Sgt. James Brown – Iraq War Veteran’s Last Moments Before Dying In Police Custody

 

james_brown_c0-25-640-398_s561x327This one was probably the hardest murder by the police that I’ve watched of them all. So many parts of the story make no sense whatsoever. Another thing that rings loud is that if a Veteran gets this kind of treatment, why is it hard for folks to believe that African American boys & men perceived as “thugs” aren’t getting treated the same for doing nothing as well? There’s always the presupposition that, “They must have done something…” to warrant the death penalty.

Please remember, that’s just what all of these killings are, the death penalty, because video after video, story after story indicates that there is no threat to the officers lives.

His name: Army Sgt. James Brown.

His mom, Dinette Robinson-Scott, wanted the public to see what happened to her son. Like other mom’s, this points back to the same goal of Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till. She wanted that open casket so the world could see what America was doing. It was a way to shame the country into repentance.

Has America been shamed enough yet? Jet magazine’s photo of Emmett provoked outrage everywhere in 1954. But in our video age…Video of Tamir Rice wasn’t enough? Video of John Crawford wasn’t enough? Video of Walter Scott wasn’t enough? Video of Eric Garner wasn’t enough?

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This is why I DO NOT co-sign the Evangelicals when they claim God is going to punish America for its lack of morality TODAY (e.g. homosexuality, abortion). Just because murder(er)s, (who went away free as evidenced by the kiss above), were ignored, do you think God was pleased with this country then?

 

The list keeps growing…

Oh, and let me mention that I didn’t see any of those “good officers” that everyone always point to, running to AT LEAST call 9-1-1. Obviously intervening is too much to ask.

Now I wonder what the liberals would say if this had been video of an American soldier doing this to an Iraqi citizen, and the Pro-Life conservatives? If you have no problem with this, is there any truth to the saying that “they seem to only care about life in the womb, but they truly don’t care about life outside of the womb.”

I thought time & space was our argument and that life is life. Life is God-given and has personhood in the woman, not just outside the woman.

Amazing all the things from his past that were brought up as “possible causes” like PTSD & “sickle cell crisis”? (Will this trait now be used against every African American with sickle cell seeing that we’re the main ones afflicted? Shame that he served in Iraq twice, survived combat, only to come home and be killed while serving a DWI sentence that he turned himself in for. The fact that emergency medical services were never called is very telling. Sad that this is how he got thanked for his service…and he likely won’t get a movie ever made about him.

Another child to be raised without a dad.

Another parent, burying her son.

As the saying goes these days. If the country really wanted to do something about single parent black families, stop killing their fathers (or putting them in prison for crimes that you later make legal…but we’ll pick up the drug discussion another day).

You can read more of the story HERE.

Source: www.dailykos.com
Source: http://www.dailykos.com
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Save It and Print It – American History 101 Infographic

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If You Ain’t Cheating, You Ain’t Winning or Does Cheating Show A Deeper Problem In an Athlete’s Life?

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Dad’s, with all of the cheating that is going on in sports these days, how do you talk to your kids about this issue?

It’s hardly new. “Back in my day”, I wanted to throw a knuckler like Phil and Joe Niekro and a spitball like Gaylord Perry. Those were fun guys and Joe and Gaylord were cheaters, but hey, it was funny right? Did George Brett really mean to run Pine Tar that far up on the bat?

Come on! Lighten up!

Now this was before we really got serious on baseball cheaters like McGwire, Sosa, Bond (allegedly), A-Rod and the list goes on and on in that sport. But then there’s “Stickum” in football, anabolic steroids, growth hormone in almost every Olympic sport, blood doping in cycling, academic cheating from junior high through college for basketball and football players, car modification cheating in racing…maybe it is true, if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying!

So we really shouldn’t be tripping out about Tom Brady.

But this article in The Root breaks down that we do view and talk about cheaters differently, I highly recommend giving it a read.

Here are some of the highlights:

“If he were black, people would be calling him a criminal and saying that his behavior reflected some innate values. They would blame hip-hop, single mothers and the culture of poverty. If he were a black player, the conversation wouldn’t be about Goodell or the system but how the lack of a work ethic and morals led him to cut corners, to win “by any means necessary.” If he were black, the conversation would turn to affirmative action and how he was forced to cheat because he lacked the skills needed to excel at this elite level….Brady demonstrates yet again that whites are innocent … until proved innocent. Any evidence to the contrary proves that the system is flawed, that we have a miscarriage of justice.”

