Category Archives: Young, Black Males

Is Philando Castile Shooting Racist?

It is not good to rush to judgement.  Many saw the video of Diamond Reynolds live streaming the aftermath of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, being shot.  It is key to keep in mind that this is the aftermath.  We do not have all of the facts yet.

However, with the current high emotions over the shooting of black males, many will not wait for the facts and many won’t believe anything that will not support the belief that the cop murdered the man because he is black.  They will react based only on what they saw and prejudged.  Yes, it was very disturbing to watch a man bleed to death from gunshot wounds, but there is much we still do not know.

We heard the cop tell Ms. Reynolds he told the man not to reach for something or do something.  The cop had reason to believe the man might shoot him.  What were those reasons? How did the exchange between the man and the cop go before the shooting?  Why did the cop stop them in the first place?  Get these answers first and determine if they are reasonable.  The cop may be justified despite how it was portrayed on Ms. Reynolds’ video.  Let’s wait and find out.  We must not be quick to assume racism just because the cop and suspect are different colors.  This would be biased and you would be doing the same thing you accuse the cops of doing!

Two black men whom committed armed robbery is the reason the cop stopped Mr. Castile since he looked like a suspect to him.  Black men who commit crimes make it harder for all black men!  Rappers who glorify a criminal life style make it harder for all black men?  We already live in a world that is not fair.  Why stack the odds against you?

There are certain things all people must do to reduce the risk of getting killed by cop.  These things include not resisting arrest, not running away, not giving the cop any reason to think you might be reaching for a gun, not being associated with gangs, and not committing any crime.  This is just a fact of life like it or not.

Alton Sterling: In Defense of Police

I just watched the video of police shooting Alton Sterling. It is very disturbing and unsettling. Another life has been taken which perhaps could have been avoided.

I wish Sterling had never threatened the homeless man with his gun just because he was annoyed with the man. Mistake #1. This is a serious problem. If you are ready to show your gun because you are annoyed, what would motivate you to shoot it?

The homeless man felt threatened and he told the police. The police responded thinking Sterling had threatened to use his gun. The 911 operator told them a person called and said Sterling had pulled a gun on him. After arrival, Sterling refused to cooperate with police probably because he knew they would find the gun on him and whatever else he had. Mistake #2 They told him to get on the ground at least twice. He didn’t. Mistake #3 They tased him, but he didn’t go down. So an officer grabbed him and struggled to get him to the ground. Once on the ground, the cop warned Sterling not to move or he would shoot him. So, from this we know that the cops never intended to shoot or kill Sterling In fact, they tried to subdue him without the use of a gun several times!

Sterling was not completely subdued yet since the officer told him not to move. Either one of the cops or a bystander yelled that Sterling had a gun. At this point, Sterling was shot. The gun was then removed from Sterling’s pocket.

The police believed Sterling may have a gun. Sterling knew he had a gun. My conclusion is the police gave Sterling several opportunities to submit without use of deadly force. Sterling refused. The police acted to protect themselves. Racism had nothing to do with this shooting, and I do not see this as murder.

Could things have been done differently along the way? Perhaps, but when you are in the situation and you believe your life is being threatened, you have to make a decision and make it quickly. This was a tragic and unfortunate situation that could have been avoided if Sterling had not threatened to shoot someone in the beginning. The cops should be allowed to return to work with the requirement that they review the tapes and discuss with others how they could have done things differently along the way if they could have. Also, go through some practice training by implementing the lessons they have learn if needed.

Reducing Crime

For those in crime ridden neighborhoods, work with the cops and find out the type of crimes that are an issue and address those specifically.   If you don’t have a neighborhood watch program, start one.  There are many resources available to help establish an effective watch program.  If you don’t want to patrol the streets, peek out your window, use your cell phone to message your neighbor down the street.  Be creative.  Take photos and record videos of incidents.  However, I do not advocate testifying against criminals if you have a fear for your safety unless the cops can fully protect you.  Too often people don’t speak up because they fear the criminals coming after them.  If not that criminal, then related gang members or other persons.  Cops must find a solution for this.

Studies have shown that crime in communities is tied to socio-economic level.  Improve the socio-economic level of those in the community and the crime drops.  It has nothing to do with one’s race other than black people tend to be on a lower socio-economic scale than non-blacks.  Thus, you will see more crime in such communities.

 

Trayvon Martin Abandoned

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It appears the official change in focus came when the foundation dropped the word “justice” from its foundation name on November 4, 2013. The Justice Department did not conclude its investigation into the case until 2015!

When the Foundation abandoned seeking Justice for Trayvon,

  • it abandoned the dismantling of institutional racism which allowed his murderer to go free.
  • it abandoned holding those who obstructed justice accountable for their actions.
  • it abandoned an opportunity to help end mass incarceration of black males by dismantling institutional racism.

I can’t think of anything more important than focusing on these three things to insure the family’s son’s death was not in vain.

As long as institutional racism continues to remain in place, mass incarceration will remain in place, obstruction of justice by law enforcers will remain in place, and there will continue to be young, black males who never receive justice. I think it is imperative that the Trayvon Martin Foundation change it focus. They have support and donation money. However, I have not been able to see a financial report. Has anyone been able to see any financial reports for the Trayvon Martin Foundation since its creation? Are any online?

