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Perils Of Injustice Or Is It Just Us

th (34)Black people understand that what they call justice is indeed blind, as the great Richard Pryor famously said when it comes to justice in America what we get is JUST-US!

This statement more profound today than most folk realize as it relates to the way black people are treated when comes to the so-called justice system. Just take note to this from some of the news stories that involve African Americans when to comes the countless killing of unarmed black people at the hand of the so-called law or in the courtroom. Of course, it is clear that this system incarcerates people of color at astounding rates and for longer periods of time.

We can see the injustice almost daily in news accounts disseminated by the nation propaganda machine. The police who shoot and kill, with impunity, are always found to be justified, no matter how heinous the murder is and more egregious they are never held accountable for crimes they commit.

The latest atrocity of their so-called justice was the murder of twelve year old Tamir Rice in a park play with a toy gun. In many cases, what these so-called protectors of the streets do would make Hitler blush. These folks are supposed to protect and serve, but almost daily video footage is released that shows what is nothing more that murder. I can go on and on to elaborated on the crimes they commit. These crimes occur so frequently that most people are numb to such events, but the killings of a 12 year old child is hard to digest!

Frankly, the Tamir Rice case takes me back nearly sixty years when another young black child was murdered, and the culprits who committed the crime did not receive justice. I wonder if the story would be different if the victim was white and the shooter was black. I think we know the answer to that!!!

I read a piece some time ago written by a national newspaper reporter, and like him, I was asking the same questions he asked in this article with regard to the murder of Trayvon Martin. First, he asked, what was Zimmerman’s relationship with the Sanford, Fla., police department? Then he asked why was Zimmerman portrayed as a volunteer neighborhood watch captain when he was not part of a registered neighborhood watch program? Further, he asked, did the Sanford Police Department ever warn him about his activities in this unofficial capacity; and I asked was this a cover story to set him free.

We can go back to the Rodney King incident to see how the criminals of justice can find a way to justify the evil crimes and basically “get away” with their horrendous crimes they commit. Then there was Eric Gardner, who we watched strangled to death while begging on video for help, and they told us the standard line. The police, all six of them, were in fear for their lives.

These are all valid questions that demand answers – why no justice. Then in the case of John Crawford shot to death in a public space, Wal-Mart, trying to buy a toy gun that the store sells and on video. Or the murder of a man in South Carolina who was shot in the back by a police officer and the officer is seen on video tampering with the scene. Or how about, the young man in Chicago who was shot sixteen times on camera and the officials paid off the family and kept it quiet for over a year. I guess this applied to the theory that “Justice is Blind”!

Let me also mention the Bill Cosby situation where he was arrested for a supposed crime that took place a decade ago with no evidence except the word of a white woman. This speaks to the old adage that there is nothing more dangerous than for a black man to do is be involved with a white woman! They hung thousands of black men for this unspeakable and unwritten crime in their view. Again, they called this justified!

So as you can see there are more questions than answers, and frankly, a thorough investigation, or at least if what they justice was could have answered these questions and justice would have resulted. What they call justice often times is more like a cover up! Thankfully, the Department of Justice has decided to review some of these cases to ensure that some of these questions may be answered. There is such a thing as right and wrong; some things are right, and some things are wrong. When you look at the aforementioned in these cases – it stinks of wrong.

The first reaction from white folk and the media is that it is not about race and certainly not racism!!! This leaves so many questions than answers, like why does it happen on a daily basis and to black people. If one white person or a dog were killed in this manner, there would be a revolt. We never get the truth and the cop keeps his job, and justice is never served.

With that said, I would suggest that you compare this too little Emmitt Till and the countless other killings of unarmed black men, women, and children; then ask yourself is this simply the Perils Of Injustice,  or is it Just Us. Actually, it is a Damn Shame!!! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

Tim Wise: Powerful Speech On Systematic Racism

Never Forget: Strange Fruit

Every day, it seems, there is news of another unarmed black man gunned down simply by the police. These actions are eerily similar to the lynching’s that took place in the early half of the 20th century for pretty much the same reason as those murdered by white police in our society today. Let us remember the fallen and never forget!

The reason could be as simple as the concept of “Manifest Destiny”, which speaks to white  privilege. White America has never accepted African American’s as anything more than illegal aliens, in spite of the fact they captured the race against their will and brought to American in chains. I have repeatedly said, “We are a nation of people living in a nation without a nationality” basically because the Constitutions tells us so. You do remember the 3/5th human phrase.

