Celebration No! Black America Needs To Understand That A Guilty Verdict "Jordan Edwards" Case Is Not The Same As Justice.

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Celebration No! Black America Needs To Understand That A Guilty Verdict “Jordan Edwards” Case Is Not The Same As Justice.

September 10, 2018 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Of course, I know that you are not supposed to live in fear. Fear is an emotion that tends to paralyze those that it wraps its unforgiving tentacles around in a host of ways. Yet, I live a portion of my life gripped by significant fear.

Now I do not want you to misunderstand what I am saying, this fear that I allude to does not deal with my personal safety; instead the safety of my sons and all young blacks. The recent trial and conviction of former “law enforcement officer” Roy Oliver (38) for the murder of Jordan Edwards (15) stokes those fires.

I am confident that you remember this case of unnecessary lethal violence against a black teenager who happened to be leaving a party in a vehicle that the disgraced officer decided to fire his rifle into several times, at least one of those salvos struck fifteen-year-old Jordan Edwards in the head.

Therein lies the reason that I live in fear. I realize that my sons, similar to droves of other young black males, will commit the following offenses that will be judged by some angry law enforcement officer as grounds for him to serve as judge, jury, and executioner in a matter of seconds. Let us be clear regarding Jordan Edwards’ responsibility in his horrific demise.

  • He was black.
  • He was male.
  • He had the nerve to leave the safe confines of his home.
  • He was socializing with his peers.
  • He was riding in a car leaving a party.
  • He failed to duck when Officer Roy Oliver indiscriminately unloaded numerous shots into the vehicle he was traveling in.

It is the reality that the young black males and females that I teach on a daily basis commit these same “infractions” on a regular basis that leads to my fear.

If the above “infractions” are worthy of execution, my soul cries for this latest generation of Black America as it is nothing other than luck that determines if they will make it home on any particular day. Making matters worse, Black America sits in a familiar position of being either incapable or unwilling to protect its most vital asset, its young people.

Although I doubted that anything could increase my rage regarding this pitiful matter, the post-verdict celebratory tone of Jordan Edwards’ family and friends has done just that.

The conviction and pending incarceration of this psychotic law enforcement officer is not synonymous with the presence of justice. Justice would be if God placed Roy Oliver in the grave that Jordan Edwards would no longer have any use for after God breathed life into his lifeless body. In matters such as this one, celebration and congratulations should never be considered a suitable replacement for rage, fury, and an unquenchable desire for revenge in the name of the deceased.

Failure to possess such measures leads me to question if you loved this young man; I mean, really loved him. Because he is gone forever and as I am sure that you understand, he will not be the last to succumb to such senseless violence at the hands of morally depraved persons. And for that, we should all be ashamed.

Staff Writer; Dr. James Thomas Jones III

Official website; http://www.ManhoodRaceCulture.com

One may also connect with this brother via TwitterDrJamestJones.


2 Responses to “Celebration No! Black America Needs To Understand That A Guilty Verdict “Jordan Edwards” Case Is Not The Same As Justice.”
  1. Cay James says:

    Well I hope that at some point you have room enough in your heart to also be just as afraid for African-American women as you are about yourselves because the fact is that black women are victims of police too. In HUGE numbers there are reports cops selling, raping and murdering black women and girls yet it flies right under the radar. Yet black men seem to have very little to no acknowledgement of this whatsoever. No marches, no protests, no physical protection from “our” men. We get cornered by all men – cops who grin savagely at us and take what they want knowing FULL WELL that we have no worth to this country or even to our own MEN! So they know that if we report them, we won’t be believed or no one will care enough to pursue it. We know it too. We have NO ONE because our own black men don’t care, don’t protect or support us.We sit in silence, crouching in the corners of our own minds having to contend with being violated in what is no different than the centuries we spent being forced into white men’s bed, bearing their rape babies and often times watching even the babies we wanted taken away. Broken with PTSD but still when you need us, what are we doing? When a black man needs someone to bail them out of jail, start a petition, start a protest or march, raise their babies by ourselves and move heaven and earth just for them, we’re always there. But what do we get in return? We get think pieces by black man talking of only their pain as if their women are never victims as well! And frankly bro, I’m tired of having to be the male AND female in this tragic community – providing protection while the only time a black man provides protection, compassion, security and a legitimate home for a woman is when it’s for a white woman! So even though we black women live and thus feel your pain, I for one am tired of reading pieces like this that erase our very existence and make us virtually invisible as if Black Lives Matter is really now a code for Black Men Matter. I’m opting out as your protectors. If you want to keep treating us like we don’t matter then let THEM protect you.

  2. Trevo Craw says:

    This rogue cop should face the death penalty


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