By Atiba Madyun
I applaud the DOJ for its findings released this week on Michael Brown’s senseless, tragic killing in Ferguson!
The findings bring to light what we’ve known a long time, Black men and Hispanic men are too often targeted by police.
But there are other systemic issues, like the revenue states and local jurisdictions rely on by issuing fines. Or the length of time for the same type arrests that Blacks are held or detained.
Ferguson shed light on its department, but this has gone on, too long in the US.
What are the next steps to be taken?
President Obama last week in an Immigration Town Hall in Florida said that only 1/3 of registered voters voted in last year’s midterms. And that much of the gridlock in Washington could be avoided if more people voted.
In light of the historic anniversary tomorrow of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, it is important that everyone regardless of political affiliation recognize, acknowledge and do their part in elections simply by casting their VOTE!
Let us remember that many men, women and children died so that we have the right to vote. Rev. Jesse Jackson said shortly after Ferguson, that if 5,000 more people were registered to vote in Ferguson, they could effect the outcome of their mayoral election. Guess who picks the Chief of Police? The Mayor!!!
We speak often of the gridlock in Congress. Well those who marched in Selma did so 5o years ago so that we could all Vote. In Ferguson and other reaches of the country, we can continue to complain or we can exercise the right to Vote and elect representatives who best serve the interests of the many not the few. Selma and Ferguson are now!
We the People can change the gridlock and complexion (pun intended) of the Congress and other elected offices around the nation, if we all VOTE!
Atiba Madyun is the President of The Madyun Group (TMG), a Public Affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. and creator of Cognitive Relevance (CR) and Party Politics (PP). Follow @atibamadyun or like on Facebook Atiba Madyun