To Omega Men around the world,
An injustice for the Brown Family is an injustice for us all. Michael could have been anyone of our sons, maybe a potential Omega Man, but unfortunately we will never know that now.
The level of frustration is becoming unbearable for many. But, violence and destruction of our communities is never the right response.
It is very disheartening when so many people can predict an injustice and it happens. As Omega men, we must bring to the forefront our Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift. We must share them with the community because every one of our principles by which we live, will be needed as we move forward to support efforts to seek equal justice. We will continue to lift up the Brown family and the citizens of Ferguson in prayer because that will be needed as we encourage nonviolence in the pursuit of equal justice.
As an organization of over 100,000 men that live by the same cardinal principles, we cannot and will not sit idly by and watch; as our families and communities are subjected to the types of archaic treatment once so prevalent during the turbulent times during the 1960's. In life, we must deal with setbacks, but we cannot allow the clock to be turned back. We must partner with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the NAACP and others seeking equal justice for the Brown family.
The grand jury's decision is also evidence that we must turn out in record numbers during every election. The local representation in this particular case appears to have failed the many constituents who are out in the street marching for justice. Michael may be a martyr to a cause, because we cannot allow citizens to remain unrepresented, especially when they are the majority within a town or a city. Just as Omega Psi Phi went there to register voters prior to the most election we will be there going forward until the message is clear.
Omegas have joined arms with the other black Greek organizations in signing a letter to seek federal and state legislation requiring police to wear body cameras. These cameras may have prevented the tragic death of a young man who was looking forward to attending college. At the very least it would have made a crucial difference in the evidence available to be reviewed. The statistics are alarming regarding the number of police involved deaths or shootings of African-American citizens and body cameras will be a step toward prevention these tragic occurrence in the future. Whether out of fear or ignorance another young life has been lost during an altercation with those sworn to serve and protect us. Even though it appears that getting equal justice will be difficult, we must persevere.
It is time for us all to come together as one, the NPHC, the NAACP, 100 Black Men, Urban, League, National Action Network, Rainbow PUSH Coalition and all other organizations seeking equal justice.
It doesn't matter who gets the credit, let's just see it through and make it happen.
Antonio F. Knox Sr.
40th Grand Basileus
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