Why John Lewis's "Good Trouble" is Still Relevant Today by Kimberly E. Stone

"The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy."

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In honor of the late John Lewis, a civil rights leader, he is quoted as saying: "To those who have said, 'Be patient and wait,' we have long said that we cannot be patient. We do not want our freedom gradually, but we want to be free now! We are tired. We are tired of being beaten by policemen. We are tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again."Director Dawn Porter's newest documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble, is a tribute to the civil rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis.

Echoing forward into the 1960s, well after slavery was abolished in America and much of Frederick Douglass' dreams of the freedom of Black folks were accomplished, enter people such as Martin Luther King, Jr.King, who also wrote a book, was born in January of 1929 when segregation laws in America were still in place and died at the age of 39 years old. King wrote his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, which helped create the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legislation in America — protests reigned all over America and the world for the freedom of African Americans.

The world is no longer an ignorant enough place to accept bias and discrimination about race and culture or any other forms of xenophobic rationalizations. Conscious and progressive, the average person is more than aware of their forward-thinking place in society and their role in moving into the future with an understanding and sense of true community. The global landscape of business and interaction has molded pop-culture in support of people of all races, ethnicities, and national origins.Though we addressed these issues in the past, their historical ramifications are still very apparent. It seems, the more we bury issues of race and disparity, the more they rear their head in present-day issues as unresolved causing upheaval and disgust. The struggle toward progress persists, leaving people of color in the minority and in need adequate representation and equal protection.

So, have you been asked this question: what do you think of the Black Lives Matter movement?

Everyone seems to be asking this question, too many people, even those who are not Black. Many people have different opinions. Some people think the issue is about a lot of belly-aching and undue protests. But, it is true, the majority of crimes that are committed in the United States are still done by white people — 60% of all crimes in the United States are committed by white people. Men, in general, make up 81% of all violent crimes and up to 63% of property crimes.All African Americans in the U.S. make up about 13% of the population, however, African Americans, especially men, make up about 39% of the arrests for violent crime in America.Although the statistics for the amount of crime committed by white people, particularly men, in America are true according to research done by the University of Minnesota, there is a disproportionate number of Black men represented in overall crime rates.Additionally, unlike their white counterparts, African Americans have the legacy of slavery in America. Slavery began in 1501 where the first African slaves were sold off the coasts of West Africa from such countries as Ghana, Togo, and Benin. Africans were forced into positions of free labor through a system known as the "slave triangle" by Francis Drake and his colleagues according to historical records about slavery in America. Instead of having the past as a means of education and reflection, it seems we are being forced to revisit the struggles of our ancestors with modern-day trials reminiscent of the past. It's unfortunate we face these problems once again as a society and have to take a head-on approach to change. How many times must we be handed the same problem and be forced to push toward a solution? Same problem, same solution.

Hopefully, this time we will learn.



Kimberly Stone

Kimberly took to entrepreneurship at a young age after being encouraged by her family to start something of her own. She has always had a dream of starting a fashion venture and developed POSHGLAM in college. Most of her time is spent exploring new opportunities for the POSHGLAM brand and having fun with her friends. In addition to her work with POSHGLAM, as a Black female entrepreneur, launched Little Black Dress Protest as a way for women to honor George Floyd, and show their solidarity with Black Lives Matter, while protesting safely amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. The protest encourages women to wear a Little Black Dress, sharing images of themselves to promote equality, peace, and justice for black people everywhere, from wherever they may be.