first of all, thank you for caring about what is going on in our communities and adding your voice to the discussion and solution. however, i must disagree. you stated that "People of color have to show the world/white america there is nothing to fear about the black man." and i ask, why do we have to prove to white people that we are human and not animals. this attitude has actually been part of the problem in the black community, in that we have been waiting patiently for white people to "come around" and somehow how grant us what is inherently mine from birth. what white person is trying to show us that WE (the black community) doesn't have to fear them? is the Ferguson/St. Louis police department trying to show the black residents of those cities that they don't have to fear them? NO!. they put on armament and pull out there military arsenal and say if you don't act right (they way they wish us to act) we will kill you; all of you. your women, your children, and your black men. we will beat your black women on the side of the freeway. we put nine bullets, within 20 seconds of arrival on then scene, your mentally ill black men who steal (not literally, because what sane person steals and waits for the police) two sodas. yet, a mentally ill white man who shots up a movie theater and kills and injures over 20+ people, they negotiate a surrender and talk about how he's so troubled and no one tried to help him. but a black man like Michael Brown, who hasn't killed anyone is gunned down because he was automatically suspected of being a violent criminal, although he had NEVER killed anyone. black people have to claim and assert their rights and not care what white people think. that's not an attack against white people, it is simply claiming what is mine from birth. the same way white people NEVER have to even think about asserting that right because they believe and live as thought that right is inherently theirs. i could go on, but mayber there are others who want to lend their voice to the discussion. but i am not waiting on the curb all nervous until white people decide to give me my "unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." let them prove to us that they are not domestic terrorists, killing and incarcerating our black men and WOMEN. let them prove to us that they are creating a society and environment that marginalizes black people and other people of color. we should be the ones running to the other side of the street when we see them coming, especially the police, because we might be murdered, even if we do the right thing and have commited no crime, as i was almost murdered on my own porch last July. this after being searched by the police, had no weapon, and had commited no crime. i don't have to show white people anything except mutual respect, if it is given to me as well. i am not trying to start a war, and anyone assuming that is not listening or understaning my message. because a black man asserts his human rights in America, it is not the diminishment of white people and their right. however, when white america assert their rights, it is to the dminishment of the human rights of black people and people of color. think about it.