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Brutality On The Battlefield: Are Blacks The Only Target?

By Randall Rydell Russell

The racism of this country is at an all-time high. We are reverting back to the times of the civil rights movement. But it’s 2014 isn’t it. A lot of African Americans are caught in the cross fire and have always been profiled just for the color of our skin. But one thing is very evident, a lot of African Americans play the part and embrace their ‘hood and tend to make other African Americans look bad so the narrow minded world has a view of most African American males as thugs and gangsters. These gangsters also shoot first and ask questions later, leading to unnecessary death to innocents and police officers.

Through the years, there have been police officers who have corrupted their power and it continues to go on and effect the community, but at the same time, some of those police are innocents doing their job and lose their lives in the process because of ignorance. That goes beyond race, whites, Hispanics, Italians, Asians, whatever, criminals who want to get away come in all colors and that is the problem.

We are quick to blame police officers because of the past, and yes there are cops all the way up to right now who are doing some shady things because they can, but there are a lot who are just trying to do their job and go home, and like wrongfully convicted African Americans who have died due to police brutality, the same goes for gang brutality where police have lost their lives too.

To point fingers to who is at fault will just cause more of an uproar that we do not need. But the fact of the matter is that something has to be done about the narrow mindedness of this country. The views white America feels about black America and vice versa, and police need to think about their actions before just assuming someone who is who they say because of the color of their skin.

Riots and violence are not a wakeup call AMERICA, hearing each other’s side and coming to an understanding is the only way. If you think that is too much, then you are a part of the problem. It’s almost 2015, wake up and take a stand to better this country and this world.

Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin

Killing Our Black Community

Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Oscar Grant, Rodney King, Malice Green, Renisha McBride and several others all have one thing in common. They have all died to either police brutality or because of some malicious acts caused by some insensitive human beings. It seems our black community is dying at such an alarming rates. These names have began to slowly fade away because mainstream media  doesn’t want us to remember these individuals. It is truly sad that we have reverted back to the 1940s where segregation was running rapid in the cities. If you honestly, think about it we are reliving past times. Marching, rioting, protesting and demanding justice for fallen angels who were unarmed targets to police who treated them like animals.  But when we are losing four or more African Americans within a month or two of it self it’s incredibly ridiculous.

Mike Brown unarmed teen, shot down by police
Mike Brown

Michael Brown, was an unarmed teen, who was shot down by the hands of the police due to  an alleged robbery. He was supposed to start college in a couple of weeks.

 

 

John Crawford fatally shot because he was carrying a toy gun at Wal-Mart
John Crawford

John Crawford, was a young father of 22 years of age that was fatally shot in the chest after failing to adhere to officers orders of dropping his BB gun which he planned to purchase from Walmart.

 

 

Eric Garner
Eric Garner

Eric Garner, was a family man who suffered from asthma, officers tried to arrest him and while he resisted, they threw him to the ground and placed him in a chokehold. Garner, while in no position to move, cried out that he couldn’t breathe and tried to reach for an inhaler while officers mistakenly took for a gun. His death was ruled a homicide and video has now become viral.

Renisha McBride
Renisha McBride

Renisha McBride, was a young lady who crashed her car in the middle of the night, and was seeking help, knocked on the door and window of a middle age Caucasian man at his Dearborn Heights home, in Michigan. The shooter Theodore Wafer, fired through the door, which McBride endured a shot to the face. Wafer has just been convicted for second degree murder, manslaughter, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. He was found guilty on all three charges on August 7, 2014.

Ezell Ford
Ezell Ford

Ezell Ford, a mentally ill man, who was walking down the street while he was stopped by police for investigation. According to reports, Ford wrested with cops and attempted to grab an officers gun. The backup officers shot him, while the other officer while wrestling with Ford shot him and he later died.

