The mindless thug who summarily murdered a security officer Lincoln Graham is still out on the streets going about his business as if killing someone is no big deal. Unfortunately, Jamaicans are so desensitized to these horrific murders that they split hairs about murders being committed in other countries rather than agree that one murder of our fellow countrymen is one too many.
This is the lowlife piece of garbage who murdered Lincoln Graham, hopefully the police will find him and bring justice to him for the family of that security officer who went out to earn a living the right way for himself and his family and had his life taken from him by a piece of useless garbage.
Recently, Minister of National Security Horace Chang stated that when his party took power they inherited, a glorified security guard company, (speaking ofthe Jamaica Constabulary Force(JCF)). I was unsure how to process that statement. On the one hand, the JCF’s leadership have been woefully lacking, derelict, incompetent even, in executing the leadership the agency needs. Furthermore, even with the woeful lack of resources given the department, the high command has not demonstrated the kind of forward thinking necessary to maximize the resources at its disposal. But the JCF has never been about hard results, its focus throughout its existence has largely been about form rather than substance. Sure, the agency can put on a smart drill parade to impress the Island’s bourgeoisie and the poor commoners.
Officers of all ranks can be counted on to look smart in their impractical colonial-era uniforms, performing all kinds of tricks and sometimes stunning feats to the delight of the upper class. All of this is reminiscent of the spectacle of the old Roman amphitheaters in which gladiators performed to the death, to the delight of the upper class. But when the time comes for the JCF to be a modern evolving law enforcement agency which has strategic goals and tested strategies to go after criminals that is where the agency falls short.
On the other hand, the men and women who do the grunge work cannot be faulted for the incompetence of their leaders. Poor things many would not even understand that the leadership of the agency do not care about them and are only in it to secure their own interest. Nevertheless having thought through the Minister’s statement I wrote a response and I stand by that response today. Regardless of how Chang’s statement was viewed, his words could have been more artful, less disrespectful. In seeking to make political hay out of the fact that the previous administration had not done due diligence to law-enforcement, the sorry little man threw in a little uncalled for disrespect to the men and women of the force. Understandably, the rancid bellicosity inside these little partisans makes decency and respect impossible.
Now having said that, pejoratively comparing Jamaican police officers to [security guards] may not be such a disrespectful thing after all. In many cases, the guard’s uniforms are better and more practical than that of police officers. Many are paid better than police officers. Their interest is paramount to their employers, who do not put them out there on their own without a support structure. Their employers are not part of the process of commission and omission which places their interest and well-being in jeopardy and exposes them to prison and ridicule for doing what they are sworn to do.
In the recent death of [King Alarm]security guard Lincoln Graham in a shootout in Portmore St Catherine .King Alarm executives acted in a way that the Police High Command could only dream of. Responding to the shooting death of their colleague and employee.
STATEMENT FROM KING ALARM
“We confirm the tragic and most unfortunate fatal shooting of one of our dedicated security officers.” “Preliminary investigations suggest that officer Graham displayed remarkable bravery in the carrying out of his duties, and he sadly paid the ultimate price for his bravery and heroism.” “Officer Graham’s heroic actions, in the face of the most adverse of circumstances, no doubt helped to protect the lives and property of others, and he died doing what he pledged to do many years ago – serve and protect.” “We at KingAlarm have already reached out to Crime Stop and encourage those with information relating to this heinous crime to share it anonymously with them by calling 311, or to do so directly with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), which has already commenced investigations.” “We thank our clients, members of the public and colleagues from within the security industry for their outpouring of support during this difficult time, as we mourn the untimely passing of a member of our KingAlarm family.”
When has the JCF ever stood up and made a statement as forceful, concise and unequivocal as this when a brave police officer gives his life in service to his country? Does the leadership of the JCF even know how to put together a statement of this caliber? That is the question. I’m beginning to think that what Horace Chang meant for harm and disrespect may actually be a badge of honor. I salute all police officers, members of our military and security officers. You are the good guys who put your lives on the line in defense of others, even those who do not deserve it. Horace Chang being front and center, a recipient of what he does not deserve. As you strive to secure the country this holiday season for both the just and the unjust, remember your families. Make sure that whatever you do, give enough thought to the well being of your own families, it is up to you to look out for their welfare. No one else can be counted on to do so.
I am a constant critic of the JCF’s senior leadership which(a) loves to make statements to the press it generally cannot back up.(b) speaks out of turn on critical investigations and (c) sits in offices rather than be out on the streets supporting the men and women under their command.
This little list of areas in which I cannot agree with the police high command is by far not the only disagreement that I have as someone looking in. Certainly there are many areas that the police high command can deliver a better quality of service to the silent majority of Jamaicans who are not law-breakers and who want to stand with their police officers.
Nevertheless, when I observe any glimmer of hope that at least one member of the senior fraternity gets it, I am obligated to bring it to you just as I bring the criticisms. So let’s shout out a “good job” to this senior officer who is out there on a bicycle doing the rounds. Good job officer.
The $15 million drug bust at Regents Gardens apartment complex in Westmoorings on Tuesday, has been linked to a St Ann’s businessman with close ties to one of the suspects held for the drug seizure.
The businessman was under surveillance for several months and investigators believe he carried on a lucrative and brisk trade involving marijuana and cocaine between TT, other Caricom countries and North America.
The man is believed to have very close ties with criminal elements in Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. According to intelligence sources, the drugs may have entered Trinidad on Monday night close to a businessplace in Carenage.
The illegal port of entry which is close to a gas station in the West is also believed to be the area where drugs are usually dropped off. Newsday understands the drugs was supposed to be re-packaged to be sold locally, in the Caribbean and in North America.
The five who were detained following the seizure of the drugs at the apartment were first taken to the Four Roads Police Station but later removed to different stations in Port of Spain Division.
On Tuesday at 11 am, a joint team of officers from the Special Operations Response Team acted on information went to the apartment where the drugs were found. It is believed the drugs originated from Venezuela. No charges have been laid as yet and investigations are ongoing. (Source: newsday.co.tt)
Hate, bigotry, and racism should have no place in any community, state or nation. Yet, despite all of the work and sacrifice which has been put into the fight to eradicate the ignorant scourge of racism from our midst, hate, bigotry, and racism persist as it did back in the ’40s and ’50s. The fact that people are a little less blatant with racist attitudes toward others they dislike may only be attributable to the cost attached to acts of racism rather than any change of heart individual bigots may have had.
The problem of racism and Police abuse in America was the number one issue while stalwarts like Stokely Carmichael, Dr. King, and others lived. Today the issue of racist Police abuse of people of color continue to be the number one issue plaguing the country. Years after the Federal Bureau Of Investigations warned that white supremacists were infiltrating police departments nothing substantive has been done to root them out. In fact Department heads, Prosecutors and Judges have worked assiduously to ensure that racist murderers parading in police uniforms are not held accountable for their crimes against people of color. Cops hardly make attempts to de-escalate volatile situations anymore, they escalate minor situations in order to justify the use of force. Casual situations which ought to be handled with kindness and professionalism are escalated by the cops themselves, even when they were initially called to help.
