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Black Lives Only Matter If They Are Taken by Whites

Interesting read and needs to be forwarded on. Point is well taken that white on black killings garner all kinds of media attention and stirs the Black Lives Matter movement but black on black shootings occurs daily and not much media attention is put into it other than the crime itself but there is never much Black Lives Matter movement made on it. Seems very interesting especially if one lives in a city where technically the white population is the minority. Perhaps the Black Lives Matter movement could put more time and effort in promoting the stopping of black on black shootings as that is indeed a cultural and societal concern regardless of race.
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Black Lives Only Matter If They Are Taken by Whites
Armstrong Williams        / @Arightside / January 18, 2019

Social media rang with righteous indignation over the senseless killing of Jazmine Barnes, who was shot and killed while riding in a car along with her mother and three sisters on a Texas highway on Dec. 30.

The gunman, who was identified as a white man, allegedly drove a red pickup truck and fired upon the Barnes family seemingly randomly and without any provocation. A picture quickly emerged of a racist murderer on the loose, hell-bent on killing innocent black children.

All of the usual alarms were triggered. New York Daily News writer Shaun King, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, who was made famous in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests, rushed to tweet out accusations about the alleged suspect, a man named Robert Cantrell.

King, who has 1 million twitter followers, posted Cantrell’s mug shot and wrote, “We’ve had 20 people call or email us and say he is a racist, violent (expletive) and always has been. Just tell me everything you know.”

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Tips began to pour in to King, who forwarded them to police. One of those tips ultimately led to the arrest of two suspects, both of whom turned out to be African-American males.

But in the days immediately preceding the arrests, Black Lives Matter activists quickly mobilized in Houston, holding rallies and vigils and decrying the racist slaying of an innocent girl.

Celebrities like former NBA All-Star player Shaquille O’Neal also got in on the act, promising to donate money to cover Jazmine’s funeral expenses.

Houston Texans’ star wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, promised to take the field in Jazmine’s honor, after tweeting, “When I see Jazmine Barnes’ face, I see my own daughter.” Hopkins, who is himself the father of a 5-year-old daughter, announced he’d be donating his entire game check to assist with funeral costs and support the reward fund for information leading the suspects’ capture.

Prominent Dallas civil rights attorney Lee Merritt also joined the case, primarily due to his belief (based on the initial description of the suspect) that the shooting was racially motivated.

“That’s why I was brought on,” Merritt told The Washington Post last week. “We want to emphasize the racial nature of the attack and that hate crime charges are appropriate.”

Merritt’s statement begs the question, of course: Aren’t most murders, by definition, crimes of hatred?

When, on Monday, the new suspect was arrested and it appeared the motive was not race-related, the hoopla immediately died down. Gone was the righteous indignation on social media. No more celebrity attorneys announced they were interested in the case.

Sadly, this appeared to be just another case of black-on-black crime. Apparently, this was merely a case of two young black criminals who may have shot at the Barnes’ vehicle because they mistakenly identified the occupants—a mistake in judgment apparently fueled by drugs. Nothing to see here.

In a week, Jazmine’s case is likely to fade from public discourse. Hopefully, the tens of thousands of dollars pledged to the Barnes family by O’Neal, Hopkins, and others will actually make it to their intended recipients. That remains to be seen.

Although you would not know it from the media coverage, Jazmine is not the first black child to die because of senseless gun violence in the past year. In fact, of the over 1,300 child deaths by gun violence in 2018, more than 4 in 10 deaths were black children. Black children are, in fact, 10 times more likely to die of gun violence than white children. Furthermore, in most gun homicides of black children, the assailant was also black.

Where, one wonders, is the outrage over the nearly 500 black children killed by guns last year? How many of those names have even made it to the national media? Is each of their lives less important because a black person took them?

It seems that in all too many cases, black lives don’t matter unless they are taken by a white person. We almost never hear about the thousands of senseless murders of blacks by blacks.

But when the suspected killer is a white person, well, of course, that’s news. All of a sudden, there is an outcry of support and care and concern and activism. The murder unfailingly makes the evening news. Prognosticators are ready on the draw with the usual platitudes and complaints and inferences about America’s worsening racial climate.

The troubling narrative that emerges from the grossly disproportionate treatment of the relatively isolated instances of violence deemed “racially motivated” versus the virtual sea of other crimes not deemed tainted by race begs the question: Is the only reason we even know about Jazmine Barnes because people believe she was killed by a white man?

And that question begs another question: When black children are being murdered in absolutely horrific proportions, mostly at the hands of other black people, do black lives actually matter to black people? Or do they only matter when someone white kills them?

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Commentary

$685,000 for the new Shot Spotter equipment. Yay, that the Westside Hilltop is part of the pilot program, Nay that as with a high percentage of calls made to our CPD Dispatch from the Westside Hilltop – “we are too busy to dispatch or address your concern”. So question: When our Columbus City Council stamped this $685,000 purchase was more money allocated to our CPD to support and respond to this new technology? New Year’s Eve 2018 shall give us an answer!

