In light of the nearly weekly killings at the hands of the police law speaks to the intensifying civil strife over the recent killings of unarmed black men and boys, many Americans are wondering, “What’s wrong with our police?” First, maybe we should take the police off of this pedestal that they are honorable and somehow decent. We know that they often lie!
They create a narrative to fit the truth as they want it to be; in the cases of police killings, their objective is to be exonerated of the crime. If you have ever had an encounter, even a traffic ticket, you know this is true!
Let’s look at the latest two killings; one situation show’s how it should be done, and the other shows the usual police tactic. In fact, what we see in North Carolina seems as if they are using Bull Connors playbook! For example, the first statement from the police seems to be unequivocal that the man they shot did have a gun. However, there was none shown in the video; days later, the tone has changed to something less affirmative. We also know the police play loose with facts and that there are instances where they have planted weapons after the fact. What technology has done is remove the veil of secrecy!
Let’s go back in time and understand the police were formed to be slave catchers. Therefore, they have never been honest when it comes to black people. In this case, the family and the police stories are vastly different views of what they saw on the video. This means it is now up to the police, in secret, to police themselves, and we know what the outcome is going to be; if history serves as proof. So this is what will happen, they will pay the family a sum of money to forget this happened.
In the Oklahoma case, there are those who are shocked that a white woman would shoot and kill someone in this senseless manner. Let us recall that white women were the most dangerous of all in the race. History has shown that they killed babies that her husband fathered with slave women, fed babies to alligators, seen cheering at lynching holding their children, and scream rape when they are in a compromising position.
Going back to the video’s, they have created a narrative that asked “do you believe us or your lying eyes” going back to Rodney King. The police nearly beat this man to death, and they said we did not see what we saw. When you watch the talking heads on television, they say the videos are not enough evidence to show that was wrong downing. Let me add, the color of the cop does not matter because “all they see is blue”.
We do know that the police, fact, that police forces have been infiltrated and run by white supremacy; so why then is it unreasonable to think there policies are not rooted in this true today! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
I have often wondered what a revolution would look like if one would happen. Over the last fifty years, I have seen and heard about this mythical thing some call a revolution. One guy even theorized that it would not be televised! I have seen the Watt’s Riots and many other civil actions across America over the years. All of them have been forted by the always available “coon force” and black sellouts. Then there are the clever actions of government agencies, i.e., COINTELPRO!
We know they have been preparing concentration camp and the police heavily militarized. They even have cheap caskets to put you in already! They, white people, are well armed and dangerous! I would argue that black people are living under the rule of an occupying force, which is a precursor to war. When you view the lives lost – we are at war, they know it, and the goal is genocide! The old trick using pastor’s to mitigate and fool the people into submission – no longer works!
It fact there are some political leaders who refer to black people as the enemy and worse. These are trying times, and the other side is preparing to destroy you and take your life. If you are one of those people, who believes or can’t see what is happening in America to black people because we are very near the point of revolution! What will that look like? I don’t know, but I can say it won’t be pretty! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
All this week the news media has covered the New York terror attack. This guy blew up a bomb and placed several bombs around the city and in another state. Further. He got into a gun battle with the police, wounding four policemen. Now, here’s the thing he lived. During the same period of time, there have been two unarmed black men were shot by the police and one man had his hand high in the air. I find it interesting that lethal force was used in a matter of minutes.
The police do as they do and use the same script claiming they were afraid for their lives. Then they find a few black people to ask for nonviolence and rely on their faith, and wait for all the facts. How can that be when the initial statement in often untrue? But of course, the next step is to blame the victim and the community. Let me add that usually; they somehow find drugs or some contraband. We know they will place weapons and contraband on people!
Hillary Clinton has come out with a strong statement saying “she will talk to white people and that these killing are intolerable.” It is good on her part; however, white people know the situation because they find away, after paid desk duty, the police get off of their crime. I for one say “stop talking about how much we are all Americans.” Black people are only Americans when they want black people to fight a war or to be used for the purpose of profit.
However, white folk always remind black people they have work to do; allow they time to give the police more training and be peaceful. I will say THESE KILLINGS ARE A DAMN SHAME!
