Nothing gets my blood boiling like when privileged white men, the likes of former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason or NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and others begin to tell Black people what they can and cannot do. It was that very same sense of authority, that sense of I am better than you, I have the right to dictate to you which created the ignoble blight on mankind called slavery , and Jim Crow which has left a searing scar on the character of America which refuses to heal.
San Francisco Fortyniners quarterback Colin Kaepernick who refused to stand at the signing of the national anthem has drawn a flurry of criticism from privileged whites who have always taken it unto themselves to tell others what they can and cannot do. They created onto themselves a sense that they have the right to determine what other people do and how they do it.
Kaepernick argues he will continue to sit while the anthem is played in protest over the continued killing of unarmed black people by police without consequence.
Stewart ran over a competitor, 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., during a confrontation at a sprint car race in 2014 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York.
Ward was killed.
Of course this little murdering runt would support police murdering black people . He committed actual murder and the star struck police refused to investigate the case properly and place him in jail where he belong. Why would he not be in love with criminal cops?
For his part Esiason has the damn gall to say quote “I cannot say it in the strongest, most direct way, that it’s an embarrassment and it’s about as disrespectful as any athlete has ever been,”.
Embarrassment to whom? Here’s the real embarrassment. That Esiason Stewart and others, scum of the earth, in the year 2016 find it objectionable that someone refused to stand and place their hand over their heart as a song which celebrates slavery is being sung, than deal with the clear and present moral danger inherent in innocent lives being snuffed out without consequence.
But the mental midget wasn’t done he went on …“… if Carmelo Anthony walks on the court in a Knicks uniform and starts in with this, I think it’s going to create a lot of problems,” Esiason said.
Wait just a second there, is this minion threatening Carmelo Anthony? Who died and made him God ?
There is this notion by many that Black people should shut up and sit down, after all, they argue things are better than they once were.
♦Of course Blacks should be happy that massa no longer works him like beasts of burden from sun-up till sundown without pay.
♦Of course Blacks should be thankful to massa for not raping our women in view of their husbands.
♦We should be damn well glad that they no longer feed little black babies to alligators as sport.
♦We must eternally be grateful to these monsters that they no longer sodomize our men as a way of breaking them and emasculating them in front of their wives.
♦Yes we must shut up and be glad that they no longer make a spectacle of us by mass lynching us for sport after Sunday services.
Yes of course we certainly need to be quiet, after all massa Esiason and massa Stewart don neva give us no right to speak no how !!!!
Here’s the problem with the concept of gradualism . Fifty plus years ago when Dr King and others marched for civil rights and social justice the number one problem facing African-Americans was police brutality. Today the single largest problem facing the African-American community is police brutality. There is no tone deafness on the part of Tony Stewart or Boomer Esiason their mega-phone Donald Trump or other privileged whites, they simply do not care to hear. The issue of police aggression and murder within the Black community serves their white supremacist interests. Any segment within the human species which values tradition and secular practices over the morality of human dignity, human life and human existence is indeed the worst and most base of that specie.
In order to fully digest the outrageous nature of the cheeky sense of deity of the self righteous whites it is important to recognize the gall of their self- appointed right over everyone else’s right to self determination.
Over fifty years ago these were the very same arguments coming from the[self-aggrandizing master race]sic. Unfortunately many illiterate blacks gobbled it up as they do today.
King specifically warned not to accept it. In addressing the issue Dr King said Quote . “This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”
Yes this is an issue which really gets me riled up . Who the hell are you to determine how others, particularly the oppressed behave?
Colin Kaepernick’s deliberate act of protest to sit out the national anthem caught the nation’s attention, and this initial sentence framed most media headlines: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”
But the meat of Kaepernick’s cause actually came two sentences later:
“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Hold it right there:
“Getting away with murder.”
That is the story.
There is no need to interpret why Kaepernick is not standing for the anthem — he has told us.
In taking a baton handoff from Carmelo Anthony and the incredibly underrated WNBA protests, Kaepernick has used the most specific language on police accountability of any recent athlete.
Kaepernick is recentering police accountability with crystal clarity.
“Accountability” is not the “murder” part, it’s the “getting away with” part.
Why is the word “accountability” so hard for Kaeper-critics to understand?
Because criticizing Kaepernick is dependent on not understanding it.
They can’t criticize lack of police accountability, so they change the subject.
So they bring up crime.
But civilians go to prison in droves while police who murder almost never do.
So they bring up fallen officers.
But the men who shot the officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge were killed immediately as cop killers often are. Finding a cop killer not dead or convicted is even rarer than finding a killer cop arrested at all.
Again, people aren’t just protesting police murder, they are protesting “getting away with” murder — the ultimate expression on the non-value of Black life in America.
And while a political convention or presidential race panel won’t dare explain this super-simplistic point, Colin Kaepernick can.
So instead, they change the subject once more to imaginary military slights he never stated.
Last night, Kaepernick clarified that too: “I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country.”
And then, Kaepernick explained the tragic hypocrisy:
“This country isn’t holding up their end of the bargain… men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”
No. That’s not right. It’s criminal.
Walter Scott, killed by officer Matthew Slager on video, was a US Veteran. So was India Kager, Kenneth Chamberlain and others. Scott was not only shot while running away, but the original police report was falsified so Slager could “get away with murder.”
Slager, who is still awaiting trial, wasn’t just a “bad apple,” he was part of a police cover-up. Slager never honored Scott’s past military service. He murdered him.
A flag does not inherently represent soldiers. That is a lifetime of political brainwashing talking.
Claiming Kaepernick’s act as an insult to soldiers is as logically twisted as claiming standing up for the flag honors Micah Johnson and Gavin Long — the two military veterans who killed police in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
Neither statement makes any damn sense.
And yet some people are actually more offended with Kaepernick protesting police getting away with murder than those “getting away with murder” itself?
Now THAT is offensive.
Why? Because what they’re really saying is “White Feelings >Black Lives”
And this is what Kaepernick is really trying to tell us (and by us, I really mean white people).
