There is a problem in the United States and it must be fixed now. The denial of racism must be stopped. Black Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Right now, black Americans are hurting because of blatant racism and their voices need to be heard.
The current protest is not just about George Floyd. They are about 400 years of injustice. Slavery and the plantations, Jim Crow, no voice at the voting booth, social and educational segregation, the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and so many others, and now this. The last few years and especially the last 10 weeks has hit the most vulnerable the hardest. How do we make sure change comes from this?
The protest has burdened lawmakers with the need for policy. We have created the condition for our policymakers to do some big and bold things. We are in the midst of moral reckoning and we have to address it with a level of intensity and urgency. The powerless have attracted the attention of the powerful. We have had ENOUGH. This is the basic dialogue of change in a big complicated democracy like this.
Let's take a look at history and learn from it. Lyndon Johnson was able to do what he did because Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks and innumerable others did what they did. Woodrow Wilson signed the 19th amendment 100 years ago because of Alice Paul and Susan B. Anthony. Abraham Lincoln did what he did because of what Frederick Douglas and others had been doing to end slavery. So, this president and this administration have to be part of this unfolding conversation going on today. I fear that they are not capable of that fix.
I'm not sure we get another shot at this as a country. Most of America wants to get this right, but I don't think the breaking point is in this flash that just happened. We knew this was there, we knew these were problems. Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd. We have to acknowledge the many emotions that are running through people right now as human beings. The anxiety people are feeling, especially when night time falls. The anxiety of shopping black. The anxiety of driving black. The anxiety of walking black. That daily life of just existing is hellish anxiety because you’re existing black.
Justice is broad. Reforms and movements have to happen now. History has to shift seismically; it cannot be incremental. We know it's about affordable housing. We know it's about attainable education and healthcare disparities. We know it's about a living wage and a one job sustainability. We know it's about equality. If the fix is not coming together soon, I do not see how this is not replicated. I am calling for policy change now.
It is time to walk out of the shadow of racism and walk into the sunshine of equal rights. This is all like the day before yesterday. We can't congratulate ourselves that somehow, we have moved out of that shadow. When people say "this isn't who we are” it’s quite the opposite. To be honest and rational, looking back on American history, this is who we are. Who a lot of us are. The real question is "who do we want to be?"
We have a broad problem. Look at the policing we've seen. A cultural practice viewed as necessary because we believe being black is inherently criminal. We tolerate poverty because we believe poverty is a punishment, laziness over the last 80 years. We see the erosion of the social safety net because we believe we didn't want to give our hard-earned money by white people to those undeserving lazy black and brown people. Every day, Black Americans are denied opportunities, denied rights, denied citizenship, exploited, and segregated for cheap and disposable labor. Black American deaths are not a flaw in the system, they are the system.
The number one issue I am hearing is police accountability. The majority of police officers are good people who protect and serve the people. Then we have the others. Laws need to change on a national level. We need to talk about the following:
- Addressing qualified immunity for police and holding them accountable.
- Addressing no-knock warrants.
- Addressing termination without rehiring in another jurisdiction.
- Addressing a uniform policy on the proper uses of force. restraints, verbal and physical abuse.
- Better background checks and continued updates in training, culture, attitude and communication skills.
Let's change the perspective from the inside so it reflects on the outside.
The immediate solution to what we are witnessing is through policy. The change has to come from our government. Change those who hold the policymaking power and change happens for all of us. We cannot be the nation of the future if we continue to operate on the policies of the past. A protest is one way of invoking change your vote is the other. Your vote is your voice, use it. We cannot diminish the power of our vote in this country. Right now, a lot of people are hurting because of blatant racism against Black Americans. Your voices need to be heard. I am listening and I am committed to doing the work. I hear you.
Let's focus on how we should live in a United States, Not a divided states.
THE JANICEK FOR SENATE
JUSTICE REFORM PLAN
The Janicek for U.S. Senate Social Justice reform plan is a three part initiative that starts with dedicating a space in the Highland Accelerator Center to conduct communication and cooperative dialogue in drafting legislation to address our lack of social justice. As U.S. Senator, Janicek, will author and introduce legislation for federal funding in metropolitan areas across America, including Omaha and Lincoln, to create a mutually agreed upon plan that Janicek will chair in tandem with minority leaders.
That plan will include on-going diversity awareness and training for all law enforcement and civil service employees regardless of race. That awareness and training will be the by-product of the on-going discussions and fact finding produced through the Accelerator Center site with real impact as it will be co-written by members of the minority community.
The third part of the initiative will be a "War on Poverty" legislation to begin the process of striking down one of the biggest problems in many minority communities. There will be no justice in Social Justice without attacking one of the root causes. The plan will weave what needs to be done through meetings at the Accelerator Center in a comprehensive way.