About Mizzou, White Supremacy and Freedom Fighting

Jeff Roberson/AP

Jeff Roberson/AP

The state of Missouri has been a racial hotbed in the last year and a half, starting in Ferguson with the killing of Michael Brown Jr., in August 2014.

The Black students at the University of Missouri have been protesting the mishandling of incidents on campus, and the football team boycotted taking the field until the President resigned. He finally did on Monday (because they cannot risk losing $1 million a week without football) so people celebrated that victory. However, it was short-lived because yesterday, Black students started getting terrorized on campus. An anonymous comment was posted to the network YikYak from someone claiming that he’ll shoot every Black person he sees on sight.

Mizzou barely flinched at it and took to Twitter to say there are no threats on campus BUT then they today, a boy named Hunter Park was arrested for making threats. If 2+2=4, that one equals 5 because how were there no threats yet someone is now in custody?

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Don’t piss on me and tell me it’s Mountain Dew.

It is legit crazy out here. Black people are being terrorized in their own country, at a university where they are paying to attend, for daring to ask to be treated like whole humans. Death threats. In 2015. Oppression deja vu is what this is and we’re living in racism Groundhog Day. This is unacceptable.

Anywho, I went on Twitter and ranted. Below are my thoughts. If you cannot view it, read via Storify.

“We who believe in freedom cannot rest. We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons is as important as the killing of White men, White mothers’ sons.

And that which touches we most is that I had a chance to work with people, passing on to others that which was passed on to me.

To me, young people come first. They have the courage where we fail. And if I can shed some light as they carry us through the gale. The older I get, the better I know that the secret of my going on is when the reins are in the hand of the young who dare to run against the storm.

Not needing to clutch for power. Not needing the light just to shine on me. I need to be just one in the number as we stand against tyranny.

Struggling myself don’t mean a whole lot. I come to realize that teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way my struggle survive.

I’m a woman who speaks in a voice and I must be heard. At time I can be quite difficult, I’ll bow to no man’s word.”

ELLA’S SONG by BERNICE JOHNSON.

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Proud of the Black students of the University of Missouri for not resting in the face of degradation at a place they PAY to attend. They aren’t resting so we can’t either.

P.S. Save your breath with the “not all white people” comments you want to leave. This is my blog and I will delete stupidity at will.

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  • Soulfli (SoulfliHoneyBea) November 11, 2015, 12:59 pm

    Yes to all of this! I’m STILL trying to understand why it looks like 1965 out here but the music still sucks! I am praying that God continues to cover his boldest soldiers–the youth who refuse to bend or break or back down!

  • Rita Arens November 11, 2015, 1:52 pm

    Hoping the students who have banded together will continue to do so and realize they have achieved something huge in bringing national attention to what’s going on at their campus. This shit has got to stop, and by that I hope you know I mean the racist shit.

  • Lorna November 11, 2015, 2:17 pm

    On Point, Luvvie!!! YES to every word!

    I can’t say without crying how much it hurts to see all this still happening as if MLK never lived, fought, spoke or died for equality. You hit the nail on the head on every point. I keep thinking, these brothahs and sistahs PAY for an education and still have to deal with racist bullcrap AND be told to basically deal with it or leave?! On what planet does that make sense? This has my heart hurting.

    You made me laugh though with promise to delete the “not all white people” crowd because I was waiting to see those comments. Had my verbal gun ready to fire! Lol!

  • Amy Harrison November 11, 2015, 2:22 pm

    I fear for these kids. So afraid someone is going to take them down in a hail of bullets for being courageous and demanding long-overdue justice. If one of them was my child, I’d be so proud and so terrified. It hurts my heart that they have to risk their lives to be treated with the respect all people deserve.

  • Bry D. November 11, 2015, 4:14 pm

    Got a tweet at 5am that said, “There will be morons that will [call you] the N word…Deal…with…it.”
    I went to bed tweeting and using social media to educate myself on last night’s tension at Mizzou (because thats the ONLY media that was covering it) and woke up this morning to A LOTTTTT of unhappy people.
    I decided to talk to them all. I talked to the man that tweeted the above to me for over an hour. The conversation started off with this and more angry messages. He told “us” to get over it. I told him he was RIGHT we should get over it and move on OR get tired of it and CREATE change. We kept talking. Mid way through the conversation he said, “I appreciate your civility in conversing!”
    We kept talking. By the end of the conversation he wished me a great day (with an exclamation point) smile emoticon
    What’s the point? Words mean things! Especially when they’re all you have (social media). It’s important that we remember what’s important to us and don’t break character because others may not or don’t understand. This man wasn’t racist. He just didn’t understand any of what was going on and THAT confusion created anger. I told the man above it was a shame he chose to be angry. He obviously has a lot of passion, a lot to say, and a knack for getting the attention of people he doesn’t know. I challenged him further by saying imagine what you COULD be doing with that voice if you were to become an ally.
    I talked to a few other people this morning and they ALL came to me angry and left me with peace. Some people just simply don’t understand. Instead of fighting them for not understanding, why not educate them and allow them the opportunity to do better with a more informed outlook?