“A federal court found that members of a Los Angeles sheriff’s department formed a neo-Nazi gang and habitually terrorized the black community. Later, the Chicago police department fired Jon Burge, a detective with reputed ties to the Ku Klux Klan, after discovering he tortured over 100 black male suspects. Thereafter, the mayor of Cleveland discovered that many of the city police locker rooms were infested with ‘White Power’ graffiti. Years later, a Texas sheriff department discovered that two of its deputies were recruited for the Klan.”
(1) “[T]he term ‘ghost skins’ has gained currency among white supremacists to describe those who avoid overt displays of their beliefs to blend into society and covertly advance white supremacist causes,” the FBI report states. (2) In 2014 New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Jarvis DeBerry reminded readers of Michael Elsbury, a white Baton Rogue police officer who resigned after “he was linked” to racist text messages. (3) “I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out,” Elsbury reportedly wrote in one message, referring to the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown. “I hate looking at those African monkeys at work … I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants.” (4) According to Esquire.com) Critical to the rise of these groups within law enforcement was the severe backlash by mainstream conservatives to a 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security that revealed that white-supremacist groups and right-wing domestic terrorist organizations had been recruiting heavily among a number of groups in the country, especially among returning military veterans. Mainstream conservatives went completely bananas and, to her discredit, then-DHS Secretary Donna Shalala killed the report, apologized to various veterans groups, and disbanded the unit within her department that had done the research.
(5)Critics fear that the backlash following the 2009 DHS report hindered further action against the growing white supremacist threat and that it was largely ignored because the issue was so politically controversial. “I believe that because that report was so denounced by conservatives, it sort of closed the door on whatever the FBI may have been considering doing with respect to combating infiltration of law enforcement by white supremacists,” said Samuel Jones, a professor of law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago who has written about white power ideology in law enforcement. “Because after the 2006 FBI report, we simply cannot find anything by local law enforcement or the federal government that addresses this issue.”
(6) The website (Occupy Democrats) argue that White supremacists are infiltrating the police departments across the country according to a report by the FBI. The report is alarming in the Trump era, as white nationalists across the country are feeling emboldened and only build on a long history of domestic terrorist groups joining law enforcement. A classified FBI Counter-Terrorism Policy Guide from April 2015 was obtained by The Intercept and revealed that “domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers.” Shockingly, to those studying law enforcement in the US this is nothing new; however, the FBI is doing little to publicly address this growing threat. Many police departments around the nation have a history of racism in their ranks, and with no national standard among the nearly 2,000 law enforcement agencies, white nationalists have little trouble infiltrating the ranks and spreading their influence.
Summing up these realities with incredible precision Angelia Williams Graves, a Virginia councilwoman,ata NAACP luncheon said the following. These white supremacists have “taken off their white hats and white-sheeted robes and put on police uniforms. Some of them have put on shirts and ties as policymakers and some of them have put on robes as judges.” “I know I could never change the condition from the outside. I had to go for the inside,” Col. K.L. Williams, the Black chief of police in Kinloch, Mo., told CNN. “If you think that racism and white supremacy is not involved in police departments, you better check yourself. Because the KKK has been involved with law enforcement from when it just about started,” he continued.
Time after time white mass killers are arrested, not killed, even when armed. White South Carolina mass murderer Dylan Roof was even treated to fast food after being arrested without being shot, courtesy of the local PB. Conversely, black men and women risk instant death at the hands of police on every traffic stop, traffic stops which are generally done on illegally cooked-up convoluted reasons. Black men risk getting murdered while black women risked getting pulled from their automobiles and brutalized by police whose job it is to protect them.
The instances are well documented, guilty white mass killers are treated exponentially better than respectable black victims of crime. Which brings us to the question of why? We can waste time talking about all manner of peripheral stuff like what the mainstream media does to deceive the public on this issue. Or we can accept the fact that many cops in the public sphere are white Nationalists with a badge and gun. Black citizens could fight the clan toe-to-toe. How do you fight back against someone who comes under the cover of the law?
Whether the nation wants to face what’s happening or continue to ignore it does not change the facts. Black and brown people are being murdered by white cops who are active white supremacists bent on enforcing their own agendas. In the meantime, all-white grand juries continue to grant them license to murder by failing to indict them. On the rare occasions that these murderers are even indicted for their crimes, the chances of convictions are almost nil, whether they receive a jury or bench trial the end results are the same. Murderers who kill while wearing a police officers uniform are guaranteed that there will be no consequences for their actions. What better place to be if you are a white supremacist who hates and wants to kill black people?
Crime should not be politicized. Why, because it affects us all and the consequences it imposes on society are far too consequential for us to be pulling in different directions on it. One would think that with that in mind, the issue of how to combat crime effectively would take on an a-political tone and demeanor. Not so, it is too shiny an object for politicians to ignore when it comes to seeking political mileage. Never mind that the problem is not new, that the problem is also a major issue when each political party is in office. As soon as a party is out of office the other side becomes the worst ever on the issue.
Now, despite the foregone, It is nevertheless understood that political parties are not religious institutions. In fact, since we can’t even place our trust in religious institutions we clearly cannot place our trust in any institutions, least of all, rapacious power-hungry political parties. The Holness Administration has taken some steps, albeit, ones which cannot be the extent of the administration’s long-term strategy on crime. Those steps include the Creation of Zones Of Special Operations (ZOSO), in targeted areas and the oft-critiqued limited states of emergencies(SOE’s) in a few others. Like others, I too have opined on both initiatives.
My take is that neither initiative can be the objective but a means to an end. Simply put, I believe that the policy on crime should be far more bush-clearing with less decorating. Now is the time that the dirty work of eradicating dangerous murderers from our midst must be done before installing a long-term crime policy. What is irrefutable, is that the temporary measures instituted by the administration are having some measure of success. If only one innocent life is saved by these measures, there is no argument to be made(outside constitutional limits) for their discontinuation, much less when hundreds of lives are being saved.
Having a political opposition make hay out of crime is to be expected. Having the People’s National Party(PNP) try to create leverage is nauseating, considering that it was only a couple years ago, a clueless and exasperated Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, threw up his hands and declared that the only thing which can save Jamaica from its present crime epidemic was “divine intervention.” Now I too understand the power of “divine intervention,” but I’m also mindful that faith without works is dead and as Paul said in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”. We ask for his help then get up and do what we can to fix our situations. That is what the Government is doing. The political opposition should seek leverage elsewhere and shun the populism it has used since its inception as a political party. For the good of the nation, no one should want to see the administration fail on crime. The cost is simply too great.
Since the cost in blood and treasure is too great to play games, it is important that we have all hands on deck , yes, administration and opposition alike. What is inconceivable and must not be tolerated are moles and termites within the governmental structure, actively eating away at the foundations. I could go on and on about how a house divided against itself cannot stand and any number of other cliches. But there is no need to state the obvious. If there are persons within the Government who are paid with tax dollars and are working duplicitously to thwart any aspect of the Government’s objective it is important that they are removed in the interest of the country.
