Million Man March: The Justice or Else Event
Thousands of people have gathered in Washington D.C. last Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. The theme of the event was #JusticeorElse. It has been talked about by many for months now, and many have reminisced about their experience during the original march or at least where they were during that time.
Kevin Clay, a participant of the march, said, “This might be your last chance to say, ‘Even though I was a number, I was invisible in that million.’”
The original march united black men in one of history’s largest civil rights rallies. Clay was one of the people who answered the call.
“You can’t see me. I was one in a million that changed. I changed my life totally. Here we were amongst a million black men, and its peace and no violence. The emotion moved me and said that it’s doable,” Clay added.
What is #JusticeorElse About?
The key organizer of the original march was Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and he gave an important message to those who were gathered on the National Mall.
“We want to put a sign out there to the world that we will begin to respect ourselves and demand others to respect us,” said Jerald Muhammad, a representative of the Muhammad Mosque.
According to Clay, the community of black Americans should do something in order to model for the leaders of the future to put a stop to violence.
“Nothing has changed, like you said, since Rodney King to Tamir Rice and Mike Brown, but all these people are taking the place of earlier people killed. Who’s taking the place of Malcolm X? Who’s Replacing Martin Luther King Jr.? We need to have replacements, because someone is replacing the badness going on,” says Clay.
Clay says he won’t let this chance pass; he is joining the march in order to raise awareness to the youths on why it is so important to fight.
Lack of Coverage
There were a lot of people who complained about the lack of coverage the event received. In fact, many called media outlets like CNN and MSNBC for not providing coverage. However, although there was little TV coverage, there was actually a lot of news stories about the event circulating online even before the event.
How the News Outlets Reported the Event?
Last Sunday, ABC and CBS followed the lead of the NY Times in omitting the history of the extremist Louis Farrakhan during their coverage of the “Justice or Else” rally that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. These big 3 programs also didn’t mention the former pastor of President Barack Obama, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who spoke at the event.
Although Martin Savidge of CNN Newsroom mentioned something about the presence of Farrakhan, as well as the mother of Trayvon Martin, he also omitted the speech of Rev. Wright.
Rev. Wright apparently compared the Native Americans to the Palestinians; even mentioning that Jesus was a Palestinian.