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Black Community: The Black Elephant In The Room.

December 25, 2015 by  
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( If the officers allegedly responsible for the death of Freddie Gray are acquitted, what will occur? The oppressed and disenfranchised of Baltimore may engage in social disturbances and meaningless destruction of property. What will these rebellious acts change? Will protest change Baltimore’s vicious and corrupt police force into one that serves and protects it citizens? Will scheduled marches or spontaneous anarchy result in the reformation of Baltimore’s failing education system?

Will taunts to law enforcement and looting improve the living conditions or employment opportunities for Baltimore’s poor and disenfranchised?

America needs reforms but what poor Americans keep receiving is concessions. Freddie Gray’s family received a concession of $6.4 million. Fools applaud this settlement. It enriches the family of Freddie Gray but what does it do to prevent another Freddie Gray?

Baltimore has budget issues each year, cutting funding for much-needed social programs, laying off teachers, firemen, police officers, and government employees, yet somehow has millions of blackcommunitydollars to pay for lawsuits against their police force. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, “the city has been involved in 317 lawsuits stemming from complaints of assault, false arrest, and false imprisonment.” Baltimore City has paid $5.7 million in settlements between 2011 and 2014. Please note, the money used for settlements and defense attorneys for accused officers derive mostly from taxpayers’ money. These tax dollars are supposed to be used for the development of society and all of its citizens.

Would Freddie Gray’s family even have received a ‘payoff’ if his limp body was not captured on a cell phone? Would he not just be another dead ‘nigga’ or inmate forced to accept a plea bargain for an unjustifiably harsh sentence?

The media has taken the public’s focus away from systematic oppression the disenfranchised of America must endure, focusing on single events and failing to analyze their causes. The issue is not about Freddie Gray but America. A nation that puts profit before humanity, leaving marginalized citizens without employable skills or employment opportunities to provide for themselves and their families. The media does a remarkable job of indoctrinating the masses to believe that the system is not the problem but gang-affiliated, drug-using, criminal-prone African Americans who exploit the welfare system. The reality is white Americans are the biggest drug users and drug distributors in America. White Americans are the real poster-children of the welfare system. According to data released in 2013 by U.S Department of Agriculture, most recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) assistance are white, consuming 40.2 percent of the aid.

In numerous states African Americans constitute 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison. Human Rights Watch reported in 2015, “Whites and African Americans engage in drug offenses at comparable rates, but are arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated for drug offenses at vastly different rates.”  In 2000 the National Institute of Drug Abuse reported white students use cocaine and crack cocaine seven times the rate of their African American peers. How it is statistically white Americans are consuming and distributing illegal substance at a higher rate than African Americans who are imprisoned at a higher rate for the same actions?

Will unorganized ‘political’ demonstrations change the disparity in incarcerations or the negative and distorted image mainstream media depicts of African Americans?

To no avail, African Americans are still kindly asking their oppressors to stop oppressing them. History has shown, equal rights and justice is not given but taken. This is not a call for revolution but a call for accountability. Why are African Americans constantly asking others to help solve their problems? At what point does accountability come into play? At what point does responsibility come into play? This is why a racist media can discredit African American marches and rallies because they are inconsistent.

The uproar usually comes when a ‘brother is murdered by another.’ Yet we massacre each other without any outrage? African Americans are not protesting for better education or gainful employment, but reactionary demonstrations to brutalization that has been taking place since the inception of America. I understand ‘black on black’ crime is cool but we just get uptight when someone void of melanin kills a ‘brother.’ Do ‘Black Lives Matter’ when numerous Africans Americans are acquitted due to witness intimidation and the ‘NO SNITCHING’ code in the African American community?

We are a people divided, masquerading as if we are united. Our masquerading and begging has only resulted in concessions within the same system, when we need reformation of the system. We complain about school systems yet we still send our children to these failing schools. We gripe about employment opportunities yet we do not support African American businesses. We complain about police brutalizing our children, yet are we parenting, grooming, and protecting our children?

There are numerous African American men, despite the racism in America who have avoided the baton and handcuffs of racist police officers. What are WE doing to improve our situation? Watching Empire and Facebook revolutionaries will not result in change. Until we are ready to sacrifice and truly struggle for equal rights and justice, do yourself a favor and stop printing the ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirts, save the posters, because singing and rioting  has never changed anything and it never will.