While most subject-changing Kaeper-critics avoided his message for accountability, here is one rare exception from a sportswriter who callsKaepernick a “f–king idiot”:
“First, who is getting away with murder? That’s a strong accusation. Who in particular has committed murder in this country and not been charged with it? If you’re going to make this statement then you need to give us particulars that motivate your decision and your beliefs. I don’t want bland generalities, I want specifics here.”
There is a lot of denial, privilege and entitlement to unpack here.
First, Colin Kaepernick owes you absolutely nothing. He is not responsible for your education — which is only a mere web-click away. There is practically a cop-killing web video library that has emerged in the last two years, and scores of other reports and data. Research them.
Second, after Alton Sterling was killed on a video last month, Kaepernick was actually very specific. These were his remarks in an Instagram post:
“This is what lynchings look like in 2016! Another murder in the streets because the color of a man’s skin, at the hands of the people who they say will protect us. When will they be held accountable? or did he fear for his life as he executed this man?”
There is video from three different angles of Sterling being shot while restrained on the ground, yet the officer has still not even been arrested.
If those videos are not enough, if you want to “wait for all the facts” over your own eyeballs, then there is nothing to discuss.
If we also need Kaepernick to hold our hands through videos of Sterling, Natasha McKenna or Eric Garner, then there is nothing to discuss.
Hell, if the prerequisite for convicting a killer cop is a video, then that’s merely a license to murder without one.
And if you believe Walter Scott was murdered (a point David Duke would surely concede), but still would have believed the conspiratorial lies on the original police report, your concession is useless, not justice.
No more subject-changing.
Let’s break down Kaepernick’s comments on Sterling, line by line:
“What lynching looks like in 2016!”
Lynching was not just characterized by rope, but by the ability to avoid conviction in a court of law. Sunday was the 61st anniversary of Emmett Till’s historic murder. The 14-year-old Till is not only relevant because of his brutal murder, but also because a jury acquitted his murderers the next month.
“Another murder in the streets because the color of a man’s skin, at the hands of the people who they say will protect us.”
Kaepernick specifically points out the higher standard police get sworn into as public servants. While many whites are also tragic victims of police violence at lower rates, there is a pattern of police behavior that values white life and takes risks to save white life — even when white people are actually pointing gunsdirectly at police.
“When will they be held accountable? or did he fear for his life as he executed this man?”
Again, Kaepernick specifically used the word “accountable” with Alton Sterling — a deliberate word he spoke again multiple times last night.
He is also questioning the absurd “fear for life” law that allows either the murderous or racially irrational “fears” of (often) white officers as a legal loophole. Ex-Seattle Police Comissioner Norm Stamper agrees. Chapter 5 of his book “Breaking Rank” is titled: “Why White Cops Kill Black Men.”
Stamper writes: “White cops are afraid of black men… We say that officers treat black men the same way they treat white men. But that’s a lie. In fact, the bigger, the darker the black man the greater the fear.”
Did the cop who executed Alton Sterling do so out of intentional murder or from a deep affliction of hyper-irrational racial fear ignited by a simple twitch? It is doubtful that Sterling’s heartbroken son cares.
And neither should we. The officer must be held accountable.
Or in Colin’s words, we must stop him from “getting away with murder.”
And in this era of increased incarceration and state violence against of Black women, that also goes for Rekia Boyd, Sandra Bland, Aiyana Jones, etc.
Kaepernick is not saying anything new. The numbers are absolutely staggering. The Daily News’ own Shaun King writes:
“When the officers who killed Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Mike Brown, or Natasha McKenna never even go to trial for what they did, seeing an officer indicted and charged with manslaughter or murder feels a little like fitting a camel through the eye of a needle. Of the 1,200 people killed by American police in 2015, only seven cases resulted in charges — a ridiculously tiny number… Not one single police officer was convicted for an on-duty death in 2015.”
This is what an epidemic of “zero-accountability” looks like.
Do we need Kaepernick to crunch these numbers for us too?
So far, the only numbers Kaeper-critics seem to care about is his salary. This was best symbolized in tweets like this from CBS sports journalist Doug Gottlieb:
“$61m guaranteed… Very oppressed #ColinKaepernick”
Gottlieb failed to state just how many millions an athlete must make to stop police from personally assaulting them (see: James Blake or Thabo Sefolosha) or to stop cops all around the country from “getting away with murder.”
Of course, Kaepernick was referencing all “people of color.” Last night he kindly elaborated that he was speaking for people that “don’t have a voice” and platform to “affect change.”
Said Kaepernick: “I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed.”
Critics, take note: stand WITH.
Not sure if Colin can be any clearer.
But valuing Black lives has never really been about reading comprehension, and Colin knows this.
Which is why he is standing up by sitting down.
If you don’t like the messenger, then take it from a more respectable sports icon and military veteran Jackie Robinson who wrote in his autobiography shortly before his death (h/t @profloumoore & @edgeofsports):
“I cannot stand and sing the anthem, I cannot salute the flag. I know I am a black man in a white world in 1972 and 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.”
As long as we keep changing the subject from “getting away with murder,” Colin Kaepernick, and the oppressed people he stands with in 2016, do not have it made.
George Zimmerman was punched in the face at a Florida restaurant by a man who accused him of bragging about killing Trayvon Martin, police said.
Zimmerman dialed 911 to report he had been punched in the face at the Sanford eatery Sunday, according to a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office reported cited by WKMG-TV.
He told dispatchers a man who recognized who he was walked up to his table and slugged him after asking him “You’re bragging about that?”
Yet witnesses referenced in the sheriff’s office report obtained by WFTV told investigators Zimmerman had vocally announced himself at Gators Riverside Grille as the man cleared on self-defense grounds in the 2012 killing of Martin. He even displayed his ID card, they said.
“I love your tattoos,” Zimmerman said to another diner, according to the witnesses. “My name is George Zimmerman, you know, that guy who killed Trayvon Martin?”
As the Republican Convention came to a close people across the Globe had a chance to see what America will look like for the next four years if Donald J Trump is elected President.
On the day that the convention ended the so-called main-stream media was forced to pick up a story which has been trending for a couple of days prior, even as the media coalesce around the clown-show which was the republican convention.