It is not out of the ordinary that employees in a democratic government would opine on policies they may not like. Sometimes we put our foot in our mouths when we tread in areas we do not understand. So I understood then, how the Public Defender could have put her foot in her mouth when she prematurely called for an end to the state of emergency in Saint James in April of this year. Like many Jamaicans, the arguments put forward by the Public Defender are the same. We really do not like scraping up large groups of young men and detaining them as a crime-fighting strategy. Nevertheless, those concerns have to be balanced with the greater urgency of stopping the wanton loss of life. See [PD’s call here] http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20180417/st-james-state-public-emergency-must-end-public-defener
Unfortunately, the Public Defender did not even bother to demonstrate that she understood, let alone care about the bloodshed. Her singular focus was on the young men who may or may not be guilty of any crimes, who are picked up and have to suffer the indignity of spending a couple of days in jail. None of us want this to be the way we fight crime, but sometimes our hand is all we have to plug the dike. I never got the impression that officials like Arlene Harrison-Henry, Earl Witter before her, Terrence Williams of INDECOM and others sees themselves as arms of the government which ought to work cohesively for the greater good of the government’s objectives. Instead, they operate as parts of the government which has gone rogue. Here is what Arlene Harrison-Henry said to the media last April which clearly shows that by her own words she does not see her role and that of her office as part of the Government.
Speaking of detainees… “You release them after spending three, four and five days in custody, and less than 10 percent have been charged. That has serious consequences as to whether that was lawful,” argued Harrison Henry. “Even under a state of emergency, there is a minimum threshold that [they] have to meet before[they] deprive you of your liberty. [They] have to see you behaving a certain way or committing an offense.“
Mrs. Harrison-Henry’s own words are demonstrably clear that she views the security forces (an arm of government) adversarially. Even though the ill-begotten office she holds was unnecessary, she and her staff are paid with tax dollars and that makes her and all employees of that office subject to the dictates of the government. She has no right to be running a separate operation that is antithetical to the direction in which the administration is going. Regardless of which administration nominated her to the post, if she does not support the administration’s mandate she has a duty to resign. She should not be allowed to subvert the policy positions of the government through the use of lies and half-truths.
The shocking reality is that the lies and misinformation that the Public Defender testified to in the parliament recently were totally un-necessary regardless of her political or ideological position. Stating the facts about what she saw truthfully did not mean that she was not doing her job. In other countries lying to the parliament is at least a firing offence if not a criminal one. Lying to the nation and smearing the police made her office a joke. Lying to the nation showed that she cannot be trusted. The Public Defender would do all Jamaicans a favor if she did the right thing and tendered her resignation. Failing which she should be shown the door. Public office is about honor. service. selflessness. duty. commitment.character. If we expect that from other public officials we must also ask the same of the public defender.
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Having served in the JCF for a brief ten years I have been a vocal critic of the Agency in areas in which I know it can be better despite the challenges it faces. I am also a staunch supporter because I know we desperately need law enforcement if we are to survive as a nation.
And so for us Jamaicans, not of mal-intent, it is important that we come together for the greater good of our country. It is with that in mind that I wrote an article in response to the Public Defender, Arlene Harrison-Henry’s partial submission to a select committee of the parliament on a raft of issues to include the treatment of prisoners in custody and that public body’s perceptions regarding the State of Emergencies declared and in effect in select areas.
Although the (OPD) said it’s submission was not complete, I thought that there were areas in which the Public Defender had dipped its nose that was vastly outside its remit. What was clear to me is that like Earl Witter and [stand-in] Matondo Mukulu before her, Arlene Harrison-Henry’s understanding of her role and that of her office was one which was created to be antagonistic toward law -enforcement. This may or may not be so, it could also be that [Arlene Harrison-Henry] who came from the Bar Association is merely acting-out what are natural instincts evident in many lawyers to be unprincipled rapacious vultures rather than principled officers of the court.
Nevertheless, in writing a response I tried to steer clear of specifics, conversant that the oftentimes inept Constabulary, should itself confirm or refute the claims made by the Public Defender. In fact, I was hoping that a response would come from the JCF which systematically rubbishes the claims made by the Public Defender. That response came today in a no-nonsense response from the commanding officer Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony Morris, who is the officer in charge of the SOE.
Speaking to local media (SSP) Morris rubbished specific areas of Harrison-Henry’s report on the number of children in police custody and other areas. Arlene Harrison-Henry lied to the Parliament that there were some 105 children up to the age of 17 detained as of October 31. SSP Morris refuted that claim,“At no time did we ever have that number of children in custody.” Police records show that in January, 10 children were in custody; in February there were 12; in March, eight; April, 11; May, seven; June, five; July, 13; August, 12; September had eight; October, 11; and during this month, eight. See link here. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/front-page/not-true-police-counter-public-defender-s_151060?profile=1606
The larger issue here is this, what if there were the 105 children Harrison-Henry argued in custody? If these minors committed crimes, are the police supposed to simply walk away from arresting them? Minors are walking around murdering people in Jamaica are the police supposed to simply ignore them?
The Public Defender talked about the quality of the food being given prisoners. The officer pointed out that the meals are provided for both police officers and prisoners alike. Asked about the quality the senior officer said, for bulk food, it was pretty good and encouraged the media to go see for themselves.
On bathroom facilities that too was a [lie] the media found that no clean up was done in anticipation of their arrival and in fact discovered that there were decent ablution areas for prisoners to practice personal hygiene. According to the (Jamaica Observer) Police Officers were not too pleased with the fraudulent report submitted by Arlene Harrison-Henry. “The information that ended up in the public domain, which I think was meant to demean the (JCF) was broadcast right throughout Jamaica,” said Deputy Superintendent Ainsley McCarty.
Suffice to say, the day before the public defender went to Parliament — because the public defender has spoken to me on numerous occasions and she knows that I am accessible 24 hours a day to her — she called me to clarify certain information. And if she wanted [further] clarity, she could have asked during that period of time and I would have said to the public defender that this was the situation,” DSP McCarty said.
Which brings us to motive. Being anti-police is Jamaica’s largest growth industry. Like everyone else, Arlene Harrison-Henry is crucially aware of this, as is every Tom, Dick, and Harry on the streets. Like Terrence Williams who heads INDECOM the Independent Commission Of Inquiries, everyone seeking relevance, national awards, and other accolades are critically aware that dogging the police department is a surefire way to get what they seek. Arlene Harrison-Henry a duplicitous, conniving, and rapacious lawyer did not make herself available for the job because of any burning desire to do good. Like countless others before her, including the disgraced former head of (JFJ) Jamaicans for Justice Carolyn Gomes, she is seeking fame and recognition and what better strategy than to ride on the backs of the police to get there?