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Dad’s when you’re having this discussion with your kids, do you unknowingly talk differently based on the color of the athlete?

It’s something to think about and it’s how we teach our children about so-called race, without ever talking about race in our homes. Then we proudly exclaim to the world, “I teach my kids that skin color doesn’t matter, everybody should be treated the same!”

So do you treat everyone the same in your actions and judgements on who’s a cheater and who isn’t? Perhaps this is a good discussion to have with ourselves first, and then our children as well.

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Reasons African-Americans May Want To Homeschool: To Keep Them Out Of The School To Prison Pipeline

Photo Source: suspensionstories.com
Photo Source: suspensionstories.com

Proverbs 20:23 – Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good.

I think this video sums things up in less time it would take me to type up a post.

However, I’ll just say that personally, I’ve witnessed this long before I ever knew about “The Pipeline”.

In my suburban high school, our basketball team got into a major parking lot brawl with another suburban high school. Cops were called, no one went to jail, and guys were bragging about the action the next day in school.

Fast forward a few years…my brother was attending a high school in the city. He got involved in a food fight in the cafeteria. School staff broke up the fight, called the police, and my parents got the call to pick him up from jail. The story didn’t end there, as he later had a court case (ironically held in our neighborhood middle school with a bunch of other school “court” cases), and had to have his recruiter vouch for him that he was a “good kid” and would soon be in the military, so don’t punish him.

Perhaps his biggest crime was not getting into a fight when he went to a school in the ‘burbs instead.

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CSD Greatest Day Ever: Attending Lecture By James W. Loewen With My Couple Members Of My Crew

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It was one of those GDEs (Greatest-Day’s-Ever).

It’s not often in life where you can meet the people who have written your academic textbooks, but my kids had just that opportunity as we attended a lecture with James Loewen. This is why I love homeschooling, and we’ve followed Loewen since I first heard about his book, Lies My Teacher Told Me.

This outing was perfect for me this week as my German colleague and I had a great time discussing history and compared a few interesting things about our countries.

1.) He noted that Germany has always taught its citizens about the Holocaust in an effort to acknowledge past sins and they have a desire never to see such a horrible atrocity happen again. I told him that I have a history book that I bought to use as a supplemental text this last year and there is no mention of slavery. The majority of people in this country know very little about the institution of slavery beyond its existence and could care less.

2.) Speaking of silence, Detroit had its version of the Berlin Wall as well. The  “Detroit Race Wall” was created to be a physical barrier dividing whites and blacks. As an NPR story noted, “”And the developer who wanted to develop in this area was told no by the FHA,” Horner says. “Because it was considered to be too close to an African-American neighborhood. And so the solution that the developer came up with was to build a 6-foot-high wall that runs for about three long city blocks.” This truly was a symbol of Jim Crow North.

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3.) Loewen has also done extensive research on Sundown towns. Sundown-towns required blacks to be out of town or face death by, you guessed it, sundown. Loewen told civilrights.org, “Well, the suburbs were all white for sundown policies, and this is clear after you read my book. So maybe there is some way to go after that decision and get it re-adjudicated. Certainly, that decision has left Detroit and the Detroit metropolitan area screwed to this day. And Detroit is the most segregated metropolitan area, it has the most downtown abandonment, and it had until the last five years the most sundown towns. Many of them have just recently broken and black folks can now live safely in at least three of the five Grosse Points, for instance, and in Dearborn, and in some of the others. But the damage has been done over the last several decades.” – http://www.civilrights.org/resources/bookclub/loewen-interview.html

There were actually MORE Sundown Towns in the north, than in the south! Source: Tolerace.org
There were actually MORE Sundown Towns in the north, than in the south! Source: Tolerace.org

4.) Loewen made dad right. CSD’s, you have to love that! He spoke of the importance of talking to people in order to find out real history. Young people today are far more text-savvy than they are book-savvy. Performing original research and interviews is becoming a lost skill, but it is vital in finding out the truth that (unlike Germany) our country has determined to suppress and modify in an effort to maintain a system of white supremacy. I’ve encouraged all of you to talk to your parents and friends about your past and race relations, because whether you realize it or not, it has shaped you. That past has shaped Detroit and if you live or lived in Michigan, Detroit shaped you.

