After the shootout in Dallas two months ago where a Black man took out several police officers, let us not forget blacks are still being brutalized in American streets.
Recently, I took to the Los Angeles streets to participate in one of the many marches and drink in the smell of perspiration that was the evidence of unleashed enthusiasm. I felt the suffocating hate that permeated the air from those who think that President Trump has made his administration a referendum on racism, cultural hate, intolerance, and bigoted policies against immigrants. Like in days gone by when I participated in marches when so many Blacks from Latasha Harlins to Rodney King were being killed or beaten or dying in police choke holds, I again felt like a ghost among the protestors in Los Angeles feeling the self righteous energy of my youth and the bile of hate in my mouth.
I too shouted out “No Justice, No Peace” just as I had done at a rally against former Los Angeles Police Department Commander Daryl Gates who we banned together and tossed from office after so much police brutality against Black people. His tenure as chief included using battering rams to gain unlawful access to Black people’s homes, killing off Blacks in bizarre situations like a back full of bullets in someone’s underwear that could never be explained, and allowing the creation of evidence to incarcerate Black males. I found myself reliving the time I took my newborn son in 1992, tucked securely in my arms to a rally in front of Los Angeles Parker Center and screaming at the top of my lungs that we wanted justice. It is now 2017 and we are still shouting out the same statements.
As I melted into the crowd at the recent rally of Black Lives Matter, a police officer shouted at me and I ignored him. At my ripe age of 63 years and 30 plus years in the political game, I have no fears. I grew up with the attack dogs and water hoses of the Civil Rights era, have defended myself and written many successful briefs on all court levels for Pro Per litigants and the I have no respect for police officers who are more afraid of me then I am of them. The only difference is that they have a license to kill, can plant a gun on you, and manufacture evidence, Please let us not go down that road though because we all know it is true and that is why we are on the verge of a major racial, social, and cultural revolution in America.
In the 1880s, the french scholar Alexis de Tocqueville boldly stated that “The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” Was he correct? I am not sure that holds true today. This national epidemic of killing Black people by police departments across America is beginning to mirror the bloodshed days that created leaders like Fannie Lou Hammer, Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , Rosa Parks, and Harriet Pitman. Even the radicalism of the Nat Turner types are again raising up, a man who led a rebellion and then was killed and bodily quartered just to allow the anger of Caucasians to be appeased for Turner leading a slave rebellion.
So all the hypocrites in black face play nice now on all these talk shows and mourn the police but I would rather be honest and ask how many Black lives will the “entrenched” police system want for the lives of the five police officers in Dallas? Oh please do not kid yourself. When a police officer dies; innocent Black males in the wrong place at the wrong time pay a price.
All I can tell Blacks is be careful and do not let the police provoke you, challenge your manhood, get you to strike out. That is what they want. And yet, even when that is not done, we find our Black people, youth and adults, men and women, still killed in both suspicious and even obvious ways that defy the logic spoon fed to us. You have to wonder if there is a matter plan to exterminate the black race but I think the Dallas gunman let you know people are willing to fight. Amazingly the police thought there were so many against them and it was one, well trained, brilliant guy, with a sense of purpose. How many more are out there and have been disenfranchised by the system?
As Ida Lewis once said, “In America. . for every citizen of true originality, of conscience, a thousand more find it more politic to suit their views to their circumstances . . . Watergate was not a phenomenon, only an example . . . every city in America knows its own corruption . . . the bribe, the bug, the lie, the evasion, the double-talk are strands of the American system in small things as in great. The venom with which the people turned on Nixon, after having voted him into office by an unprecedented majority, was only the venom of resentment – they saw tricky Dick in their own husbands or colleagues . . .”
THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA MUST STAND UP AND LET THEIR VOICES BE HEARD! We know Trump will socially or financially exterminate anyone with a non white skin and he has made this known through his Executive Orders jeopardizing our residences and our health. Trump is about using all sorts of techniques from divide and conquer to outright deportation for the hell of it, to giving police more authority to abuse their positions just to control the masses and I feel limit the power of the More deaths perpetrated by the Black, Hispanic, poor, and suffocating middle class?
Alexis de Tocqueville shared which mirrors the revolution America is about to enter, “In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end.”
America has constantly had to be reminded from the beginning of slavery that BLACK LIVES MATTER. So despite all these matters, let us not forget the individual issues every group has to deal with as well.
That young Black man in Dallas who was trained by the white military system is a reflection of the hatred, animosity, anger, and disgust that percolates beneath the surface in American life. It could even have been my brother at some point who as an Executive at Avery Dennison in Pasadena, California once tripped an alarm, called it in, and looked up from his desk to have guns pointed at his head. He said his heart stopped beating because the police officer would have called it an accident. Accident my ass!