White folk know this is not right, and they also know police lie. Maybe it’s time for black people to boycott; as it seems that is all they understand. I think it’s time that we realize and accept that black people are not Americans and the same creed America stood for still exists. In fact, the Constitution reminds us that the black people are not fully human. For those who don’t understand what Colin Kaepernick and others are protesting – this it! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
There was a fateful day in September 1958 that nearly caused us to lose a King. Dr. King was an emerging activist who was hosting a book signing for his book, “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story” at Blumstein Department Store in Harlem, New York. On that day Dr. Martin Luther King was almost taken from us. Imagine what our lives and the world would be like today – if he had not survived the attack. Not many people know the name Izola Curry or that Dr. King barely escaped death that day.
While signing books, Dr. King was approached by a 42-year-old black woman, Izola Ware Curry, who asked if he was really Martin Luther King Jr. After responding yes, witnesses say Curry promptly took a letter opener out of her purse, closed her eyes and plunged it into Dr. King’s chest.
With the help of local police officers, first responders and the Harlem Hospital surgical team, Dr. King fortunately survived the stabbing, but doctors said because the opener grazed the surface of his aorta, if she had stabbed harder or if someone removed the object improperly, he probably would have drowned in his own blood.
“If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have had a chance later that year, in August, to try to tell America about a dream that I had had. If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been down in Selma, Alabama to see the great movement there,” Dr. King famously said ten years after the incident in his last speech, ”I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”
While local media reported Dr. King’s attempted assassination in the following weeks, the story did not become national news because he was not a prominent public figure at the time.
But mystery remains surrounding attacker Izola Curry. Who was she? What happened to her? And why did this woman attempt to kill one of the greatest civil rights leaders?
Two filmmakers claim that their upcoming documentary, When Harlem Saved A King, will answer all of these questions and also shed light into Curry’s life, who has remained, as of now, virtually unknown to the public.
“Everybody is fascinated with this story about Dr. Martin Luther King. Everything you hear about him is from history books, but this puts a different spin on Dr. Martin Luther King’s rise to fame and it’s absolutely true,” says executive producer Wayne Davis in an interview with theGrio.
While the mystery behind Curry is alluring to historians and the public alike, both the director, Al Cohen, and Davis, say their film will also pay homage to the “unsung heroes” from the Harlem community who helped save Dr. King’s life.
“Harlem was never given a badge of honor as it relates assisting in the Civil Rights Movement. This particular project that we’re doing helps bring that shade to the Harlem community. We can stand up tall and realize that we had a very major impact in the Civil Rights Movement,” said director Al Cohen in the interview.
The two Harlem natives have spent the past several years researching and tracking down firsthand sources and information to figure out what happened to Curry and community members who played a role in saving Dr. King.
“The objective of When Harlem Saved a King is to unravel mysteries, expose secrets and misconceptions; and answer unanswered questions. The pieces of this untold story will be woven into a compelling 60 minutes through the creative integration of eye-opening interviews [with firsthand witnesses],” according to the documentary’s website.
After the stabbing incident, Curry was taken into custody and was found to be incompetent to stand trial for assault charges. She was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was committed to the Matteawan State Hospital for the criminally insane according to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.
Although the media portrayed Curry as a deranged woman with no real motive to kill Dr. King, both Cohen and Davis say that they have compelling evidence that Curry may have been part of a larger conspiracy to thwart the impending Civil Rights Movement.
“I think people will find an ironic twist about [the story]. Many said she was deranged woman, but it could possibly something bigger than that, a bigger conspiracy,” says Cohen. “It’s not just a crazy woman who got in an argument against [Dr. King] and just wanted to defend herself. It was more calculated than that.”
“For a deranged woman who acted solo, why was a lot of money in the south raised for her defense?” adds Davis. “That’s all I want to say. You will find out in the documentary what happened to her.”
Additionally, there are no records indicating Curry died at the mental institution and if she is still alive, she would be 96 years old today. Cohen and Davis say that the documentary will be groundbreaking because it will reveal what happened to Curry and if they were able to locate her.
