Racial tensions are at a fever pitch this week. The outrage is sparked by the most recent wave of unarmed Black males being murdered by police. The trend was started with the killing of husband and father, Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD officers in Staten Island after they threw him in an illegal chokehold. Less talked about is the case of John Crawford, 22-year-old father of three gunned d by Ohio police in a Walmart as he held a toy gun. Most recently, due to this weekend’s shooting death of teenager, Mike Brown, looting has taken place in Ferguson, MO (he was supposed to start college today). All of the cases stir emotions felt from a long history of unjust violence against Blacks in this society.
Social media has been a gumbo of feelings about the situation, but social action is the result. Due to the organization efforts of a few concerned citizens, a “National Moment of Silence” has been scheduled to take place. The word has been spread with the hashtag #NMOS14. The 2014 National Moment of Silence is scheduled to take place at various location around the country on Thursday, August 14th at 7PM EST (4PM PST). The official Facebook page for the “National Moment Of Silence 2014” states: “These are not protests. These are not rallies. These are peacful gatherings of friends in the same location to pay respects to victims. You’re allowed to gather together in small groups, peacefully. I reiterate: peacefully. No bullhorns. No loud music. If you encounter police and are asked what you’re doing, inform them that you and your friends are gathering to remember friends of yours that passed away. If they ask you to move along, you can ask why they are requesting it and when it became against the law for friends to gather together in public. If they insist, do not resist. Move along, together, to a nearby location. Share via social media where you’ve moved. Thank you.”
More details can be found on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NMOS14 or through the hashtag #NMOS14.