The Political Agitator response: Absolutely! Nobody can tell people’s story like they can tell their own, but, there ARE some dedicated journalists who will.
Yara Allen said: …and there you have it, folks. People have been saying it all along, “Don’t believe the hype.” Nobody can tell people’s story like they can tell their own, but, there ARE some dedicated journalists who will. Go there, whoever you are, with your compassion, your cameras, and your determination to tell the real stories; go there and see to it that this does not get swept under the proverbial rug. Help them tell their stories. PLEASE. God bless the foot soldiers who risk life and limb to see justice done.
WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! We’re home safely, y’all…thanks for the love and concern. There is soooo much that I could tell you but just know these two things:
1. Don’t believe everything you see on the media outlets. Being there in the community where Mike Brown was killed and spending time with the people (AFTER THE CAMERAS LEFT) really opened our eyes to things that mainstream media isn’t catching on film…so we don’t see what’s REALLY going on. The people are genuinely hurting, scared, angry, fed up and fired up and they aren’t going away quietly. Still…there are things happening to them that the cameras don’t catch.
2. Rev. Barber is…AMAZING! We went in with about 180 people or more, including the national NAACP President, Cornell Brooks, and the local NAACP. There were people from other states as well. News cameras were everywhere!!! Many residents (not all) got very angry and hurled insults at us claiming that we were there for our 15 minutes of fame! It got pretty bad. Long story short, when the marchers and the media left..who stayed? Right…Rev. Barber and four more of us from NC NAACP. What we saw was nothing short of a miracle. The insults were still coming from about 10 really angry people. About 25 minutes went by and Rev. Barber began walking around the memorial…slowly…praying in silence. After about the fourth time around, the residents began to get silent and join in and we completed 7 times around. It calmed the people and opened the way for discussion, which started with “energy”. They were soon comfortable with the fact that we weren’t there for the cameras. Rev. Barber listened to them and talked with them. The loudest “heckler” ended up embracing and thanking him for being there! I heard him tell Rev. Barber as they embraced, “Old school, I’m sorry man if I turned you off with my language…but I’m angry” We shared hugs, stories and promises to meet again. Sisters hugged me and I apologized on behalf of all of those who have exploited their pain…even if those who have done that never apologize, I felt that the residents were owed that much. One older lady called me down on the steps where she was sitting. She embraced me and laid my head on her shoulders and we….just…cried. I looked over to see the crowd around Rev. Barber, still listening, and thanking him again. Then, out of concern for us, they asked us to leave before 5:00….not out of fear that residents would harm us, we had bonded with them at that point. I won’t go into details about it, not just yet…but this is why I say, don’t believe everything you see on t.v..
May (God) bless the people of Missouri.
May (God) continue to bless Rev. Barber and the NC NAACP team as well as others who are not exploiting the pain of the people for their own self interests