Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: The Venting Wall
Here you can post a relatively short diatribe or comment about whatever it is that irked you today or any other day. Go on, get it out of your system. And if you have a positive experience to share that too is welcome.
The Human Condition: A House Divided
by Akan Bosemann
I’m almost at a loss as to where to begin with my immediate reaction to the Ferguson, MO grand jury electing not to indict Officer Darren Wilson on any charge in his killing of Michael Brown Jr. Anger, frustration, bitterness, numbness, resentment all are appropriate adjectives to describe some of what I feel at this very moment. Processing all of the excuses given as to why there was no indictment, is in effect an indictment of the judicial system yet again.
It has become common place for everyone of us to accept that when it comes to the lives of “minorities”, specifically for the purpose of this post (black people) not to expect equal treatment under the law and it’s application. Sure people can say that we are sensitive and angry and whatever else makes them feel better about themselves because it isn’t their community suffering these repeated injustices.
As human beings we are all of one blood and one of one house. When situations like Michael Brown Jr’s and so many countless others occur, this “one blood”, “this one house” remains divided. A house divided can not stand. The issue is bigger than ethnic make up, but we are glued to that distinction because despite all efforts to look beyond ethnicity, ethnicity in this world matters.
I wouldn’t appeal to the masses of ignorant trolls online who spew insensitive, stereotypical, and prejudiced view points from a position of privilege and/advantage because to argue with minds devoid of seeing beyond the tip of their own noses is pointless.
This is an exercise in venting feelings of anger and resentment in a more constructive way than say the blinding rage of mass rioting, which harms mostly the innocent business owners within the communities of frustration instead of at the actual source of the frustration.
President Obama’s speech in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision not to indict left me feeling like this is a president unlike any other who is in a unique and difficult position. He is a member of the Black community and its present day representative in the highest office of the land.
President Obama is the example of an unthinkable, impossible dream coming to fruition. He is also a reminder that no matter how much we think things have changed they in essence haven’t. It was a naive notion to think that the simple election of a Black candidate to the presidency would bring about substantive change and better the condition of Black America.
President Obama had to be impartial and put his personal opinions aside in his addressing the nation last night in order to head off the anticipated release of rage and anger in communities across the nation but especially Ferguson. The appeal made for peaceful protests seemed a hollow one. His voice was a passive. And it was something that hearkened me back to the criticism Malcolm X gave in his speech at Oxford decades ago.
Where do we go from here? How can we have meaningful dialogue and change the status quo with the police tactics used in not just predominantly minority and poor communities across the country? The problem is systemic and has roots in an ideological approach as to how law enforcement views and deals with minorities. Black America is viewed as the floor of society in every category.
Something has to be done to change the policing tactics of how they encounter, engage, and patrol all communities they are supposed to serve and protect. Why is it seemingly always the case that law enforcement is given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to use of deadly force against minorities? Why is it that the word of the victims is viewed as not worthy of credulity as opposed to those with all the power, badges and weapons?
Even with video evidence, the benefit of the doubt is given to those wearing the uniform of a force that is supposed to protect and serve but more often than not abuses that position to oppress and destroy. We can look at the circumstances of what brought both officer Darren Wilson & Michael Brown Jr. to cross paths that fateful day August 9th 2014 and we can easily attach the blame to the deceased.
Afterall, that is the American way. The question is…should it be?
Non Indictment in Eric Garner Case
By T.D Moody
This is yet again another example of America’s “judicial system” showing its true nature when it comes to the lives of its black citizens. How can they say the police and the communities they are supposed to serve should work together, when one segment of the community is constantly the target of the same police? How can we trust in a system that continuously looks the other way through its inaction or unwillingness to prosecute the bad apples that murder unarmed citizens in broad day light?
What are minority youth to understand about this supposed land of the free and home of the brave at a young age? With each injustice allowed to go unprosecuted the answer is clear. “You aren’t the same as white citizens. The rules of law and justice will never be delivered to you in the same fashion as your white peers.” The American judicial system and its political or institutional regimes have a different set of rules when it comes to you.
Don’t expect justice, expect indifference, ignorance, apathy, judgement, vilification, demonization, disenfranchisement, and the harshest applications of the law if you should fall on the wrong side of it at any point in your life. There will be no benefit of the doubt given to you. The change that civil rights leaders fought for during that era has not come. Things haven’t changed all that much from the past. And unless more of you learn the history of this country and awaken, unify, stop killing each other and see the big picture you can expect all of these things aforementioned to continue with no end in sight.
Put your trust in God not in men because men have shown they are incapable of perfect justice and certainly any justice when it comes to the lives and struggles of minorities, especially Black people.
Bill Cosby: Legendary Comedic Icon
Written by T.D Moody
Where to begin? I don’t know if we should start with the start of his career or when he came into my consciousness as a young kid watching TV and seeing Fat Albert & friends. For me Bill Cosby is one of the last elder statesmen and perhaps the biggest example of a positive image of the Black Man in society’s both short and long term memory.
What is happening to him right now I can’t comprehend. I much like most people who watch the news have seen excerpts of the interview some of these accusers have given. My impression from the outset is that these women are lying. Perception is reality in today’s world right? I listened to Whoopi debate Rosie O’donnell on the View and saw how vicious and willing people are to believe these outrageous allegations without a shred of evidence to support them.
