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Colin Kaepernick

We all know Colin Kaepernick is right. So, I will not debate any of you who say the NFL has a right to shun him. Of course they do, but that does not make them right. Kaepernick is being punished for exercising a God-given right, a right that defines Americanism at its core, but one that flies in the face of business and selective patriotism and outright hypocrisy.

The silent collusion against him is the same kind that black people face in business each day. Some of us ignore it and it drives others of us crazy because we are never sure just what is behind the rejection and we always suspect the worst.
Colin Kaepernick is a multiracial man who was orphaned and blessedly landed in the bosom of a God-fearing family who loved him and nurtured his athletic gifts.

And then one day, he realized that he could not separate part of himself from the indomitable soul of his people and that famous or not, rich or not, he could be murdered and the same society that gave him the money and fame would allow his death to go unpunished because of the color of his skin. He could not abide this and not only because he’s black, but because he was raised by a Christian family who taught him better, who told him that he was indeed his brother’s keeper.

All these players telling him to let it go are just the kind of damaged meat the NFL loves, weak, pliable men who do not have a tenth of the principle and nobility in the heart of the man they criticize. I know most people will not turn off the NFL this year, but I will. I know it won’t do a damned thing, but it will make me feel better. The NFL season is 16 games long and so each Sunday, I will watch one of these 16 films instead:
1. MALCOLM X
2. THE FIVE HEARTBEATS
3. FRIDAY
4. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
5. SOUL FOOD
6. BOYZ IN THE HOOD
7. DO THE RIGHT THING
8. FEAR OF A BLACK HAT
9. NEW JACK CITY
10. BLADE
11. LOVE JONES
12. BOOMERANG
13. MENACE TO SOCIETY
14. COMING TO AMERICA
15. COOLEY HIGH
16.TRADING PLACES

I know you’re thinking “It’s easy for a Detroit Lions fan to give up football.” Well, if you think this is about football, then you haven’t been paying attention.

-Gary Hardwick

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Jada Pinkett-Smith On Possibly Boycotting The Oscars Should Be Considered

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OPINION-The Oscar nominations came in last week, and once again all over social media, people are upset that Blacks who contributed to the film industry every year are notably absent from any of the nominations. Despite the fact that I am not surprised the “Oscar Black Snub Part Infinite” has taken place yet again, it is time to think about a few things on what can we do about it.

Jada Pinkett, who posted a response to the absence of people of color in the list of nominees went to social media and voiced her concerns:

At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.

With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment,

J.

Jada’s question is something that I can support without a doubt with a clear and concise answer. Instead of Black people running to social media every year with the same #OscarsSoWhite hashtag to complain about Black people being snubbed. How about initiating a boycott of the Oscars altogether? We tend to say as fans, that we aren’t going to watch the Oscars, which is fine, but it’s time for Black people in Hollywood to boycott since the Academy continues to ignore them. The Academy has been racially bias for quite some time, and they aren’t about to change. The only time Black people receive any Oscar recognition as a form of nominations, or an awards is when we play stereotypical characters that make whites feel comfortable. You know the characters like the maids, crooked cops, slaves, the overall pernicious Black person, etc.

The Oscars, refuse to recognize any Black characters or movies that are uplifting. That was evident with this year’s nomination. Characters that aren’t negative get ignored every time and we all know why. It’s as if the Academy is saying, “We can’t have these positive characters receive accolades for their imagery that may be uplifting to Blacks.” The Academy ensures the images of Black people are that of a slave and the hired help get the recognition more than any other film depicted in Hollywood. Everything that the Academy does is all by design.

One of the things we have to understand is that we should stop trying to receive white validation. I know in my heart, the movie Selma should have won last year in an array of categories, and I don’t need white people to tell me that. Having whites say that a film deserves an award should never be sought after because one does not need their stamp of approval. The way whites who control Hollywood gives one a strong indication, they don’t care about the hard work many Black people in the film industry has contributed to making a prominent movie. Now it’s time to show whites in Hollywood one does not care about them, as well.

Since the Academy diversity is notably absent, it’s time for Black people to be absent from the Oscars. They love to ensure that the Oscars are white, so make it entirely white, by not showing up. One of the things I don’t want to see is a Black presenter issuing out awards. There is no need to be there since they think Blacks should be invisible in the first place, so we should complete their wish. Also, not one Black person should be in the audience. Once the cameraman (who’s probably white) pans their camera to the audience who are clapping, it shouldn’t be a Black face in that auditorium. Keep the audience milky white, without a hint of chocolate milk.

