Friday Open Thread - TGIF Alabama Lynching Memorial to confront U.S. history of slavery
Saturday, June 19, 2010
White Man's Justice...Black Man's Grief
There is not a day that goes by that we don't hear about police using excessive and more often deadly force on black people that is sometimes uncalled for. Nor is there a day that blacks wake up and not hear about some type of racist or discrimination incident taking place or experiencing it themselves. After all, we live in America the supposedly home of the free where our constitution states that all citizens are equally entitled to alienable rights such as freedom of speech, freedom to pursue happiness in peace, etc. However, if you are black in America you sometimes question that myth.
A black woman named Melanie Williams has been awarded $65,000 in a lawsuit against the Jacksonville, Florida police for being tackled while pregnant in an emergency room that she fled to for help. In my opinion, she didn't receive enough money, but then I am not a lawyer, nor am I a judge, nor do I have a degree in law. There are some whites folks who think she didn't deserve to receive any money compensation at all regardless of what her medical condition or the circumstances involved in the incident were. I hate to say it, but that's reminisce of southern whites attitudes in the past, blacks don't need or deserve that kind of money or it's too much money for a black person to have.
Then there is the Oscar Grant's trial that is going on at the present. It appears that ex-BART officers Pirone and Domenici seem to have selective memories when it comes to parts in their testimony that shines a light on both of them being responsible for the events that led up to Merserle shooting Grant in the back while he was lying face down on the ground. Nevertheless, neither have anything to worry about. Regardless to what went down that night and that a young black man is dead because of their actions, no one will suffer any consequences from it, but Oscar's daughter who is left without a father. There are some whites who think the officer was just doing his duty as usual and that Oscar should have stayed at home. Some white people feel that black men should stay locked up in the house and never come outside for a breathe of fresh air to avoid being murdered or brutalized by the police. In other words, stay on the plantation you live on and don't leave off of it without a permission from them.
Back during the days of slavery, whites thought it was okay to beat the slaves or kill them. In fact, this was a normal practice among them. It didn't matter if they were old, women, men, or children or pregnant--beat them or kill them was the law of the land. Even back then, they would beat them or kill them over little minor infractions or when they considered blacks being uppidity and sassy towards a white person, and the majority of them were unarmed too. They had patrollers back then that violently brutalized slaves however they saw fit. It is a practice that has spilled over in to modern times and in our so-called age of colorblindness and normal procedure when dealing with people of color.
In addition, it does not matter if that black person has Aspergers neither. Neli is still being evaluated at a mental institution for 30 days, afterwards he will be returned to jail, because his mother cannot afford to pay an attorney while his condition deteriorates. There has been nothing mentioned about a bail. Neli's father is still in Iraq. Why they refused to believe his mother who has medical documentation stating Neil's condition is unbelievable and unfortunate for Neli who handicapped by his condition has to endure this alone in isolation.
Is the only decisive factor in whether to use excessive force or kill an unarmed person automatically only if the color of their skin happens to be of a darker hue than lily white, medium white, or dark white? Some white folks feel that excessive force and killing unarmed black men is justifiable and applaud it. However, when it comes to their own whites they seem to push aside those justifiable excuses in behalf of the police and their compassion for humanity kicks in and they seem to see clearly wrongdoing on behalf of the officers that they tend to overlook when it is person of color. Nevertheless, you rarely ever hear of whites being shot while unarmed or excessive force being used on them. Nor has it ever come to point where any whites need a citizen's guide to police confrontations to help avoid police brutality.
BTW, a journalist named John Potash, a graduate of Columbia University has written a book that is causing a stir of controversy that has some white people hollering conspiracy theory and some black folks wondering if it's true? Anyway, I do not know if the book is true or not, but I plan to buy a copy of it and check it out asap. You can read an excerpt at this link.
Old habits from slavery are hard to break and until some white people wake up and realize that blacks are human beings too, tomorrow, the next day, and the day after will continue to be a repeat of the same discrimination practices, racism, and police brutality against people of color.