Across Color Lines
Today, we are jumping right in…
My heart goes out to all the people that suffered based on the no indictment and the families that continue to relive their situation every time a verdict comes down or a person is acquitted. It doesn’t matter the race, but it does matter when it appears to be a target on certain people’s back.
I am if nothing else a realistic person… wrong is wrong and right is right and some universal truths have to be in line for this. So therefore we have laws to abide by. This understandably has to be in place so all citizens are safe and we don’t go back to areas that history has taken us before.
We used to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Not so sure JUSTICE FOR ALL is always the case… so let’s take a look. My maternal grandmother used to discuss how the news used to discriminate. When a crime was committed you know if the person was black due to the photo being shared and all the information on that person. If the accuser was white, you knew because there was no photo but rather minimal details on the party and just information given on the crime. Hmmm…. My family is not racist, but we are very aware of the differences that have come our way based on the color of our skin. Don’t mistake this as some sympathy outcry… it is about awareness. Yes it happens vice versa as well, but since right now the issue at hand has been the amount of black boys being attached and no justice. I can say now the news and reporting stations have come a long way with this. Now you see photos and hear details many times no matter the person’s race. However, look at how long it took us to get there.
A person loses their life due to unjust cause, no matter their past, justice should be done. My issue with the way they handle things is when law enforcement is involved, they instantly jump to discrediting the party that was killed or injured. I can understand if this person has been a criminal and a nuisance to the city. However, many times that is not the case. The fact that a teenager stole something from a store is wrong and should be punished, but a killing is not justified. However, I know many people of different races that have committed petty crimes and have not been viewed as a threat. It is just supposed to be ok??
It is so much more than Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Michael Brown, and Melissa Alexander. All cases are similar, but with different elements. The sad things are these are to name a few names and there are so many others out there. Yet, when a drunk teen kills multiple people he gets off with probation due to him being privileged. WOW!!!! I know each case is different and I am one to see both sides as much as possible as I am a former debater. Last I checked, the law didn’t take into account the environment a person grew up in. I haven’t heard any black kids or minorities that grew up with privilege or in poverty handled different, maybe I am ill informed. If you still can’t see this, look to the parties in the public eye that have been caught doing similar crimes. Lindsey Lohan and Amanda Bynes have been out of control for some time. I don’t recall such harshness, but time and time again giving them more time to destruct or harm another party. Next thing you knew, they were in and out of rehab. How is it that one person gets so many chances more than another person when we discuss JUSTICE FOR ALL. I believe the only time I have heard background was to establish a person’s sanity. SO please correct me if I am wrong.
Take the target off of our backs America… They want us to be productive citizens, but you want to rule us by laws and harsher punishment when crimes are committed. The law is subject to interpretation but tends to be leaner on the side of parties that are not of color or minority background.
I am by no means discrediting how far this country has come. However, I do believe that so many people have blinders on when it comes to the situations. If a cop shoots, it was due to a threat. A cop is a cop, but is human. They have just as many biases, concerns; see stereotypes just as anyone else does. They are not above the law because they wear a shield. Does anyone think it is od that we are seeing so many cops act out in the last few years. You know why, because they are seeing their brother in blue get a pat on the back, administrative leave with pay, and move on after there is no punishment. IJS…
Let’s use our brain for it is for. You may not like the realization or what you will discover, but you will finally see.
Now let’s think about a plan of action. I don’t agree that violence is the answer. I do believe many people are turning to violence hoping that it will finally get their attention. The problem with the people turning to violence in your town and city is that you are destroying where you have to live and patronize every day. I understand the anger, but it has to be channeled a different way. I know it is frustrating to see the black or minority community slapped in the face, time after time. Ask yourself how your voice is best heard. Let’s keep in mind the best way to be effective in the community is by being sober and aware. The reporters mentioned while reporting about the Mike Brown case that there was weed in the air, folks this is not productive. These actually just aides in the people that feel that black people can’t conduct themselves in a manner to be effective resort to illegal drug use and destroying their own city. You have to become involved. I know so many people that won’t watch the news, follow politics, or educate themselves for their own reasons. If this you, you may not have much of a voice. We (all people) have to learn to educate ourselves, follow cases and large controversial stories to form your own opinion. Know that I would be this aggravated if this was a White, Asian, Indian, or other race or ethnicity of a child.
Share with me what you think of these continual situations and how we can all make things better?
If you don’t have an opinion after reading this, read The Connotation of Being Black and see if you have an opinion then.