“Nobody was ever able to get to [Izola Curry]. We have no information or any interviews or any leads about this woman, [except] the things we have found,” explains Cohen. “There is nobody out there that anybody has spoken to her outside of what we have found.”
The two filmmakers promoted their documentary throughout Black History Month to shed light onto a part of African-American history that has almost been forgotten. Just last week, the two hosted a screening of the trailer at Harlem Hospital.
“If Dr. King had died, would we be here talking with you today? We don’t know!” says Davis. “Maybe [the Civil Rights Movement] wouldn’t have progressed as soon as it did. Maybe it wouldn’t have progressed at all.”
The two filmmakers say that they are currently finishing the film’s production and they hope to premiere the documentary at the end of July.
I think this is a worthwhile project and one we should support. Therefore, I am reposting the article originally posted on theGrio to lend my support of this historical documentary. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…
Webpage: When Harlem Saved A King
In order to understand the condition or conditioning of colored people, as they are often called, is to go back to 1857 and talk about Dred Scott. It is a sad fact that slavery was the law of the land, and the Supreme Court made its continuance concrete. Dred Scott was a slave whose owner took him outside the south and through states that did not allow slavery to allow his freedom.
These states had rules that any enslaved person brought into the state became free. It is also worth understanding that anywhere south of Canada is in the south, which means slavery and racism was the American way of life. In fact, it was the law!
Dred Scott sued to try to win his freedom, and this case reached the Supreme Court had a very broad and damaging outcome. The Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott, a Negro, had no rights whatsoever. He was property, not a person or a citizen. He had no right to sue in federal court. Further, the court ruled that the federal government had no legal right to interfere with the institution of slavery. Slavery advocates were encouraged and began to make plans to expand slavery into all of the western territories and states. This created much of the tension and frankly considered the first volley of the Civil War.
Born in Virginia c. 1800, Dred Scott came to St. Louis in 1830. In the next year John Emerson, an army physician who had settled in St. Louis, acquired him. Emerson took Scott to various places, including Illinois and the Wisconsin territory, where the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and the Missouri Compromise of 1820, respectively, had prohibited slavery. In 1836, Dred Scott married another slave, Harriet. Shortly after that the Scotts joined Emerson and his wife in Louisiana. Despite going along free territory along both sides of the river, the Scott’s did not escape. In 1843, after the death of her husband, Mrs. Emerson became the owner of the Scott family. She hired them out, seemed pleased with the income, and ignored Dred Scott’s proposals to purchase his family’s freedom.
By 1850, the technical issues in the case were overshadowed by a larger national controversy over citizenship in the United States and slavery in the territories. Senator John C. Calhoun led vigorous southern efforts pushing for slaveholders to be able to take their property with them into the territories. Proslavery Missourians drafted the “Jackson Resolutions” and intended to use the Dred Scott case to bring the principles of the Southern Address to bear on Missouri law.
In a previous case, Rachel v. Walker (1836) had established a precedent, the Missouri Supreme Court ruling that a slave owned by an army officer had been made free while residing in the Wisconsin Territory. Moreover, in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Strader v. Graham (1851), Chief Justice Roger B. Taney ruled that the law of the state in which the suit was tried would determine the case’s outcome. But another dimension of both the Strader and Scott v. Emerson (1852) cases was what course to take when one state law conflicted with that of another. Hence, the Supreme Court had to decide.
Both sides argued before the U.S. Supreme Court; the pro-slavery argued that African-Americans could not be citizens and that the federal government had no right to interfere with the property rights of slaveholders. They also argued that since the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854) had repealed the Missouri Compromise, the prohibition of slavery north of 36 degrees 30 minutes north, latitude could not be employed to secure the Scott’s freedom. The Court scheduled the case to be reargued one month after the federal election of 1856.
Efforts to maintain judicial restraint quickly failed, as Taney insisted on deciding that African Americans, both free and slave, could not be citizens of the United States and that the government could not bar slave property from the territories. Each justice wrote his own opinion in the case, although Taney’s “Opinion of the Court” was seen as the Dred Scott decision. In it, he insisted that citizenship existed at two levels, state and federal. State citizenship did not permit an individual to bring suit in federal court, as Taney found an insurmountable barrier in the U.S. Constitution that defined blacks as a “subordinate and inferior class of being.”
