The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahumad Abrey, Elijah McClain, and countless others, have confirmed what most of us already know: if we, and those standing with us, do not promote, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize in our own defense, then no official entity ever will. Young Black people must endure the contusions caused by rubber bullets or the acid burn of tear gas because the government has abandoned us. Black Lives Matter only because we ill make it so. White people must be willing to use their privilege, resources, and their bodies in defense of Black lives in order for us to make it so.
The convergence of recent tragic events - a pandemic disproportionately killing black people, the failure of the State to protect Black people, and the preying on Black people by the police - is not new in our history. After World War II, city-dwelling African-Americans saw the contradictions in a society that put a man on the moon, while allowing rats to maul Black children in their cribs at night. The federal government underwrote the substandard housing that African-Americans were consigned to because of residential segregation. Everywhere African-Americans looked, the State was not only impervious to their suffering, but an accessory to the crime.
To move us closer to a new paradigm, Urban Triage, Inc. is launching our Co-Conspirator Workgroup which is designed to bring about positive, permanent shifts in how we define and understand the depth and breadth of white supremacist patriarchal capitalism. Shifts that will be the direct cause for a new kind of freedom and power - the freedom to acknowledge our history and the power to do something about it. Impacting the confidence with which you live your life as a social justice co-conspirator, your personal productivity for Black Lives and the difference you make in this world.
Our workgroup is grounded in a model of transformative learning - a way of learning that gives people an awareness of the basic structures in which they know, think, and act. From knowing and awareness comes a fundamental shift that will leave people permanently changed and in alignment with the movement for Black Lives.