Monthly Archives: November 2014

If It Wasn’t About Race Before, It Is Now

The Boeskool

Are they arresting a demonstrator? Or are the arresting a thug.... I guess that depends on who's doing the describing. (Photo by Joe Raedle/GETTY IMAGES) Are they arresting a demonstrator? Or are the arresting a thug…. I guess that depends on who’s doing the describing. (Photo by Joe Raedle/GETTY IMAGES)

Wow. Yesterday was rough. Monday night, after the Grand Jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson was announced, we watched as a couple of police cars and some stores burned, and we saw footage of looting…. though not surprisingly, there was almost no coverage of the members of the community and the protesters who stood guard outside of businesses in an attempt to protect them from looters and arsonists after it became clear the police were not going to. But the “News” channels are selling a product, and peaceful protesters and folks calling for calm and non-violence do not sell nearly as well as video of the same cop car on fire. Any way you look at what happened in Ferguson on Monday night, it was…

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A list of unarmed Blacks killed by police

I know that my parents who grew up in segregated Alabama never thought that they would have to worry about their children and grandchildren dealing with racism. It is 2014, why are Blacks still being hunted and shot down like animals by those who are sworn to uphold the “law” of the land.

Abagond

Police Shooting

Here is a list of unarmed Blacks killed by police in the US. It is extremely incomplete. A complete list for just 2005 to 2012 would have at least 760 killings. I have only 6% of those. This list is just the tip of the iceberg.

Those in bold are linked to posts of their own:

2014: Victor White III (Iberia Parish, LA)
2014: Dante Parker (San Bernardino County, CA)
2014: Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, CA)
2014: Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO)
2014: Tyree Woodson (Baltimore, MD)
2014: John Crawford III (Beavercreek, OH)
2014: Eric Garner (New York, NY)
2014: Yvette Smith (Bastrop, TX)
2014: Jordan Baker (Houston, TX)
2013: Barrington Williams (New York, NY)
2013: Carlos Alcis (New York, NY)
2013: Deion Fludd (New York, NY)
2013:Jonathan Ferrell (Bradfield Farms, NC)
2013: Kimani Gray (New York, NY)
2013: Kyam Livingstone (New York, NY)
2013: Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr…

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The Conscience Crisis

Most of us are born with an inner sense of what is right and wrong. As we get older that inner sense, our conscience, solidifies and we become upstanding, law abiding citizens.  Then there is the opposite side of the spectrum, those with no conscience. These people are typically described as having little or no empathy,  being remorseless, egocentric, self centered and display criminal and other antisocial behaviors. (We all know someone  who exhibit some of these behaviors).  Thankfully in the past there has always been a balance in favor of those with rather than without. Today it seems that there is a shift in the other direction. One only has to turn to their local news to see what I mean.  Crime is certainly on the rise and rape, murder, deception, and a disregard for our fellow human beings are the common theme of  every newscast, television show, movie or song.  Sadly these are not isolated incidents confined to the northern hemisphere but are occurring worldwide.
But how did we get so far? We can’t say that it was one event that turned the tide, but it was more of a progression. I think back to twenty years ago and question whether things were so bad. My answer would be no. Sure there were some who exhibited sociopathic behaviors but those were the rare cases, today they are more the norm. Part of the blame lies in medias glorification of wrong. The worst stories get the headline and the most attention, while “do good” pieces, get a brief mention at the end or is buried in the op-ed section.
And what will happen if we continue in this direction? People will become desensitized and their conscience will no longer guide their actions.  Society will only get worse and there will be a free for all much like what was depicted in the movie “The Purge”.
How do we prepare? For those who pray, this would be a good idea, everyone else should arm themselves as they prepare for this conscience crisis.