Is Florida The ‘Sunshine State’ For Negroes? If it is, why has it become so cloudy for African Americans – or was it always that way and we just never took off our sunglasses to find out?
So unless you’ve been living on a deserted island for the last 2 years you would know about the tragic tales of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and the outcomes that followed. I understand we all have to defend ourselves but I’ve never understood the overkill of an individual. How about the absurd notion of you having a gun, I have fists and you have to shoot to kill me? Here ‘s my gripe: Why is it that the families of these young men haven’t started any type of proactive, non violent mutiny? There hasn’t been any rallying, boycotting, you know… shutting sh*t down.
I watched the press conference of Martin’s parents, and they forgave Zimmerman and wanted to move forward. Sorry in my eyes, it’s not that easy. The problem here is this: they seemed to neglect the reality of the matter and should have done the same things that were exercised during the Civil Rights Movement. Let their voices be heard. Why have they seemingly ‘turned the other cheek’? Are we reverting back to the old slave mentality where blacks were oppressed and had to take any substantial punishment they were given? You know, them being whipped by their masters (and society as a whole) without fighting back?
I’m not expecting there to be a repeat of the 1992 LA riots, but damn you can’t sit idly by and watch these things happen. Why all of a sudden there’s this enabling of homicides perpetuated against African Americans – or was it always there? Why suddenly everyone is leaning on this ‘stand your ground’ law? So is it okay to kill someone in self-defense if the other party has no weapon; or in the case of Michael Dunn continually shoot after you hit your victim 3 times?
When Susan Smith killed her children in 1995 and blamed it on a black man, there was a nationwide search for this faux killer. Back in 1989 when Charles Stuart murdered his wife and blamed it on a black man, the projects of the Mission Hill housing of Boston were raided in search of this imaginary homicidal mad man. The police even went as far as to actually capture one. His name was Willie Bennett. You’re telling me two (most notably) young black men were murdered by a Caucasian and everyone knew who did it and NOTHING happened?! In the case of Dunn, there was a *ahem* mistrial so he’s apparently off the hook for now.
I can’t blindly ignore the fact that young brothers and sisters are murdered everyday by each other without much of a whimper. The reality is it’s a shame we’re not as together as we should be. If we’re all supposed to stick together, I’d like to know where the glue is coming from. Can someone enlighten me?
In his track ‘I wonder if heaven got a ghetto’ Tupac said the following verse: “Here on Earth tell me what’s a black life worth, a bottle of juice is no excuse and the truth hurts”. The bottle of juice was a reference to 16 year old LA resident Latasha Harlins who in 1991, was gunned down by the owner of a convenience store after a scuffle for being accused of stealing a bottle of juice. Oh and by the way, the owner got off with probation.
Well just like the bottle of juice was no excuse, so were the skittles and Arizona Iced tea while walking down the street minding your own business. So was the loud music being played in a vehicle. So are a lot of nonsensical things that a lot of young brothers and sisters are accosted for. Think about it.
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