White people in America have a real penchant for transferring their guilty behavior onto other people. What’s more they are constantly getting away with it. It’s called blaming the victims for the crimes.
In the realm of electoral politics they say that the only reason Black people support Pres. Barack Obama is because he’s Black. While in fact they’ve already run the numbers to figure out what percentage of the White vote former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will have to get in order to offset Obama’s 96 percent approval from Blacks.
So there may be more than a kernel of truth in that supposition, because the President has done much more to help all people in this society than he has to help the neediest. And wouldn’t you know it; Black people are disproportionately represented at the bottom of this country’s food chain, and are therefore suffering disproportionately. But there is no special relief coming for them, not from this White House. And Black people still support him overwhelmingly. Continue reading
A White man who murdered an unarmed Black teenager in Florida was permitted to walk the streets for two months, with his gun. Meanwhile, a Black woman, the mother of three children was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Florida for firing a warning shot at her husband who beat and strangled her. How is that “equal justice under law?”
George Zimmerman is the White man who shot Trayvon Martin to death after stalking him while he claimed he was on a neighborhood watch patrol. Marissa Alexander is the Black woman who says she was defending herself when she fired a gun into a wall near Rico Gray, her ex-husband, who had had a history of physical abuse.
Trayvon Martin is dead. George Zimmerman was released on bail that was lower than the amount of money he had raised in an online “cookie jar,” to support his defense. Continue reading
I was in the barbershop the other day when an important, life-affirming lesson was demonstrated, right before my eyes. Two men were arguing the finer points of some delicate issue–maybe it was about sports, maybe it was about politics, whatever, it was something whose answer could be discerned rather quickly and definitively.
One man challenged the other: “I’ll bet you $100,” he said. “Charlie (the barber) will hold the money,” he continued as he removed a wad of bills from his pocket, quickly counting out $100 worth. The other man demurred. He never took out any money, and tried to save face by loudly changing the subject.
That’s sort of how it is in most barbershops. Despite the decreased value of U.S. currency, $100 is a defining amount, which still measures most people’s true confidence in this, that, or the other…their most strongly held beliefs. That’s kind of how it is for most of us–the 99 percent of the population. Continue reading
For the first time in a long time, political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal told an interviewer recently, he had reason to observe his birthday. He didn’t really “celebrate” because he remains imprisoned for a crime which I and his supporters all around the world believe he did not commit. But for the first time in 29 years, his birthday rolled around and he was not on death row.
Chanting, “Free Jamal. Free them all,” hundreds of protestors, ranging in age from some in their 80s, to many twenty-something-year-olds, including many parents with small children rallied outside the U.S. Department of Justice April 24 demanding freedom for Mumia, freedom for all political prisoners, an end to solitary confinement, and an end to mass incarceration. Continue reading