Grant Me a Meeting, Please

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Grant Me a Meeting, Please
by O’Xman

“The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky,—
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther away on either hand;
The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay to the author (1950), from her Renascence

The words of Wanda Johnson are below in italics. I want someone to help set up a rendezvous for me with her, or with Cephus Johnson. I have asked a lot of people to do that, including Aidge Paterson, Kim McGill, Skipp Townsend, Alex Alonso et al. Why do I get virtually no response? Her words resonate with me deeply. More importantly, what’s happened fills me with resolve. And I have a paradigm for making a difference, enabling us to help ourselves, as God would have us do. [Pause.] I have a new paradigm for creating change that I want to put on the table for the consideration of one and all. But I don’t want to sound bite it at this juncture. I respectfully ask for an in person meeting so that I can leisurely delineate what I have in mind, what I’ve been working on 24×8 for well over a year. So that I can be part of an historic Q&A which will culminate in creating a watershed in history.

All I see at present are obsolete models for action being employed, being proposed. I have something fresh. Something that will be effective on many counts immediately. It is patient with those things which cannot be accomplished at present, as per Wanda’s words, BUT… it seeks to put to bed matters which could have, and should have been dealt with yesterday. So help me God.

That the system has let us down but God will never ever let us down. Though the system has failed us, though we fight continually, but you know what, one thing I know, that the race is not given to the swift nor to the strong but to the one who endures till the end. And as a family and as a nation of African-American people, we will continue to fight for our equal rights in this society. The Scripture tells us that the rich bribed the judges and certainly we have seen the judges be bribed. Certainly we have seen how this judicial system has worked on such a case as this. We couldn’t even get six hours of deliberation. And we have a new juror who came in who had not probably even reviewed the evidence with the other jurors. But the jury had already had their minds tainted. And so I believe I still remember what Dr. King said that he had a dream. I believe that one day as a nation of people, that you guys will not look at us according to the color or content of our skin, but that we will be treated right as a people. And my son was murdered.

He was murdered.

He was murdered.

He was murdered.

My son was murdered.

And the law has not held the officer accountable the way that he should have been held accountable. And I look at this, and I just say like my brother said to any other family who goes through this, do not give up. Do not give up. Even though the system will fail us and let us down, God will never fail us nor will he let us down. And I will trust in him until I die.

Blessings in solidarity,
Richard Martin Oxman
831-688-8038 at any hour in the Vienna Woods of Aptos, California
Noted added after catching JR on Block Report 7/10/10: I don’t actually have to meet with a member of the Johnson family first. A rendezvous with JR and/or Angela Carroll and/or anyone in that quarter would do just fine. Just make it quick, and we can get rolling. Lots of love from my heart to all of you. Best, Little Ox