Carol Taylor wants to know the actual number of white male Catholic NYPD cops who've been responsible for slaughtering Black males in and around New York's five Boroughs in the last 10 years!
SOMEbody assign a student at one of the universities - maybe even John Jay College of/for? Criminal Justice in Manhattan - to do the thing as a thesis! I wanna' know the stats! (Then we can get the Pope to issue a Papal something or other from the Vatican - calling on the Catholicfellas of the NYPD to come off da' killing!...heh heh heh)
Obviously, humans who opt to serve the public as police officers in this U.S.A. institutionally colorist society, have been royally victimized by an egregiously inadequate education system which fails miserably to teach its students the truth - that their most distant ancestors were the originating Black huemans in Africa! (The New York City Board of Education desperately needs Dr. Ivan Van Sertima's "TRUTHCENTRICITY" doctrine nailed up on its front door!)
That 'us & them-think' and behavior permeates the rest of society - which results in untenable, volatile atmospheres, especially within communities of color when members of the police force are present - even merely parading around on 'sentry' duty or erecting those roadBlockades.
A recent comment from a young intelligent and upstanding Black man has sparked this article: when he was in a street, walking along with others, a policeman made a move to grab his arm - and he pulled quickly away (that alone coulda' got his Black butt shot!) - not having "...done anything..." to warrant such a personal encroachment, he said to me afterwards, "...was he crazy - putting his hands on me?..." Chills raced through my entire body as I realized the tinderbox status of even this articulate, bright working college graduated Black male; if even he who is involved in community activism to protect the victims of widespread brutalization of Black males, could be 'walking the street,' with the understandable but erroneous feeling that he 'has rights' like white males (in their whiteskin unearned privilege)! - what about the hundreds of thousands of other Black males hereabouts who haven't half as much knowledge/information about the status colorist-Quo - the ever imminent dangers of 'Breathing While Black & Male in the U.S.A.?
"WHAT DID HE DO?" - HE POPPED OUT HIS MAMA'S WOMB BLACK-AND-MALE-IN-AMERIKKKA! - THAT'S WHAT HE 'DID!'
Consequently, the dangerous, whimsical existence which the greatGrandSons of Black slaves in this country face many times over each day and 'specialForces' nights (where it's even recognized) must cause much psychological damage, much constant stress - which the 'mainstream' (read 'white') media and public have heretofore ignored - to the detriment of us all.
It's almost as if the public acknowledgement of the causal factors inherent in the untreated racism/colorism of this nation's police departments would be an untenable embarrassment to 'the powers that be.' The embarrassment would be more important than hueman lives and 'peace in the hoods?'
I would only remind the young Black man that we're in a war (not Iraq-that's an INVASION!) - and we might have to decide to forego instant gratification and lose the battle - so we can 'win' the war! Which is what I told the young Black male who called me last week in the middle of the night (with apologies) to tell me that when he walks the streets of this country as a Black male, he is scared. I told him he was not crazy to feel that way - told him to get his copy of The Little Black Book: Black Male Survival in America: Staying Alive & Well in an Institutionally Racist Society from me - and to watch his blackback!
TODAY'S WORD GRIPES:
"race" (s) - euphemistically meaning 'color' ... Many colors - One 'race'
"entitled" - misused instead of "titled" (AWK!)
"congradulations" instead of "CONGRATULATIONS!" (DOUBLE-AWK!) There's no D in "Congratulations, Meredith, Ayo and Steve!"