Even as the continued killing of unarmed black Americans continue to dominate the talking points on social media and real America, the Republican nominee doubles down on defending the police with not a single mention of the reasons which are fueling the anger behind the assaults on police officers.
Donald Trump’s speech , dark ,gloomy, foreboding and riddled with lies, opened up a window into what a Trump Presidency would look like.
Many of the Republican pundits seek to make an equivalence between acceptance speeches given by Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and the dreary ramblings of Trump which passed as an acceptance speech..
Ironically, the hypocritical evangelical hero-worship of Ronald Reagan was not based on anything factual, but on a mythical shining city on a hill which existed only in their warped imiginations..
People of color are left wondering when was America great under Ronald Reagan ? If Ronald Reagan’s presidency is the high water mark of American greatness they want to have none of it.
According to Policy.mic , Reagan’s transformation from actor to serious political figure began in the 1960s, first with a nationally televised speech on behalf of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and then with his election as governor of California. This was also the decade in which the civil rights bills that ended legalized racism were passed … and Reagan was on record opposing all of them, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Reagan continued this pattern as president by gutting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), fighting the extension of the Voting Rights Act, vetoing the Civil Rights Restoration Act (which required all recipients of federal funds to comply with civil rights laws) and initially opposing the creation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (he changed his tune when it passed Congress with a veto-proof majority).
Reagan vetoed an anti-apartheid bill. Reagan supported the exploitation of Mexican-American farm workers. Reagan illegally sold weapons to Iran and helped create the Taliban and Osama bin Laden regime. Reagan’s economic policies caused a spike in unemployment and led to severe income inequality.
None of these facts will have any impression on the willful ignorant and those who have no desire to know, neither will the litany of other transgressions.
Even Richard Nixon’s so-called law and order acceptance speech of 1968 was far less ominous than Trumps and far less than some made it out to be . In fact that speech had a lot that people could look to hopefully. Find link here. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=25968 .
People around the world look on in horror and dismay as the boundaries of logic are incredulously stretched in the multiplicity of police shootings of African men and boys. Regardless of the inherent criminal conduct of the officers, police apologist and the American media create an alternative narrative which shifts responsibility from the rogue officers onto the innocent victims.
This is done using different narratives such as releasing the victim’s criminal record. Demonizing the victim. Or seeking to convince the public that what they witnessed in clear concise video recordings cannot be trusted for authenticity. We are told that we do not know what transpired before the recording commenced, even though the killings are usually so grotesque that nothing could have preceded them which could possibly justify the killing anyway.
I was shocked and appalled at the narrative which was used to justify the alleged 41 bullets members of a NYPD unit fired at 22 year-old Amadou Diallo, in the Bronx in 1999.
Mister Diallo who hailed from west Africa was gunned down by four NYPD cops who alleged they thought he had a gun. They fired a reported forty one(41) bullets at the young man hitting him a total of nineteen times(19) killing him on the spot.
The most appalling thing I heard from police and their apologists was a term I had never heard prior relating to police officers killing members of the public.
Even wars have rules of engagements. The Geneva Convention to which the United States is signatory prevents soldiers from indiscriminately killing even soldiers who were just firing at the victor as long as they indicate they want to surrender.
I had never before heard, neither did I believe that police officers and those who cover the wrongs they do could argue that they fired their service weapons because their colleagues were firing.
I was trained to respect life and to understand that every round an officer fired must be accounted for. Not just for audit purposes but must be legally and morally justified. Under Rudolph Giuliani the seeds of police abuse were planted in new York City.
Police officers across the civilized world are governed by a protocol which is basically to protect life . Under those rules an officer must be totally justified and have exhausted all non-lethal means possible, where possible, before using lethal force.
Notwithstanding, that was the explanation used for the reckless, callous and blatant disregard those cops displayed for the life of mister Diallo and anyone who may have been in the vicinity of their so called sphere of infectious firing.
Since the death of mister Diallo the list of Americans killed indiscriminately by police across the United States has increased exponentially.
As the number of bodies increase the explanation and excuses for the killings have grown from the ridiculous and absurd to the grotesque.
The system did not punish any of the four cops for killing Amadou Diallo, they were all cleared of wrong doing. One, Kenneth Boss, was promoted to sergeant, after the killing.
There was nothing in Donald Trumps speech which recognized this travesty happening across America. What Donald Trump promised the country was that he would stand behind police without equivocation.
This is what’s in store for men and women of color under a Donald Trump administration.
This is fascism ……
Michelle Obama the Princeton educated classy first lady went through hell when her husband Barack Hussein Obama announced as a candidate for the presidency of the United States in 2008.
Michelle was characterized as a Terrorist and as Barack Obama’s Baby Ma-ma. She was depicted as an afro wearing revolutionary with a rifle on her back in the New Yorker magazine. Then presidential candidate, Illinois US Senator Barack Obama was portrayed as an unpatriotic Muslim who could not be trusted with the Presidency.
Since then Barack Obama has won two presidential elections saved America from financial collapse and restored Americas image abroad.
He did it with blanket , wall to wall opposition from Republicans.
Front and center of the demagoguery against President Obama is the man running for the presidency on the republican side Donald Trump. Trump is one of the people who came up with the birther issue which seeks to de-legitimize Barack Obama’s candidacy and ultimately his presidency.
Fittingly, the President has dismissed the goofy orange faced republican as a carnival barker unworthy of serious consideration.
There is so much we can say about the way the Obama’s have ran their presidency without a single scandal, the first presidency in ages ever to do so.
There is so much to be said about their two beautiful well rounded daughters who grew up in front our eyes.
We could talk about the poise , grace, class, and intellect with which Michelle Obama has conducted herself as first lady. Yet we can also highlight the vitriolic hatred which has been directed at her and her family all because of the color of her skin.
Michelle Obama is certainly a strong beautiful woman worthy of being copied. So it’s no wonder that Donald Trump’s wife would look up to our first lady and seek to pull from her speech parts of which she believed.
That’s not a problem . The problem is that they hate us so much that even when they are caught stealing from us they refuse to admit that they stole. That their hand is caught in the cookie-jar and is at risk, they double down and deny .
Because they cannot admit that they learn from us.
Even as they stood on their convention stage and say people of color have not created anything lasting, they were in the process of stealing from us .