Lastly, Chris Rock should decline (at the last minute), to host the awards show. Sure, I would love to hear Rock’s monolog, as I know he is going to make fun of the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscars. Unfortunately, the only clear message that would be sent is for Rock to decline to host and the Academy obtains a white host who completes the whiteness all the way down to the janitor.

If Black people in Hollywood boycott the Oscars, and show up for other award shows that are catered to us, the better off we will be. White people in the Academy do not care about Blacks, so show them that you don’t care about them, as well, by staying home.

-Ms Scripter

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If Dylann Storm Roof Was Black, Police Would Have Killed Him

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OPINION- Another mass shooting in the United States, and this time the targets were Black people in a Black church. Something of this nature hasn’t occurred in a Black church since the bombing by white supremacists of four little Black girls in Birmingham in 1963. I wasn’t even born yet and now let’s fast forward to 2015 and we have another heinous crime where nine people were murdered by a white man at a historic Black church.

It became clear that the description of the suspect at the time was a white man in his twenties that was observed via surveillance video entering the church from the local media. Suspicion wasn’t raised among those who were attending Bible study because the parishioners led by Senior Pastor and state Senator Clementa Pinckney always had a warm, welcoming personality. If one knows, the Black church has historically believed that anyone can attend no matter the race of the individual, or if one is a stranger or not.

That night, the person who killed those nine people was identified as Dylann Storm Roof, who used that warm style to his advantage and infiltrated and caused mass murder. Roof sat in Bible study for a little over an hour and revealed his wolf in sheep’s clothing persona immediately after that, by killing the Black people in the historically symbolic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The church itself is symbolic due to its history:

It was founded by worshipers fleeing racism and burned to the ground for its connection with a thwarted slave revolt. For years, its meetings were conducted in secret to evade laws that banned all-black services. It was jolted by an earthquake in 1886. Civil rights luminaries spoke from its pulpit and led marches from its steps. For nearly 200 years it had been the site of struggle, resistance and change.

Hate is taught and by all indications, someone gave Roof a crash course. Why else would Roof select this historically Black church? Why else would he target Pastor Clementa Pinckney (who also was the driving voice for body cameras after the Walter Scott shooting)? Then, according to witnesses Roof stated the following during his rampage:

“You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”.”

Roof was able to escape, for a few hours, but law enforcement appeared to me knew who Roof was within a short amount of time during the investigation. The way the media had released the exact age of Roof before he was able to be identified raised my suspicions.

When Roof was apprehended during a traffic stop, my thoughts were automatically on the issue of race, which this narrative concerns race as soon as Roof entered the church. If Roof was Black and shot up a whole array of white parishioners, I can sincerely say that Roof would not be alive to receive a perp walk with a bulletproof vest on his chest. Roof would have been cut down in an array of bullets.

Some folks are in denial would simply say the police were following the law and protocol to the fullest. And the police would never break the rules to go out of their way to kill people, no matter what that person did. I would simply say, Johnathan Crawford, who was in Walmart, would have loved to receive that same treatment. Crawford was in Walmart with an air gun (which is sold in the store) over his shoulder not pointing it at anyone. When police arrived, they didn’t give Crawford a chance to explain that the gun was fake. The police immediately gunned Crawford down (and not one police officers has been held accountable for his death).

I’m also sure twelve-year-old Tamir Rice would have love the police to follow the law when they went to investigate a report with what they described as a man carrying a gun. As soon as cops got to the scene, Rice was shot to death, and the gun Rice was carrying was a toy gun. Both cases of Crawford and Rice took place in open carry state of Cleveland. Since Clevland is an open carry state, just maybe if these cops were doing their jobs the right way, they would have asked these two individuals questions before opening fire and asking questions later.

Then one has the story of seven-year-old Aiyana Jones, who was killed in a no-knock raid. If police were doing their jobs the right way, they would have known a baby girl was in that residence, and no knock warrants especially should have never been assigned to that case in the first place. Extreme care and caution should have been used, to keep the innocent safe.

I can go on and on different factual scenarios police used when the person is Black. Shooting first and asking questions later is the action of choice by the majority of police (especially white police officers in this country). If one doesn’t choke one to death over cigarettes (Eric Garner), a football game (Anthony Biaz) or assaults Black teens at a pool party, then police will kill Black people even if lethal force should be the last thing police should use, unless their life is in danger (in various cases that’s the excuse police officers use most of the time).

