While watching the CBS Evening News I heard the anchor refer to Michael Brown as an unarmed black man. The term stopped me. I actually used it in an earlier post, but was Michael Brown a man? He was a teenager. He was a boy with a future that was violently destroyed last Saturday, but when you think of teen you realize this was a conflict between a man and a boy. It’s easier to accept the situation if you view Brown as a man, but an eighteen year old is not a man. It is interesting how black males are frequently given labels that the majority find appropriate for the time. My grandfather was called a boy for most of his life. He was the patriarch of our family, a respected deacon in his church and a boy on his job. Big Papa was a man but he was not called man until he was close to the end of his life. How Brown is defined makes a difference. If you see him as a boy you will view the conflict as a fight between a man and a boy and that is rarely a fair fight.
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This morning I decided to watch Fox and Friends, and they did not disappoint. They were interviewing some no name ex-DC cop. He was giving his take on the looting in St. Louis. I was actually waiting to see how could they possibly make a connection between the looting and the president, and the cop did it. He said that most of the people doing the looting and the rioting probably voted for the president and since there is big unemployment in the community they are frustrated, and that is in fact the president’s problem. Now part of his statement is true. The president did receive the majority of the black vote, but frustration does not turn you into a criminal. Frustation might breed apathy and maybe contempt, but it does not make good people commit criminal acts. The reality is the riots are not the fault of the White House. Everything is not President Obama’s fault, but for some folks everything is a reason to attack him, but if something good happens it happened in spite of him.
An unarmed black man Michael Brown was killed by the police in a St. Louis suburb. This is a tragedy and it is being investigated, but his death does not give license to lawlessness. Breaking into stores and stealing is not an act of protest it is a crime. A few minutes ago I saw a woman appearing on CNN talking about the frustration of the community, but that is not an excuse for looting the stores that actually serve the community. We do a disservice to the victim when we attempt to justify criminal behavior.
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What can you do when you live in a war zone? An eight year old Detroit boy was killed when a bullet came through the wall of his home.
Ray Rice is not the first NFL player to be involved in a domestic violence incident, but he might be the first to get this kind of national press. Yesterday the NFL handed Rice a two game suspension, but many are questioning if that is actually enough. A friend of mine made an interesting point regarding the Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh respone to the punishment. Harbaugh felt the punishment fit the crime, but what if Rice knocked Harbaugh’s wife unconscious? Would a two game suspension be enough? would he still think Rice was a “hecka of a guy” or would Rice have been immediately released from the team? Society has become highly sensitized to gay slurs, but where is that sensitivity regarding domestic violence? So often we see movies that use domestic violence as a punchline. In the movie This Christmas how many people laughed when the Regina King character puts baby oil on the floor and beats her husband with a belt as he tries to walk on the slippery floor after a shower. Or who felt the character that demeaned her husband in the Tyler Perry movie, The Family that Preys Together got what she deserved when her husband slapped her so heard she slid accross the diner counter top. The truth is domestic violence is never funny and never deserved, but we have to all collectively share this belief, and as long as some people think it is a personal matter it will still be tolerated. So maybe Rice has learned his lesson, and maybe he is a changed man, but society has to change and it has not.
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Thad Cochran was in a tough primary. He feared he would lose so he had to resort to desparate measures. For a Republican those measures included reaching out to the black community, and they reached back. they came out despite their party affliliation and voted against Cochran’s opponent, and Cochran won the GOP nomination. So was this actually outreach? No this was a man at the end of his rope and he used the black community as the knot. They saved him, but what did they get for their efforts?
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