Dante Parker
Dante Parker

Dante Parker, was tased by a female police officer after she mistakenly identified him as a burglary suspect, because he supposedly fit the description of someone who did,  because he was riding a bike, just as the actual suspect was. But the family man, worked 12 years at a Daily Press Paper as a pressman in their production department. Comments from family friends and co-workers say Parker often rode his bike, to lose weight and stay healthy, that he’d many times could be found running up and down stairs, and simply being a family man. He was apprehended by police who tased him because she felt he was resisting arrest meanwhile in the back seat of the police car Parker had difficulties breathing, so they rushed him to the hospital, but he like many others, also died.

There are so many faces that have died to foolishness. Why aren’t these cops, and citizens prosecuted through the fullest extent of the law? If anything they are forced to step down and take on desk duty. The worse part is no one cares enough about the black community. I can say Reverend Al Sharpton comes and speaks out about the injustices we face. But where all the influential voices in music and film. These are the people that can change the opinions of our young people. We watch young people spend hundreds of dollars on products and clothes from rich and successful entertainers yet when incidents like this happen we rarely hear anything from them. Now I am not saying it is their responsibility. But an injustice in an urban community is an injustice anywhere. Perhaps, their music could influence some type of change. Since we know the influence of Hip Hop already has on the young black community.

I don’t know when the killings of Blacks will ever end. But what I do know there is no respect at all in the black community. They are finding  new ways to kill us off.  If we aren’t killing each other, they’re murdering us. Until we decide to finally come together and unite as a community we will continue to get treated like animals with no voice. We have to remember the words and actions of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hopefully, one day people will finally see us as ordinary people with thoughts, feelings and opinions just like anybody else. I pray for a day where we aren’t victims of racial profiling and truly respected individuals of society.

Remember, YOU MATTER, Let’s Stop Injustice

Is America Killing Our Black Youth

Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis two teens murdered through "Stand Your Ground Law"
Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis two teens murdered through “Stand Your Ground Law”

Is America Killing Our Black Youth

We begin to wonder what is really going on when the lives of our African American youth begin dwindling away. Why is it that we stand at the forefront of tyranny? Two male teens gone within less than five years and these are just the murders being reported. Who knows how many countless travesties have gone unmentioned? News media will only report so much that if not reporting will hurt their ratings as well as its credibility.

What exactly is a “Stand Your Ground” law anyway? The state of Florida passed this law which allows someone in fear of his or her life to use deadly force to stop an attacker. But if you ask me, what exactly were these two teens doing to provoke such “fear” in these men: George Zimmerman (a neighborhood watchman who murdered Trayvon Martin in February 2012) and Michael Dunn who murdered Jordan Davis for his music being too loud. What? Besides being NORMAL AMERICAN TEENAGERS. When did listening to music and going to the store for snacks begin to pose such a threat to society that they had to pull out guns and murder innocent children?

What makes matters worse? George Zimmerman was going to do a celebrity boxing match with famed rapper DMX. This is not just a joke but a damn slap in the face towards Trayvon Martin’s entire family. The media attention it received was simply disgusting. On the other hand Michael Dunn feels he was justified by killing Jordan Davis although no one in the SUV was armed with any weapons. Dunn himself sees his self as both the victim and the victor. It is a sad cold day in America when our young children can’t live to see their adulthood and create families of their own.

Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon’s mother) and Lucia McBath (Jordan Davis’s mother) have come together to attempt to ban this, “Stand Your Ground” law. Which we honestly know is only successful for whites. Allegedly, only 3% of African Americans shooters received the same treatment for shooting a white person and filing a “Stand Your Ground” claim. What does that mean folks? The law does NOT support the minority. How so? You may ask? Neither of these men has “truly” been convicted yet. Michael Dunn still awaits his fate for a retrial May 5th on which he may face up to 60 years in jail. Meanwhile Zimmerman is a free man making a mockery of the incident.

We hope that someday things change in this world. Even as we stand in a brink of a new era and an African American holds chair in the White House. We still have to deal with the mistreatment of Blacks. Teens shouldn’t have to live their life as if they may die tomorrow? What has truly happened to this world?

JM – OUT