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The Negro Dilemma

007_1000As a result of recent killing by police in this place slaves called “merica” not much had changed regarding justice. The great comedian Richard Pryor reminded us that what that means for African American’s is “Just Us.” In many places throughout America, there is the belief that “black male teens” are inherently more likely to be criminals. This is also to include black men, the poor and minorities in general. However, it is clear that African American’s are pursued and prosecuted more vigorously.

What is dangerous about this thinking is that it’s ingrained in our society and actually applies to all people of color; whereas, the facts and statistic don’t prove this true. The result is that people of African descent are overrepresented in the prison system. There are the millions trapped in the cycle of probation and other legal aspects of the justice system that makes it look like “Just Us”.

It has been embedded in almost every institution from the beginning. This means it is still with us today in the form of racial profiling, stop and frisk, and all too often unfair judgment by those who are supposed to protect us. There have been thousands of cases that have involved African Americans, whether rightly or wrongly, administered by the system. This brings me to the most significant case of our time – the Trayvon Martin murder and the Michael Brown. These two cases are pivotal moments because the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about is RACE.

Let me quote something, Elijah Anderson, Professor of Sociology at Yale University, said:

In Till’s day, a black person’s “place” was in the field or the back of the bus. If a black man were found “out of his place,” he could be jailed or lynched. In Martin’s day — in our day — a black person’s “place” is in the ghetto. If he is found “out of his place,” he may be treated with suspicion, frisked, arrested — or worse.

We know the facts should state the obvious. The questions were simple, either Micheal Brown and Trayvon Martin or those murdered in cold blood by the police are institutionally sanctioned. I am talking about these two cases because they were the few that received national attention, and we know the media pays no attention to most cases presuming that a black life are insignificant.

For all the unethical tactics, in my view, it was no accident that Zimmerman’s defense attorneys did not want this highly charged, racially tinged cases to leave “Mayberry.” I say this because there were no black people in the town of Mayberry, which I compare to the few in Sanford or that conservative area. In that vein, the same could be said about the decision to use the indictment process to “not bring charges” against the police.

In the Davis case, the man who murdered him did get convicted of murder and convicted of attempted murder of the three other occupants in the car with Davis when he was murdered. Let’s just flip the script; what if the shooters were black and the victims were black? Would there have been any difficulty in convicting the person in this instance. I think not!

Let me make mention of Eric Garner, the twelve-year-old in Ohio, John Crawford, and the list goes on and on! More shocking was the the 12 year old shot in two seconds by the police caught on camera, and they said, no crime! The question then becomes will the result be the same as it was 60 years ago when little Emmitt Till’s killers faced a jury. The world is watching America and sees more of the same.

They kill black people with impunity and charged for the crime – hardly ever! We have seen this before – again and again! I only need to remind you of the case not too long ago in Simi Valley, California, with Rodney King. They tried to convince us that we did not see what we saw, which is happening in the repeated videos of police shootings, and that is the Negro Dilemma. When it comes to justice – it’s “Just Us”! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

 It is your responsibility to teach the young!!!

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…

Police: Armed and Dangerous

200_1000theLet me begin with a “PSA”: People of America, especially black people, African Americans, and minorities. Be ever vigilant and careful as you go about your way, and if at all possible minimize your interactions with the police. Officer Friendly is not friendly when it comes to people of these distinctions. Your life could well depend on it!!!

Every day there is a new revelation of police misconduct or an atrocity inflicted upon black citizens; often for minor offenses, usually unarmed, and the person is killed. Those who are supposed to protect and serve have become very dangerous with this shot first, no worries attitude that most have and regularly act on it. I know this sound’s harsh, but the behavior we see today, with no consequences or accountability, would make Hitler blush.

For those who don’t know, this is not new to black people. These kinds of complaints have been ongoing for as long as there have been black people here dating back to the origin of police; then called slave catcher. If you can remember, the Black Panther Party was formed and organized because of the way the police targeted the black citizens of Oakland, CA.

Let’s be frank, the entire system is broken with regard to those who protect the president, the drug enforcement folks, and the cops on the street. What is rarely mentioned in the conversation are the deputies, as we saw this week with a seventy-three year guy who allegedly paid thousands to obtain influence to partake in police business kill a subdued man. After he shot and killed the person being arrested, he said, “It was a mistake”. Another area of law enforcement of major concern is the wannabe’s; the private security folk with guns and little training – just know how to point and shoot – are even more dangerous. Lest not forget the mall cops who are worse than them all. The point is we are under siege!

Let’s go back to the top professional cops, the ones that protect the president. I have been to the White House, not inside, and you cannot look in any direction without seeing a cop, yet someone was able to enter the building and reach the inner depths of it. Also, two wannabe celebrities were able to gain access to a dinner for leaders and heads of state or the alleged drunk driving incident and their prostitution scandal. But they rose to the occasion to shot and kill an unarmed black mother who had her child in the car. There are congressional hearings being held this week involving the DEA, who had sex parties thrown for them by Cartel organization they say.

There have been so many of these incidents and each one more disturbing than the last. Last week, we saw a cop kill in cold blood an unarmed black man, running away from him, shooting him in the back six times when the victim was thirty feet away. Then we saw the kind of dishonesty him via his police report to include others on the scene as well, but the killer was caught in his cover-up attempt because a video surfaced. This incident eerily reminds me of the Michael Brown killing. Same pattern, “in fear for his life”!

The list is too long to mention, Eric Garner, Tamera Rice, John Crawford, and lately two or three killings per week. Just yesterday we saw a cop at full speed in his cruiser run over a suspect in a takedown move. This was the most disturbing video to date. The man had his back turned walking down the street when he was run over. How he was not killed is a mystery to me but here’s the kicker, the police said “they did this to save his life”!

Many of these agencies are armed and appear to be preparing for war. You saw it last summer in Ferguson with your own eyes. Also, for those who are doubters of the severity of the crisis or the epidemic of police misconduct just read the Ferguson Report compiled by the Department of Justice. I am sure what they were doing in the city of Ferguson was not an isolated instance. It is happening all over America in small town near and far; and dare I say everywhere there are police. No, this is not a positive critique of those paid by us to protect and serve but as we’ve seen in the many videos – my eyes aren’t lying.

Nonetheless, the talking points are always the same was the victim’s fault he was killed. If they use that logic, if the victim did not get out of bed he would still be alive. Yes, I know this will not please some, and they will say that black people are thugs and such, but an eleven-year-old child! Or they will say, I am only talking about blacks being killed – yeah. Because it took over a year for the news media to pick up the Trayvon Martin murder so it must be at epidemic proportion for the mainstream media to be airing incident after incident.

Not only that but I have not seen white men being killed at the hands of the police in this manner. In fact, not too long age a white guy shot a policeman in the Pennsylvania area, hide in the mountains for a couple of months, and when they captured him – he only had a bruise on his cheek. It has come to a point where everyone should take a stand and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH because it is real and something needs to be done NOW! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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