In the wake of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by Zimmerman in 2012, Jordan Davis, who was also unarmed, and all of the daily killings at the hands of the police in the most recent terror upon black men killed because white men claimed they feared for their lives. Eric Gardner who was choked to death. Michael Brown, John Crawford and worst of all the kid murder while playing in the park. All lynched but just by gun!

Let’s also include the murders and shootings by the police, sanctioned by law, against African American’s such as Oscar Grant and countless others. Then there are people like Garrick Hopkins, 60, and his brother, Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, two brothers from West Virginia, who were shot and killed by a white man for what he claimed as trespassing on his land – when, in fact, they were inspecting a shed on their own property.

The attached  video is straightforward yet nuanced. The song “Strange Fruit” tells a story that must be told to our youth. We must never forget because when you forget history it is destined to repeat itself. We know the importance of Billie Holiday’s recording. But this indispensable video vivid imagery the history of the struggle against lynching, something that was very real, and for Black rights with a wealth of common history of African Americans, Jewish Americans, and the American Left. It is part of our history, part of our heritage. Teach your children and learn this chapter in our past.

The song “Strange Fruit” creates immediate controversy. Call it a grim reminder of an unnecessarily painful and ugly chapter in American history. The song retains its force, because the issues it raises about the legacy of racial terrorism in American society still resonate. The story tells a song that compelled its listeners to confront the past, which was genuinely disturbing then, and it is no less disturbing today.

While many people assume Strange Fruit was written by Billie Holiday herself, it actually began as a poem by a Jewish schoolteacher and union activist from the Bronx, who later set it to music. Disturbed by a photograph of a lynching, the teacher wrote the stark verse and brooding melody about the horror of lynching under the pseudonym Lewis Allan in 1938. It was first performed at a New York teacher’s union rally and was brought to the attention of the manager of Cafe Society, a popular Greenwich Village nightclub, who introduced Billy Holiday to the writer.


“Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. Pastoral scene of the gallant South, The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth, Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh, And the sudden smell of burning flesh! Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck, for the rain to gather, for the wind to suck, for the sun to rot, for a tree to drop, here is a strange and bitter crop.”

Let’s look at the murder of young black men and boys murdered today as a modern day version of lynchings. The murders an evolution of destruction and black people are nothing more than pray! They tell us not to forget 911 and the Holocaust – know this, we will never forget what you did to black people! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory

7Let us not forget that over the last year more people of color [black people] have been killed by the police indiscriminately than at anytime in recent memory. Some compare it to “lawful lynchings” only through the use of a gun. More than six months after Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson, the youth-led protests in Ferguson continue to fuel a national movement against police brutality. #blacklivesmatter

“Part of the struggle for us in Ferguson is to break a four-hundred-year belief that black people are not human,” says St. Louis native and activist Rev. Osagyefo Sekou.

After the Department of Justice released a blistering report finding systematic racism and prejudice against blacks in the Ferguson Police Department, protests continued, the police chief and several Ferguson officials resigned, and two police officers were injured in a shooting.

This problem, however, is not unique to Ferguson. St. Louis County is made of around 90 municipalities, each with their own police departments and courts. Residents report similar discriminatory treatment at the hands of law enforcement. And with so many different jurisdictions, a small infraction like an expired license plate can turn into dozens of fines and eventually warrants. Those in St. Louis who live below the poverty line are faced with the reality of buying food or paying fines.

In the Fusion documentary Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory, we turn to the residents of St. Louis County to tell us what it’s like to be racially profiled and under siege.

Reporter/Narrator: Tim Pool
Director/Producer: Orlando de Guzman
Co-producer: Katina Parker
Camera: Orlando de Guzman, Katina Parker, Adam Booher, Sean Funcik and Darnell Singleton
Researcher/Field Producer: Lorien Olive

YOU MUST LISTEN A Powerful Speech By Tim Wise On Racism And Police Killings

007_1000This is clear and powerful speech that exposes the truth about Systematic Racism in today’s dangerous and hostile racial environment. The truth spoken on the outrageous killings of unarmed black men; Eric Gardner, Mike Brown, and Ferguson. They system and the police hired to protect and serve who are nothing more than “oppressors” used to enforce white supremacy.

White supremacy is a form of racism centered upon the belief and promotion of the belief, that white people are superior to people of other racial background, particularly black people, and therefore whites should politically, economically and socially dominate non-whites. After listening to the lecture and you are not awake or continue to believe the false narrative presented – shame on you! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

This speech will open your eyes.

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