At 12:53 Sunday afternoon, I received an e-mail from the Organization for Black Struggle:
OBS has put out a call to action for white allies! For the white folks in the Don’t Shoot Coalition–they are asking us, as white allies, to act on this call September 28, TODAY. Police have been on a major PR campaign the last few days; we need to seize the narrative with an Allies Solidarity March tonight at Ferguson Police Headquarters, 222 S. Florissant Road.
Earlier in the week, a white terrorist burned the memorial to Mike Brown at Canfield Apartments and left a NIGG sign. Protests kicked off again that night, showing the continuing spontaneous–hopefully getting organized–rage of Black youth and their supporters among older people. A higher level of protest continued throughout the week. Most of the nightly protests moved from West Florissant to the main drag, North Florissant Avenue, through downtown Ferguson where the brand new police headquarters is located.
Meanwhile, white cops in the St. Louis area have taken to wearing wristbands reading “I Am Darren Wilson,” openly declaring their willingness to shoot unarmed Black youth! And a more genteel approach was adopted by the white power structure in Ferguson, a campaign to proclaim via button, bumper sticker, yard sign, window placard and tee-shirt “I ♥ Ferguson.” (I wrote a letter about this to the Ferguson newspaper, which refused to print it.)
Finally, on Thursday, the Ferguson Police Chief issued a canned video “apology” to the Brown family and the community – too late, too canned, too much on tape, not in person. Protests rose. There were some arrests. Then on Saturday evening, amidst smaller protests, a Ferguson police officer was shot, reportedly by burglary suspects. An APB went out in the community for black men with dreds to stay inside because the police will be gunning for this suspect.
So when I got the OBS call to flip the script, I forwarded it to about 90 white people in my e-mail contacts list. It was impressive to have at least 5-10 people come up to me during the action to thank me for sending that e-mail, saying otherwise, they might not have known about it.Download this piece as a PDF