State of Emergency in Charlotte September 23, 2016.
There is a famous poem by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
This poem, about racism used to deny entry into the fullness of the American dream to people of color, was a warning about the consequences. Charlotte exploded. A city that has become a banking center, with Bank of America among others moving there, has experienced extreme divergence between the poor black community and the influx of white collar professionals.
The disparity of wealth between people of color, and white Americans, aggravated by the extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of the 1%, has provided an additional factor to the social injustice of racial profiling.
Charlotte today, but violent reaction to social and economic injustice will occur until there are concrete moves to end ineqity and mechanisms are developed to redistribute wealth.
The Black Lives Matter program is an interesting proposal pointing to a pathway to a more socially just world. But like all proposals, it is only as valid as the work that goes into making it happen. It is up to us as a people to unite and bring about a more just and eqitable world.