Blake Simons, who wrote an article detailing his ideas, is the Deputy Comms Director of “Afrikan Black Coalition.” The name of his piece is “A New Constitution or the Bullet.”
Simons writes, “Our Black Lives Matter protests have stormed the country, yet cops continue to kill us daily, and the judicial system continues to justify our deaths with acquittals, non-indictments, and light sentences-all in the name of upholding the Constitution.”
After months of protesting, Simons explains that he came “to realize that the Constitution is the root of virtually all our problems in America.”
He continues, “The U.S. is a country that was founded on slavery, genocide, rape, and white male patriarchy. The colonizers that we condemn for enslaving Afikans and murdering indigenous peoples are the same people that produced and upheld the document we use to govern our nation to this day. Our bloodshed is rooted in this nation’s founding document, The Constitution.”
For this reason, there “must be a new constitution or the bullet.”
Simons then lays out his demands. “The United States has failed us; it is time we demand a new constitution or tell America that she will get the bullet,” he says. “White supremacy’s bullets are killing Black people every day. If America does not protect us, then it is our human right to defend ourselves by any means necessary. It is our human right to overthrow a government that has been destructive to our people. This is why we must rise up and let all people come together and write new constitution to serve ALL people.”
According to Simons, the example set by the Black Panthers must be followed. “The idea for a new constitution is not a new idea, rather an old one that was developed by the Black Panther Party,” he writes. “In 1970, the Black Panther Party organized a Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention, however, after infiltration by the illegal COINTELPRO the idea never came into fruition. We must pick up where the Black Panthers left off and declare a new constitution or it will be the bullet.”
He concludes his article with the warning, “If America fails to allow all people of this nation to write a new constitution, then it will be the bullet. Revolution is inevitable in a society that does not value the lives of all people.”
Simons helped organize and spoke at different Black Lives Matter rallies.
The Social Memo was the first news site to report this story.