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Equality is for all and needs participation from all

All this talk of equality today and equality for all…but yet I see Dr King’s message lost daily when I’m looked at as a white guy and automatically perceived with status. I was brought up to look beyond color and to listen and communicate accordingly but yet I see, I see just like a person of color a bias and I struggle and make that extra effort to show that I am only and individual, an individual trying to communicate with another individual but a lot of times it is daunting and sure dwindles that desire to just wanting to make a connection. I know I’m not the only person that feels that way, perhaps just the only person willing to admit it. I will continue to treat everyone like I would want to be treated but I will not treat anyone with special status just because they may have been considered unequal by others.

Homeowners Association (HOA) bans flying of American Flag

No Homeowners Association (HOA) should have it in it’s rules that one cannot fly an American Flag conversely anyone in the Homeowners Association knew of the rules before buying into the community. So don’t cry patriotism and your rights being violated even with the “Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005” when you put up your 15 foot flag pole. There is a reason your HOA has the rules in effect and most likely attracted you to the community. Get on the HOA board and get the rules changed to everyone’s agreement.

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Commentary: U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

Unfortunately a country or nation cannot refer to one’s past and pay reparations for “crimes against humanity” towards a single race of people that were enslaved nor can they punish the offending race that enslaved them. Slavery was about economics and domination of one culture by another (that could have been of another race or the same race) for the economic gain and development of that society. That in itself is indeed a heinous crime but all countries and cultures going back to biblical times and the romans have practiced it. We cannot undo our past nor can we continue to scream social injustice and perpetuate it and continually teach that a group of people are “owed” reparations for deeds of our country’s past. This perpetuates the division of races and cultures in our country and only continually festers the wounds of our past. We will never heal as a nation as long as we keep picking at these wounds. It’s time to remember our past for what it is, a point in time that can only serve our purpose today by using it as a tool to remember and teach going forward what we should not be doing and what steps can we take to grow as a society today to make sure it never happens again.

[03/13/18] Interesting piece on WOSU Ohio about White Lies: The Truth About Segregation in America a forum that was hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club on March 7, 2018 and was being aired this morning as I happened to catch the close of it while channel surfing.

High points: Stratifications and policy and subconscious bias being passed on from generation to generation both by whites and blacks.

The panel included “The Color of Law” author Richard Rothstein who reveals the long history on federal, state and local governments role in segregation, and the long lasting consequences. Lawrence Funderburke, former OSU and NBA basketball star, and the author of “Sociopsychonomics”, and Noceeba Southern, administrative law judge, former state court judge and federal prosecutor.

I am going to try and read the book by Richard Rothstein.

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U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel
By Ishaan Tharoor September 27, 2016, WorldViews, The Washington Post

The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva.

This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization’s High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history………

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/27/u-s-owes-black-people-reparations-for-a-history-of-racial-terrorism-says-u-n-panel/?utm_term=.1575f56e22fb

Martin Luther King Jr

Five decades ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated because they thought that bullet would silence his words. Well he hasn’t been silenced and although there is still disparity among races, cultures and religion, we must remember that using violence to promote equality does not carry long and will ultimately divide us further. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself believed in the use of peaceful demonstrations, acting with love and calm.

Myself when I look at you for the first time, yes I see your color, yes I see how you dress, yes I see your body language, and yes I see you making the same observations of me. I converse with you next and my beliefs, values, upbringing, and perceptions linger in the background. I listen to you, I learn about you, we find common ground, we communicate, our color fades, our perceptions fade, we find we are the same, we find similar but separate paths, we share, we compare – we converse. This is what I always bring to the table. Most times I am successful, sometimes not. I don’t get upset because I believe, I believe that we all at our core believe in “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.

Make it a practice to converse with someone outside your “click” and comfort zone. This is how I was brought up and is my take as a white man on what Martin Luther King Jr believed in that all are created equal and all should be treated with respect, dignity, and without hate or bias. – SETII 01/15/2018

Patronage

There are many things we are not required to do including not putting a flag out for American Holidays. We do these things though by choice, patronage, respect, citizenship, and solidarity for our country! After all that is why we are a democracy and not North Korea. Heck I even remember my citizenship badge in the Boy Scouts! It would come to think though that we would teach the value of patronage and why we should be thankful to be an American in our schools and thankful for the quality of life we have because we are Americans. Showing respect is just a way of being thankful, respect a value of which ideally should be taught at home but then that is another topic!

School board chair calls Trump ‘bonafide idiot,’ tells students they don’t have to stand for pledge
Nov 22, 2017 11:31 am

“A Democratic school board chairman in Virginia is drawing attention after he called Republican President Donald Trump a “bonafide [sic] idiot” and made it clear that students and employees are free to not stand for the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.”

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http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/22/school-board-chair-calls-trump-bonafide-idiot-tells-students-they-dont-have-to-stand-for-pledge