In Roof’s case, he was stopped during a traffic stop and was immediately arrested, without a scratch on him. I guess it must be nice to be white in America when one commits evil atrocities. Terrorist or according to the media, mentally incapacitated Aurora mass murderer James Holmes can attest to that. Holmes was strapped like he was going on a mission in Iraq, and he also didn’t receive a scratch on him, not even wounded. Countless unarmed Black men and women are killed. One died because of child support, sitting in a car, needed medical assistance due to a mental breakdown, going for their wallet, etc. Blacks wish they were given that same courtesy of not being killed like Holmes and Roof.

Again, it must be nice to be white in America when interacting with police. I hope one day Blacks in this country receive that same courtesy by police, and their lives are spared before killing them unjustly. I also wish the media would appoint the same courtesy to Black people  with the rhetoric that they must have mental illness before calling Blacks thugs and savages, when they participate in riots. I guess white lives do matter more than Black lives, tt must be nice…

-Ms Scripter

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S. C. Police Officer Charged With Murder, But Wait There’s More…

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Officer SlagerOPINION- A white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder after the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott was captured on video. The video was then sent to the NY Times, which led to the indictment, The video shows, Scott fleeing from 33-year-old Officer Michael Slager. As Scott was running away, he was shot multiple times in the back. Slager promptly cuffed the dying man, and another police officer arrived at the scene a short time later. Here is what was reported by the NY Times and Slager’s version of events:

The confrontation started when Slager had reportedly pulled over Scott because of a broken taillight. It escalated into a foot chase as Scott allegedly fled because there were family court-issued warrants for his arrest. Slager pursued Scott into a grassy lot and claimed that he fired his Taser to subdue him.

Moments later, Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to the Times.

The shooting death of unarmed Black men and women or police brutality is an everyday occurrence in the Black community. To be honest, it’s an epidemic.  When I hear another Black person was killed by the police, my first reaction is of course anger, but then I go back into a “nothing going to happen to these officers” mode. All we do is march and make a hashtag of the victims and then wait until another unarmed Black person is killed by the police, and the routine is reenacted again. We are constantly reminded when reading the paper or watching the news that these police officers are rarely indicted. Even if they are indicted, they usually get away with a classic, not guilty verdict, and can continue to work and torment more people of color.

There is more to this case; that stands out to me:

  • Why Officer Slager didn’t give chase but instead took the easy, coward and unjustified way out by shooting Scott in the back? Slager also could have simply called for back up since, they already have Scott’s car and other relevant information.Officer Slager, scatters away from Scott (as he lays motionless on the floor) and retrieves what we believe is a taser and calmly drops it near Scott’s now deceased body. Maybe because a guy like Slager is nothing more than a white supremacist with a badge.
  • Another officer who happens to be Black stands there and appears to silently co-signs as Slager obviously plants evidence on Scott. There was a verse by Ice Cube when he was with N.W.A. that goes as follows:

“But don’t let it be a black and white one. Cause they’ll slam ya down to the street top. Black police showing out for the white cop.”-Ice Cube

My continous glaring observations and suggestions:

  • That Black police officer had an obligation to report Slager for planting evidence. Since that unidentified officer failed to do the right thing and evoke his blue wall of silence, he should also get arrested and kicked off the force. I’m sure his police report supports Slager’s initially statement, thus charges should be also handed down. Why have someone work to serve and protect in the community turn a blind eye to murder. Clearly, he is unfit to be a police officer. That goes for any so-called “good cops,” who refuse to say anything when their fellow police officers break the law in their presence.
  • The DOJ needs to investigate that entire North Charleston, South Carolina police department. Officer Slager more than likely is not the only police officer who clearly does not follow procedures and commit crimes, while wearing a badge. Slager was way too calm after the shooting, so it appears to not be the first time he planted evidence or participated in an excessive use of force. Every arrest Slager has been involved in should be revisited. If he was comfortable planting evidence on a dead body, I’m sure he was comfortable planting drugs, guns, etc. on citizens that resulted in convictions.
  • It’s scary when eye witnesses are not believed when they were quoted as saying Officer Slager was shooting a fleeing suspect. Only when the video of the actual shooting was brought to life, then a murder charged was handed down to Officer Slager. My question is if there was no video; Officer Slager more than likely would have took a paid vacation, until the situation died down. A community eyewitness testimony is never good enough it appears, unless it is used against anyone other than a police officer.
  • The man who filmed the video, should obtain an attorney and remain anonymous. Once word gets out, about the identity of the one who filmed this graphic video, I’m sure he will be harassed. Just look at Orta as an example (the man who filmed Eric Garner’s death), he is jail now, and the evidence against him is flimsy. More than likely Orta is in jail because he provided the video that showed the evilness of some of these police officers. The man who filmed Scott’s dying moments, is a hero like many others who had the courage to video tape police misconduct.
  • Ambulance chaser Al Sharpton and his Action Network lawyers are not needed here. All Al Sharpton is concerned about, is making money off of Black lives. How about dedicating all that passion and insert it in President Obama’s face for strong legislation against police brutality? Until then he can go ambulance chase somewhere else.
  • Lastly, just imagine if Mike Brown’s dying moments were captured by someone in Ferguson. I wouldn’t be surprised if Darren Wilson would be in the same predicament as Officer Slager. I also wouldn’t be surprised like eyewitnesses have stated that Mike Brown did stop and had his hands up, before being shot to death multiple times by Wilson. Of course, the grand jury didn’t take eyewitnesses testimony as solid evidence to hand an indictment.

