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Black cop, White cop, to-may-to, to-mah-to, let’s throw the whole thing out!

Let’s face it, regardless of the race of the police officer, they are all the same.  Yet, the media et al., would have you to believe that there is a difference  — that if an African American is pulled over by a police officer and brutalized (which may or may not result in death), somehow it makes a difference as to whether the officer involved was black or white.

People are willing to concede (albeit begrudgingly) that if a tragedy against a black person, African American or person of color is committed by a white cop then, it MAY be an act of racism.  But, if the officer is not an active member of the KKK and/or spouting racial epithets while goose stepping, carrying a noose and burning a cross, racism may be ruled out.  However, if the same level of violence occurs at the hands of a black or Asian or Hispanic police officer, racism isn’t even considered as a factor.  This is because of a fundamental lack of understanding of what racism is and what it does.

Newsflash (to America and abroad):  Racism is systemic!  Racism is causative or contributory of EVERY social malady from sea to shining sea!  But, and this is the important part, racism is more complex than a white person disliking a black person or even a white person not wanting to sit or live next to or even physically touch a black person.  Racism is EVER so much more than that.  For clarity, I quote the late Francis Cress Welsing’s definition of racism:

“Racism (White Supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined, which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action and emotional response, as conducted simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war), for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet Earth – a planet upon which the vast majority of people are classified as nonwhite (black, brown, red and yellow) by white skinned people, and all of the nonwhite people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetic recessive white skin people”.

Now that we have this working definition of racism in hand, it becomes clear that racism is more than just a function of individuals who classify themselves as “white.”  It is a mindset and a system of values and beliefs all geared toward the same goal.  Much like the ideas of Freedom or Independence, Racism is intangible, but subconsciously governs the actions of all people.  And these same individuals are in total control of all areas of black people’s lives.  Thus, black person attempting to live, work or play in a country built on racism must themselves conform to racist laws, policies, religion etc., in order to attain even a modicum of success.

Simply stated, if people of color (namely black or African Americans) become police officers (or occupy any other position in a country where the laws were established during their enslavement) they are tasked to enforce the same set of rules or regulations that white police officers enforce, regardless of whether the rules/regulations are racist or not.  With that in mind, it is fair to say that a police officer is a police officer, color be damned.  Once a member of any race becomes a police officer, he or she has to honor the established CREED of police officers, similar to how gang members have to operate as one entity.  The race of the police officer is immaterial.

Black persons, African Americans, persons of color or whatever other name is fashionable at the moment are disproportionally killed by police officers for infractions as minor as a taillight being out.  They are obvious target of racism in America.  As such, they would do well to treat ALL police officers as a collective and not as individuals.

My advice to anyone of color who is pulled over by a police officer for any reason, whether the officer is black or white, is to run like hell!  You’ll still die, but at least your family won’t have to argue that you are pointing a cannon at innocent, harmless officers while tripping in a sexually aggressive drug trip.

Can anybody hear me?

Every time I turn on the TV, it seems that yet another African-American male has been beaten, or worse killed, by a police officer.   From Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown to the latest victim, Michael Laney, police officers (and volunteer security as it were) are using deadly force and, more importantly, getting away with it.

Afterwards, we are bombarded with negative stories of the victim’s home life! His academic prowess or the lack thereof is discussed. His fatherless home, substandard and often impoverished lifestyle and probable penchant for violence is noted by someone with letters following his/her name. Images of the victim on social media at happier times are used, or rather misused, as possible proof of gang affiliation. Any drug usage, such as marijuana (a drug now legalized in at least three states), puts the proverbial icing on the cake.

The seemingly inevitable conclusion has been reached: He was expendable. Chances are they would not have lived long enough to make any real contribution to society, nor actually done so even if they had. The odds were against them. Better to eradicate them now than to allow them to languish indefinitely in already overcrowded prisons to wit they were undoubtedly headed.   Good riddance. No one will miss them other than their immediate family and/or friends, right? Case closed!!

But the image, the thought pattern remains in the public mind: he had it coming. If he was respectable and well-mannered and clean cut, it wouldn’t have happened. And then both sides of the equation lull themselves into the thought that there is no racial problem and that something else must have been in play.

However, over the past weekend, the latest beating of Martese Johnson, a black honor student at the University of Virginia (UVA), has changed all of that. He wasn’t a thug (perceived or otherwise). He had no knowledge of gang life or hustling. In his own mind, he was one of the respectable crowd, not like those wild heathens on the news. After all, he went the right school with the right people. Even HE thought that would have made a difference. This is probably why he kept calling out to the police, knee in his back all the while, that he attended UVA. Alas, to no avail. And I am thrilled for it. You see, young, African American men like him assumed that as long as they went to the best schools with the best people (read as white or at least non black in both cases), that they were immune to racism and racial violence. It took the plight of someone like him to reveal that as a lie.

Here’s the new message to African American males: No matter who you are and what you have accomplished through academia or via good, sound business practices, it is still open season on you! There is no escaping it. You are still being targeted at an alarming rate! Tread lightly!!

Now, I know that some people are going to remind us all that he may have been committing a misdemeanor at the time of the arrest (which is a capital offense for black males), so let’s address that. Just for the sake of argument, let’s assume that Mr. Johnson did produce a fake ID in an attempt to gain entry into a pub. Is he the first student, black, white or other, to do so? Was he even the first one to do it that evening? Was everyone treated with such aggression? Did they all deserve that? No? Ok, then. Let’s move on to the next part: he was cited for being belligerent. I don’t know about you but something about being jumped from behind and landing on the concrete, face first, would make me feel just a tad. . . . belligerent! Call me crazy, but I just think I would be a lot happier and easier to deal with if my face was not smashed against unforgiving sidewalk. Can anybody hear me??