Friday, March 27, 2015

"Police officers are sworn to uphold the law and protect the public........"

Eric Parker, Madison police officer recommended for termination after the incident involving 
Sureshbhai Patel on Feb. 6 (Photo: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)
Eric Parker, Madison police officer recommended for termination after the incident involving Sureshbhai Patel on Feb. 6 (Photo: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

Said  U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance  regarding the charges against Eric Parker for deprivation of rights under color of law with respect to his excessive use of force in slamming Mr. Patel to ground on a concrete sidewalk.  What she forgot to add is "unless you are an African American".  Hopefully this will teach police officers everywhere from treating foreigners like a skinny black guy.

What happened to Mr. Patel was outrageous. Thankfully, the FBI and the Department of Justice moved swiftly to deal with this violent act of unwarranted violent and criminal assault on an innocent man, who had every right to be walking in the neighborhood where his son lived. Mr. Patel had recently come to America to help with childcare responsibilities of his grandchild. He deserved far better treatment from the law enforcement community, which far too often doesn't promote public safety or protect people, but instead acts like a lawless gang of thugs above the law. Hopefully, Eric Parker will be convicted for his actions and serve time in a federal prison for this violent assault.

#BlackLivesMatter not so much in the United States of America.   Let's play some basketball and teach black males between the ages of 13 and 17 how to behave when they are engaged by police.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Hands Up Don't Shoot" Was Not Built on a Lie

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dear Micheal Lundy, Lt. Jerry Rice, Kenny Anderson, Harry Hobbs, and L.C. Smith, You're not Helping #BlackLivesMatter

Black Lives Matter:  Signs appear outside churches all over Huntsville
 You're hurting us with your "AllLivesMatter"  seminars to prevent another #Ferguson.
"All Lives Matter" started with a set of town hall meetings in January. Lundy said about 500 adults attended these, but they needed a way to communicate their same concerns with the youth who weren't there. This helped cement the idea of a partnership with the police department.
"We talked about how we work together to prevent some of the negative outcomes that we experienced in Ferguson, Missouri, and Wisconsin and New York and Cleveland, Ohio," he said.

The first sign you are not helping is an endorsement by right wing, conservative, self proclaimed King of Hate Radio, host, Dale "Jackson" who writes:
The one thing lost in all the recent “Black Lives Matter” nonsense is the communities responsibility to respect law enforcement.
This should be applauded and copied. Good job, Huntsville Housing Authority.
See what I mean?  Dale "Jackson" calls the #BlackLivesMatter movement  nonsense,  and believes that black people should respect law enforcement, even when they don't deserve respect.
Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.
The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.
We all know that it's not about people of color not respecting law enforcement, it's about law enforcement not respecting people of color.  You are sending the wrong message to young black/brown/poor males by teaching them how to be good Negroes.  As black men you know good and well staying calm, doing as told, and not having a "bad attitude does not ensure you won't be beaten/ shot/ tased/ killed by police who are afraid of black people.

Let us be clear: We love, support, and pray for our police officers. We understand that many are doing an excellent job under extremely trying circumstances. We also understand that many officers are burdened by systems that routinely mete out inequitable racialized outcomes.  

Let us also be clear to what started the #BlackLivesMatter  movement in the first place.
The founders of #BlackLivesMatter are grateful that their message has been picked up by so many people as a rallying cry, but they want other groups that use the essence of the name, such as #MuslimLivesMatter and #LatinoLivesMatter, to find their own slogans.
At a South by Southwest panel discussion, “What #BlackLivesMatter Teaches Us About Solidarity,” Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi said they were concerned about the dilution of their message.
“Not to say their lives don’t matter,” Tometi told the audience, “but we’ve been in a society that continues to marginalize black faces, and so we don’t want to see this kind of reappropriation and co-optation of #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag.”
The four of you are referred to as local black mentors , as such you have a responsibility and a duty to speak truth to power.

 If "All Lives Matter' why is the focus on boys from 13-19 years old who live in public housing

 If it "aims to prevent a Ferguson, Mo.-type situation from happening in Huntsville, how is "some tough-love dialogue about how to behave when you're engaged by a police officer," going to prevent another ‪#‎Ferguson‬

 Maybe you need to have a  dialogue with police officers about how to interact with black males from 13-19 years old.   After all, Ferguson started with ‪#‎DarrenWilson‬ telling ‪#‎MikeBrown‬ to get the F^&k out of the street and walk on the sidewalk and to "get the F#%k back." 