How typical is that ?
It’s remarkable that many whites people in the United States do not find it objectionable when rogue elements in some police departments brutalize and kill Black citizens. It’s also tellin that they do not see those attacks as attacks on all Americans including themselves !!!
Yet when police are attacked they see those attacks as attacks on them .
Is it that they do not see Black citizens as citizens of America? Why does the corporate media mourn the lives of police officers but does not mourn the innocent lives taken by bad cops? Why can’t we do both ?
This phenomenon speaks volumes about race relations in America . It also speaks loudly about the hypocrisy of that segment of the society. Let’s be clear, not all police shootings are bad shootings . Lord knows I spend countless hours writing about that very fact. That each case is an individual case and has to be looked at as such.
What I find distressing is that those people who say there is a war going on against police fail to realize that there are some blatantly bad police shootings as well.
As I have said consistently, it is rather silly to demonstrate against police. Police only enforce laws . Police officers are forced to enforce laws they sometimes disagree with , but they are sworn to enforce those laws at the peril of their lives and in many cases they end up giving up their lives that way.
Anyone whom have ever taken the oath of a police officer understands that police are usually the scapegoats for politicians with bad intentions. People angry at government take out their frustrations on the police. The police are seen as the personification of the evils of government.
That is why it is critical that the judicial system do what it must to address the incredible disparity in the ways the laws are enforced from the least infraction to the most serious. People respect the rule of law when enforcement , prosecution and incarceration are seen as fair. No one can argue that any of this is true in the United States where countless reports have pointed to Black communities being over-policed.
Blacks are much more likely to be arrested for using and dealing drugs, even though they do not consume or deal drugs more than white Americans.
Blacks are much more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts for any range of crimes. They also get longer sentence for the same crime . These are not opinions they are irrefutable data supported facts.
People do not have faith in the system when they witness police killings on video which shocks our sensibilities yet parts of the system does everything within it’s power to prevent justice from being done.
Police officers are given a lot of latitude but they cannot be given free rein to kill without consequence.
Pretending that the data is unreal, is unreal. Blaming protesters who stand up for justice only makes them more angry. White people Canonizing cops while ignoring the pain of the black and brown community is a prescription for disaster. A Fascist right wing candidate seeking the presidency who declares himself the law-and-order candidate does nothing to improve race relations. It does nothing to bridge the gap between police and citizens it widens the breach.
There is daily talk about having a national conversation. That conversation must begin by recognizing that there is a serious issue of police violence and disrespect against people of color.
As a former police officer who have been shot in the line of duty , I must reiterate that even if the law gives police justification to use lethal or deadly force, that officer must also be guided by a greater moral justification. Don’t shoot at someone if you don’t have to . Don’t shoot because you can kill and get away with it .
That’s the heart of the matter.
As we grapple for solutions in this renewed fight for social justice it is rather easy to go to our respective corners hardened and baked in our ideas of how just our own causes are and just how wrong the other side is.
As we seek the elusive goal of one common humanity, we cannot forget that if we know better it is up to us to be better. By being better we demonstrate that when we speak about equality and justice we not only say it from our mouths we demonstrate it by our actions.
We must never forget the white people who aided and shielded Harriet Tubman as she guided thousands from the ghastly and horrific brutality of slavery to the promise of respite at the risk of their own peril.
When we hear the comments of some with dark pigment in their skin it boggles the mind. We know they ignorantly hate themselves but we must never forget that Harriet Tubman also said she freed thousands from servitude and could have freed thousands more , if only they knew they were slaves.
We should never forget Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were killed by a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob near Meridian, Mississippi. The three young civil rights workers were working to register black voters in Mississippi, thus inspiring the ire of the local Klan. The deaths of Schwerner and Goodman, white Northerners and members of the Congress of Racial Equality caused a national outrage in 1964.
As conscientious people of all color stood up to bigotry and violence in the 60’s it is important that people of all color stand up and speak out against bigotry and the inequities withing the justice system.
These problems will not go away overnight but it behooves all Americans to speak out if they believe in equality. We all have to live on this planet.
As someone once said we may not have come over on the same ship but we are all in this boat together.
Why would anyone , black or white, be mad at a black person who says “BLACK LIVES MATTER“?
Here’s the truth, they are mad because they believe that blacks lives do not matter. Awhile back I wrote an Article in which I alluded to a very simple fact . That fact is that when black people say “black lives matter” they are simply saying “black lives matter too“.
So why would I, a black man be offended if a white person say “white lives matter“? It would not, because that person would be exactly correct. But you see that is the way I was raised to believe in the sanctity of all lives.
Oh, let me expound on that a little, that is my christian upbringing . Not a so-called Judaeo christian upbringing which believes in the superiority of skin pigmentation as a sign of superiority.
When I say I was raised to respect the sanctity of life I did not mean black lives or white lives or brown or yellow or whatever. It meant all lives , yes the creatures God created as well , all of them.
So you would never see me buying a gun to go out and kill innocent Deer , strap it onto my car , take it home just so I can show off it’s antlers.
You won’t ever see me arrogantly killing elephants for their ivory,Lions just because, or any creature under the sun just because I can, or feel that I somehow have the right.
I too love the creatures of this world , I simply refuse to love them to death. I cannot kill something I claim to love simply to show them off as some sign of my masculinity.
Yes I too shoot animals because I too love them, I simply shoot them with my camera. Even the tiniest creature has a right to it’s life so I take care not to squish a bug when it gets into my house if I can extract it without killing it. That is the essence of my Christianity, not a demented twisted version of Christianity which fundamentally believes in domination of people or even God’s creatures.
So when black people say “black lives matter” those who oppose that concept fundamentally believe they don’t, period. Here’s why.
Recently a black mother went through the anguish of dealing with over ten minutes of heart wrenching agony as her four year old black son fell into a Gorilla enclosure at an Ohio Zoo. Authorities were eventually forced to put the primate down in order to save the boy’s life. They took the decision after the Gorilla dragged the little boy around like a rag doll .
So called animal lovers rose up en-masse demanding an investigation of the mother’s conduct and demanding her arrest for neglecting her child which resulted in the animal’s death.