    • Stacy kamau November 11, 2015, 5:36 pm

      I appreciate that you took the time, but personally, I’m tired of taking the time. It’s not my job or your job or Luvvies job to teach these grown people how not to be assholes.

      • Michele November 12, 2015, 10:18 am

        Exactly. God bless those who are still making the efforts, but why is it ALWAYS on us to have to do all the heavy lifting? Sorry, but life is too short. Not my job, indeed.

      • Lollister November 19, 2015, 12:08 pm

        Amen Stacy!!!!! At some point, these idiots have to learn to put on their big boy panties and grow up. I definitely get sick of people expecting us to let their racist actions and words go without corresponding reaction. Yes, sometimes we’re called to be like Gandhi and MLK, Jr., and invoke peace. But sometimes we’re to straight up be like Malcolm X or like Jesus (see Matthew 21)! Everything is not about bowing down and saying “Thank you for destroying my educational opportunities that I’m paying $20,000 per semester for, Massa.”

    • Jane Laplain November 12, 2015, 8:35 pm

      You successfully calmed him down and told him things he wanted to hear. But unless you changed his knee jerk perspective to dismiss the anger of black people rather than listen only to the black people willing to spoon feed him race relations 101, That’s not education. That’s mollification.

      I really hope you did get through to him. But more than likely the only thing he’ll remember is that some black people agree with him that there is no reason to be angry, even tho that wasn’t the point of your conversation at all.

  • Roni November 11, 2015, 7:25 pm

    Warning to anyone (and it’s so obvious, but still)–the wolves are in the Mizzou and Pray for Mizzou tags, and they’re full of foolishness. I wanted to learn more, but the cesspool around the actual helpful tweets…the people who’ve tried to come for me today….like…it’s been a day. Can we also talk about the people who’re screaming about how fake it is, and which narrative dissolves what? It’s all a mess, and I wonder if some of these people are protecting the ones who’re seeking to cause harm. Anyway, I am just thankful for you Luvvie. Your post says it loud and clear, and even provides a timeline in the process. There is nothing fake about what’s going on…and it’s horrible that it’s even happening. What’s worse is the apathy from professors and staff at this school. It’s almost as if they WANT something to happen…

  • SIPort November 11, 2015, 9:03 pm

    Thanks for this, Luvvie. That first picture is everything.

  • Heidi Massey November 11, 2015, 11:28 pm

    Luvvie,

    I so adore you and what you have to say. And I can tell any of you who are tired of educating us white folks–send them my way. Because I will pick up the educating any time. I may not be as eloquent as some of you or even know the answers as well as you most surely do. But we have a lot of learning to do. And it’s a lot to ask People of Color to have to do all of the damn educating.

  • 1tennismate November 11, 2015, 11:50 pm

    You can only educate those who want to be educated. The bigger problem, is asking the oppressed to always be the bigger person: forgive, educate, console… We must all take responsibility for ourselves. This includes oppressors and the privileged. Unfortunately, the comfortable don’t often willingly give-up their comfort. I applaud these students for their pride, confidence and strength because it would have been so easy for them to let it slide. They did what many could not dream. Just a beautiful and historic moment even if it is not being thoroughly covered by the media. We know. We will remember.

  • Dee November 18, 2015, 2:35 pm

    This Black Brit will forever be bewildered that the United States, a country whose economic foundation was built on the rock solid base of unsurpassed Black American graft, grit, courage and creative genius can be so embracing of the fiction that is White supremacy.

    This rancid fiction is all about being the biggest bully around! It would just be plain pathetic were it not so dangerous. Still, I have every confidence that good will win out over evil. Well done those brave Missouri students!!

  • March Warn November 21, 2015, 8:58 pm

    As a white male, I’ve been involved with the equal rights movement since the days of Medgar Evers, the Black Panthers, Julian Bond and Martin Luther King, Jr. I agree that “black lives matter”, but I have to wonder, where is the outrage, where are the street protests, where are the calls for Congressional hearings when blacks, including innocent children, are killed by other blacks in random street violence? Why does no one talk about black on black violence? When a cop shoots a young black man everyone comes out of their homes to protest, but when a young black man kills another young black man or black children no one comes out of their home, no one talks to the police, no one protests.
    If we truly want equality and if we want all lives to be equally valued, then the black communities are going to have to police their own ranks.

  • Dee November 22, 2015, 7:30 am

    March Warn…hmmm.
    I note that you don’t actually have any comment to make about the specific topic in hand. I’m curious. Why has the toxic fiction that is White supremacy taken such a hold in the U.S.? Who has been and continues to be the prime – especially economic – beneficiaries of this? How do you think that it has impacted on the lives of Black Americans, and how many of them may consciously and unconsciously view and value their own selves and the lives of other Black people? How do you think the too-many-to-mention ill-effects of White supremacy might be mitigated? Why do I get the feeling that my earlier comment touched a raw, raw nerve with you…..?

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