Again, another speechless moment in american history. No… I did not spell america incorrectly. I meant to use a smaller case “a.” Until america start acting like civilized Americans, they will never receive a capital “a” from me.
Again, another speechless moment in american history. No… I did not spell america incorrectly. I meant to use a smaller case “a.” Until america start acting like civilized Americans, they will never receive a capital “a” from me.
Usually, I have something to say as I am posting something or a video from a source. On this post, I am speechless.
I have heard of a lot of injustice. It is sickening to believe I live in a country where we are divided by our skin complexion. It bothers me that America is the most racial country in all of the free world. I cannot phantom the thought as to why others want to come to this country. Of course, if you are lighter skinned, you have a better chance than those who are darker. America only sees black and white, not shades of grey. In other words, a person can be a dark-skinned Puerto Rican and be called black instead of being called Latin. What is my point or purpose of this writing? Boycott.
I believe we should boycott businesses that contribute to the injustice of others. I remember reading where two black guys were arrested in Pennsylvania because they were waiting for a friend inside Starbucks. One of the employees called the police. When the police came, they “claimed” to tell the two guys to move along. Witnesses at this establishment did say to the police that they were not doing anything wrong. Refusing to believe the public, they arrested the two men. The police commissioner, who is black, stands by his police officers and said the officers, told the black men to move along. I have two issues with that statement.
If we boycott such places, as they did in Selma and the bus boycott, then maybe the businesses would get tired of losing money. Right now, the businesses don’t care. They get their money from an array of customers, black people included. The more people that boycott in favor of justice, the more money these places would lose. I know I am going to stop going to Starbucks. Even though I am not in that city, they are all connected as “Starbucks.”
We all have heard a lot of news regarding police shootings and killing of innocent victims. These victims are of different races and nationalities. These victims may have physical and mental disabilities. We all have heard of the police driving one killer, Dylan Roof, to Burger King after killing members of an AME Church while they were in prayer. We all have heard about the violent death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. We have heard about the countless evidence that was given and sworn testimony by witnesses while the police were set free of all allegations.
I often wondered what would happen if one of the Jury members should ever experience a death of unarmed family members by a police officer. On January 2, 1970, around 20:37 hours, a man name Jacob Grant was fired upon with about nine rounds of the hot lead entering his flesh by police. According to ABC News, Albuquerque Police Department released a video regarding this shooting and posted it on their Social Media on April 1, 2016. This incident happened in 1970 and now this information has been released and posted on Social Media over 47 years later. What may surprise you is the person who was shot nine times was detective Jacob Grant, and he was working undercover. According to the report, Lieutenant Greg Brachle approached a black car with tinted windows and, when one of the rear doors opened, he opens fired. Greg Brachle yelled commands but were shooting while yelling the commands as other officers provided back-up. After obtaining the information, I realized this shooting occurred in 2015, not 1970; but the lapel cam has a date stamp of 1970. If this error occurred by police lapel cam(s), how can we trust their integrity? Greg Blachle yelled, “Oh shit that was Jacob! Holy shit it’s Jacob! Fuck me!” The report goes on to say that Greg Blachle thought he was a bad guy and not Jacob. Does this mean that the shooting would be justifiable because Greg assumed he was a bad guy? I don’t understand why a police officer would unleash hot lead into a person’s flesh while yelling commands at the same time. Perhaps he thought he could get away until he realized it was Jacob. After all making the atmosphere hectic and tense, Greg asked if Jacob was okay. If you don’t have on body armor and had the hot lead entering your body nine times, would you be okay?
Greg Blachle did not go to the sting meetings regarding the drug bust but assisted anyway. Blachle went on the belief the suspects were of African descent, which means when he yelled gun and fired, he did not know who he was firing upon at that split second. This is not his first rodeo regarding shootings. Back in 1988, Blachle shot a man as he was leaving the home with his hands up. The victim survived his wounds and filed a lawsuit against in 2000. Since 2010, the city shelled out around $40 million dollars in settlement monies. You would think they would have learned by now as they spend the taxpayers’ money in a wasteful fashion. The city settled Grant’s case out of court for $6.5 million dollars. The city also agreed to cover his medical bills for the rest of his life. Grant received over a dozen surgeries. Jacob Grant turned 38 and is medically retired. Greg Blachle retired after he learned the fate of his employment was in jeopardy under termination. I’m sorry, but termination? What about charges being filed against him? It shows that police officers can cause a lot of misfortune and taxpayers money for instances they could have and should have avoided. To learn the suspects were of African descent encouraged Greg Blachle to attend the bust in hopes to kill, as he said previously, “the bad guys.”