And so there must be a recognition that people have their own individual motives and agendas. As such the Parliament must move to codify into law, safeguards which appropriately criminalizes those who would lie to the parliament. The exigencies of the times demand it. The legislature must act on it.
I generally have nothing good to say about Republicans for the simple reason that the Republican Party advances and supports literally everything I hate and hate everything I support. On the issues of Race. Poverty. Health-Care. Immigration. The Environment. Foreign Policy. and every other issue in between, my views are vastly different than those espoused by the Republican party.
The idea of black Republicans is even more revolting to me as I have stated in previous articles. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. , Trump’s Housing Secretary Ben Carson and the likes of Ken Blackwell former Ohio Secretary of state all are black men who have demonstrably acted in ways that have been destructive and particularly vicious against their own race.
As I have said time and again the destructive nature of the Republican party makes it impossible for me to understand why any person of color would support a party which actually hates them. Nevertheless, sometimes the ability to use a certain course to power far outweighs principles and it’s important to always remember that to each his own. Which brings me to South Carolina’s Republican Senator Tim Scott. Tim Scott has been winning elections in South Carolina’s mostly white Districts from 1995 when he ran in a February 1995 special election to the Charleston County Council at-large seat vacated by Keith Summey, who resigned his seat after being elected as Mayor of North Charleston.
Scott, a former financial adviser, and businessman who owns an insurance agency, (Tim Scott Allstate) possibly did not see a path forward in politics unless he declared and ran as a Republican. Tim Scott is the Republican US Senator from South Carolina and Tim Scott finally stood up today when I did not believe he had the balls to do what’s right. Here is the story from our friends at @ https://www.msn.com
Sen. Tim Scott said Thursday he will oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to the federal bench, assuring the controversial pick will not be confirmed. The South Carolina Republican was the deciding vote in determining whether Farr, widely accused of efforts to disenfranchise black voters, would be confirmed. Scott’s decision comes after four days of intense drama and speculation about what the Senate’s only black Republican would do. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, made it clear earlier in the day he, too, would oppose Farr’s nomination. Senate Republicans could only afford to lose one vote and still confirm Farr. Senate Republicans control 51 seats, and all 49 Democratic caucus members were expected to oppose Farr.
In a brief statement explaining his decision, Scott cited a 1991 Department of Justice memo that was leaked just this week, days before the Senate was set to vote on Farr’s confirmation. It detailed Farr’s involvement in “ballot security” activities by the 1984 and 1990 campaigns of then-Sen. Jesse Helms, R-North Carolina. Farr worked for the campaign in 1984 and represented the 1990 campaign as a lawyer. Helms’ 1990 re-election campaign against former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, who is black, included charges of voter intimidation for postcards mailed to primarily black voters warning of possible arrest at the polls. The Department of Justice investigated the voter intimidation claims and settled with the Helms campaign in a consent decree.
“I am ready and willing to support strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering concerns about issues that could affect their decision-making process as a federal judge,” Scott said in his statement. “This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination.”The 1991 memo said that “Farr was the primary coordinator of the 1984 ‘ballot security’ program conducted by the NCGOP and 1984 Helms for Senate Committee. He coordinated several ‘ballot security’ activities in 1984, including a postcard mailing to voters in predominantly black precincts which was designed to serve as a basis to challenge voters on election day.” Farr told attendees at a 1990 meeting that the need for “ballot security” measures, such as postcards, “was not as compelling as in 1984, since, unlike in 1984, the state had a Republican governor.”
In 1990, the Helms campaign sent postcards to black voters who may have changed addresses warning of “voter eligibility and the penalties for election fraud.” Farr said he did not know about the decision to send the postcards, and the memo does not state that he did. Scott spent the past days studying this memo and speaking directly to the document’s author. He spoke to the author Wednesday for at least part of a nearly 45-minute period as his colleagues voted on limiting debate on Farr’s nomination. Scott agreed to the limit. On Thursday, just half an hour before Farr’s confirmation vote was set to take place on the Senate floor, Scott invited several colleagues to his office to discuss the memo and hear from the author, via conference call, once again.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, told McClatchy as he headed to that meeting he was still inclined to vote for Farr but as a practice always discussed nominees with Scott, especially when race has been a factor. “Was (Farr) a lawyer representing a client, telling them what they were legally allowed to do, or was he a political consultant determining strategy and targeting? I don’t know the answer to that. It was a long time ago,” Rubio explained. “But I think that’s kind of what we’re focused in on.” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, another senator at the meeting and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had earlier in the week said she would confirm Farr but was now “taking a look at this information which was not available previously.”It’s not clear whether Scott would have ultimately persuaded them to also vote against Farr, but he has a track record of being influential. Earlier the summer, Scott announced he would oppose Ryan Bounds, a nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who as a Stanford University student-produced writings that mocked multiculturalism and cultural sensitivity. Scott’s opposition influenced Rubio and other Republicans to also say they would vote against Bounds, resulting in GOP leaders having to pull the nominee just minutes before the confirmation vote was set to take place.
North Carolina’s Eastern District covers 44 counties stretching from Raleigh to the Atlantic coast. The population of the district is 27 percent African-American, and no black judge has ever been seated on the court. The seat has been vacant since Jan 1, 2006.
Farr was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and 2007, but never received a vote. President Barack Obama nominated two African-American women for the court, but neither received a vote. Farr was nominated for the seat by President Donald Trump in 2017 and again in 2018.
Farr’s nomination has been bitterly contested by Democrats and civil rights groups, who cited Farr’s work for Helms and more recent work defending North Carolina’s Republican lawmakers in lawsuits over voter ID and gerrymandering. A panel of federal judges said the 2013 voter ID law targeted African-American voters with “almost surgical precision,” striking it down. “Thomas Farr is not fit to serve. He has a long, long history of being hostile to voting rights and voter suppression,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson, North Carolina Democrat and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Farr’s supporters, including North Carolina Republican Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, have pointed to his “well qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. Tillis said Democrats engaged in a “Kavanaugh-esque attempt to discredit him,” referencing the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh who faced allegations of decades-old sexual assault during his confirmation hearing. Tillis said Thursday that Farr’s backers were “still working on it” and that he was “hopeful” supporters would prevail over skeptics. On Wednesday, Scott was signaling an openness to vote for Farr, but told reporters on Capitol Hill he was bothered that his party was “not doing a very good job of avoiding the obvious potholes on race in America and we ought to be more sensitive when it comes to those issues. “There are a lot of folks that can be judges, in states including North Carolina, besides Tom Farr,” Scott added.
The Police reported that at about 10:05 pm on Tuesday November 27th, citizens in the Caymanas Bay area of Saint Catherine heard several loud explosions sounding like gunshots coming from an area of the community.
On Wednesday the 28th at about 7:30:am a resident went to enquire at a nearby house from where the explosions seemed to have come the day before. The body of three men were discovered lying face down in blood on the verandah. The individual summoned the police who were on patrol in the area. Police responded and a search of the house revealed a fourth body of a male in a room to the rear of the house lying face down with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The police have tentatively identified the fourth decedant as Jerry Solomon, [o/c Jerry Dawg]who is said to be the [area leader] in the community, otherwise called a [Don].
