Her parents and loved ones are relieved and glad that she won't spend time in jail or be executed or however Italy handles convictions in murder cases. The media seemed to celebrate her release. All that is grand, with the exception of one thing...what about Diya "Patrick" Lumumba?
Lumumba,the African man, who spent two weeks in jail, lost his business behind the lie that Amanda told implicating him as the one who killed her roommate. Yet, Lumumba was innocent! In America, we hear about whites accusing Black and Hispanic people of crimes that they themselves committed all the time. Yup! That old "The black guy or Hispanic guy did it" lie. Nothing new there, that's been going on since the antebellum days.
Lumumba was awarded 40,000 euros, which is $55,370.98 in American money for damages, but the man lost his business, which Amanda was employed at. Because of the lie and notoriety caused by Amanda's lie his business shut down soon after he was released from jail. A black man cannot make a decent living without someone like Amanda trying to tear him down. Smh!
Now, his lawyer said that Lumumba is barely able to support his wife and baby. More than likely,a good majority of his award went to pay his lawyer's fees. Nevertheless, Amanda will probably become wealthy from some book deal and possibly a movie to tell her story. Another American psuedo heroine... But what about Lumumba and his family? Will he be offered a book deal to make up for his lost?
The subject of why won't I vote for Herman Cain came up. Well...let me take the time out to answer that question. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin because that's a non issue in my book because the last 40 something Presidents were white and I voted for many of them and would vote for another white one if I like their position on policies. Color preferences for Presidents is a white thing, not a black one. Nevertheless, I refuse to let anyone intimidate me into voting for someone because some of my people died for me to have the right to vote. Therefore, I take my voting rights very serious.
Nor do I have a problem with people who think different from me. Anyway, no two people think alike. However, I do have a problem with a black man who jigs and denigrates his own people in order to get ahead in life. Moreover, I have a problem with a black man who mimics the same talking points of white supremacist and those trying to maintain it. We live in a diverse nation, this is not an all white nation. There are no superior human beings. That is a myth! It goes against the grain of "All Men Were Created Equal."
Cain reminds me of a scene in that movie "The Color Purple" in an odd sort of way. Granny pauses...changes and adds some words to the script. The scene with Celie and Sophia comes to my mind:
"You told white folks] to [denigrate us black folks]!"
"All my life I had to fight[for my civil rights]."
"I had to fight[discrimination]."
"I had to fight[Jim Crow laws]."
"I had to fight[unjust laws]."
"[Black folks] ain't safe in [a land of white supremacist filled with hate]."
"But I never thought, I had to fight my own [black people]!" ~~Alice Walker, edited by Granny~~
As for those who claim that Black folks who support Democrats are on a plantation. Well...I'll put it like this. I'd rather stay on the Democrat plantation because the massuhs on the Republican plantation flog their Black folks in public for all to see like they did Cain, Michael Steele, and all of their other Black Republicans when they speak up against the right's wrongdoings. On the Democrat plantation they allow us the freedom to speak the truth and are not trying to starve us to death or make us homeless, or do away with grandma and grandpa in order to feed the greed of the most wealthy in our nation.
If a black man cannot stand on his own merits and the only way his party will accept him is if he denigrates Blacks and pushes the white supremacist agenda, he is not Presidential material. He is nothing but a puppet on a string and an Uncle Ruckas. Too many people, Black and white lost their lives fighting for ALL people to have a right to vote and have civil rights. Martin Luther King said that the fight for civil rights wasn't just for black folks it was for white folks too! Our nation should be trying to go forward, not backwards!