It has been a while since I wrote a recap; well time has not been on my side as of late, but I’m sure you guys and gals can understand. Two stories, that caught my attention last week, and no it is not Lindsey Lohan’ inability to stay out of trouble, or the fiscal deadline Two tragic events concerning gun violence. Let’s get right to it:
Kansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher: Just another Coward Domestic Abuser
As many of my readers have heard the tragic story of Kansas Chiefs Linebacker Jovan Belcher who killed himself, after shooting Kasandra Perkins – the mother of his daughter, multiple times.
I’ve had discussions with friends and associates after this tragic event took place, trying to figure out why this man would kill himself. My thought process was, maybe it was part of the head trauma that many of the NFL players have sustained. Linking suicide to head injuries has always come up for discussion, especially after the recent and shocking suicide concerning Junior Seau. All that changed after I found out he murdered his girlfriend.
I believe Belcher was more than likely putting his hands on Perkins, for a while now. It was reported that the couple had what relatives labeled, a strained relationship. Belcher argued with Perkins after she returned late from a Trey Songz concert. It was reported that he wanted her to stay home with the baby instead. That is part of the demeanor of someone who is controlling, fits the profile of a domestic abuser to me.
I also cannot phantom, what kind of person, would do something that heinous in front of their own mother. Someone that comfortable, gives me the indication that his own family members knew he either had put his hands on this young lady before, and had a volatile temper. He had no respect to calm down, even in presence of his own mother.
Belcher, 25, and Kasandra Perkins, 22, were “the only people who knew what went on in their relationship,” Belcher’s sister, Charmaine Shepherd, said outside their childhood home Sunday. “And both of them are gone.”
I do not believe that for one second, that folks who are in relationships, do not tell their family their business. If anything, family tends to stay in one’s relationship business, in the first place. Perkins family is calling the relationship, strained – so they have a general sense it was not picture perfect. That is just Belcher’s family shielding the fact that he was nothing but a cold murderer.
Belcher is a coward for killing the mother of his child. After realizing what he has done, like most cowards who can not face the repercussions on their actions, they take their own life. His actions are unconscionable, his 3 month year old daughter will never know her parents, and when she gets older, she will go through the painstaking task of reading about her Dad’s actions – now that is a triple tragedy.
Jordan Davis – Killed for Playing Loud Music
Jordan Davis, black 17 year old from Florida was shot and killed, after he and his friends got into an argument with Michael Dunn, a 45 year old white man, after he wanted them to turn down their music because it was too loud. This story sent shock waves to my system. Teenagers will play loud music; that is what they do. What made Dunn the authority over them, and demand that they turn it down. Far as I know he was not the sheriff in town, more like a drunk man who wanted to establish some authority over 4 black teenagers. If Dunn was so agitated, he was better off calling the cops and say that they was disturbing the peace. Instead, he argued with the group of teens and decided that since they were not going to listen to his demands, he will shoot up the vehicle, which resulted in Davis death. Pure senseless, which is exactly what I can chalk that up as.
Dunn of course claims that he was defending himself and that someone in the vehicle pointed a shot gun at him (which has not been found). I wonder if that were a group of white kids in a car, listening to music, would Dunn argue and shoot them, as well? Dunn’s actions resemble nothing short of what a white supremacists would do, and if I was the prosecutor in this case, I would charge him with a hate crime. The police know that is a absolute hate crime, but they are just as bad as Dunn, they love to cover up the obvious.
Florida, who has lawmakers who seem absolutely clueless, are once again thrown in the spotlight for their horrible statutes. ‘Stand Your Ground’ should be repealed, and the people of Florida should demand it. If they don’t, their child could be murdered next, and the person who pulled the trigger may simply say, “I was just standing my ground”.
We need to stop getting comfortable, thinking that race relations in America has improved. We are living in a world where racism is more covert and subtle. That makes it even more dangerous to a lot of people of color because one will not know if their boss, neighbor or that a stranger will one day attempt to kill them based on the color of their skin. White supremacist no longer where sheets over there heads.
We also need to teach children, and ourselves that arguing with strangers, no matter the subject can result in deadly consequences. One can never know what the person that one is arguing with will do. They can have mental illness, or be under the influence, or has some biases against that person. It is not worth it, to even accept an invite to argue.
We are comparing Davis’ case to the tragic events that led up to Trayvon Martin’s death. This crime has the same similarities, where a black teen is shot and killed by someone that is not white, and they evoke ‘stand your ground’. Let’s hope both cases, results in infinite prison time to the aggressor and Florida finally does the right thing, and repeal that law, which only seems to be taken into consideration, when the victim is black.
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