Scholarly analysis of the Taney decision has been almost entirely negative. Many scholars insist that the decision did not carry the weight of law as a majority of the justices did not explicitly agree on any other issues. On the issue of citizenship, Taney is judged to be the weakest. His effort to locate a racial barrier in the Constitution rested on little more than his racist convictions.
Scott attempted to purchase his family’s freedom for $300, but Irene Emerson refused the offer, so Scott sued for their freedom in court, a strategy that had worked for certain other former slaves. The first case against Irene Emerson (Scott v. Emerson, (1847) was dismissed for lack of evidence; by the time the second case was tried (Scott v. Sanford, (1857), Emerson’s brother, John Sanford had assumed responsibility for his sister’s legal affairs (which is why his name is on the case instead of hers).
What we must never forget the Supreme Court denoted that “there are no rights that a black man has that a white man is bound to respect.” Never forget these words for the highest court in the land which is policy and a fact of white supremacy! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
The case citation is Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 US 393 (1857)
In this country, freedom of religion is a bedrock principle from the day it was founding, or maybe stolen. In a way, this falsehood is much like the words written in many of the other American founding documents. Those documents say, “All men are created equal,” which we know, and history proves to be a lie in the eyes of the system that oppresses people of color.
Those people who hijacked African culture, religious beliefs, and imposed a faith system that a sane person might think is a system of brainwashing or mind control that have lasted for generations. Your only reward was giving to the greedy! For example, many of you today are about to pay homage to a white Jesus in some business establishment called a church.
Needless to say, the zealots of European descent believed this is “manifest destiny” and that God gave them dominion over the earth and all in it. It is at this point; all that followed were converted by the stolen words in a book they wrote or at the barrel of a gun. Let me say; religion was designed and created to keep poor people from killing rich people. In fact, it could be said it is a clever form of mental slavery.
I am neither a preacher nor one with any authority to guide or direct your life. However, I can suggest that you be careful whose words you listen to and who you follow. You might well see yourself paying for or buying a “Jet” or supporting some other “Pimp in the Pulpit.” I think it’s fair to say Black people are the most religious folk on the planet and will out Pope the Pope! They have been doing so since being dragged onto these American shores. Now, just look around and ask yourself – have you been saved yet!
Frankly, who cares what you believe, but you should understand that if a man can control what you are thinking, he never has to worry about what you think. The wickedly diabolical King James ordered and sanctioned the latest version of the New Testament, was honest in that he tells you it’s his version, not God’s version. Yet, to some that part of the “Word” does not register into our understanding. This is not to chastise anyone for believing, but the truth of the matter is that you believe it because you have been conditioned to believe.
I wonder how many people know that the first registered slave ship was called the “Good Ship Jesus”; all while perpetrating the guise that God sanctioned slavery. The good book tells you to turn the other cheek while being brutalized. It also says love thy neighbor, who was the person creating your hell on earth. From the time when the myth of false reality was imposed upon us, they told us that when we die, there is a place in the sky waiting for us with streets paved with gold. Pardon the pun, but it is mind control of biblical proportions.
If you take a minute to think about it, this argument begs many questions. I understand that faith is believing to be true what is unseen, but there comes a time when one must consider that on any Sunday morning from about nine to noon is the most segregated two hours in America. Then realize that there are more than fifteen hundred different religions on the planet and all seek your money – is important to understand that view of your belief system.
My reason for sharing this post is because everybody who believes in anything will try to convert you into believing what they believe. Whenever I am approached by a so-called believer – I begin taking off my rings and watch because it’s going to cost me. So to the faithful believe what you will, and I will do the same.
Practice your faith – don’t preach it. My grandfather told me a long time ago that when you get to heaven, you will receive three surprises; first, you will be surprised who you see when you get there; two you will be surprised who you don’t see. Third and last, you will be surprised if you get there yourself! Take a good look, black people you are already in hell. Lastly, for those who think White Jesus is coming back to save you – he’s not! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…