There must be financial reports. Sybrina Fulton took a business approach to dealing with her son’s murder. Trayvon Martin was brutally murdered on February 26, 2012. Ms. Fulton created the foundation in March of 2012. Also as a parent of a murdered child, Sybrina Fulton pursued trademarks on Trayvon Martin’s name for various purposes.

  • Will the Trayvon Martin Foundation seek justice for Trayvon and all black males?
  • Will it seek to prevent other parent’s from facing institutional racism when their child goes into the criminal justice system?
  • Will it seek to remove those law enforcers who obstructed Trayvon’s justice so these people cannot obstruct justice of others?
  • Will it begin to dismantle institutional racism and impact mass incarceration?

I believe Trayvon Martin would want the foundation to seek justice for him and all young, black males. I believe he wants to see institutional racism in the criminal justice system ended. I believe those who donated their money, time, and actively protested for justice for Trayvon by pounding the pavement and spreading the word would like to see this happen as well. After all, isn’t this the ultimate goal?

Maybe no one at the foundation knows the facts that support a murder cover-up by law enforcement. This is possible since I saw Ms. Fulton and Trayvon’s father, Tracey Martin, on friendly terms with the law enforcers who covered up their son’s murder. Some people sleep with the enemy. In this case, they were standing with them. Maybe this is the reason they are not continuing to seek justice for their son and other black males. Maybe the woman who raised Trayvon, Alicia Stanley, could have kept everyone focused. Trayvon Martin lived with his father and Alicia Stanley, his former wife for most of his life. However, Alicia Stanley was not even permitted to sit in the front row at Trayvon’s funeral. It was like she never existed. Read Alicia’s story.

Maybe Ms. Fulton has been misguided and misdirected when it comes to dismantling institutional racism, the very thing that prevented justice for her son. After all, she is a victim of a corrupt criminal justice system as well. Perhaps she needs people around her whom will help her to work on ending institutional racism, ending mass incarceration, and holding those who obstructed justice for her son accountable. As long as law enforcers are not held accountable, they are free to continue to obstruct justice for other black males. The fact that the murderer of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, is walking about as free as the birds while her innocent son is in a casket six feet under, should be a sufficient and constant reminder of the needed work at hand.

Take action and help make a difference!

Read State of Florida v. Trayvon Martin and/or listen to the online audio presentations

All non-factual statements on this website are the opinion of the author.

Obama Betrayed Young Black Males

 

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In his speech Obama said:

” …When I think about this boy [Trayvon Martin], I think about my own kids and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local, to find out exactly how this tragedy happened … My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness that it deserves and that we’re gonna get to the bottom of what happened.” (Bold added.)

Did Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder keep their word? NO! Hold them accountable. Call them on the carpet for allowing this murder cover-up. This may be your last chance to obtain far reaching justice for a long time to come! The facts show that Trayvon Martin’s killing was unprovoked and a first degree murder.

This is the purest case of racial injustice given that Trayvon Martin was innocent and did not attack Zimmerman. Also read Trayvon Martin’s Horrific Last Night Alive.

Obama and Holder are among the first for African Americans in the government positions they hold. My great disappointment is that they turned their backs on Trayvon Martin, black males, black people, and America as a whole. Why do I say this? These two men had one of the greatest opportunities to bring America to greater equality and racial justice and they turned their backs on that opportunity. This is where my issue lies.

Why did they turn their backs on this opportunity and on moving America closer to a model country for others to follow? I am sure the answers will be plenty and varied. One reason is institutional racism and their fear of troubling the waters as it could mean career suicide along with ending their power and privilege. Are Obama’s and Holder’s careers, power, and privilege more important than obtaining justice for young black males and blacks in general? I say hell no! What do you say?

Hold them accountable. Call them on the carpet for allowing this murder cover-up. This may be your last chance to obtain far reaching justice for a long time to come!

Obama and Holder have a multitude of resources available to find out what happened to Trayvon Martin. If I could find out what happened with the very few resources I had, I knew they could find out. This is how I know they failed all of us. They failed all black children and their parents, and they failed all of the citizens of the United States.

Hold them accountable. Call them on the carpet for allowing this murder cover-up. This may be your last chance to obtain far reaching justice for a long time to come!

As a result, their refusal to bring justice for Trayvon Martin was a condemnation on all black males! It was like black males were in the water drowning and calling out to Obama and Holder in a boat to come and rescue them, but Obama and Holder paddled right past them knock them in the head with the boat paddles as they hurried by. Is this acceptable to you? It certainly is not acceptable to me.

Hold them accountable. Call them on the carpet for allowing this murder cover-up. This may be your last chance to obtain far reaching justice for a long time to come!

Holder and Obama gave their word that they would get to the truth and insure justice is served. The State of Florida and Sanford, where Trayvon was murdered, have a long history of racism and it continues this very day. Obama and Holder are well aware of this and the institutional racism. Being black men in such positions of power and having the ability to make a difference for the better made them responsible for insuring justice was achieved for Trayvon Martin, improving racial justice for all black males, and moving America to greater equality.

Hold them accountable. Call them on the carpet for allowing this murder cover-up. This may be your last chance to obtain far reaching justice for a long time to come!