Today, the same organizations that joined together to put launch the 2015 Black Friday protest on Chicago’s infamous “Mag Mile” held a demonstration to denounce police terror, as well as Black on Black violence. A brief press conference was held with “The Final Call”, then the freedom fighters traveled from 75th & Dorchester to 79th & Cottage Grove to raise awareness on the UN Conference to be held at Chicago State University on January 24th & 25th. The soldiers also took a firm stance against the ongoing plague of poverty induced violence that has led to 209 people being shot, and 34 of those victims dying from their sustained injuries, in just the first few weeks of the year. The current state of African’s in this country is sickening, but I can personally attest to the fact that immediate economic and social intervention is needed in Chicago. It is this truth that compels me to the front-line of this battle against an ancient and dying machine.
I left the south-side of Chicago for the first time when I went to the United States Navy. It was a huge culture shock for me. This was my first encounter with Europeans besides being victimized, profiled, and discriminated against by the police because my ancestors built pyramids, and lived on a resourced enriched land. When I stepped off the bus I was too shocked to focus on anybody’s behaviors besides my own, but when I was stationed aboard a Naval ship, I got to observe these people closer.
Up to this point, I had only read narratives, and brief descriptions about slavery; but my most accurate briefing came from watching tapes of the television show Roots, that aired in 1977. I wound up traveling through a season in my life in which I was heavily and constantly numbed by alcohol. I reached out to the Navy chaplain, and was receiving assistance. After getting into an alcohol related incident on base where I passed out and stopped breathing, I found myself standing in front of a group of white men in tan uniforms. There was one black man, but he didn’t do any talking; he just stared. For 10 minutes, these Naval chiefs attempted to tear pride and dignity from me through a form of verbal degradation only befitting for an animal. What they didn’t know was that my pride is in my heart, and that can never be taken; it can only be relinquished.
It was this event, along with an overwhelmingly majority of my interactions with these people, that pushed me to make an informed decision not to trust them. I determined, through interaction with a few very great people that were European, that I couldn’t hate them, but I surely knew that I had to protect myself and my family from them by any means necessary. This is what compels me to speak and build rapport with the young African youth in my neighborhood. This is what made me go out to protest after being fired days before Christmas for telling a European at my workplace that I wouldn’t allow anyone from management to confiscate my phone, and what ultimately led me to assisting in this process of hosting this United Nations fact finding mission.
The United Nations has assigned a work group (Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent) to visit Chicago and take testimony on the Human Rights violations against people of African descent in the United States. The mission is to take testimony from civil society, and state and city representatives on the condition and plight of African Americans within the U.S. With the current climate of public disdain towards Chicago’s current Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Governor Rauner, and the Chicago Police Department, this investigation into the human rights violations that taken place throughout this nation’s history stands to be a monumental milestone in the African fight for fairness within the United States.
The United Nations Conference will be held at the Chicago State University Library Auditorium. On Sunday, the events will take place between the times of 50 pm and 7 pm; the public is urged to arrive early, as seats are claimed on a first come first serve basis. This is a major accomplishment for people of African Descent around the world, and we highly encourage families to come as units, showing a strong engagement and interest in the futures of all of our youth.
Written By: Eugene ‘Geno’ Stanley
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- Justice or Else (NOI – The Final Call)
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