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It was truly a great night and the only down-side…my daughter didn’t bring the book so we could get it signed!

Oh well, it was still the Greatest Day Ever.

You can find out more about James Loewen at:

http://sundown.afro.illinois.edu/liesmyteachertoldme.php

Did The Blind Side’s Real Life Mom Blind Side Two Young Men?

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I remember two distinct times that my dad got pulled over with me in the car. One was in our city, another was in a local suburb, but I remember him becoming infuriated when he was asked the following questions:

– Where are you going?

– Why are you over here (that one was in the suburb)?

No, this wasn’t a legal sundown town from the ’40s, it was the late ’80s. From what I remember, my dad’s response was, “I’m a grown man, I have the right to go where ever I want.” I never remember him getting a ticket for anything, and still have no idea why we had to get out of the car.

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Black parents often speak of having “The Talk” with their young sons (or even daughters). That talk may explain how to act when the police are near you, how to act when in a store so security doesn’t think you’re stealing and whatever other circumstances they may find themselves in where they may get that super-predator label. It’s that label that separates the conversation from the one every other people group has with their children. My wife and I have had these conversations with our children, and especially with my 15 year-old son, who at 5’10 and over 170 pounds, has the physique of a man despite his boyish looking face.

Listen to the story of Kris Banks, one of the gentlemen in the photo:

Perhaps you’ve seen the Facebook post from Leigh Anne Tuohy saying,

We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We have to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people! Don’t judge a book by its cover or however you’d like to express the sentiment! Accept others and stoping seeing what you want to see!!!“

At first blush, many applauded the good deed that Leigh Anne had done, but others like Kris Bank’s teacher and mother questioned the incident. They looked deeper and seemed to question why someone, especially a private citizen, would be questioning the two gentlemen in the first place.

Now before you dismiss this as race-baiting, what happened in Sanford, Florida between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman? That young man reacted differently when confronted by a male (who was not a police officer), at night, because he looked suspicious. If I change any of those variables in this case, could the event have possibly ended up differently?

I’ll always remember my mom commenting on how many white parents never think about the hurt she feels when her son (me in that case) is rejected just because he’s black. Yet, she has always tried to treat their children just like anyone else regardless of their skin color. Personally, even if I give Tuohy the benefit of the doubt, I have to assume that she would never want someone approaching her daughter presupposing that she was “up to something”, especially if she was an honor student.

Sadly, perhaps these young men learned a lesson. Sometimes, you don’t have to be in a car. Sometimes you don’t have to be walking outside in a particular neighborhood dressed a certain way. Sometimes you may just be sitting there, and you may have to answer the 5W’s and 1H on call.

Do you think Banks was being exploited by Tuohy?

Did the two young men have a right to not answer Tuohy’s inquiry?

How would you have had your children respond?

How would you respond as a parent?

What talks have you had with your children?

Father’s Day Weekend Is Here – So Why Do We Get Played On The Gift?

Not a day goes by that I’m not relaying some lesson that I learned my dad to someone.

This weekend, I’ll share a few with you that perhaps you can relate to, heard as well, or just plain find silly.

But first, a lot of press is being made with this stat:

Americans are expected to spend about $7.4 billion less on gifts and goodies for dads this Father’s Day than they spent on moms for Mother’s Day last month, according to the National Retail Federation.

Is this really a surprise?

A mom gets dinner, an expensive purse, shoes, clothing, jewelry, spa trip, hair “did”, etc..

A dad gets tools (but you better not get her a vacuum), socks, a tie, hat, book and if all else fails, a gift card he’ll never use.

Then lets really keep it real, if you’re a single-dad, you’re lucky to see your child on Father’s Day, as something may ‘come up” in the mom’s life where your child is “unavailable” for a visit! Even if they’re old enough to visit on their own, you’ll be lucky to get a visit then either. But there’s NO WAY they would miss making it to mom’s and feeling her wrath, if they didn’t get over there for Mother’s Day.

All I can say to all of this is:

C'mon Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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