So it leads me to ask the obvious. Why are all these women coming forward now? Do they pass the smell and eye test? What motivation is there for all these women to come forward with these claims? Maybe just maybe we need to give the benefit of the doubt to Bill Cosby and not these suspect accusers with outrageous allegations that pretty much sound cut & pasted together to me.
Rosie O’Donnell asked an important question which goes to the heart of this idea of public perception vs reality and facts. How many accusers would it take for people to believe Cosby is guilty? If there was a random number thrown out and magically it happened that the self same number or a number close to that of accusers came forward would public perception be he must be guilty? Keeping in mind that many of these decrepit looking accusers have remained magically silent for 30 40 or 50 years?
What that tells me is that anybody can be torn down if there is enough hatred of that person’s influence and image. But more importantly, in the wake of the ongoing protests nation wide from Oscar Grant to Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis to Eric Garner and Mike Brown we are seeing an epidemic of the vilification & extermination of Black life. A “justice” system that operates on two levels. One level for whites and another level for non whites. One level for the rich and another level for the poor.
Bill Cosby’s legacy in the annals of American History is epic. It is the stuff of renown and I can’t help but think he must have crossed some powerful person or people in which they are now showing that even someone as great as he can be brought low through lies, allegations, spin and the power of social media. One thing he has on his side is money. We all know money changes things. It allows access to better representation than say some hack or overworked public defender.
It allows one to retain competent counsel who can pick apart this web of allegations and apply logic and reason to what we are being force fed to believe by the media. I say let’s not be so quick to believe someone saying “he drugged & raped me and I remember” 30, 40 or 50 years later. Even though they never went to police, or filed a claim or told anyone until now. Credibility is at issue. If you want to believe these accusers then do so. If they are legit and can prove their allegations in a court of law I say DO SO.
Court of public opinion in real life is not a real court and should not be used as a basis for believing someone’s guilt or innocence.
What irked me today? Hearing an inconsiderate “hood rich” loser’s public playing of his music (if you can call it that) through his horrible sounding cell phone speakers loudly on the bus. I just don’t get these people you have enough money to have an iphone or android but not enough for some damn head phones? wtf?
What are we witnessing yet again with the recent death of Freddie Gray? Baltimore PD much like the rest of the nation’s police departments is corrupt and has taken the life of yet another Black male. How do you justify the chase of a person merely for running away from the same force known for killing them routinely, while blaming the victim in his death for having had the instinct to run?
There is an epidemic spreading across the country. The world is witnessing the horrors of overt racial discrimination, prejudice, and blatant disregard for human life. In the past few months or to be more accurate over the last several years there has been an increase in the aggression, oppression and murders of black males and females at an alarming rate.
With each unjustified and unexplained killing there is a protest and a chant or theme that goes up but always the call is to remain peaceful. Meanwhile, those who are calling for peace are acting anything but peaceful. The same police force that is supposed to protect ALL citizens of this country and uphold the law has run amuck.
They are doing this because they have nothing to fear in terms of consequences for their actions. Cameras don’t deter anything. They merely preserve the record of what has happened. Cops know that they are being recorded yet they continue to disregard the rule of law when it suits them.
They can choose when they release the names of the offending members of their ranks & the legal system allows testimony that determines the outcomes of grand jury proceedings to be kept secret from the public. On scene cops gather in a swarm and surround their prey doing their best to obscure the public view of what they are doing when they subdue or arrest someone.
They abuse their authority and threaten witnesses to their behavior with arrest themselves for simply observing and/or recording their behavior while supposedly acting in service of the very public they abuse.
What are law abiding citizens to think or feel when we know that the system is not protecting or serving ALL it’s citizens? When we know that benefit of the doubt isn’t given to the victims of police misconduct but to the offending officers themselves.
When at the drop of at hat or the whim of many police officers they can GANG up on an individual, kill them in broad day light and receive desk duty or “leave” with pay?! They cry and decry the killings of members of their ranks without looking at the evils they’ve gotten away with for far too long.
ACCOUNTABILITY has to be upheld not just for the public but for the very force tasked with protecting and upholding the law. If those who are supposed to uphold the law aren’t held to the same standard then the rule of law doesn’t work. Police should expect citizens to be fearful of them and to distrust them. They should also expect no feelings of sympathy when one or many in their ranks is gunned down or killed. The world is a 360. What goes around will ultimately come around.
Cleveland much like other hotbeds of unrest and frustration for minority communities is getting the same song and dance as others have. The “justice” system continually exonerates cops when they kill unarmed citizens of color. The lives of black people long have had no value to America except for when it comes to slavery, economy, entertainment, educational, & cultural theft and imprisonment. Knowing that there will be protests over what is sure to come the proverbial “Fuck” your life and your kids lives” is what blacks and other minorities can expect based on recent history and trends.
In lieu of these events what should unarmed law abiding black and/or minority citizens do? Should they become armed citizens simply exercising their right to bear arms and defend their lives or allow those supposedly sworn to protect them and uphold the law to use that gun and badge to deprive them of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
We can’t talk about healing in these communities if there is no substantive change to the fact that there is no accountability for police who use excessive force or kill and claim self defense as a simple reflex answer to often times out right murder. How do you justify the killing of a twelve year old boy playing with a plastic toy gun in 2 seconds without even talking to the boy before opening fire?
For people who say ethnic make up or race doesn’t matter, I say you don’t live in the real world.
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