Black people have to understand, when it’s all said and done one can’t fully trust the police in this country. The police department was not designed to help us. The police were designed to do what exactly it was meant to do in the very beginning of the slave patrol – which is to oppress people of color and the poor. The good cops are just as bad as the rogue officers, when they don’t speak up. Let’s just hope this indictment is not in vain because we have seen things on video and no justice has been rewarded for the family. I want to see this police officer go to jail for many years and maybe then some of these bad officers will think twice about inflicting their barbaric ways on citizens. Let’s not get too excited nevertheless, I don’t trust the system, that same system that has continuously protected police officers like Slager.

-Ms Scripture

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The Misconception That Black Serial Killers Don’t Exist…

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Darren-Deon-VannThe recent news of accused murderer from Gary, Indiana Daren Deon Vann (43) is now labeled as a suspected serial killer. When Vann was revealed, the comments on social media appear to have people believe that Black serial killers are so rare or don’t exist at all. That is hardly the case, in fact; there are a lot of Black serial killers who share almost the same type of victims as Vann.

First, let’s see how Vann was caught to get the wheels in motion to call him a possible serial killer:

Vann, 43, ordered a prostitute through the backpage.com site serving Chicago and arranged a Friday meeting at a Motel 6 in Hammond with Afrikka Hardy, 19, the chief said.

The person who arranged the meeting, whom Doughty described only as “a facilitator,” later texted Hardy and received “suspicious texts” she believed were from Vann, the chief said.

She and another person went to the motel to check on Hardy, according to a probable cause affidavit. They found her body in a bathtub.

 Using a phone number provided by the facilitator, police electronically tracked Vann down, the chief said.

 A search warrant obtained for the vehicle police believe Vann drove to the motel as well as his home yielded a number of items that connect him to the scene, according to the affidavit. The search turned up clothing similar to the clothing worn by a man captured on surveillance video leaving the motel room, the same brand of condoms found inside the room and a cell phone that matched the description of Hardy’s.

 Vann was surprised he was discovered so quickly and admitted he messed up.

After being charged with Hardy’s murder, Vann who is also a convicted sex offender made comments that indicated that there were more victims. Vann led the police to a total of seven bodies and other comments he made to police may prove that his body count may be more, and that possibly expands over a 20-year period.

The stereotype that most serial killers are white men should be dispel. Not only is that misconception inaccurate, but it’s dangerous to one’s mindset. Serial killers can be white, Black, Latino, etc. and in some cases a woman like Aileen Wuornos, who was played by Charlize Theron in the motion picture entitled Monster – that won Theron an Oscar. There are a few Black serial killers that people have never heard of, or some people want to continue to believe that their existence is something that is a myth. Here are a few Black serial killers who have a lot in common with each other, the majority of their victims are Black:

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. now known as The Grim Sleeper murdered ten people. The nickname was awarded to Franklin after he goes on an hiatus from his murdering spree to resurface again. Franklin’s origin of his evilness was rooted in South Central Los Angelos. The victims were either a prostitute or just random women going to the store, and their bodies were left covered with a mattress, sometimes raped and were either shot or strangled. Only one male was one of Franklin’s victims during his murdering spree. Franklin was nabbed after the use of partial DNA to link the DNA at the murder scene to a partial match with Franklin’s son who happily implicated his father. Franklin’s reign of terror was from 1985-2010.