Two of the other deceased have also been tentatively identified by their aliases, Bobby and Seafood( . The fourt person is yet to be indentified. Several 9mm spent casings, live rounds, bullet fragments and three Molotov cocktail bombs were reportedly discovered at the scene. Investigations continues into these latest killings.
The primary responsibility of Government is to provide safety and security to its people. Today we do not build walls to keep out invaders because walls can be scaled, and tunnels are made under walls…… [Oh wait I spoke too soon]. I meant to say that smart leaders do not do that. I forgot that some still believe that hiding behind walls is a great defensive mechanism. But I digress…
The security nations provide for their citizens is not confined to keeping the peace with hostile neighbors, it includes protecting the population from threats foreign and domestic. When the domestic threat assessment is dissected, Government must make decisions to protect the population not just from those who would willfully cause harm but from those who would recklessly and carelessly cause harm to others as well.
That is why I support the Government’s attempt at the restructuring of the Road Traffic Act. The Road Traffic Act of 2018 was passed in the House of Representatives but was stalled in the Senate because of concerns raised by the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners. The bill has been stalled in the Senate and according to Ruel Reid who was acting as leader of government business, the proposed legislation will be considered at a “later date”.
The reason Reid gave for the delay is that the Government wanted time to listen to the concerns of the public transportation operators and to provide clarification. Adding, quote;”This is a great opportunity for the maturing of our democracy, where stakeholders feel that the Government will listen to them if they have genuine concerns.” “We are not in a dictatorship, we are in a democracy, and so we will value our important stakeholders.”
There is so much wrong with all this but here is the thing. Why would a bill be passed in the lower house without hearings and debate on the bill? Hasn’t the ill-advised INDECOM Act taught these parliamentarians anything? How in God’s name can a legislative body pass a meaningful bill without hearing from stakeholders, looking at data, and seeing how all of the information fits into the strategic goals of the government?
The much needed Road Traffic Act is long overdue, it will replace an archaic and outdated law which has no real teeth and does not provide the level of protection the public need today. The transport lobby which is a highly vocal, highly disorganized and highly disruptive loosely-knit body should be heard in this, but their point of view as it relates to penalties should not hold any sway. We simply cannot have the inmates running the asylum any longer.
The need for an updated Road Traffic law was made necessary by the very same members of the aforementioned undisciplined Transport sector. the carnage on the roads, from unlicensed taxi-cabs, dark-tinted cabs overtaking at dangerous points where such activities is prohibited. Drinking alcohol and smoking weed while driving. Speeding dangerously. And a host of other illegal activities have cost thousands of lives over the last decade alone. The Government must bring this disruptive sector to heel. Not only has this sector refused to obey the laws they have engaged in terrorist acts against the state’s buses by throwing rocks into the windows and setting them alight.
The Government cannot allow the very same people who necessitated the new law in the first place to determine what the penalties should be for their transgressions and utter disdain for the rule of law. We simply cannot continue to have the law-breakers to have a say in what kind of penalty is meted out to them the law-breakers. If there are any [irrationality] in the bill which needs fixing, that should be done. However, under no circumstances should the lawless transport sector and their taxi-operators, many of whom are hardcore criminals, have a say in the penalties that are in the proposed law. Good governance is about consensus, it is not about bowing down to a lobby as a previous administration did in the lead up to the (INDECOM Act). This law is still undergoing work and has demonstrably cost countless lives and innumerable heartache thus far. It is important that the Government get this one right and not screw up as a previous administration has on (INDECOM). A government must lead from the front regardless of popular perceptions. It cannot be about spitting on one’s finger and seeing where the wind blows.
A former South Florida police chief has been sentenced to three years in prison for framing black people for crimes they didn’t commit, in order to boost his department’s crime-solving stats. Raimundo Atesiano, 53, formerly the chief of the Biscayne Park Police Department in Miami-Dade County, was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday for conspiracy to deprive individuals of their civil rights. “When I took the job, I was not prepared,” Atesiano told U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore before his sentencing, according to the Miami Herald. “I made some very, very bad decisions.”
Atesiano was reportedly given two weeks before having to report to prison, allowing him to spend time with his mother, who is terminally ill.One month ago, three other former Biscayne Park officers — Guillermo Ravelo, Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez — were sentenced for their participation in the scheme. Prosecutors said Aresiano on three occasions ordered them to falsely arrest and charge three people for unsolved burglaries. One of those arrested was just 16 years old when he was falsely accused. Davoub and Fernandez were each sentenced to one year in prison; Ravelo was sentenced to 27 months. “Putting an arrest statistic above the rights of an innocent man instead of working to protect all our citizens undermines the safety goals of every Miami-Dade police department,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in a statement on Tuesday. “Miami-Dade’s residents deserve honesty and integrity, qualities that Raimundo Atesiano deliberately failed to deliver.”One of the three victims, who served five years in prison for a series of burglaries that he was falsely accused of committing, has filed a federal lawsuit that accuses the town and its former officers of violating his civil rights. His conviction was tossed by a judge in September. Story originated here;https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ex-police-chief-sentenced-for-framing-black-men_us_5bfd949de4b03b230fa7b293
The final elections of the 2018 season will be held today November 27th, in the southern state of Mississippi. The elections are a runoff between Republican appointed Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith a white woman who was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by the retiring Republican Senator Thad Cochran, and African-American Mike Espy, former Congressman and Clinton agriculture secretary.
Neither candidate received more than 50% of the votes in the November 6th elections, by state law this means that there has to be a runoff election to decide a winner. Today is that day. Hyde-Smith’s parents reportedly sent her to a whites-only school after school segregation was outlawed. This can hardly be laid at the feet of Cindy Hyde-Smith, but she continued the trend by sending her own daughter to one such school to avoid sending her to a school in which she would mix with black students.
The campaign is drawing a lot of attention because of comments Cindy Hyde-Smith made on the campaign trail. Normally a Republican candidate in ruby red Mississippi would simply swat away a democratic opponent, not so much this time. Donald Trump’s two campaign events for Hyde-Smith on November 26th seem to indicate a sense of nervousness on the part of Republicans. The Doug Jones win in neighboring Alabama may be uppermost in the minds of Hyde-Smith’s supporters as well.
At issue are comments made by Hyde-Smith, Referring to a local rancher, in which she joked that, “if he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” At another event, the senator suggested to a group of young voters that voter suppression would be “a great idea.” “There’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don’t want to vote,” she said. “Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.” Cindy Hyde-Smith has not really made a full-throated apology for her statements and is seemingly invested in running out the election clock rather than apologize for her insensitive and racist statements. Attaching herself fully to Donald Trump’s coat-tails Cindy Hyde-Smith seem to think that is all she needs to win in Mississippi. She may very well be right in thinking that.
