12.04.2014

Racism, Justice and Unrest in the USA - Respecting Ourselves Part I

            Readers, before we get into the meat of the subject matter of the title of this article, I want to say directly that this article will be drawn from Media sources from around the country, with my search specifically focused on race related headlines or in print opinions, those references as always will be available in link form at the bottom of the article.  I am in no way going to say that this will not contain strong opinions, direct references and that it will contain subject matter that may make some feel uneasy.  As with all my articles, I welcome feedback of all sorts, but will not tolerate slander, rude or offensive comments, personal attacks or anything in those genres of responses and I am a citizen who does not see color of skin or race as a barrier to being respectful toward my fellow citizen, I am a United States Citizen.  What I do have a problem with is the bias and bull crap that is being propagated to the very citizen base that has a history of proving that the subject of color has a profound effect; it ends up costing many lives, causing similar rhetoric historically, in protest of the things going on around them, this in reference to our “civil war” and “civil rights movements”.  I also am disgusted with the outrageous display of rioting, looting, arson committing and felonious actions of our citizens upon persons who have nothing to do with the circumstances facing the victims and have forgotten that changing things will not work with this type of violence, my heart and thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost much to the masses who obviously have no respect and jump at the chance to commit crimes on Television that the public excuses for the most part.  Now, on with our article, sit a moment and read and feel free to start healthy debate so we as a nation can work together without violence toward doing what we do best, help our fellow citizen.
            Our first entry about the racism issue, comes from ABC news at their online website, abcnews.com, Wednesday November 26,2014, the article (Attorney’s Seek to Clear former Crow Tribe Chairman) has this as it’s opening few words:
“Civil rights attorneys have moved to exonerate a former chairman of the Crow Indian Tribe of a bribery conviction by obtaining unreleased emails from a federal judge who has been reprimanded for sending racist correspondence.
Former Montana U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sentenced Clifford Birdinground ("bird-in-ground") to three years in prison in 2003. The 79-year-old Crow leader had pleaded guilty to taking $2,700 in kickbacks after being accused of referring tribal business to a car dealership.
When Birdinground sought to retract his plea and go to trial, Cebull rejected the request, a decision upheld on appeal.
Cebull resigned last year after an investigation into a racist email he sent involving President Barack Obama.
A judicial committee determined Cebull sent hundreds more inappropriate emails from his federal account that showed disdain for blacks, American Indians, Hispanics, women, certain religions and others. The messages have not been released.
Birdinground recently joined a pending legal petition in California to preserve Cebull's emails as potential evidence in future lawsuits. Birdinground is represented by attorneys from the California Civil Rights Law Group.
"It's our view that when Judge Cebull refused to accept (Birdinground's) motion to have his plea withdrawn, that the judge did so based on potential bias against Native Americans," attorney Lawrence Organ said.
Organ said he wants to know if Cebull's emails contain direct references to Birdinground's case or have revelations of bias. He added that the emails could raise other issues if Cebull was communicating with others in a position of power.
Cebull could not be reached for comment. The committee that investigated his emails found no evidence of any bias when it analyzed his cases…”
            As we can see, the article states clearly there was something that correspondence will reveal about sensitive comments of race and other parameters going on with a Judge.  Never mind details surrounding the case where an illegal action took place, the focus is on why the appeal, a valid reason for appeal as justice is “blind” and treats all with the same reverence, including the appeals court that upheld the decision, is this an injustice worth rioting over, NO as it did not spark any to the magnitude in New York and Missouri, there was no death involved, still from the looks and smell of the article, seems to provoke racial thought rather than logical deduction of the crime committed, certainly personal views will and have interfered, but legally, a total other set of items.  Now, does that sound like an unbiased report or is it slanted a bit, you decide.  Next we will look at another headline, a bit more current from that same news outlet, November 27, 2014 entitled, “Ferguson Grand Jury Papers Full of Inconsistencies” and is as follows:
Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.
An Associated Press review of thousands of pages of grand jury documents reveals numerous examples of statements made during the shooting investigation that were inconsistent, fabricated or provably wrong. For one, the autopsies ultimately showed Brown was not struck by any bullets in his back.
Prosecutors exposed these inconsistencies before the jurors, which likely influenced their decision not to indict Wilson in Brown's death.
Bob McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor, said the grand jury had to weigh testimony that conflicted with physical evidence and conflicting statements by witnesses as it decided whether Wilson should face charges.
"Many witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown made statements inconsistent with other statements they made and also conflicting with the physical evidence. Some were completely refuted by the physical evidence," McCulloch said.
The decision Monday not to charge Wilson with any crime set off more violent protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson and around the country, fueled by claims that the unarmed black 18-year-old was shot while surrendering to the white officer in the mostly African-American city.”
            The article flows well and has many facts in its mix, until the last paragraph featured, it went from fact filled to color based where this tragedy that has seen many protests and looting, arson, violence and the like, clearly, we get to see a young “black” man be shot by a “white” cop, let’s just disregard the information where the inconsistencies of views and evidence that did not match up with statements and no proof had nothing to do with any of the decision, it was color that dictates the article’s tone as well as the basis for reaction.  For a third example from ABC news where racism and color are featured, Let us look to this headline from November 29, 2014, entitled, “Parents of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin in Florida.’ As follows:
“The father of a black Missouri teen killed by a white policeman has gotten words of comfort from a Florida couple whose unarmed son was also shot to death.
Michael Brown Sr., whose 18-year-old son Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, attended a prayer vigil Friday night in Miami Gardens. He met with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, whose 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was killed in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Both killings sparked protests and accusations of racism.
Tracy Martin told Miami television station WFOR he offered Michael Brown Sr. encouragement and told him "God has his hands on the situation, and he's gonna be OK."
The vigil was part of the annual Gospel Explosion Concert hosted by rapper Flo Rida.”

