Carl Sandburg wrote about mobs in Always The Mob – here is an excerpt:
The mob? A typhoon tearing loose an island from thousand-year moorings and bastions, shooting a volcanic ash with a fire tongue that licks up cities and peoples. Layers of worms eating rocks and forming loam and valley floors for potatoes, wheat, watermelons.
The mob? A jag of lightning, a geyser, a gravel mass loosening…
The mob … kills or builds … the mob is Attila or Ghengis Khan, the mob is Napoleon, Lincoln.
I am born in the mob—I die in the mob—the same goes for you—I don’t care who you are.
I cross the sheets of fire in No Man’s land for you, my brother—I slip a steel tooth into your throat, you my brother—I die for you and I kill you—It is a twisted and gnarled thing, a crimson wool:
One more arch of stars,
In the night of our mist,
In the night of our tears.
In light of recent events – [if your head has been in the sand, I’m talking about the killing of young men – Michael Brown and Eric Garner] – I need a support group. I already named it M.O.B.S.
I cannot make sense of what is happening in the world, of what happened to the Michael Brown defense, nor will I even try to imagine what happened to the Eric Garner defense, but it appears as if it doesn’t really matter what the defense was because as a friend informed me, this was a prosecutorial fail. What can I do? I asked her because my friend is the leading anti-death penalty attorney in the country, she is working tirelessly in Guantanamo to end the sham of fair trials, and so she knows a little something about these things.
She said you vote, that’s what you do, you vote for the District Attorney, because in each of these cases, it was in the hands of the D.A. and in each case, the D.A. failed to bring justice.
What could we do here in New Orleans to make sure this doesn’t happen here, again? She told me we need a Citizens Review Committee like most major cities have in place to review police actions. As corrupt as our police department has been, this seems like one step in the right direction. She also said that we need a Racial Justice Act like the one that was passed in North Carolina, that sadly was recently voted out after the state became a three-part red state.
I told her about the NOLA for Life symposium on crime the mayor’s office is holding this Monday and Tuesday. I told her I am working with a group on race reconciliation and we met to discuss recent events. I said I am writing a book to help white parents of white children parent through an anti-racist lens.
My friend stared at me with that penetrating gaze she has and said, “It must be tough being the mother of a Black son.”
A fog had descended on the bayou, everything around us seemed held in a suspended dreamlike state, I heard a door open and close, a car drive by, a dog bark, and I looked at her through tears and said, “It is fucking frightening.”
As for my support group – please join me – here are the tenets:
MOBS will not let injustice stand
MOBS will work for social justice
MOBS will use our talents and gifts to lift us ALL up
MOBS WILL NOT GIVE UP until Black boys are held in all their light and glory.
Most importantly, MOBS don’t bow down.