We must purge the idea of looking to the government for reformation from our minds, turn to ourselves, take responsibility for the development of ourselves, our families, and our communities. Why would the oppressor assist the oppressed in their liberation? Such ideas make no sense.

Staff Writer; Linton Hinds Jr.

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4 Responses to “Black Community: The Black Elephant In The Room.”
  1. Marque Anthony says:

    I suggest that you read my article entitled African American Personal Responsibility which should be posted on this site shortly.

  2. Marque Anthony says:

    The first thing that divides us is denial vs the truth.
    What’s sad is that we African Americans are still calling ourselves BLACK because Caucasian oppressors called us that to contrast their color and to assign to us all the negative things BLACK is equated with in the dictionary.

    The fact is, like it or not and believe it or not, YOU ARE BROWN and your car tires are black. You can say black is a culture but when they deal with you, they deal with you based on it’s definition – dismal, gloomy, dark, diabolical, treacherous, devoid of light. WAKE UP AFRICAN AMERICANS. We do not call the Asian yellow man because he would not stand for it.

    We do not call the Native American a red man because he would not stand for it. We do not call the Hispanic man a brown man because he would not stand for it. And many Africans, Haitians and Jamaicans do not accept being called a color they know they are NOT.

    Ironically, African Americans are the only ethnic group/race on the planet which allows ourselves to be called a color we are not, allowing ourselves to be defined by color, by someone else and to allow ourselves to be attached to a color we are not – a color they filled with negative denotations. Then we fight to help keep the lie in place. Is it any wonder that cops treat us as BLACK people by the definition of dismal, gloomy, treacherous, evil etc?

    We will never rise and overcome as a people if we allow other groups to define us, to define us with a lie and we are sadly willing to help them. AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES MATTER PEOPLE. Black is the color of my car tires, not my skin. I am a family and relationship counselor who specializes in deprogramming African Americans from slavery mindsets.

  3. bmh0502 says:

    Bravo!!! There is too much truth in this article I don’t know where to start. It’s really no need for me to add anything because you said it all, well done. We need to wake up and start getting to the root of the problem. Band-aids do not help cuts that are down to the bone!

  4. James Davis says:

    I totally disagree with your analysis – the African American people especially within the United States are a GREAT PEOPLE.

    Perhaps, with a little perspective you may come to agree with my conclusion. We as a people were yanked from our ancestral homeland and brought to this land, enslaved and placed in chains in some instances. We were out numbered 9 to 1 and out gunned. We did not speak the language and in many instances different tribes of us from different parts of Africa were put together; not being able to even speak to each other because of different dialects. Thus, opportunities to rebel as a single entity were limited. Our women were savagely raped and our children were taken from us and our families were split up. However, we endured. We did not fold!

    Going forward, not only did we find a way to speak the language and communicate, we turned the hypocrisy of the life style of our captives against themselves because we learned during our captivity that evil is not a group or racial or systemic disease but a disease of individuality that must and can be rooted out on an individual basis, otherwise it pollutes the whole body much like a cancer. The Civil War was part of the rooting process. We found men and women of good conscious among our captives who agreed with us. We were able, with the help of Almighty God to engage them in our fight. What we have learned as we have progressed to this very day, that the roots of racial evilness run deep. So we must continue to engage men and women of good conscious in these battles to become a free people because the wise among us know that it is not the system that is our enemy. It is those who practice racial evil of the worst kind who hold powerful positions within the system who are our enemies.

    God has granted enough of us the understanding that there is evil and goodness among all men and women who walk this earth, even within our own race. It is the prevalence of evilness within our race that is the core of black on black crime. In every battle casualties accumulate. Yet, there are still enough of us left who see and understand as our ancestors before us that we battle not so much to change a system. But, we battle for the hearts and minds of people within the system who are themselves held captive by the system because evil knows no bounds and respects no race. Wisdom teaches us, evil men and women and the plans and obstacles they perpetrate once exposed challenges no one. The quest of good men and women of conscious and integrity is to challenge and expose that evil no matter how much effort and losses are endured.

    Therefore, if the killers of Freddie Gray are freed by a well meaning jury, we press on and on and on as our ancestors did before us, who through their many losses and overwhelming successes brought us to this place and time.

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