I don’t have to rewrite a single word nor do I have to critically think when it comes to the instant tone of this article’s contents from ABC, though the article is an Associated Press influence, we see an silent upholding of rhetoric that I am convinced many readers are tired of hearing and ready for real changes to a justice system and media system that is strained and ready for overhaul and again, all these snippets are available to look at from their original links at the bottom of this article, I am disgusted with our world’s news being influenced with items such as these, including enough of an outcry that the President even held a news conference, which echoed the same items many citizens cried out, “stop the violence and act like US citizens”, meaning, the innocent store owners and property owners did not deserve the reaction the populous there demonstrated, facts are facts and one man’s tragic death does not equal vengeance upon the citizens who had nothing to do with those items, shame on you all who participated in its uprising and carrying out.
            This begs the question, is it just one news outlet or are we being saturated with this type of rhetoric.  What follows will open your eyes the very same as it did my own.  In our political world, from US News and World Report, August 5, 2014, the title, “Views you can use: A war on ‘Whites’”:
“Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday that the Democratic Party is waging a “war on whites.” Brooks added, “the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else." His comments were made in response to National Journal reporter Ron Fournier telling conservative activist Michael Needham during a conversation about immigration on Fox News Sunday that "[t]he fastest growing bloc in this country thinks the Republican Party hates them. This party, your party, cannot be the party of the future beyond November, if you're seen as the party of white people." 
Brooks reiterated his comments in an interview with AL.com following his appearance on Ingraham’s show, saying, "They're attacking, by the Democrats' openly soliciting votes of people based on skin color, they in turn are attacking whites based on skin color and that's wrong. Nobody should be attacked based on skin color." 
Steve Benen of the Maddow Blog noted that Ingraham even gave Brooks "a chance to walk it back, explaining to Brooks that characterizing Democrats as having launched a ‘war on whites’ seemed ‘a little out there.'" But, Benen added, "The GOP lawmaker didn’t care, responding, 'That’s what they are doing though. … They’re playing the race card.’” 
 Readers, I have faith in your own ability to know tones and I ask you, are we being baited or lead to think and feel and then react a certain way, read on and you decide.  Up next, Huffington Post, December 1, 2014, entitled, “People thought this Black Woman was a Prostitute because she is married to a White Man.” I almost vomited from the headline alone, the opening part of the article (which contains a video on the page header):
“Four years ago, Maureen Evans Arthurs had her first experience of being mistaken for a prostitute as a result of being married to a white man.
She first wrote about that harrowing experience in The Washington Post, where she recalled:
"The first time I was mistaken for a sex worker I was on my husband’s arm at an event in California four years ago. A man approached me, asking if he could buy me a drink. I declined, and he proceeded to whisper to me, 'How Much?'"
Arthurs recounted this experience to HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill on Monday and shared that this belief is not uncommon among black women in interracial relationships.
"It's going to continue to keep happening, and I think there should be a lot of emphasis on why it continues to happen, and we have to have that conversation about how we treat women in public spaces," Arthurs said.”
            I ask you readers, has the citizen of the United States forgotten the struggles during Martin Luther King’s time and what it means to respect each other or is it that those who fight against this, suffer the ultimate price, death or the threat of death in the name of ending this divide that is complete with labels. CNN is not immune to publishing articles about racism, to quote an article from them, November 27, 2014, entitled “The new threat: Racism without Racists”:
