A little update (kind of): I didn't give this sister all she deserved when I posted this video. That had more to do with me, than with her so, I thought I'd correct it.
From the 7:15 - 9:56 clicks: I appreciated her explicitly owning her "asleep at the wheel," non-critical thinking regarding our
As with those who tend to measure a person's value based on appearances alone, she'd stereotyped him as her "dream plaintiff...!" by the 11:36 click. But just like those, who blithely and repeatedly see fit to admonish "Pookie" - because he, makes them and their important work look bad (in total disregard for the validity of anything Pookie has to say) - she shifted to, "Wait! Did you say, did you just, did you just say you're a felon? A drug felon" starting at 11:50. Her recitation of all the usual, learned-from-supremacy, lawerly dog whistles, made it crystal clear that there was no "Just As I Am" (one of my grandmother's favorite hymns, and the title of one of my favorite books) going on in her heretofore, pseudo-privileged understanding of how justice is supposed to work. And by the 12:15 click, she admitted she'd done, what many, if not most, of the privileged (pseudo- and not) among us do - "stopped listening," followed by excuses as justification.
Even after in frustration, the young brother let loose from the 12:44 - 13:30, she'd pretty much written him off, continuing to do her "important work." Until that is, two unrelated-but-related things occurred: 1) Beginning at the 14:00 click, the brother brought his grown-up self back - with a peace offering and an apology - for his behavior (Imagine that!). He owned his frustration-led attack on her, while at the same time, acknowledging what she had been doing, trying to make "Just Us" mean "Justice," and 2) the story - at the 14:40 click.
And at the 15:06 click, a "Vulcan Mind Meld" happened. My sister reached - and spoke - some truths with the kind of 'nads people like the Changeling, Cosby, etc. can only dream about. Not only did she own her shit, she acknowledged how the "Pookie Conspiracy" (of which she had been an active part) continues to not only disenfranchise millions, but - as Leon Kuhn's photo above suggests - continues to provide a limitless amount of capital enrichment for the White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy.
And the rest of what she says, is some "real" history (though for the last couple of months or so, I've been questioning how much WE, as a people, have "abandoned" and "veered off" from MLK's dream as she says at the 43:14 click - but that's a whole 'nother, once-I-work-it-out-in-my-head post).
I am so damned proud of my sister's "awakening!" But let's be clear - unless many more like her, dare to own their inner "Pookie Conspiracy" - AND - acknowledge the reality of what's happening "on the ground," there will be no recognizable, substantive change in "Just Us."