Travis Maury Davis: Is a serial killer based out of Ferguson, Missouri who had a total of 12-17 victims (all Black women).  Davis would pick up a prostitute, take them home, where he video tape the torture, and killing of the victims. Davis would mock the media by providing them a map where they can find the bodies (that would later be Davis’ downfall). The coward didn’t want to face the victim’s family or the music so he hung himself in prison, when he was finally arrested. Davis killing spree lasted from 2000-2002. Again, Davis was able to rack up that many victims because he targeted Black prostitutes that appear to be the MO of most Black serial killers.

Wayne Williams is a serial killer, who had the nation on edge (even my mother) – when someone was murdering Black boys. The media deemed the killing the “Atlanta Child Murders” Before Williams was caught the victims were a total of twenty eight killed in Atlanta from the summer of 1979-1981. Williams was caught after a stakeout of bridges where they believe the next victim will be dumped in a body of water under a bridge. The body that was dumped resurface later in the water and DNA samples from the carpet fibers in William’s home and his dog matched on the victims body. Williams was charged with two murders but never for the total of 28 murders during that span. The murders stop when Williams was apprehended, but many questions remain. A lot of people who analyze this case believes that Williams killed a few of the victims, but not all of them. The work of the Klan and other outside entities may have played a part in the tally of victims over the years. Either way, Williams was one of the first Black serial killers that I was made aware of at a young age, and wore a yellow ribbon to school in remembrance of the victims.

Let’s get back to the Vann case, in which the police were told to look into these murders and the police dragged their feet:

A string of unsolved strangling cases from the early 1990s to 2007 sit in the files at the Gary, Indiana police department. Four years ago, when confronted with details suggesting this might be the work of a serial killer, police declined to respond.

The Scripps study was part of a multi-year investigation into America’s growing backlog of unsolved homicides. According to the latest FBI estimates, there are more than 200,000 unsolved homicides committed since 1980. The rate at which police solve murder has generally been declining in recent years, despite improvements in forensic science such as DNA tracing.

The Scripps study in 2010 identified an alarming number of unsolved killings of women in 161 clusters nationwide involving 1,247 deaths of women of similar age who were killed by similar means.

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When victims are Black women and are sex workers, the police investigative tactics are not up to par. The main reason why these serial killers target most of the same types of victims is because they are prostitutes.  Serial killers target sex workers probably because they know some of these police officers tend to drag their feet with finding the killer(s). In a serial killers mind, a sex worker’s family wouldn’t take the time to look for them because most of the victims are runaways, drug addicts, and they believe they will be forgotten. As for the Atlanta child murders as long as the victims remain Black boys the sense of urgency didn’t seem to be there, and the tally of the victims exceeded. A perfect example of that is Jeffery Dahmer’s victims.

There are thousands upon thousands of missing Black women in the United States; that may never be located and could be victims of violence and other heinous acts. We have to demand that the police take cases of Black women missing seriously in America, like they do the white college kid who happens to go missing from her dormitory. Otherwise, guys like Vann, The Grim Sleeper and other serial killers will have this arrogance that killing a specific type of victim will go undetected for many years, or forever because the victims are Black. Hopefully I curbed the erroneous thought that Black serial killers don’t exist because as one can see they are one of the biggest players in the evil acts that plague this country.

-Ms Scripter

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A Dark Complexion Will Get You Zero Protection With The Police

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Police-ShootingBy now, the world has seen one of the most disturbing videos where a Black man who was just following a request by an officer of the law, almost ended up as a corpse at the morgue for his trouble. South Carolina is the place where the rules of engagement (according to some officers who’s actions don’t value a human life or shall I say a Black life) takes place. The victim in this case is Levar Jones, and what happens next is almost a daily occurrence. Where police brutality involves anyone of color pertaining to police interactions (even though this has occurred since the Slave Patrols, but I digress) is the norm.

Jones pulled into a gas station and as he was getting out a police officer attempted to pull him over and asked to see his driver’s license. Allegedly Jones did not have his seat belt on and the officer wanted to issue him a ticket. This is not victim blaming at all, but I’m going to point out that Black men and women must be very conscious of their movements when it involves the police. This is especially true when the police officer one is interacting with is white. Jones, who was already out of his vehicle when the officer attempt to stop him, was not really thinking his life would be in danger. After the request was made by the officer t0 see his license, Jones reached back into his vehicle to retrieve his identification and was shot by State Trooper Sean M. Groubert. A total of four shots were discharged from Groubert’s weapon, hitting Jones once. Cleary on the police dash cam, one can hear Jones asking Groubert why did the trooper shoot him and that he was just retrieving his identification. Jones must know by now the answer to his question, especially when incidents like shoot first ask questions later, happens mainly to Black men and women.

