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Ferguson and the Reflection of the Legacy of Our Original Sin – and Obstacle (August 22 2014)

In Video on September 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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“Until we come to grips with the current racial disparities in perception, interaction, employment, and societal matters, we’ll meet on the streets once again in the near future…for another rounds of protests over the same resolvable issues.”

PITTSBURGH (August 22, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

“One year after the controversial not-guilty verdict freeing George Zimmerman after the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin…Ferugson, Missouri exploded after the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown…Many Americans hit the streets to protest the latest controversial death, just as they did last summer. Sadly, the protests this time echo the concerns not just for one life, but for a startling trend.

“In New York City, Eric Garnder was asphyxiated…in California, a highway patrol man was caught punching a disoriented, older black woman in the face during a pedestrian encounter…there is also the questionable shooting death of Ezell Ford at the hands of the LAPD.

“In Colorado in 2012, a killer with semi-automatic weapons makes it out of a movie theater – alive – after shooting dozens in cold-blood. In Ohio this year, a man dies in the toy section of Wal-mart with a toy gun in his hand – shot in cold blood by an officer that has a questionable past concerning justifiable homicide while on the police force. Cliven Bundy could stand off against the united states government with armed neighbors at his side. Marissa Alexander – a survivor of domestic violence – is in jail right now for arming herself against a man that previously beat her to the point of hospitalization.

“What’s the state of race relations in America, especially when police shootings of Blacks seems to be going in the wrong direction despite crime statistics generally heading in the right direction? Perhaps the questions we should be asking include: how come innocent until proven guilty applies to some citizens, while guilty until proven innocent – repeatedly – is the norm for other citizens? When some loudly proclaim citizens rights against the government, are they also actively defending the civil rights of black youth…when encountering the police? And why do we think that we can devalue each other as American citizens – and then expect Vladmir Putin, kim Jong-un, and ISIS to respect us as the military and moral leader of the world?”

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The March on Gun Shops Double Standard

In Articles on June 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

If Black leaders remain coyly selective on how and when they protest for what is just, the continued end results may just be in vain.

The proposed “marches on gun shops” to bring attention to Chicago’s spike in violence could lead to an unlikely destination and thus an unnecessary conundrum for Black leaders.

Recently, there have been a lot of tweets and scuttlebutt out there concerning a proposed organized effort (led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.) to protest gun shops around the nation in protest to the recent violence seen in cities such as Chicago.

Odd, considering that legal gun ownership in the city of Chicago was not viable until post-2010 by way of the McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court case from a few years back.

I commend Rev. Jackson for his years of service to America and the Black community. Those that have heard me on the air know that I don’t do the ugly names that get hurled at him and notable others. I also don’t attach over-generalizing motives to all of his actions.

Just the same, I believe in the validity of the Second Amendment – although as a Pittsburgh native and a Chicago resident, I understand the debate over appropriate urban gun oversight. That said, I hope the Reverend doesn’t get into a faux war with small business owners that happen to be gun shop owners.

It would be akin to taking on all of the liquor stores in our communities in the hope that we can stem the tide of substance abuse and unhealthiness in Black America.

How successful has that effort been? Of course, couple those efforts to close community liquor stores with us watching the most successful grocery chains in our communities sell alcohol to us 40- ounces at a time from aisles sitting right beside the frozen juices, distilled water and frozen vegetables.

We don’t say much about that contradiction.

A symbolic boycott of the gun shops will likely be as effective as the Congressional Black Caucus grilling Attorney General Eric Holder over the recent spike in shootings in Chicago, including the beloved South Side communities. Reaching for low-hanging fruit solutions to address the youth violence decimating our communities (such as probing the Department of Justice for possible – and unnecessary – big government involvement or taking on small business owners over decades-long challenges) does nothing for the high-wind drama that we collectively continue to catch.

Black leaders apply double standards and inconsistent methodologies to our issues – namely, protesting those that are outside of our circles of friends and influence while condoning the dysfunction ongoing within our comfort zones of confidants.  As long as they do that, we will continue to capture attention in the media, yet continue failing to capture any long-lasting solutions.

 

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