Mississippi not only has the dubious distinction of being one of the most racist states in the union it had the highest number of lynchings of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. That Hyde-Smith thinks that sitting front and center at a public lynching tells a great deal about her humanity. If elected to the Senate it will speak even more clearly about those who voted for her. That Mississippi kind of brain rot has certainly ketp that state one of the most impoverished and the most dependent on federal aid. Which brings me to the point of this article.
Not surprising is the response of some Republicans in the state when asked about Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comments. No…….I’m not talking about whites, they are what they are, I’m referring to some blacks in the state, who still support the Republican party. “I just choose to look at it as a possible mistake and chalk it up to that,” said John Mosley Jr., an African-American Republican who ran for mayor of Moss Point, Mississippi, in 2017. “And I haven’t given it much thought afterward.” “I’m a Republican. I support Cindy Hyde-Smith,” said Charles Evers. “She didn’t say anything about black folks, she didn’t say anything about white folks. She just said ‘If there’s a hanging I’ll be in the front row’ or something like that. She didn’t mean nothing like that. She was just saying something. I don’t give a damn what other people think.”
Makes me wonder whether these two are afraid of being strung up on the nearest tree Please tell us how you really feel, we will not tell anyone. According to (postbulletin.com) Evers is the 96-year-old brother of the late Medgar Evers, an NAACP leader who was assassinated on June 12, 1963, outside his home in Jackson by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens Council. Two trials in 1964 resulted in hung juries. Beckwith was convicted of Evers’ murder on Feb. 5, 1994.
My initial instinct when I saw these comments and others was rage, just unadulterated rage at what I thought was abject stupidity of the individuals involved. And maybe there is still some of that in these men and others like them, but there is always another perspective. I have been writing on this subject for some time now, [the idea of black and latino Republicanism], both of which seem to operate in an Orwellian universe, divorced from the reality of their individual existence.
I am mindful that for many in the deep south the Democratic party of George Wallace and Bull O’Connor still leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of people still alive. The likes of Charles Evers who lost his brother to an assassin’s bullets. I can only imagine how they would find it hard to support the Democratic party which was the party of segregationists. Juxtapose that with the initial loyalty African-Americans felt for the Republican party because Lincoln the Republican president signed the Emancipation declaration and the obstinacy becomes more understandable, even though intolerable and no less infuriating.
The missing nexus for African-Americans who still cling to the Republican party, is their inability to think outside the way they were programmed to think as [subhuman subjects] of a system which projected itself as superior to them. Sure Lincoln a Republican President was forced to free the slaves, but he did so only because it suited his interest of maintaining the Union. Lincoln had no burning desire to be rid of slavery, it was a convenience for him and his emancipation declaration was acutely tailored to fit those ends. On the contrary, the Democratic President Lyndon Johnson presided over the signing of both the [Civil and Voting Rights Acts] which changed the way blacks are treated in this country. The signing of both these pieces of legislation resulted in the mass exodus of whites from the Democratic Party to the Republican party. Today the most loyal base of the Democratic party is African-Americans.
The Republican party is fully conversant of those facts. Subsequently, the party isn’t trying to recruit blacks into the party. If you think about it, why would the Republican party which has become far too white and far too racist for even former white Republicans, want to attract blacks? Considering that Whites left the Democratic party over that party’s support for blacks? It is important never to forget that whites left the Democratic party for no other reason than that they believed another group of people had no right to the basic rights and dignity they enjoyed as a matter of course! Nevertheless, insofar as the small percentage of blacks which still support the Republican party is concerned, the party will not chase them out. At least not yet……who knows what this far-right party of Stephen Miller, Cindy Hyde-Smith and Donald Trump will do ultimately? The party still has a demographic problem. As it struggles with perceptions and a shrinking white base, it still needs a couple of token black stooges to fend off some of the attacks on its racism. Sorry Mia Love, Michael Steele, et al. Not many expect a Mike Espy win tonight in Mississippi, certainly, not this writer but stranger things have happened. I fully expect white Mississippians will act like white Mississippians but the negroes though………
A Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) helicopter has crashed in St Catherine. The JDF’s civil-military cooperation and media affairs officer Major Basil Jarrett told local media. The helicopter came down in the area of Dunbeholden, which runs between Portmore and Spanish Town. Jarrett said the pilot, who was the sole occupant, was injured and has been taken to hospital. He said emergency workers are now at the scene.
We solve problems when all parties are willing to take introspective looks and see where they can be better. We will never solve pressing issues if parties go to their individual corners convinced about their own self-righteousness. Nowadays we can scarcely have substantive conversations about an issue if there is popular opinion supporting that particular issue. Popular support for an issue now make that issue right,right is a numbers game, and in Jamaica’s case, that posture becomes amplified a thousand-fold to the insane.
The comments by Minister Babsy Grange that [women should not provoke their men], speaking to the serious issue of Domestic violence, has drawn righteous indignation from the hyped up pseudo-intellectuals, who always seem to have their [drawers] in a bunch about everything. The Jamaican tradition is steeped in the [ad hominem] if the other guy does not agree with your point of view then naturally him [a ediat]. Because of course, they and they alone have a monopoly on what’s right.
Could minister Grange have been less inartful? Of course, she could have been! But that is hardly the point, the idea that everyone in the family needs to do their part is a net positive, not a negative. Challenging bullying abusive men not to beat the women in their lives does not negate the fact that women must also be challenged to lower the temperature as well.
Why is everything a zero-sum game, with only winners and losers? Some of the greatest and most indelible opinions are dissenting opinions which challenges conventional wisdom. I do not assume to speak for Minister Grange, nevertheless, speaking from my past professional perspective, and I say this without equivocation or fear of contradiction, that in many cases where there is domestic violence in a relationship women are the instigators. They become the victims because more often than not they come out the worse for it.
Even if we set aside the scenarios in which women start what they cannot finish, we would still be forced to deal with the unmitigated truth of women who are inherently violent. How many people have women, stabbed with ice-picks and knives, shot, disfigured with acid, and bludgeoned with whatever weapon they can get their hands on? The fact that we are outraged about weak, pathetic men who assault women should not blind our eyes to the abusive and dangerous women in our midst. Violence committed by women are less reported to authorities because men are generally ashamed to talk about domestic violence for fear of societal ridicule. Even in court their cases are not taken seriously and in many cases becomes the subject of ridicule and laughter by female judges.
I had a conversation with a woman who was in the United States on a temporary work visa. She bragged to me just how dangerous she is. She detailed how she used a rock to hit a man in his head almost killing him. She talked about how she lied to him that she would help him with his hospital bills until he was well enough to leave the hospital. She laughed that once she was convinced he would not go to the police she told him she was sorry he hadn’t died. His transgression? Constantly trying to seduce her! Let us talk about violence in all its forms, including child abuse and verbal abuse. Let us stop pretending that only our point of view matters and that those with opposing views are stupid. Let us hear the other sides of the conversation and save everyone the self-righteous indignation.
Police responding to a shooting at a mall in Alabama apparently shot and killed the wrong person — a Black man — leaving the suspected gunman at large following a violent episode that wounded two others on Thanksgiving night.
Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., “an active duty officer for the Army,” was reportedly shot in the face and died at the Riverchase Galleria in the town of Hoover as police identified him as their primary suspect. The 21-year-old, who was armed and licensed to carry a gun, was reportedly home for the holidays when he was killed.
Law enforcement was seemingly eager to announce how they were able to kill a suspect, even going so far as to announce it to the press before any apparent investigation had been launched. That proved to be one of a handful of mistakes the Hoover Police Department made Thursday, according to AL.com.“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not,’’ Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector said.
“We remain committed to maintaining the integrity of this investigation, helping determine the facts involved, and assisting ALEA in their efforts.”According to AL.com, “Rector said investigators now believe that more than two individuals were involved in the initial altercation. The information indicates that there is at least one gunman still at-large, who could be responsible for the shooting of the 18-year-old male and 12-year-old female.”
The admission stopped well short of any type of apology for what on the surface appeared to be a case of police seeing a Black man with a gun in an open carry state and assuming the worst. Chances were more than likely that police will claim they feared for their lives, a common defense that killer cops routinely rely on to elude any sort of punishment or criminal charges.
One of the things I have argued over the years to much push-back from some of my friends is that police training is inadequate. I fundamentally believe that the drills should be curtailed to 10% of what it is presently. Drills are purely ceremonial, they literally serve no useful purpose in real policing practices. The 90% of the time taken from (drills) should be utilized in weight training and swimming. Hand-to-hand training is critical as this is perhaps going to be the most utilized element by officers and may arguably be the difference between life and death of officers.
I make the foregone in light of an incident involving an officer and a schoolboy at the Kellits High School in Clarendon In the incident, the officer was badly manhandled and overpowered by the schoolboy in quick time. Rather than criticize the officer and what he may or may not have done wrong in the time in which he was assaulted I would rather like to once again point to (a)the ineffectiveness of the training in the Jamaica Constabulary Force and (b) the ease with which citizens feel free to assault officers of the force as a consequence of the lack of punitive components in the law.
Assaulting a police officer in most developed countries is a felony punishable by real jail time on conviction. Jamaica is certainly not a developed country but it hasn’t been shy in quickly adopting practices it leaders deem in their best interest from developed countries. What hasn’t happened is a bill in the parliament which addresses appropriately the dangers police face in this volatile environment. Conversely, the INDECOM bill was introduced in 2010 under the Jamaica Labor Party’s (JLP) Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, with the full backing of the Opposition People’s National Party(PNP). That bill became law with marginal results against crooked cops and devastating consequences for crime fighting on the Island. Additionally, administrations of both political parties have empowered other agencies like the Peblic Defender’s Act which created another layer of state-funded antagonism against law-enforcement, unprecedented anywhere in the world. Arguably the only thing the two political parties in Jamaica can find common cause around is their disgust for law-enforcement and the rule of law.
Changing police commissioners, putting friends into positions of power will not change the trajectory of crime. Changing the structural inadequacies in the training regimen and giving law enforcement the tools it needs to get the job done will. Job one for all police officers is self-preservation. The training the police is receiving is far from adequate hence these incidents. Thankfully this one did not result in the loss of life but officers have lost their lives before in this way. I call on the Government once again, shelve the archaic training and introduce real training, commensurate with the dictates of the times. The little thug will most likely get a brush on the wrist by a liberal judge. The officer is forever exposed to ridicule and the lawlessness will continue. It will continue because the Government which has the power to put a stop to it refuses to give law enforcement the necessary tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.
There are roles within societies which strive for the rule of law and the principles of basic human rights to have genuine, balanced and vigilant oversight of Governmental activities. Nevertheless, those oversights have to be executed against a fundamental understanding of the role and responsibility the government has in protecting the broader society from harm. They must also be balanced against the limitations of government to adequately fulfill all best practices within the framework of its financial constraints.
It as against this background that I am unsure whether in Jamaica’s case, the Office of Public Defender and it’s principal officer, Arlene Harrison-Henry is fully conversant of those responsibilities to which the Government is obligated. There is always room for improvement and in the Jamaican public sector, hardly anyone could reasonably argue that there is due diligence in the dispensation of all public functions.
Harrison-Henry was testifying before the Internal and External Affairs Committee of Parliament yesterday, on the effects of the State Of Emergency (SOE) in the parish of Saint James. The (SOE) was initiated to stem the bloodshed and the massive loss of life in the parish as a result of what the police contend is gang violence.
The Public defender laid out a raft of issues which she tells the committee her office have found lacking and are in breach of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.[sic] Among the issues, she laid out are the following…..
(1)Up to October 9th, 3,687 persons, primarily young men, have been detained, since the declaration of the SOE on January 18, 2018.
Typically, this is what happens in (SOE), security personnel operating in the dark (intelligence wise) are forced to scrape up large numbers of young men whom they believe may be involved in criminal activities. Given the limitations technologically, the police have to embark on a slow deliberative process of sifting through latent fingerprints which may or may not exist, of those who may have previously passed through the system. This is a slow antiquated system which requires time. Admittedly, it is not the bests system but it is the system we have. This is not the fault of the police.
(2) Only a fraction of the people detained are charged with actual crimes, according to Harrison-Henry.
It would be nice if the law of averages were more in favor of the good guys who are risking their lives, trying to produce a safer Jamaica. If they did they wouldn’t be the law of averages now would they? Since they aren’t, the overworked, underpaid, police have to sort through the detainees the old-fashioned way. The police would be glad to have real-time intelligence if Harrison Henry has it, this would go a long way in eliminating some of the inconveniences she complains about.
(3) Poor quality of food for people picked up and detained and unsanitary conditions around food.
There is no excuse for this and there will be none coming from me.
(4) Detentions are mainly men from communities such as Rose Heights, Norwood, Granville, Flanker. She pointed out that the bulk of the detainees are young men between the ages of 19 and 25.
That is police business, the so-called public -defender must concentrate on what it is that she and her staff are tasked with doing. The security forces have a responsibility to take the fight to criminals regardless of where they are from, regardless of their age group.
(5) Concern that police officers and soldiers sometimes take photographs of detainees on their mobile phone. This has implications for the fairness of an identification parade for example.
Members of the Security forces have a responsibility to act with professionalism, nevertheless, in the barren intelligence landscape in which they operate almost blindly, it is commendable that members of the force whose responsibility it is to contain criminals are acting proactively in this regard.
(6) Harsh conditions under which detainees are held at the Freeport Police Station lock-up, which is the hub of the SOE activities in St James.
This is a longstanding issue which spawns administration of both political parties across several decades. It is important that government understand that if its agents are going to violate people’s basic rights by detaining them the least it [must] do is provide them with decent accommodations, food, and healthcare for the duration of their incarceration.