At least in this case the State Trooper was fired and arrested and charged with felony assault (imagine if the police officers in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner case would receive that same punishment so expeditiously?)

What is troubling to me is that many people appeared to think that the police assaulting and killing Black people is something that is starting to become an epidemic. No, this has been going on for centuries and the fact that a lot of these police brutality cases now have a witness is a plus. The camera phone and in this case the dash cam has assisted many non-believers to the level of the brutality that many Black people will face if they even bat an eyelash against a police officer.

Can one imagine if there were no dash cam to Jones’ incident? Then the trooper would get the benefit of the doubt, by a grand jury and more than likely would continue to work as a police officer and finish tormenting more Black people for the rest of his career. Of course, cameras of incidents do not always equate justice, and that is evident by the simple Simon ruling by an all-white grand jury in the John Crawford case. In case one missed this one, Crawford was shot and killed by the police while holding a toy gun while walking in an aisle in Walmart. Jonathan didn’t point a gun at the officers (because he didn’t even see them; he was talking to the mother of his children at the time, with his back turned to them). Despite the erroneous call by a witness who stated Crawford was pointing a gun at customers (that was deemed to be false, according to the video) the police shot him regardless. What makes Crawford’s case more disturbing is that a grand jury failed to indict theses responding officers who arrived at the scene, and they didn’t take into consideration that Ohio has an open carry law.

Hypothetically if the gun Crawford has was real, how come the police didn’t approach him and question him about it? Instead, they shot him dead like a dog in the street because we all know Black men carrying guns is surely a threat to society right? No matter the laws that are in place where open carry laws allows citizens to walk around with an assault rifle while browsing in aisle nine without any repercussions from the police. It’s just that these open carry laws seem to be null and void if a person of color is carrying one.

The legal standard for whether or not deadly force by a police officer is “justifiable” often relies upon an officer’s subjective “feeling” of being threatened, which means that an officer who “feels” that young, African-American men are threatening by their very nature may have a more lax standard of when use of deadly force is acceptable against them.

After the grand jury failed to return indictments in the Walmart shooting, the United States Justice Department said it would conduct its own investigation to determine whether Crawford’s civil rights were violated when police shot and killed him.

Black people better realize (you to my Latino friends) the rules of engagement will not be used correctly when they interact with us. The police guide is tossed out of the window, because the rules of engagement is different, and it has always been that way when you’re a person of color. Don’t even think about one’s family receiving justice if one happens to die by the hands of police officers unjustly. Society has the police officers receiving the benefit of the doubt the majority of the time. The make up of grand jury pools are often design to ensure these same police officers will not be prosecuted, and it’s not like the prosecutor wants a police officer to be punished. The victim’s family will receive compensation, and that’s about it. A paid suspension and a loss of some vacation days will be the right call (according to police culture, when an officer doesn’t follow procedures and someone ends up dead).

If one wants better prosecutors, police commissioners, and an entire overhaul change in the way the criminal justice is structure. Then one has to be politically educated on politics in order to have a voice in this process. What many people in the position of power are hoping for is that Blacks and Latinos will blindly vote for any Democrat (since we always voting for them) and not read their voting record or where they stand on police reform. The more one votes for these politicians that do not tell us where they stand on police brutality and the militarization of police forces, the more they will obtain the power and continue to ignore the problem. Police officers (who don’t abide by their laws) continue to get away with murder, literally and figuratively. It’s time to wake up, and get politically educated!

If one didn’t see this disturbing viral video concerning Levar Jones, check it out below:

-Ms Scripter

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Commentary on “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay

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If We Must Die

by Claude McKay

If we must die—let it not be like hogs

Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,

While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,

Making their mock at our accursed lot.

If we must die—oh, let us nobly die,

So that our precious blood may not be shed

In vain; then even the monsters we defy

Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!

Oh, Kinsmen!  We must meet the common foe;

Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave,

And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!

What though before us lies the open grave?

Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,

Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

Commentary on the Poem

This poem was penned in 1919 by Claude McKay.  At the time it was published, serious race riots primarily involving White assaults on Black neighborhoods in a dozen American cities were occurring.  McKay wrote this poem in response to these race riots that resulting in the deaths of numerous Black people.  It was his desire for Black people to not simply accept these assaults and murders but to fight back against these efforts to annihilate them.  The poet asserts that “If we must die” we should die “fighting back”—not accepting our demise in a docile way.  In a fight against racism, discrimination and oppression, it’s vital to understand that there are going to be battles you lose, but fighting back gives one an opportunity to win the war, which is more important.