The police investigated and turned over their findings to the prosecutor who said the mother had done nothing wrong .
These same hypocrites never have a word of protest when animals are slaughtered by white men and women for their fur, ivory or other body parts. They have a sick twisted and perverted idea that the planet is theirs to do what they want .
The words of the prosecutor were particularly poignant.”To be frank I am disgusted that some would seek to equate the lives of a human being with that of an animal“.
The prosecutor is white.
Not long afterwards a white couple lost their two year old son at a Walt Disney resort in Florida . At about 9:pm authorities say the two-year-old was wading in shallow waters of a lagoon when an alligator pulled the child under.
Tragically the child did not survive. We do not know how many Alligators were killed to determine if they had consumed the child before the body of the child was eventually found intact . What we do know is that there were no petitions demanding an investigation to determine why a two-year-old child was in waters away from an adult which would have made this tragedy possible.
There were no calls for arresting whomever was in charge of the child (assuming that anyone was).
It is a horrific tragedy for someone to believe they are about to or to lose their child, speaking as a father who lost a child. That parent needs all of the love , care, attention, counselling, prayer and goodwill possible. Yet the sanctimonious hypocrites who demanded that the black mother be investigated and prosecuted were duplicitous but predictably silent when the white family went through the very same horror. All of a sudden it’s okay , the white family need all the love and prayers they could get..
The stark message in their evil protest was clear the animal should not be sacrificed to spare the black baby but all stops should be pulled out regardless of cost to save the white one.
Here’s a word to those hypocrites all lives matter. In fact the parents of the two-year-old baby had probably twice the burden that the parent of the four-year-old had solely on the basis of it’s age.
Where is your outrage ?
THE SUBVERSIVE CAMPAIGN BEEN WAGED AGAINST BLACK LIVES MATTER….
During the Civil Rights fights of the 1960’s literally every civil rights organization and individual came under surveillance and serious investigation by the FBI and other Government Agencies .
I do not need to rehash that sordid period and the extent of the subversive warfare which was waged against those organizations and individuals who dared to stand up for their right to be treated as human beings. Many of those peaceful yet valiant warriors were murdered by people who did not want them to have the right to speak out and defend their god given dignity. What’s remarkable is the fact that the Government itself was hugely complicit in persecuting them under the guise that they were communist.
Blacks who are unaware of these facts may very well have been born without sight because for all intents and purposes they are blind.
The actions of Dillon Roof the murdering monster who killed nine (9) black members of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston South Carolina is not the responsibility of decent white people. Neither are the actions of Micah Xavier Johnson the cop killer the responsibility of black lives matter or black people for that matter.
Lets recognize these peddlers of race-baiting for what they are, they are racist peddlers of divisiveness and demagoguery.
Whether it be the irrelevant former race baiter-in-chief of New York City Rudolph Giuliani, who pitted police against the sitting mayor David Dinkins to gain power or anyone else the strategy is the same . Giuliani rode on the backs of police officers into office. Once in office he used the police in his strategy which divided New York city in a way that was not seen before in modern history.
He did that until the cops themselves realized that he cared nothing about their interest. Giuliani was a narcissistic fraud on a person mission of hate and personal self aggrandizement.
What is astounding yet not totally un-expected are the black police officials who stupidly fall for that nonsense. None of these idiots were born police officers yet they were born with black skin.
Being a police officer is something you chose to do. Being black is who you are. Bad police officers are not only a danger to the public they are a danger to good police officers . We have seen the evidence of that. Evil persist when good men/women remain silent. We know our friends not just by what they say but by their silence. We also know them by what they refuse to say.
They refuse to say “BLACK LIVES MATTER” because they do not believe they do. They know damn well that when poor oppressed people say black lives matter they are not saying white lives or any other doesn’t.
So please do not accept these demagogues and their race baiting when they argue all lives matter. They do not believe it. They care more about the lives of Gorillas than that of black children.
I will lead by example “WHITE LIVES MATTER”.
If they believe “BLACK LIVES MATTER ” let’s hear them say it !!!
By their fruits you shall know them.
The above photo was taken by Louisiana-based photographer Jonathan Bachman, working for Reuters, over the weekend, during protests in Baton Rouge. Bachman snapped the photo just as Evans was being arrested for standing in the street.
Many are calling the image a “Tiananmen Square Moment” in the protests. Some are likening it to the imagery of the woman facing down neo-nazi skinheads in Europe.
There are many defining moments in history that once you witness them you cannot un-see them.The image of the 35-year-old mother of a 5 year old son was astoundingly powerful.
Ms Evans is reported to have said, I traveled to Baton Rouge “because I wanted to look my son in the eyes and tell him I fought for his freedom and rights,”.
She was booked on a charge of simple obstruction of a highway and had been released from custody.
Lets cut to the chase and be done with the bull, the reason police and black people are having conflicts is not because black people are acting crazy when confronted or stopped by police. It is not because they do not know how to act either, it has nothing to do with police lack of training, it’s not about people getting off protest lines to apply for the $40.000 a year job Dallas police chief David Brown condescendingly wants blacks to apply for.
It’s about a systematic lack of respect that too many police officers have for the black community.
Lets set aside the number of cops whom have been fired or otherwise disciplined of late for texting derogatory and pejorative content to each other about black Americans. Lets also set aside the number of them whom are active members of hate groups like the Klu Klux Klan , the Aryan brotherhood and the plethora of other Neo-Nazi white hate groups which are a dime a dozen across America. And lets just ignore the rage with which they tell black men that they are going to kill them before they do just that.
You tell me what exactly do we have left?
Dallas police chief David Brown who just happen to wear black skin has himself lost his own son to police bullets . With remarkable condescension Brown lectured protesters , telling them they should get off protest lines and apply to be cops . In his words “we are hiring “.
The very idea that Brown would suggest that joining the ranks of police departments will fix the systematic problem of entrenched racial disparity demonstrates his woeful lack of depth and maybe even worse.
When a black man who happen to lose his own son to police bullets can make those statements it demonstrates the uphill task the average black in America faces against the tyrannical oppression of brutal and barbaric killers in uniform who pretend to be cops..