The testimony of the Public Defender is scheduled to resume sometime in the near future to complete the deliberations on its report. In light of that, I will naturally withhold some of my comments. Nevertheless, it is instructive to observe that nowhere in the reporting in [the link above] is there any acknowledgment of the fact that as a result of the actions of the security forces there has been a marked drop in the number of murdered St. James residents.
What I conclude from this is that there are two competing objectives at work, neither of which works for the greater good of the Jamaican people. On the one hand, the security forces must find a way to balance dealing with the existential issue of violent crimes while taking care as best it can to protect the rights of the most vulnerable. For its part, those who purport to protect the rights of the public must demonstrate that they understand the exigencies of the situations the nation faces and the constraints under which the government is forced to operate. Neither of these two positions is mutually exclusive if the egos and personal agendas are discarded.
In the struggle to make America a better place for all of its citizens, there will have to be a reckoning among Black people along certain distinct lines. (1) They cannot count on anyone else’s efforts in this existential fight. (2) White women are equally as complicit in white supremacy as their male counterparts. (3) Expecting a change of heart from the descendants of those who enslaved, murdered, raped and sodomized their fore-parents is fool’s gold. The expectation that white women will fight for civil and gender rights because they too were victims of oppression ignores the fact that they have long done the math and have decided the benefits of white privilege far outweighs any benefits they would derive from gender equality. In fact, in 2018 white women have solidified themselves as the number one anti-black antagonists in the age of Trump.
In 1923 Fanny Taylor’s lies caused the massacre of hundreds, if not thousands of black residents of Rosewood Florida. The massacre was instigated by the rumor that a white woman, Fanny Taylor, had been sexually assaulted by a black man in her home in a nearby community.
In 1955 Emmet Till a 14-year old black child from Chicago was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he was murdered for allegedly [flirting] with a [white woman]. His killers, —the white woman’s husband and her brother—made Emmett carry a 75-pound cotton-gin fan to the bank of the Tallahatchie River and ordered him to take off his clothes. The two men then beat him nearly to death, gouged out his eye, shot him in the head and then threw his body, tied to the cotton-gin fan with barbed wire, into the river.
Emmet Till’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley’s, though ravaged by the trauma and grief of the inhuman savagery which went into the slaughter of her son decided to hold an open casket funeral on September 3, 1955. She urged the world to look at her son’s beaten, swollen body. The body, was so disfigured that he was only identifiable by the initials on a ring on his finger, was viewed by thousands of people and photographed and published in newspapers and magazines. Emmett Till’s old casket may be viewed at the Civil Rights exhibition at the African American History Museum, in Washington DC.
In July of 1995 South Carolina native, Susan Smith decided to kill her two children. She drove her car into a lake and drowned the two children then told police they were kidnapped by a black man. September 2018, after only three months on the job, Sherry Hall a recently hired Jackson Georgia cop shoots herself and told her bosses she was shot by …… you guessed it, a black man. With blood in their eyes, they embarked on a two-week chase for the imaginary black man until her story fell apart and she was arrested.
The undeniable truth in the innumerable instances in which white women have used black men as foils to (a) cover up lies or (b) elicit rage from their male contemporaries, has demonstrated the devious calculation in the way they have opted to cash in on whiteness in America.
Once there is a fundamental understanding that the three concepts outlined in paragraph one above are institutionalized impediments to change, the arduous task of self-determination, self-autonomy, and self-governance begins in a country within a country. The idea of a gradual change has long been rubbished, even though many, even within the Black community will argue that there has been marked change in their lifetime. The idea that a Black man was twice elected and Blacks occupying high places of power remain indelible markers of the progress of which they speak.
The undeniable truth, however, is that despite those gains the systematic stain of racism is still deeply etched in the body politic, that if Blacks continue to accept what Dr. King once called “the tranquil drug of gradualism“, black Americans will be no further along three hundred years from today. There is a sense of moral degeneration which permeates certain quarters which hold power in America. This makes it almost impossible to dislodge the corrosive and cancerous consequences of racism which is literally destroying the country from within.
A sitting Congressman [Steve King] of Iowa who openly supports white supremacist causes across the Globe was re-elected in his district. An appointed Mississippi US Senator, Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss so enthused with a supporter, remarked to a group of supporters,” “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row” On the 27th Of November 2018, Cindy Hyde-Smith the Republican will square off in Mississippi against Democrat Mike Espy who just happen to be black.
If you are reading this and you do not know or understand the loaded back-story to Hyde-Smith’s statement, this article will be insufficient to educate you on lynchings, and the part the state of Mississippi played in that sordid part of America’s inglorious racial history. But Hyde-Smith was not done, she publicly opined about how great it would be to prevent young people at liberal colleges from voting. It’s needles to wonder or guess what the students of those liberal colleges look like.
It is as systemic as Florida’s new Governor-Elect at the start of his campaign telling voters not to “monkey up” the Gubernatorial race by voting for Andrew Gillum his Democratic opponent who just happened to be Black. The people of the state of Florida did not find any of these incidents disqualifying. Come November 27th, Cindy Hyde-Smith will almost certainly beat Mike Espy for the Senate seat in Mississippi. Like Ron Desantis, like Steve King, Cindy Hyde-Smith will take her place in the Government of the United States. They will vote on issues which affect the daily lives of tens of millions of people who do not look like them and for whom they have scant, if any regard.
But if you thought that these are the only ones you are deeply mistaken, In Western New York 27th Congressional District, Republican Chris Collins was re-elected despite being under Federal indictment for felony charges around insider trading. In California’s 50th District, Republican Duncan Hunter was re-elected despite facing a federal indictment for allegedly misusing campaign funds. You may argue that in the case of Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins nothing about their story is racial. If you do that, you are missing the greater point about the deeper rot which permeates the politics. So much so that even these egregious acts which are antithetical to good governance are ignored. What chance then does deep-rooted white racism have of being uprooted by these miscreants?
Imagine breaking into a man’s house, raping his wife, stealing everything he owns, beating and humiliating him, selling his children that you haven’t killed, then forcing him to work for free. Are you able to make that mental journey? If so, then picture this, after he has done everything you have demanded of him, you are angry at him for fighting for his freedom. Even if you were to give him everything you own it would not begin to compensate for the hundreds of years of dehumanizing and degrading rape, sodomy, murder, and the untold cruelty and barbarism you have subjected him to. Now you are mad that he dares stand up to demand his right to human dignity. You are mad because he dares to revisit his past in order to understand his present and to chart a course for his future. How dare you?
If I said it once I’ll say it a thousand times. The fight for Black autonomy and black respect will not be won by using other people’s soldiers. Iowa’s Congressman Steve King said, “You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values.” King was making the case for white supremacy and white Anglo Saxon dominance. “I’m a champion for Western civilization,” said Steve King, “If you go down the road a few generations, or maybe centuries, with the inter-marriage, I’d like to see an America that is just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.”
If African-Americans are going to survive against these imbeciles they better wise up to the fact that they will have to fight like hell on every front, in a fight which will require a full arsenal of wit and cunning. This is an existential fight against annihilation and they have no compunction against removing us from the equation as if we never existed.