When you think of the United States of America, what do you think of? Do you think of the land of the free? Do you think of the land of opportunity? Do you think of the land with a beacon to shine as an example for other nations? Do you think of good healthcare or gainful employment opportunities? Do you think America is a country of tolerance? Do you think of freedom? Do you think of honesty and truth?
Allow me to tell you a very short story. I have a friend, and I will call her Stephanie to protect her real identity. She was offered a job interview for a very prestigious company through Manpower, a temporary service. This was a direct hire assignment. Stephanie passed the interview questionnaire for Manpower. Manpower set up the interview with the direct hiring company. She completed that interview. This company was due to hire within one week of the interview process. Manpower told Stephanie they will call her regarding the outcome, regardless if she received the position or not. Forty-eight hours went past and no phone call from Manpower. She decided to call Manpower on the third day and they said they will let her know the outcome. Twenty-four hours later, Manpower did not call her. The next day, Stephanie called Manpower and left a voicemail message. According to the hiring company, they were to let Manpower know one way or another within forty-eight hours of the interview. Here it is seventy-two hours later and Manpower still had not called her back regarding the outcome. I told Stephanie to cheer up and it may not be for you to have it. Besides, if Manpower did not have the decency of keeping their word regarding a phone call, why would you want to work for them anyway? The majority of Americans refuse to return a call or a text message because they are afraid of confrontation, or they are afraid of hurting the other person. I thought Americans were supposed to be honest and fair?
I remember a situation in northern Illinois where an unarmed man was shot in the back three times by police officers in a church in front of children. Can you imagine what went thought those kids mind? Regardless if the suspect was black or white, it should not have been done. There are other documented cases of people getting away with murder for killing unarmed citizens, as well as the police getting away with murder for killing unarmed citizens. These are citizens of the United States of America and they are treated like their lives mean nothing. People who have special needs are killed by police because they cannot comply with their instructions as fast as the police want them to comply. It is a known fact by a study conducted on or around November 27, 2017, twenty-one percent of adults read below a fifth grade level and nineteen percent of high school graduates cannot read at all. Thirty-two million people in the United States cannot read at all and the police expect EVERYONE to follow their instructions? I thought America was a land of tolerance?
Many people talk about pulling the race card. Unless you lived or walked in the shoes of those less fortunate for employment, credit, or other things that are guaranteed by those of European descent, you cannot say someone is pulling a race card. When Obama, a man of mixed race, was running for president, lots of people of European descent said “I want my country back.” Really? I thought America gives opportunities to all citizens? After all, look at Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is an Austrian-born citizen who gain American citizenship and became the Governor of California. It is known that his father was a member of Hitler’s army. If America can forgive the Nazis and elect a person of Austrian descent without saying they want their country back, why was it so hard to understand an American citizen of mixed race to be in office?
A lot of people want to say we came a long way. In some areas, we did and in other areas we have not. Sure, we have Wi-Fi, cellular phones, and many other useful gadgets, but when it comes to race, we can never get over that hump. There are news anchors that have gotten fired for racial comments. There are athletes who have said racial comments. There are owners of professional baseball and basketball teams that had said racial comments. People profile other people as black thugs. Wendy Bell, a Pittsburgh newscaster, said “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts. They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know police. They’ve been arrested.” My main question to her would be what about the shootings in Columbine, the killings of church members by Dylann Roof, the Las Vegas massacre by Stephen Paddock; and the many hearts they have broken? What about Dylann Roof who was taken alive and received food from Burger King after his church shootings? Yet, the police had the nerve to make Dylann wear a bullet-proof vest.
It is very sad that citizens of the United States cannot get along with each other, yet we are considered the greatest country on earth? I think my above paragraphs prove my disagreement.
People say America is truly the greatest nation on earth. When I look at our history, I am not inclined to say so. According to sources, there are 323.1 billion people that live in the United States. That is more than Russia and more than the United Kingdom. From this number, 32 million adults cannot read. About 21 percent of adults read below a 5th grade level and around 19 percent of high school graduates cannot read at all, yet people say we are truly the greatest nation on earth.
When we talk about purge, what are we really talking about? Let’s look what purge is defined as. It can be used as a noun to mean an abrupt or violent removal of a group of people from an organization or place. There are many things that can be considered as purging.