Of the 14,633 law enforcement agencies across the county and nearly one million police officers who staff those agencies there are some fine and exemplary officers , that does not need saying whenever we broach the subject of police wrongdoing.
What should not be allowed to stand however is the constant chatter about the work officers do to overshadow the legitimate cries for justice against police barbarism and tyranny.
It is illogical and immoral to argue about supporting law enforcement when there is a hundred years of undeniable evidence that people of color are systematically brutalized and killed at the hands of police disproportionate to their numbers in the society.
Fifty fours years ago Dr Martin Luther King said the greatest challenge facing black people in America was police abuse , today the greatest challenge facing black people in America is police abuse.
So what exactly has changed ?
We continue to hear about the need to support law-enforcement as if legitimate concern and outrage against police atrocities are tantamount to being anti-law enforcement.
It is a straw-man distraction which is designed to deflect attention from the real issue of police violence against communities of color.
Many police officers are black and Latino it is not about hating law enforcement . People of color want police in their communities that is why they hire their fellow citizens to do the job of protecting them.
What has to change is the misguided notion among many in the law enforcement community that their role is an abstraction divorced from the needs and dictates of the people they serve.
In essence police must see themselves as servants of all communities and not as agents of the state with a duty to keep certain people in their place.
Communities of color must endeavor to lift themselves out of the morass of constant victim-hood., Not so that they may live up to the standards of others but that they as communities may not be defined by others.
Black communities cannot continue to compete on a playing field on which the goal-posts are constantly moved to adhere to the needs of one team. It’s untenable to compete on a playing field on which the referees and the opposing team are one and the same.
Blacks cannot continue to shuffle up to fit into the spaces defined by others, or to make others comfortable. This is their damn country too.
If only he did not have a criminal record.
If only he did not run.
If only he did not talk back.
If only he did not ask questions.
If only he did not pull out his wallet.
If only he wasn’t driving with a busted tail-light.
If only he said yes sir , no sir.
If only he showed deference and respect.
If only he wasn’t in that neighborhood.
If only she had put out the cigarette when told to despite being in her own car.
Police officers cannot say they are good cops when they refuse to speak out against the actions of their colleagues even when they know they are wrong.
Clearly it must be evident to all that when bad police officers are allowed to do the things they do without consequences it endangers all including good cops.
How can certain citizens expect to be listened to when they refuse to acknowledge the pain of others?
When you refuse to speak out about the pain and the indignities suffered by your neighbor you refuse to acknowledge their humanity .
How can you expect them to appreciate your pain when you deny them their basic humanity.
There is a shocking pattern by police in America when it comes to their conduct, they fundamentally believe they should not be questioned . It has become clear that they now harbor a sense of grandiosity which is utterly stunning.
Police advocates argue that police are there protecting people even when they demonstrate against them. I am a little perplexed at that line of reasoning .
Exactly what are they supposed to do? Aren’t police officers paid to protect the public who pay their salaries?
Are we to believe that police should have the right while on the public’s payroll to decide what they will and will not do?
After members of the Minnesota Lynx wore T-shirts Saturday night demanding “change” following two police-involved shootings of black men, four off-duty Minneapolis cops reportedly decided to quit their jobs as arena security guards.The WNBA players sported black warmup shirts before a game against the Dallas Wings at Target Center that said “Change Starts with Us — Justice and Accountability” on the front; the names of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile were on the back, along with the Dallas Police Department shield and “Black Lives Matter.”
The attitudes of these cops is on open display , the arrogance and the sense of deity they feel ,only goes to demonstrate to the world why there are so many instances of abuse and excessive force leveled against members of the public but more-so against members of the minority community.
Even though they were not on the public payroll and are totally withing their rights to decide to do security work or not , their actions are a mirror into how they think and to some extent the reason why they abuse citizens.
They simply have a God complex, its one born of disrespect, and a sense that they are not only above the laws but they are above being criticized and therein lies the problem.
For those who heard the term( UNCLE TOM) but had no idea what it meant or what the face of it looks like here it is.
Carol Swain, a conservative African-American professor, slammed the Black Lives Matter movement Saturday, calling it a “very destructive force” in America.
CNN’s Michael Smerconish asked Swain, along with civil rights attorney Areva Martin, to comment on the conservative website Drudge Report’s decision to lead the homepage with the title “Black Lives Kill” following the shooting of police officers in Dallas. The headline was quickly pulled down.
“Is this the end of the Black Lives Matter movement?” Smerconish asked.
“I certainly hope so,” Swain, a law professor at Vanderbilt University, responded on CNN’s “Smerconish.” “Because I believe that it’s been a very destructive force in America, and I urge all of your viewers to go to that website and look at what they’re really about. It’s a Marxist organization all about black liberation. It’s not really addressing the real problems affecting African-Americans and so it’s problematic, it’s misleading black people, it needs to go.”
Martin, who supports the movement, jumped on Swain’s remarks.
Unofficially 567 people killed by American police , yet there is no uniformed gathering of this data . Is there a reason that there is no uniformed accounting for the amount of people killed in the most sophisticated Nation on Earth?
Or is there a willful desire to conceal these statistics?
As a former Law-Enforcement officers who served a full decade in a very violent nation I cringe to see these images and the staggering statistics which seem to show police acting more like downright dangerous thugs than lawful officers of the law.
Mark Dayton says level of force was ‘way in excess’ of what was necessary and demands justice department investigation as Obama calls shootings ‘a serious problem’
The fatal shooting of a black man by police in Minnesota was attributed to racism by the state’s governor on Thursday, as Barack Obama urged Americans to admit that the country faced a “serious problem” of prejudice in law enforcement.
Dispensing with the caution typically shown by elected leaders following shootings by police, Governor Mark Dayton blamed the death of Philando Castile on racial bias and said the officer involved used a level of force “way in excess” of what was necessary. “Would this have happened if the driver and passenger were white?” Dayton asked at a press conference. “I don’t think it would have. So I’m forced to confront, and I think all of Minnesota is forced to confront, that this kind of racism exists.”
