Thursday, October 13, 2011

Let's talk about domestic violence

  Better yet lets talk about talking about domestic violence. Which is something people rarely do, I guess because it's personal. This was brought to my attention today in my politics class. today we had a guest speaker, Mr. Lumumba Bandele. Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele is a father, husband, author, university lecturer, deejay, concert producer and community organizer from Central Brooklyn. Today, Mr. Bandele had a discussion with the class all about politics and our community. We did a few exercises about our rights and learned a lot that we hadn't already known.
   The thing that stood out to me the most was that he said No one ever talks about domestic violence,. because it's personal. A few years ago a student of Medgar Evers College was shot three times by her own husband right outside of the school. The woman survived, but the matter was still overlooked in the community. Had it been a police officer who shot an innocent woman there would have been riots and marches all through crown heights.
  I wonder, why is domestic violence overlooked. Generally it's not much of a big deal. Of course supporters of most "big deals" are 75% people who "jumped on the band wagon" but still. So many other matters get so much hype behind them. As if people pick and choose the cause they want to fight. People pick and choose the cause that they want to talk about,  and blog about, and protest about. How can you discriminate whats right? We should all be fighting for one thing, justice.

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