The speaker of the poem highlights that to die to fighting against racism and discrimination is to “die nobly.”  In our contemporary period, we don’t have enough people willing to combat the “monsters” who oppress us.  One of the fundamental reasons why we’re currently struggling to win against racial oppression is envy within our ranks.  McKay’s poem calls for solidarity and not division among Black people.  The poet wants us to recognize that we’re facing a “common foe”: racists.

Too often we allow envy to cause us to lose sight of the common foe.  While we’re attempting to undermine one another, the common foe is gaining a larger advantage in the effort to destroy us.  McKay is keenly aware of how a lack of commitment to solidarity weakens Black people in the fight against their oppressors.  The racists are united in their mission to decimate Black people.  For McKay, Blacks must match their solidarity.  True solidarity is necessary to defeating the robust manacles of racism.

Although our contemporary conditions are not exactly like those McKay writes about in 1919, Black people still face racism, racial prejudice, and discrimination.  We must learn to stand united against our current oppressors.  When we begin to cognize that we should stop fighting one another and start fighting our oppressors, we will witness the authentic change we long to see.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

www.revolutionarypaideia.com

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The Image of the NYPD Cop That Made Me Smile

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Cop Escorts Eldery WomanI am notorious for writing about the NYPD in a bad light. I have constantly been against stop-and-frisk and other tactics that are used mostly against the Black and Latinos in the community. I have witnessed the way they interact with us, which has caused the majority of distrust in those same communities. The NYPD’s image under the Bloomberg and Commissioner Ray Kelly era for the past 12 years created that distrust. I was always an advocate for community policing and engaging with the youth in a non-confrontational way, but, unfortunately that was not the way previous regimes felt the need to use that tactic.

My perception of the NYPD has not changed much in the time William Bratton has taken over the helm. First off, it is too way too early to judge how he has embed his blueprint on the use of police tactics assigned to communities that were sometimes terrorized under the previous regime (depending on whom you ask). In this short period, nevertheless I did see something that made me smile. A picture of a Black cop holding a hand of a white elderly lady, and escorting her to her destination. Here is the statement the NYPD released concerning the photo:

“This photo, captured by a passerby and sent to the NYPD, was taken as the police officer walked the woman two blocks to her destination. The individual who snapped the photo expressed how kind New York City police officers are on a daily basis and was happy to be able to capture one of the many moments.”

I’m sure many folks in the Black and Latino community will differ with the photographer on how he believes police officers are kind on a daily basis.

With that being said, the photo made me reached back and reminisce about my childhood when something of that nature took place with me. I was approximately 6 years old when my sister took me to the now defunct Albee Square Mall in Brooklyn. When we attempted to go downstairs the escalator was broken, so we had to walk down. This NYPD officer who was Black picked me up and walked down the inoperable escalator. During that brief moment, I looked at his face and was thinking I wanted to be a police officer when I grow up and I wanted to be in a position to help people like he was doing for me. Of course, I changed my mind in terms of that career path a long time ago, but I never forgot that moment and appoint my own actions with helping people without having a badge.

Just imagine if that same police officer was out of uniform, he would probably be evaluated as a threat. That police officer while off duty may have been stopped and question by the same department he works for. Or better yet, he may have had the police called on him for looking suspicious if he was in a neighborhood that people may assume he didn’t belong. Whether certain folks of different backgrounds will like to admit it or not, America has an infatuation of portraying black men – especially dark skin Black men as a threat to society, but that topic is for another blog.

For this moment, a Black man was captured in a very touching image, which, unfortunately, the imagery of Black men in America though our media are usually wearing silver bracelets and paraded around like a trophy.

-Ms Scripter
Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?
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The Case of the International Version of Racial Profiling

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Racial ProfilingLONDON – The police in the United States aren’t the only ones who get all excited to profile and violate a person of color constitutional rights; it is also the norm all over the world.

Check out this case for instance in Wembley, London:

A 16-year-old boy from Wembley claims he was called a monkey by a police officer and beaten up after he was arrested because he was wearing an expensive watch.

 

Daniel Davies, of Ranelagh Road, said he has lost all faith in the police following his ordeal, which saw him being locked up overnight on suspicion of handling stolen goods, before being released without charge.

 

He said: “Can’t a black man walk down the street wearing a nice watch without them [the police] looking at you a funny way?

 

“Do I have faith in the police? No way. I’ve lost all faith in them.”

 

The college student, who has no criminal record, intends on making an official complaint after he was arrested in Eddison Way, Wembley while on route to his sister’s house.

