While we are mourning and hash-tagging Michael Brown, don't forget John Crawford of Ohio who was killed by police in a Walmart for holding a bee bee gun/rifle in which the chain store sells! Stop putting a name to these unarmed Trayvons. Apparently, they're just "Niggers" or "Coons"! And therefore, I'm gonna hold my son's hand until he's 40!
Regardless of what these two particular young, Black males did or did not do, as well as the unnamed and unknown Black males did or didn’t do, there is no excuse for them being murdered in cold, freezing blood at the hands of U.S. law enforcement. I am tired of writing pieces that my colleagues within the Academy will deem fitting. I am frustrated with always adhering to the guidelines of rhetorical composition. I am sick and tired of trying to copy and paste and research statistics and incidents that back up my “claim.” This time, I will write my opinions. Opinions null and void of scholarly sustenance. I wanna write my anger onto this page. Voice my outrage in this piece. Be pissed off and say, “Fuck the formal and informal”. I’m gonna write what hell I wanna write. Shit, it’s my blog, right? So, with that being said, where in God’s name is the white American outrage when unarmed Black Americans are being gunned downed like raccoons in the southern woods by “law enforcement”? What laws are they enforcing? I need to read that damn handbook!!!
While we are mourning & hash-tagging Michael Brown, don't forget John Crawford of Ohio who was killed by police in a Walmart for holding a bee bee gun/rifle in which the chain store sells! Stop putting a name to these unarmed Trayvons. Apparently, they're just "Niggers" or "Coons"! I'm gonna hold my son's hand until he's 40! There has been a devaluing of the life of the Negro since 1619. Why would a being that was brought here as a chained and enslaved individual, here to do the laborious tasks of cultivating land and crops and international revenue, somewhat like a beast of burden, be viewed as anything more as a means to an end? So, I am no longer surprised when Black males, and even Black females (see Renisha McBride and Marissa Alexander), are either victims of the judicial system or casualties of the police brutality and judicial system.
I had a conversation over Sunday dinner with my parents and sister, while my 6-year-old son was in the den playing with toys and his imagination and laughing at cartoons, and they both, being that they were raised in the height of the 50’s and 60’s Civil Rights Era, down South, were adamant about how “we” (Black folks) need to teach other Black folk what they need to do when accosted or approached or in the presence of police. My parents said that we need to “obey their orders” and “do as we are told”. My reply was, “What if that isn’t enough. What if they still shoot and kill us?” Silence.
I began to try to remind my father of a time when I was in high school, my senior year, and I threw a back-to-school swim party at our home in a 99% white suburban subdivision, and he told a white cop who came to our home voicing complaints from the neighbors, “I don’t need the police to police my home. I can handle this. I’ve been running my house for 15 years.” I said, “Daddy, you could’ve been shot and killed for being a Black man who was “non-compliant”. He stood in silence as he was slicing the pork roast. My sister and my mother were mute. I wasn’t. I knew and know the man that he was and is. The man that came to my aid when my racist 8th grade English teacher humiliated and subjugated my fellow classmates to ridicule and unjust punishment simply because they were Black students at a predominately and exclusively white suburban middle school. He came to my aid when she attempted to embarrass and condemn me to punishment. He was there vouching for me and my record of incidents of racism when she eventually got to me during her path of racist retribution upon Negro minorities. He was the one who stood up to her and the Black, hand-picked principal who was just glad to have the position. He was, and is, my hero because of the aforementioned, and with what has happened to the young man in St. Louis and Ohio, he was at a loss of words. His only reply was, “Negroes gotta just watch what they do around these white police. I know it sounds harsh, but ain’t nothin’ changed. Folks gonna have to teach these young Negroes to keep their mouths shut and do what the police say.” And this, is the problem.
What exactly can “Negroes” do to avoid presumed police provocation. Not frown, blink or sneeze? Not question officers’ orders? Not sag their pants? Not listen to Rap music in their vehicles? Walk with their heads down? Though the entire story and truth hasn’t come out about either Brown in St. Louis or Crawford in Ohio, any intelligent and modestly objective media voyeur can surmise that something is afoot. No weapon. No definitive crime committed—and even if there was a crime committed, that doesn’t give law enforcement officials the right to kill these youngsters. It seems as though the noose and the Ku Klux Klan has been replaced with bullets, batons and policemen. I don’t agree with the notion that young Blacks should behave a certain way around cops or give cops a particular level of respect to avoid the loss of their lives. In my estimation, that defeats the premise of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement. Equality means, to me, that one shouldn’t have to be of exceptional intelligence, wealth, or behavior in order to be treated in a humane manner. And for my extreme conservatives, both Black and white, miss me with the idea that we, as Black Americans, are blowing another incident out of proportion by invoking race and racism. Stop saying we are "playing the Race card"! It ain't a card game when losing means a disparity of pay, inequality, incarceration, or the loss of your life, damned Fool!
While we are mourning & hash-tagging Michael Brown, don't forget John Crawford of Ohio who was killed by police in a Walmart for holding a bee bee gun/rifle in which the chain store sells! Stop putting a name to these unarmed Trayvons. Apparently, they're just "Niggers" or "Coons"! I'm gonna hold my son's hand until he's 40!