I see commercials daily about giving money to help the poor in other countries, yet we have poor people in America who are suffering. Let’s look at jobs. Jobs are moved from the United States to other countries for the sake of paying a lower wage and increase in price in the interest of making more money. The government gives tax cuts for companies moving their production in different countries. These companies pay those citizens in other countries pennies on the dollar. Meanwhile, American citizens are living hand in mouth due to lack of jobs, lack of opportunities, and lack adequate wages. Most people will contribute funds around the world before helping a fellow American. All contributed fund are tax deductible which means Americans can support other American causes to help each other. My mother has this saying that goes “take care of home first.” How are Americans supposed to feel? How can this be viewed as a purge? As a result of companies moving their businesses out of the country, it decreases the amount of Americans working to provide for their families. This can also cause retaliation or uproar. The effect of this can lead to increased population in jail as well as increased population among the homeless. Walking pneumonia and disease can be adverse effects among the homeless which can cause a slow and painful death. So many Americans look down on the homeless, but homeless people are kinder and more caring than other Americans who are well off.
Trump lifts the ban on big game trophy and now he puts the ban back on. When the ban was lifted there were a lot of Americans calling him a great president. This means we have people in America that want to go to other countries to kill a defenseless animal for the sake of having their head on a trophy. This mean we have people in America that want to go to great lengths to have other animals killed for their own greed and pleasure. There are many species of animals that are near extinction. Currently, there are only three White Rhinos left in the world. Out of a radius of 3,969 miles of earth, only three White Rhinos are left. This radius is larger than both the moon and Mars. The West African Black Rhinos are EXTINCT thanks to mankind. As we go back in time to 1933, King Kong was brought to America for the interest of making money for man and then killed by man because he had gotten loose. Destruction is what mankind is about and now it resorted to the destruction of God’s precious animals. Man choose to call this sport when it is should be called what it is… execution. These animals are NOT property, but living, breathing organisms. It reminds me of slavery when others bought another living, breathing human and called him or her “their property.” How can this be viewed as purging? Americans taking innocent lives for the interest of money and power. Man always wants to show their power, but never want to resort to humbleness. A Godly man is a humble man. It is very interesting how many people say they are Christians, yet can kill an animal to use as a trophy or prize. Since a lot of people want to say they are a Christian, look at their lives and see if they are living the life of a Disciple of Christ.
The police has free reign of abusing their power. Most police officers would kill an unarmed person and claimed they were fearful of their life. Police officers have on a bullet-proof vest and yet afraid of their life if someone has a knife of state statue. The jury acquits the officer which will allow other officers to do the same because they believe they will have the same fate. Now, there is a slogan going around saying “Blue lives matter.” I did not know we had blue people. Not all police uniforms blue. All lives should matter. How can this be viewed as purging? The paragraph speaks for itself.
There are many instances that purging can happen. I believe what others don’t understand are the cause and effects of their decisions. The cause of moving production to other countries affects the well-being of most Americans who try to provide for their families. The cause of senseless killing of wild animals for the sake of a trophy affects the lives of the animal’s offspring and extinction. The cause of police abusing their power and killing unarmed citizens while getting away with it affects the trustworthiness of police officers and possible retaliation. I can bet you most of the people committing these acts call themselves Christians. Do you honestly believe a Christian would behave the way those in the above paragraphs are behaving?
Today was a day of rest and solace as I had the day off. Unfortunately, a police officer died in the line of duty. It is not known if the officer died of his injuries sustained in gunfire or in a high speed car crash after the shooting. I do feel for the victim’s family as I feel for all others that fall victims to senseless criminal activity.
As I continue throughout the day, I see a gentleman holding a sign that reads “officers lives matter.” This area is known for subtle prejudices. I am not talking about a straight in your face being called out of your name or getting attacked verbally for your skin color. This area is known for supporting in-town people and excluding those that are not born in the area. This area is known for believing every outsider is stupid and believes those who are white and poor are better than those who are black and educated. Like most other areas being covered by the media, there are shootings of innocent or unarmed citizens by police officers. This brings me to something my mother always told me… “You reap what you sow.” This is what the Bible says, not what she says. Again, I do feel bad for those whose lives are forever changed by a life-changing event.
When I fixed my eyes on the man with the officer lives matter sign, I was puzzled. Why? When this community voiced their opinions about black lives matter, non-African descent people were saying that’s crazy and called those supporting black lives matter racist. They believed the police officers are doing their jobs by shooting and murdering unarmed people. They look upon the police as the judge. It is very hard to understand how the police get away with murder. It is hard to understand how the police get away with planting contraband and other things.
We have Trump calling the person who murdered twenty-six people mentally ill. This is no surprise because that’s the same others say about those who raided schools and other establishments with bullet holes; leaving behind the wounded and the deceased. Even his former girlfriend would say he, Devin Kelley, is sick in the head. Think about this for a moment. Don’t most people call others sick in the head? Did they murder others? I believe the police are sick in the head for planting evidence and murdering unarmed people, yet they are still patrolling the streets.
