A lost generation? The Generation of Punks?

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Racial profiling

Racial profiling

We are a generation of losers? There is a friend on facebook that wrote a status message that stuck out to me this week. To paraphrase, she asked the question if organizing a protest against the acquittal of a police officer that recklessly shot an unarmed black male (Robert Tolan) at his family’s home, is just as important as the party invites that are sent out on Facebook.

Tolan - victim

The Tolan family-Tolan was hospitalized in the intensive-care unit at Ben Taub General Hospital after the shooting.

Many of us Facebook users get angry at the constant invites to parties and events that we will probably never attend at the cost of staying connected to a friend that has a side gig as a party promoter. These invites come daily. At 12 o’clock in the morning you may receive a message reminding you that “the VIP room at Club Heat or The Office is half off and will be all night.”

 

Officer

Bellaire police-Bellaire police Sgt. Jeff Cotton joined the Bellaire Police Department in September 1998, he shot Tolan and is now accused of racial profiling.

 

These are messages that annoy us, but we still can not find it in our hearts to delete the person that is sending the messages or unsubscribe from the group, mainly because we want to stay a part of the ‘in crowd’ and be informed—and at some point we may act on the invite and attend one of these parties.

Michael Paulsen / Chronicle- Blood marks and fast-food trash lead to the family home's entrance, where Tolan was shot in the chest. Tolan and his cousin were returning from a fast-food run before the chaos.

Michael Paulsen / Chronicle- Blood marks and fast-food trash lead to the family home’s entrance, where Tolan was shot in the chest. Tolan and his cousin were returning from a fast-food run before the chaos.

Facebook has quickly become a hot bed for marketing and promotions. Are we missing the fact that we can use this platform as a tool to organize and change our communities?

Nick De La Torre/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press A day after the acquittal of a police officer in the shooting of a young black man, Robert Tolan, outside his home, a protest was held Wednesday in front of the police building in Bellaire, Tex.

Nick De La Torre/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press
A day after the acquittal of a police officer in the shooting of a young black man, Robert Tolan, outside his home, a protest was held Wednesday in front of the police building in Bellaire, Tex.

Just think, if there were more of us that care about our community we could organize hundreds, maybe even thousands to take part in direct action campaigns–protests or petitions–to secure funding for our community schools. All of this action could come directly from utilizing the most powerful connection many of us have, Facebook.

Then, I was attending a church service and an older group of people began discussing how the younger generation ‘dress like they are going to the club’ in the later services, which is why they avoid them and attend the earlier service. Yes, these elder people were losers for disconnecting themselves from young people because of their dress, but they do have a point. We are losers because we are so disconnected from the issues and the world around us.

During the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama, the young people organized themselves by utilizing a low powered FM radio station. We have Blackberry messenger, Yahoo messenger, Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, but we can’t even organize an effective campaign against new Texas textbook changes.

Oh, I almost forgot, we do have one win. We organized a successful online campaign to get ‘The Game’ back on TV.

What a huge win for the African American community.

I pray for an activism spirit to fall on our generation and for us to no longer sit aside. These issues are not about black or white, but right and wrong. If you don’t believe in something, you’ll fall for anything. It’s time-out for being a loser.

Let’s get it!

Tolan’s, officer’s testimonies about shooting differ (Houston Chronicle): http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6993089.html

In Houston, 2 Cases Raise Tough Racial Questions (New York Times):  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/us/15houston.html

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