The answer to this question is; Not One More! It will be instrumental here to examine causes and affect It requires therefore a brief examination of American history and the resulting observations and conclusions that are certainly inferred if not drawn.
America through out it’s entire history has affixed and associated itself with ideas and causes that are of a high moral fiber and more benevolent order than the lower aspects of human nature and behavior are associated with. This includes a moral consciousness that is regulated by the soul of humanity and vanguards against violations of moral turpitude and justice because each of us, most Americans believe, is a creation of God. As such, respect for God and love of humanity are of paramount importance both to the principles of our justice departments and our treatment of each other and ourselves.
It would have been so awesome if all of the ideas and values in the preceding paragraph were a reality for all, all of the time for everyone living in America since it’s inception. That unfortunately has not been the case. Particularly as it pertains to or relates to African-Americans or Black populous in this country. Much of this can be attributed to the over two hundred and fifty years of slavery that is the foundation that America is financially built upon. America’s Declaration of Independence states “All men are created equal. Endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights amongst which are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. After statements like that to then reduce it to a pile of bullshit through the actions of actually enslaving another human being leaves those involved with profiteering from slavery with only one way out. That is to put or rather identity the individuals being held in captivity as slaves as something else other than human. It becomes clear given these circumstances and duration of time in which they were perpetuated how and why racism and prejudice are such big factors in the American social structure. There were factors and laws put in place to further the cause and safeguard against any threats to the institution and practices such as they were, that may have been disruptive to business as usual. This included the reduction of the slave from being human to a piece of personal property. Also it was against most civil codes and law to teach a slave how to read or write. Attempting to escape the shackles of slavery through the action of fleeing was prosecuted with heavy and severe physical punishment including a public lashing or whipping or imprisonment and lynchings.
There are other considerations that must be taken into account to accurately and honestly assess the prejudice and racism inborn with slavery and the slave trade. On the feeling of physical inferiority that must have resulted when the white male in America compared themselves against the often naked male slave sold on the auction block from a purely anatomical perspective. Particularly insulting to the white male ego was to note penis size between the two races. The thought of a black man having sex with a white woman is infuriating to the white male. Not for the damages caused to her, but for comparisons she may and perhaps will make not between two men, but two races and lust for joy. This is why for many years here in America and may still occur that a black man is lynched. This is the pure and unadulterated truth. The next factor that must be considered is the intimidation that results when physical foes or adversaries whether real or imagined confront each other.
A direction that must be examined is the fear of possible justifiable retaliation on behalf of a black person for centuries of mistreatment and racism on behalf of white people. This imagined fear is a paranoia that those whom investigate murder and crime every day accumulate particular insights into what can and can not be done or accepted. Now when a system that is comprised of many parts has each and every part covering for the other the system is functioning and working as it should. Now all systems have an objective and purpose. When white policemen murder unarmed black men with no ensuing consequences the judicial system and justice has failed the black community once again. Recently in Sacramento a young, unarmed, 22 year old black man, father of two children, was murdered by police officers who shot him some twenty times. What makes this shooting even more disturbing is that the murder occurred on what should have been a safe environment given the fact, it was the backyard of his grandmother. Why does the circumstances and victims, appearing as if they are exactly the same, keep happening over and over again with no justice awarded to the victims and no consequences imposed upon the perpetrators of murder upon black men by white law enforcement officers. Here is what logic dictates! That the judicial court system, the grand jury system, law enforcement officers, as well as much of the white populace and politicians are all going to cover each others asses. The established statement by police to a murder they have committed is that the victim appeared to have a gun or some sort of weapon and to protect their own lives after allegedly facing the possibility and fear that they may not see their children or loved ones again, they were left with no other choice. The grand juries almost 99.9% of the time refuses to bring charges. Add to this that any judge that presides over a case like this will likely find no circumstances for guilt on behalf of the police officers. The politicians will remain silent and offer no criticism on the actions of the police. This may have a little to do with a reality check of what can possibly happen to them for condemnation of police actions, which ultimately can be viewed as an insult to them and a condemnation of America’s entire social structure and acknowledgement of the built in racism and bigotry which cripples it. In order that this insanity and criminal activity come to an end immediately the Federal Government must be willing to step up with the promise of severe prosecution for any violations whether it be either civil or criminal.
I call it; just like it is! Sincerely;
Marcus T. Tolbert