Frederick Douglas said, "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where one class is made to feel that society is organized in a conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither person nor property is safe." He was right.
In 1669, the common wealth of Virginia adopted the "Casual Killing Law," which said, "If any slave resists his master and by the extremity of the correction should such slave die his death shall not be considered a felony, and the master shall be free of all punishment, as if such incident never happened."
That was 348 years ago, but we need only substitute the master with whites now, especially white police officers, and their relationship to the sons and daughters of slaves.
The similarities are frightening; whether it is the killers of Emmet Till in Money Mississippi, a self-appointed vigilante in Sanford, Florida, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York, a 12 year old boy in Cleveland, the story is always the same. Blacks are killed by somebody white, and nobody is held legally responsible.
In Hammond, Indiana, on October 14, 2014, a black man is sitting in the front seat of a car: His girl friend tells the police officer who stopped her for a seat belt violation, that she is on her way to the hospital to see her dying mother. Instead of the officer escorting her to the hospital (as her servant and protector) he pulls her boyfriend out of the car after he shoot him..
Fearing for his life, and afraid of what might happen to the children, he initially refuses to get out of the car. The officer then knocks out the front window, stun guns, handcuffs, and arrests him as the children scream. The officer's excuse: I thought he was reaching for a gun." There is no gun in the car. A police officer is judged by what he thinks, while the rest of us are judged by what we do. To justify his actions, all the police officer has to say is, I thought he had a gun or, I thought he was reaching for a gun."
In 1857, when the Supreme Court decided that blacks had no rights that any white man was bound to respect; a tradition, if not a legal precedent, was set. And, in the ensuing years, little has changed.
Why is there no outcry in the black community about "Black on Black," crime, I am asked.. After all, Rudy Giuliani, says "93 percent of the crimes in the black community are committed by blacks."
When blacks kill blacks, they are usually sought, caught, tried, convicted, and sent to prison. When whites, especially white police officers, kill blacks, nothing is usually done. I should add, 83 percent of the crimes that whites commit are committed against other whites, but nobody calls it "White on White Crime."Things must not only be right, they must look right”.
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