“.. One study conducted by a Brigham Young University economics professor showed that white NBA referees call more fouls on black players, and black referees call more fouls on white players.  Another study that was published in the American Journal of Sociology showed that newly released white felons experience better job hunting success than young black men with no criminal record, Ross says.
            This news agency referenced a psychological study that included pictures of a knife fight with two whites, and a white on black in the same pose as a test and even mentions that a stat in the NBA includes white referee’s call more fouls on blacks than whites and that black referee’s call more fouls on whites than blacks, absolutely dismaying as to why we allow ourselves to focus on these types of statistics when no one is truly immune to having to make decisions and look, think or feel a certain way, why not, the society we are living in has by example, given multiple examples that show up in all sorts of media formats, even our own in this article, simply because I am disgusted and disappointed by several of my fellow citizens actions that include this bias and enforce as well as influence our known world and more than disappointed at the “free press” for not being more focused on facts and less on key words such as “Black, White, Racism and Divides”.  When I started my search with “racism in the news” the return netted Seven million hits as results, seven million uses of the words racism and news, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown filled the first few pages of results, including the aftermath of each decision and almost none with references to the facts of the case, rather most filled with words such as “Black” or “White”, side thought, we call “Blacks” African Americans, we call whites, “Caucasian” shouldn’t we be called US citizens or neighbor, the labels are overwhelming.
            I will wrap up this overwhelming show of evidence of bias in the news and racism in the media with a few words.  The definition of Racism (noun, Merriam Webster online Dictionary) is the poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race or the belief that some races of people are better than others and when it comes to this subject, maybe we are all a bit “racist” in that I have heard many of my own friends say, “Damn I’m good” but then again, I’ve never looked at those statements as a basis for skin color or background, but rather one of skill or accomplishment and I most certainly have not seen a single riot when most persons get taken down in a sting operation that busts the neighborhood drug dealer, not one outcry of foul when insider trading takes place on wall street near the level of what happened across this nation from Mr. Martin or Mr. Brown’s circumstance came to light and never mind the crime committed against my own family with bullies who threatened to “beat them up while videotaping it so it could be posted to You Tube”, not one fist was thrown, not one group of persons raging against the community.  The problem lies within the realms of popular belief, influenced by a liberal and conservative media that has blanketed our nation and poisoned our minds.  All of these examples, show the injustice of society, the laws that are argued over and subsequently decided upon and the reactions of a nation that calls itself civilized when by example, nothing is further from the truth so long as we allow this type of thinking, this style of reaction and the power struggle to continue between race, we didn’t build this nation on one stand alone ideal, we built it upon many immigrants from many backgrounds coming together, in order to form a more perfect union and we built it with many hands of color, many lives and many sacrifices by thousands of historic and unknown figures, what we need is to stop labeling one another, start working together using our vast knowledge and building a better United States of America and a Global Community that regains its respect of our nation, because we shine as a light in a very dark world. In part II, we will look at the justice system, the grand jury and their important roles.  Good day readers, God bless us one and all, keep the peace.


 http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/us/ferguson-racism-or-racial-bias/

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