The killing of Castile, 32, is the latest to roil the US in the nearly two years since the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, led to waves of unrest around the country. Castile’s death was broadcast live on Facebook by his girlfriend after he was shot by an officer through the window of their car during a traffic stop near St Paul on Wednesday evening. Castile had been reaching for identification after warning the officer that he was legally carrying a handgun, according to his girlfriend. It was the second time this week that the killing by police of an African American was captured on widely shared cellphone video. On Tuesday, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot dead during a struggle with two officers in Baton Rouge,Louisiana. Sterling, who was selling CDs outside a shop, appeared to have a pistol in his pocket. Obama said Americans “should be deeply troubled” by the two shootings, as he suggested it was necessary to “admit we’ve got a serious problem” with racial bias or its appearance among some police officers. “We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times,” Obama said of the Sterling and Castile killings, in a Facebook post.
The two men were the 135th and 136th African Americans to be killed by police across the US in 2016, according to anongoing Guardian project to document every death caused by law enforcement officers. In total, 561 people have been killed so far this year. Castile’s mother, Valerie, said she was outraged by the death of the 32-year-old school cafeteria worker. “Every day you hear of another black person being shot down – gunned down – by the people who are supposed to protect us,” she told CNN. Some of the country’s most prominent black cultural figures also expressed anger over the shootings. “We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” the singer Beyoncé said in a statement on her website. “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us’.” An extensive list of names of people killed by US police was projected as a backdrop to Beyoncé’s concert in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday evening.
Dayton, a Democrat, asked the US Department of Justice to investigate Castile’s shooting after protesters gathered outside his mansion overnight and wrapped his gates in crime-scene tape. The department is already reviewing the death of Sterling in Baton Rouge.
An announced SOE will result in less homicides and other crimes where security personnel are positioned but will have almost zero effect in removing guns and criminals from the streets.
The killers will simply move to other areas.
A SOE will have the effect of a plastic bag half filled with air , squeeze one end and the air goes to the other end.
The Commissioner of Police is no stranger to these facts , that is the reason he is hesitant , he understands that it’s effect will be negligible and potentially could be disastrous.
Many of the hypocrites now calling for SOE are the very ones calling for prosecution of members of the security forces for the Tivoli gardens incursion of 2010.
They only need the police and the military when their asses are caught in a vice.
Other parishes can look for an upsurge in crime in their communities during the time a state of emergency is instituted were one to be instituted.
We can do a lot by….
(1) Empowering our police legislatively, that means debating and passing tough new anti-crime laws which prosecutes criminals operating in the lotto-scam and other gangs as criminals operating together as criminal empires as the America Rico statute does.
(2) Understanding that police killings have gone down not because they were killing innocents but because they stopped engaging ruthless gunmen. The killing of civilians have gone up exponentially.
(3) Those who seek to deceive you into believing that INDECOM is a success will not tell you that they base their metric on the fact that police are killing less murderers , and that-that is the metric INDECOM is using to deceive Jamaicans into believing his agency is reaping success.
If that is the measurement of success then it is a Pyrrhic victory for the Jamaican people who are opposed to crime.
(4) What they will not tell you is that police are no longer actively engaging and killing hardened criminals, but hardened criminals are killing innocent people.
(5) That in the five years INDECOM the agency even at it’s most zealous, has managed to investigate and convict less corrupt cops than the CCRB or any of the other agencies of the past which investigated police officers.
(6) A SOE is not sustainable , a continued SOE is an occupation. Occupations are festering breeding -grounds of resentment toward those who occupy.
The police commissioner cannot be uninformed about these realities.
(7) Revamping and re doing the Bail Act.
The Act has empowered the Island’s leftist criminal loving judges , giving them the loop-holes they desired to release criminals back onto the streets as soon as they are arrested , even for committing several separate case of the most violent and egregious murders.
(8) Repealing the INDECOM Act , debate comprehensively a replacement piece of Legislation which has no dog in the fight when it goes in to investigate.
An Agency which does not manufacture and nurture animosity with the Agencies it is empowered to investigate.
(9) Rapidly begin the work of training Detectives and undercover police officers who can infiltrate Gangs and criminal networks.
(10) Stop looking at crime fighting the way governments have done before , it is a different ballgame.
In no other nation are killers granted bail after they are arrested .
In Jamaica they are given bail no matter how many people they kill or the amounts of times they kill.
Between the Judges on the bench the criminal defense lawyers and the street thugs there exist an unofficial conspiracy aided and supported by Government .
Criminals subvert the process by changing their lawyers whenever their case comes up for trial. This forces adjournments yet neither the past administration nor this one has done anything about it legislatively.
Dragging out cases has been a tactic of criminals and their defense lawyers for decades. In Jamaica’s case defense lawyers are poor excuses as officers of the courts but in many cases are themselves active criminals.
This strategy allows the most violent criminals the luxury of being on the streets with precious little fear that they will pay for the egregious crimes they commit. It also gives them the opportunities they need to terminate witnesses and kill witnesses they do.
Additionally when witnesses are killed the loop-hole persists which allows killers to walk free without consequence. The most hardened and violent killers in the Island literally understand that the system aides them in their nefarious activities. There is nothing which prevented the former administration nor this one from doing something about it .
What is undeniable is that the past PNP Government was never desirous of doing anything about crime , a large swath of their support comes from criminals and the general consensus among the masses that the party allows people to do as they please.
Their record stays in office and the nation’s crime situation gives credibility to that consensus..
The PNP spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the Tivoli witch-hunt as a political strategy it failed miserably. They did it with much support from the anti-police antagonists in both political parties yet many of these same hypocrites are now clamoring for another state of emergency.
What exactly will it accomplish in real terms ? Sure there will be a temporary lull in crime in the areas in which the police and military are given additional powers. Conversely there will be massive howls of condemnations coming from the very same people any potential SOE is supposed to benefit.
Will the killers sit around with their guns waiting for the security forces to come and take them ?
No ,like air in the plastic bag they will simply move to different spaces.
The killers will have been gone and behind will remain innocent young men and boys . Also remaining are the duplicitous and conniving women who provide aid , comfort, cover and sexual favors to the blood-thirsty killers. They will be the ones complaining the loudest about abuse .
They always are.