Let’s try an experiment. After reading this next paragraph, I would like for you to close your eyes. Imagine someone coming into a building with an automatic weapon and shooting up the place. What would be the first thing that would come to your mind? Is it the safety of ALL citizens; both European and African descent? Is it the race of the person committing this terrible act? Do you think it is a police officer? Do you think it is a citizen who claims to be the perfect model citizen?
The bottom line is all lives matter. It does not matter if the person is African or European descent or a police officer. If we don’t get it together as a country we will all be doomed, which is something I am really afraid of. People losing their jobs overseas due to the power of the all mighty dollar, people are required to have more education for a basic job, the cost of living is going up yet the rate of pay is steadily going down, we have kids in America with no food yet I see commercials of save the kids in other countries, we have animals that are in dire need of the basic necessities of life, and we have people that refuse to date others due to race or color; but we call ourselves Christians. Really?
Do you think it is time us, as a country, reap what we sow? Think about it…
I believe what may help a bit more in American history would be more interracial couples cast for parts. I see a lot of shows cast for parts of white couples being with white couples and black couples being with black couples. Why do I believe this may be a slight issue? We are the most prejudice country in all of the planet earth. We are not born into racism. We don’t come out of the womb calling others outside their names or say I am black so I will have to be with the black kids. Our introductory to racism starts with our parents and then our surroundings, then our experiences.
Education is the key. Everyone is different but if people want to put everyone into one category, we will not survive as a people. I remember watching Glory, Tuskegee Airmen, and other movies based upon true documentary resources. One thing that moved me was the comment in Tuskegee Airmen when General Benjamin O. Davis said “Are we Americans when the mood suites you?” Wars cannot be won without the help of everyone pitching in, both black and white, yet we beat upon each other’s character so badly. If a black guy walks into a bar, he is looked upon as he don’t belong there. If a white guy walks into a bar, he is believe to be safe and sane. It is a shame that most black or mixed people have to work three times harder just to gain respect versus a white person that has respect off the bat.
Now, it is coming in the realm of animals. White dogs are adopted before black dogs. Really? So an animal that lives off of instinct and do what nature grooms inside of the animal is judged on their coat (fur color). Really?
This country needs an enema…
~CF Boston Brian~
We heard lots of stories from others regarding race this, and race that. We heard lots of people saying that darker skinned people are using the “race” card when things happen. We heard how others rally behind police officers when they are shot or killed, yet nothing is mentioned about the lives lost by police. I am not against the police that honestly serve the communities and connect with people in communities. I am not against the police that have to honestly defend their life in a situation that is life and death. What I am against are the innocent killings and the lies other people give to make the police believe they have to destroy a family’s life.
I saw a YouTube video of a SWAT officer that shot and killed a seven year old girl with a bullet directly into and through her head. On this YouTube video, the SWAT officer did not answer why he did it or what was his intentions as he broke down the door in this home… a home raided to where only a grandmother and her seven year old granddaughter was occupying. The gentleman that was doing this video provided information that was released by the American Psychological Association in regards to how police see dark skinned people. After some research, I had found an article that tells how police view dark skinned people and how lighter skinned women view dark skinned people. This came out in March of 2014 and here we sit in 2016 with the same issues going on. I believe you should read the article for yourselves. It is a good source of information. Please share.
~CF Boston Brian~
There are a lot of people always say America is the best country ever. People say there’s no racism. People say America is just for everyone. No one wants to talk about racism or how it affects us as “Americans.” No one understands what it is like to be of a darker pigmentation in America. The constitution states ALL men, not some men, but ALL men are created “equal.” Is that true in the eyes of the law? Even the Governor of Minnesota said this was race motivated. My take… this police officer is not going to do any time for this act.
I read were a police officer in New York was convicted by his peers (the jury), but the judge made the sentence where the police officer did not serve any jail time. He only receive house arrest and probation. The person that officer had killed cannot tell his side of the story. That person cannot defend himself in a court of law. Police officers have bullet-proof vests and yet they are afraid of their life of someone who does not have a weapon. Even so, the military don’t wear bullet-proof vest and we are deployed in some of the most dangerous areas known to man. I would love to see a police officer deployed in a “hot zone” where he or she cannot wear a bullet-proof vest. I bet they will shot everyone in sight.
Incidents like this were known in the southern states, and now they are being done by police officers in the northern states. Videos that show the truth, yet not admissible in court, or the police get the videos first before it can be released. If the police officer did nothing wrong, then why are they so much in a rush to obtain the video before it stream live?
Sooner or later, America will pay for their sins and those that had gotten away with so much will have to be judged by God Himself, one day. I would love to be a fly on the wall because no matter what excuse a person gives of taking a life that is not just, would it be the correct answer?