 

He said he was talking to a friend in his car when the pair were stopped and searched by five police officers. They were arrested when they saw his Grandmaster watch.

 

The timepieces can cost up to £8,000 but Mr Davies had bought his at a store in Harlesden for £100 with money saved from his paper round and birthday presents.

 

He said: “They asked where I bought my watch from and I told them and offered to take them there to prove it, but they refused to listen and arrested us both.”

He was taken to Wembley Police Station where he claims he was dragged into a cell and racially abused by an officer.

 

One can’t have nice things if you’re Black or Latino without the cops asking tons of questions because they are either jealous they can’t afford it with their measly salary, or they don’t think a person of color should be able to afford such expensive items without criminal activity attach to it. Racial profiling is one of the most degrading activities that the police participate in to target men and women of color, and it isn’t getting any better. We need to educate our youth on their rights and inform them there isn’t any laws written where one should be forced to answer questions. Am I being charged with anything? If not, am I free to go officer? That’s the only thing that should be coming out of one’s mouth when being questioned. No one is obligated to answer any questions whether one committed a crime or not. Charge me or keep it moving, their isn’t any other option for these police officers. Just remember, if a police officer detains you then they better have some justifiable reason, otherwise one will be buying more expensive things after that lawsuit is settled.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?

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Top 10 Frisk Commandments: Every Black and Latino Male Should Follow

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NEW YORK – Many Black and Latinos are often stopped and frisked by police in NYC – and in record numbers. Mayor Bloomberg and his overrated Police Commissioner – Kelly believes that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy is an essential tool in crime fighting and getting guns off the streets –  I vehemently disagree with their assessment. The Supreme Court ruling in 1968 in Terry v. Ohio, allows the police to perform this type of search without probable cause, which is a clear violation of the 4th amendment. Here are some of the statistics concerning the number of stops and frisks the NYPD has conducted, the targets, and the results:

In the first three months in 2012, New Yorkers were stopped by the police203,500 times.
181,457 were totally innocent (89 percent)
108,097 were Black (54 percent)
69,043 were Latino (33 percent)
18,387 were white(9 percent)
18,387 were white(9 percent)

Reviewing these numbers it reminds me of slavery, when the police would stop and question Blacks to see if they were runaway slaves. It’s 2012, and the harassment by the police continues to degrade our Black and Latinos in record numbers. It is glaring that whites are only stopped 9 percent of the time. I wonder if James Holmes was walking down a Brooklyn street in his swat gear, red and orange hair and headed to the movie premiere of the Dark Knight Rises, would the NYPD stop, question, and frisk him – I doubt it. This is why the NYPD stop-and-frisk program is a joke.

What really sets me off is that our Black churches are allowing dictators like Bloomberg to visit their congregation and speak on why stop-and-frisk is needed. Whoever granted this clown permission to visit their church, are sell outs. One would question how much money Bloomberg placed in that collection plate on his way out the door.

The good news is that the courts are starting to take notice of the activities of the NYPD. Here is an excerpt of an article from the New York Times highlighting the spotlight that the NYPD is now receiving from the judiciary:

The courts have been energized to step in, some lawyers say, as the debate has intensified over police tactics that have brought legal challenges, academic analysis and news coverage. “The decisions show that the courts are suspicious of the current police practices,” said Michael C. Dorf, a constitutional law professor at Cornell.
“People are starting to wonder: ‘What’s really going on here? Is this a racial policy?’ And judges read the newspaper too,” Professor McLaughlin said.

I welcome the extra scrutiny that the NYPD is starting to receive. It is also time for Kelly to take a seat somewhere, but dictator Bloomberg does not have the guts to get rid of a commissioner who has reign over the NYPD a little bit too long. After Kelly started chastising community leaders by stating where was their outrage, concerning black-on-black crime – it solidifies my claim that Kelly is out of touch with reality and is also arrogant. It is time for him to step aside and we need to hire a commissioner that understands the community in which, he/she oversees. Maybe some federal oversight and the extra attention from the courts, may cause the Bloomberg to make a move – time will tell.

Jasiri X, emcee and community activist decided to rhyme about the stop-and-frisk policy by utilizing the beat for the late Biggie Smalls song, “10 Crack Commandments”. In the song, Jasiri gives you rules one should follow if stop by the police. Directed by Elton James White and photography by Fahnon Bennet lends a helping hand in order to bring this 3 minute video to life. Watch the video and demand an end to street harassment – known as stop-and-frisk.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?

Originally published: 7/30/12

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