The Martin Family…
No disrespect to the Martin Family, but some Black people aren’t feeling prayer for those who abuse and violate us; and I’m one of them.
One of the most peculiar things that has always galled me is the peculiar response of Black people whenever something on the level of Trayvon Martin murder occurs; everybody wants to pray. Yes. Prayer is good–but I’m not praying when it is obvious that we have an enemy that wants to destroy us. Typically, they are the elders among the group but seriously; I offer: How many people do you know, who, if they were hit up side the head; just how many would start quoting Bible scriptures. The fact of the matter is that nobody that has an ounce of self-preservation, pride, dignity, and courage is going to allow someone to treat them that way. It’s simply not the correct response and an intelligent person would know that.
This is why white people continue to take swipes at our community. Many really feel there will be nothing done to them. And the cues they receive through the media, court system, and in daily life preclude them to feel that way. It’s an accepted behavior and audacity they have to feel that it’s OK to target African Americans.
Just recently where I live in Georgia, there was a white woman charged along with her husband for shooting her baby to death. Originally, she said that two African American boys had done it. When I first heard the story–something just didn’t feel right. I spoke to some folks I knew and we all agreed that her story was fishy. Some short time later, two African American boys were arrested and charged. However, as the months went by; the GBI got suspicious and began to investigate. Sure-nuiff; the woman did it. http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2013/03/mother_aunt_of_georgia_baby_sh.html;http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/sherry-west-antonio-santiago-gbi-finds-traces-of-gunshot-residue-on-brunswick-georgia-parents; http://newsone.com/2313413/sherry-west-antonio-santiago/
What’s the response here in Georgia? Apathy. Typical response. And people wonder why Paula Deen and her family felt so comfortable using the N-word. Well, there’s a pattern of that behavior throughout the south–and many southern white folks expect Black people to act cowardly.
Well, take it from me, many white folks around the country are getting scared after the reaction to the Zimmerman verdict sparked protests around the country.
Recently, a white man in Milwaukee was beaten up by a group of Black teens after the Zimmerman trial verdict. http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/08/black_teenagers_mob_race_riot_wisonsin_state_fair.php Another man in New York was punched out by a Black man after he called him a N*gger. http://partners.mediatakeout.com/63891/the-trayvon-case-got-the-racists-out-in-full-force-black-man-cracks-racists-skull-in-nyc-after-the-racist-called-him-the-n-word-to-his-face.html The first man was an innocent victim. The second one absolutely got what he deserved.
Black people are always being told to “be calm” and “be peaceful” but do you think that it’s reasonable to keep telling people that when every day of their lives they either are witness to or victims of hate or violence from whites in this society.
The last time I checked; righteous indignation was not a crime.
The Stand Your Ground Law was designed to protect whites. Black people who stand their ground–even when justified, will often go to prison. It’s not fair. And the system is slanted to favor whites.
No. I’m not praying for any racist white person. But I’ll gladly hold one down for a beat down if need be if they continue to act violently toward those in my community.
Real talk. It’s time for Black Men to get serious about protecting the women, children and community. Prayer and good will does not work on white folks filled with hatred towards Black people.