Yesterday I wrote on the continued transformation of terrorism internationally and even by local criminals when they are allowed to operate in spaces they shouldn’t and in ways they ought not be allowed.
To some degree it may reasonably be said that when it comes to local or home grown criminals who would terrorize the innocent, some degree of political correctness have actually allowed the growth and brazenness of these criminals.
It’s important to understand that we will most likely never live as free people in societies which are free from crime anytime soon .
I believe we are faced with two choices going forward (1) being free citizens of this planet who help in our own security by doing what we can personally to ensure that criminal behavior is not allowed to develop in our homes , our communities and in our countries.
Or (2) people succumb to strict regimented governmental control of our lives , ceding all freedoms to states in which we live .
I would argue that ceding freedoms to Government is probably where we are headed as a specie. We have all given up massive chunks of our individual liberties since the events of September 11th 2001 .
Ironically since then ,despite continued erosion of our rights and privileges we have not attained the security we seek , If fact we have become exponentially less safe.
Regardless of where we live we are affected by events which transpired on that morning in 2001 . Air travel has literally become and exercise in debasement. We are subjected to being herded together in lines, forced to deal with police dogs sniffing our persons and our personal belongings. People we don’t know are allowed to grope and fondle us to their satisfaction just so that we can get on a flight crammed together like sardines with others who have likewise surrendered their dignities. As I intimated yesterday this is the new normal for the foreseeable future , these conditions are not about to subside or go away. The way things used to be ,simply used to be …….They are no more.
During the 1980’s to early 1990’s I was a law enforcement officer in Jamaica during my tenure which began in 1982 and ended in 1991 the country was awash in illegal guns . Most of the weaponry we faced then were M16 assault rifles, the AR 15’s and a slew of semi-automatic handguns. Intelligence suggested then that many of those weapons were dumped on the island by American drug runners who flew light aircraft from Florida to the Island on Ganja runs. It was rumored that much of the cocaine which deluged our streets at the time also came into the island that way.
Despite working with literally no, support, equipment, or other resources the hard work and resilience of Jamaican police officers managed to put a sizable dent into the drug trade. Unfortunately many also succumbed to the lure of easy dirty money. The sheer mass of weaponry which was in the hands of criminals at that time was significantly less that it is today over two decades later.
With the exception of the tremendous loss of life leading up to the general elections of 1980 , murders and other crimes committed with the use of firearms were high but for the most part the hard working members of the JCF kept a lid on things. I believe many Jamaicans would be prepared to go back to 300 plus homicides annually as compared to the over 1200 the Island averages annually today.
Crime does not increase by 300% between the early 90′ and present day without attendant factors driving it’s growth.
Whether or not the nation wants to concede that the relatively safety it enjoyed was a result of the no nonsense approach police took in going after criminals does not change the fact that we were registering around 300 homicides annually as a result of that strategy.
The many officers in the NYPD with whom I spoke confessed that by the time the shower posse , spanglers and other Jamaican criminal enterprises came to their attention they were already well established from the east coast of the United States to California and as far away as Alaska. They were also largely operating in countries like Great Britain and Canada .
Law enforcement officials in the United States said it wasn’t the drug dealing which startled them as much as the level of violence Jamaican gangsters employed in an attempt to drive fear into their adversaries.
They also found out in no uncertain terms that the level of respect they received from American criminals who generally avoided killing cops did not extend to Jamaican criminals.
Jamaicans have no compunction about killing police officers and they did. The difference is that when they did they brought down the wrath and power of the entire American government on their heads.
It would not be business as usual in the United States when they killed police officers as it is in Jamaica where they are coddled, loved and adored.
They would not be released on bail because some little anti-police judge decides to turn them loose.
Today when I speak to police officers in Jamaica they tell me they are not getting involved as there is no reason to .
Criminals openly brag that INDECOM protects them from the police . Visitors to the Island speak of men walking around with guns as if they have not a care in the world .
This is what Jamaica has come to, but if you are walking around in the ganja fog, just had some jerk chicken or pork , or enjoyed a drink of our world renowned white rum none of this matter to you.
Because contrary to the massive and unconstrained blood-letting, “Jumeka nice nu rass.”
Gray, who was 25, suffered a devastating spinal injury and died in April 2015, about a week after he was arrested and placed into a prisoner van that Goodson was driving.
Of the six officers arrested in the case, Goodson faced the most serious charges. The second-degree depraved heart murder is a charge unique to a few states that implies that the defendant acts with extreme indifference with regard to the human consequences and perils of their actions.
The verdict is another setback for State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who dramatically announced the charges against the six officer last year from the broad steps of the downtown War Memorial.
The ‘rough ride’
Prosecutors alleged that after Gray was arrested on a weapons charge, Goodson took him on a “rough ride” in a prisoner van — a punitive measure police used against unruly subjects.
They said Goodson drove so radically that he blew through a stop sign and veered into another lane of traffic because of the speed he was traveling, which prosecutors said would have tossed Gray around in the van. This is the point in the ride that prosecutors think Gray sustained his fatal spinal injury.
The prosecution argued that Goodson failed on two accounts: failing to put a seat belt on Gray when he was in the back of the van and neglecting to provide Gray with proper medical assistance after Gray indicated that he wanted to go to the hospital.
Goodson was also charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office, involuntary manslaughter, manslaughter by vehicles (gross negligence), manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence) and reckless endangerment.
Defense attorneys for Goodson argued that there is no evidence of that rough ride and that Gray’s injuries were caused in part by his own agitation and thrashing around in the van.
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They said Gray was combative and uncooperative and that Goodson used his judgment to not put a seat belt on Gray because he felt it wasn’t safe.
“We certainly don’t want to speak poorly about the deceased, but Mr. Gray created the high-degree of risk,” defense attorney Matthew Fraling said during the bench trial.
The defense added that, although he asked to go to the hospital, Gray never showed symptoms that would have called for immediate medical attention, such as bleeding, bruising or broken limbs.
Over the seven-day testimony, the state called 21 witnesses; the defense called on nine. Goodson didn’t testify.
“I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates,” James told cleveland.com. “Obviously my agent will take care of all the logistical things but, I’m happy. I’ve got no plans to go nowhere at this point.”