Shaun King has launched a website last night titled Injustice Boycott. The nationwide Boycott is planned to BEGIN on December 5, 2016. As of this posting, 29, 723 people have signed on since the site went live last night. The website explains what the purpose of the Boycott is, when it will begin and about the last one: In 1955, Dr. Martn Luther King led a boycott that lasted 381 days to end bussing discrimination. It worked.
I believe so strongly in what he is trying to do, I’ve decided to reactivate my Facebook Account for 24 hours starting tonight so I can pass along news of the boycott.
My original article is below.
In an article published by Shaun King earlier this afternoon, the journalist called for a nationwide economic boycott in response to the deaths of unarmed black men nationwide and racial injustice. He doesn’t offer specific steps on how it should look or how long but he does explain in detail why it should happen. See his article for specifics on that.
He also makes a very important point that anyone living in or near a major U.S. City should think about: All it will take is one incident for Dallas, St. Louis, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Tulsa, Baltimore, Ferguson and so on to happen in your neck of the woods. Just one. It’s literally been decades since the country been so polarized: The number of people outraged by the deaths worldwide are growing by the day while the racists and biggots dig their heels in deeper. The term is “Perfect Storm”.
Whoever the next president is…good luck. They’ll have their hands full trying (likely in vain) to keep the country from tearing itself apart. The time for sweet words is over. That was tried and met with inaction. Now is the time to turn words into action.
Of course, an Economic Boycott is an effective means of forcing change. We have the proven history to back it up. Now, Shaun King is asking for specific ideas on how exactly a Nationwide Economic Boycott should be organized and carried out. One advantage we have now that didn’t exist in the 50s and 60s is Social Media. Getting the word out will be extremely easy. Keeping that in mind, here is how I think it should be organized:
- Identify a group of people who would take point in planning and organizing in each community.
- Identify specific companies and entities to boycott in each community.
- Get athletes (NFL, NBA, etc.), actors, musicians/rappers, comedians, etc. to help raise awareness.
- Encourage Boycott participants to shop locally and encourage them to specifically shop and dine at minority-owned businesses as much as possible during the boycott.
- Boycott participants should be challenged to proudly carry an index card or something similar that explains in short that they are participating in a nationwide boycott and why.
- Encourage Boycott participants to stay out of trouble with law enforcement and local municipalities: Fines or Bail Money = Money for the system.
- Encourage Boycott participants to conduct themselves orderly and politely at all times.
- Boycott participants who engage in protests should retire from the streets before sundown.
- Boycott participants should document any trouble they may encounter with a picture, audio or video.
- Funding should be set aside to cover bail costs for any peaceful protesters who are arrested.
…To explain 7 and 8, they both have the media in mind. They’re only interested in covering chaos. This was made clear during last night’s violence in Charlotte. In this way, protesters gain the trust and support of local leaders and law enforcement in one shot. It also makes it much easier for law enforcement to identify folks who join up with peaceful protesters just to cause trouble. When the authorities know the protesters will be leaving the streets before dark, they don’t have to waste time trying to differentiate peaceful protesters from bad elements.
This also eliminates the need for an official curfew: With everyone knowing when protesters will be leaving their routes, it will make it easier for the streets to be secured by the authorities when they leave. Mind you, this does not include pre-planned times for night time vigils or indoor gathers. It only applies to protests and marches.
I say this well aware the reason protests have been happening after dark is so those who work during the day can participate. That will need to change to force broadcast media to forcus on the reason for the protests and not just looking for ratings boosts.
Anywho, I think this list is a good starting point. If you’re reading this Shaun King, feel free to make use of it.