It is wrong to teach black males from 13-19 how to "behave" when "engaged" by a police officer.  It doesn't matter how black males "behave" they can still be beaten/shot/killed by police.

You're not helping

Your friend, 

America! America! God shed His grace on thee

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Looking back at #Selma50, what has changed?

Police State H/T Black Agenda Report

In looking back at Selma we should be making note of the role and function of police then and seeing what progress has been made with respect to their role in society 50 years later..In 1965 police saw protestors as LAW BREAKERS.. They saw protestors as folks who were unruly, had a potential for VIOLENCE and thus needed to be contained, dispersed jailed and beaten.. Words like 'outside agitators' and 'troublemakers' were used to describe SNCC and used to describe Dr King.. What has changed in 50 years?

 “What other people – besides Blacks are asked to feel grateful for remaining in the same place economically, educationally and politically for 50 years?”

It's the Media. There is a reason why black people hate the media: they hyper-criminalize us.

After Selma, What's Next for Black America?  Without a new and relevant agenda, black America will continue to march in an endless circle of celebrations and parties while it languishes in a permanent state of despair.

So why is President Obama going to discuss payday lending on his trip to Birmingham that is closed to the public, you know, the only group of people in Sweet Home Alabama who voted for and continue to support him?
No matter how many Black people are shot down in the streets by cops, no matter how far Black people fall in the relative to whites in the economy, Barack Obama has always denied that racism is endemic to the United States. He amended that slightly, in Selma this weekend. “Obama now admits that racism had once been endemic to the country, but that it is now limited to Ferguson-like localities.”
Meanwhile the Confederate Flag License Plate Case reaches the Supreme Court .  I thought the South lost the Civil War?

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's the #Racism and the #Poverty #Stupid #hcsboe

Huntsville City Schools March 11, 1963 -March 11, 2015  (Huntsville Times file)

According to the powers that be , Low-income (code for black/brown) children know 30 million fewer words and Huntsville City Schools plans to fix that by spying on them.  I kid you not.
This past Thursday, the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously and without asking any questions to approve a $93,500.00 contract with the LENA Foundation purportedly to help close the 30 million word gap that exists between children born above and below the poverty line.
Here is what we know we don't know about the latest spy, I mean LENA program.  
  1. The recorder will likely record statements like, “You look like your daddy,” or other “not pleasant” conversations despite Ms. McCaulley’s and Mr. Davison’s assurances that it will only record, “wah, wah, wah” like Charlie Brown’s teacher. LENA’s website makes this clear. They will be recording children.
  2. The district will target low-income families and entice them to record their conversations with “diapers, formula” and a likely guaranteed spot in the Pre-K program after the child turns 3 or 4.
  3. The district believes that parents (at least poor parents) don’t know how to talk to their children.
  4. The district believes that sending a text message to parents reminding them to talk to their children and bribing parents to attend a weekly and then monthly meeting will fix this problem.
  5. The district believes that it is completely acceptable to turn infants into data points that are available for review by any “stakeholder” at any time day or night via a smartphone.
  6. The board members are more interested in laughing at Dr. Wardynski’s attempts at humor than they are actually doing research to see if the things he is recommending actually have any basis in reality.
This school board ,and their media enablers, have demonstrated they are not willing to admit there is a problem, much less less solve it.  They think all they have to do is throw some money at some clueless consultants, blame the victims (parents,child, community), and it will go away.  Not.

It's the Racism
 Racism, and its ability to increase the odds that a pregnant mother will deliver her child early, can kill. There is also evidence that racism can alter the capacity for a child to learn and distorts lives in ways that can reproduce inequality, poverty and long-term disadvantage, the studies found.
 Kramer’s findings also suggest that since poor minority families often concentrate in sections of a city and therefore send their children to the same set of the nation’s increasingly segregated (by both race and class) schools, children struggling to learn due to a preterm birth aren’t evenly disbursed. Some schools are likely serving large numbers while others, in wealthier communities and those serving mostly white students, may be serving few to none.
The reason low income children know 30 million fewer words is because their parents are products of the Huntsville City School System.  The reason their parents are low income is because their parents are products of the Huntsville City School system.   It's a vicious cycle.

Maybe if HCS invested in children, instead of Lap Tops and Ipads, a  Director of Community Engagement,   a Political Strategist,  an off the books Spy programAttorneys fees, and would stop replacing certified teachers with Teach for America, we could get to the root of the problem and break the cycle of poverty and ignorance instead of perpetuating it. 

"It's easy as A-B-C, 1-2-3"
Step 1  Admit you have a problem
Step 2  Identify the problem
Step 3  Solve the problem