when I say this: shut the hell up.

If you’re more upset about law breaking and window smashing than you are about fellow humans being killed and brutalized, I can’t help you. As far as I’m concerned, you’re part of the problem. No, actually – you ARE the problem. Because you’re making excuses for a sick system we all know is corrupt and abusive.

Denial is a powerful thing, and so is white supremacy in America. Thanks to your ignorant ass. Which you need to sit down, if you can’t stand with this young generation who has every right to create the world they want to live in. And fight as hard as they need to, to get it.

Our children aren’t rising to start a race war – they’ve come to finish one! For the first time in American history, young people are demanding their country be held accountable for the sins of our past. They refuse to go along politely with white supremacy. They are calling out their parents, teachers, neighbors as collaborators. Policing the police! And even punking the president of the United States.

Darnella Frazier who filmed George Floyd’s murder was only 17 years old. She was just walking down the street, saw the commotion, and immediately acted. Just a young girl, but she stood up to those four policemen because she knew her Rights and she also knew what was right. As a kid she was powerless to stop them but as a “Zoomer” she had tools to take them down.

Zoomers or Generation Z or whatever you call the ones after Millennials – they’re a growing force to be reckoned with. Born between 1996 & 2010, they’re now the largest generation of Americans – 72+ million people. They’re also the most diverse: 48% identify as non-white. Almost half! Other stats that make me proud:

88% support Black Lives Matter
77% have already attended a protest
62% said they’re willing to be arrested while demonstrating for equality

Across colors and genders, they’ve got each other’s backs against an Establishment they have been groomed to rail at. They’ve marched for the climate and for #metoo, they’ve staged walk-outs to protest school shootings. It was only a matter of time before they realized the killer was calling from inside the house…..

This new generation is exactly the opponent the white male patriarchy has feared since their reign of terror and exploitation began. These kids are angry about America’s sociopathic past and the lies they’ve been fed about our country. They feel no allegiance to a flag countless racists hide behind. They know they’re being sold a failed state, a trashed planet — and they won’t have it.

Already, we’re seeing change. Monuments are coming down, new laws are on the table for a lot of cities, including Philly. As a lifelong Germantown activist, I feel our work here buoyed by their youthful energy. I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so optimistic about the future.

For all of you throwing around negativity about the Black Lives Matter movement, I say to you we will not be bothered by your lack of faith and imagination. Your sympathy for our oppressors does not deter or even affect us. We will keep moving forward to the goal making the promise of our ancestors a reality!

Peace,  Doc Woodson

An Afterword, my friends: 

The property damage that boiled over from the first heated protests in the wake of George Floyd lasted only a few nights, but the demonstrations have continued — peacefully — for weeks! More are coming, including a huge March on Washington DC this August 28th.

Where’s the media coverage about all this peaceful protesting? Why is it only news when there’s violence? Does our government want us afraid and angry? What’s in it for them if we are?

Let me know what you think in the comments section.

 

About Lorenzo Woodson 20 Articles
Dr. Lorenzo Woodson (Ph.D., MHS, CC, LBS) is a licensed behavior analyst specializing in clients on the autism spectrum. He lives in Germantown with his wife of 24 years, and lectures nationally for social causes. Lorenzo is a member of Men Who Care of Germantown. Connect with Lorenzo on Facebook or email him at drwoodson@nwlocalpaper.com.

3 Comments

  1. I think that even after all if this, we still will have a problem. There are millions of veterans out there that have bravely served their country and have suffered as a result. No one marches for those veterans that have had to fight their own government to get the rights they fully deserve and have earned.many have died while in the process of dealing with the VA claims system before they could be granted benefits. Which then leaves spouses and families behind with nothing and sometimes in even worse financial straits. Are these brave men and women any less deserving of justice?

    • Agree that Veterans deserve better treatment too! It’s a separate issue, entirely, but it underscores the article’s point that we ALL deserve a society that provides basic rights like education, affordable housing, health care, etc. The better to organize as citizens and work towards fair compensation for our contributions. Thank you for your comments.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to read the op-ed. I say to you about your concern particularly, if you been dealing with the issue for a long time with the VA system “What are you going or have been doing about it.” When I write it is not to cover every issue in society even though I attempt too lol. But all jokes aside is if you or anyone has a particular issue with unfair treatment related to governmental systems search ways to pull together with others who have faced the same or related concerns and do something radical to raise the issues. I use the column to raise awareness and provoke activism in everyone. Please let your voice be heard with others who feel the same way you do. If that does not work start a revolution. Again thank you for your support and keep reading there just might be a piece on veterans struggles within the VA system.

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