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Blacks Are Not Domestic Terrorists #JusticeForMikeBrown

After the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Missouri teen Michael “Big Mike” Brown, President Obama urged people to have a discussion ‘in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.’” 

So, what healing discussion should we have? Perhaps one that says: we are not what the media depicts us to be.

Once word got out that Brown had lost his life in close range at the hand of Ferguson, Missouri Officer Darren Wilson, nine people ranging in age from 19-38 took to looting and rioting Foot Locker and Princess Beauty Supply Store–each of the nine face felony charges relating to burglary and theft along West Florissant.

But if you recall media reports over the first few days of after Brown had been slain, the entire Ferguson County was up in arms and no one was safe.

Do the majority of black people agree with looting and/or rioting? No. That is never the answer. And according to Professor Brittney Cooper, “the answer also isn’t preaching to black people about ‘black-on-black’ crime without full acknowledgment that most crime is intraracial. The answer is not having a higher standard for the people than for the police.”

It seems that when black people get mad when unarmed teenagers are gunned down, the spectator response to looting rioting is “you’re driving business away,” from conservative commentators like Glenn Beck. There is a voice that is being stifled and when our black president finally comments, as mildly as he did, you have commentators like Todd Starnes from FOX news saying, “Pres. Obama is just looking out for his people.”

Which people are you referring to, Todd? The American people or black people?

When black people can’t see clearly through painful eyes and take to looting or other forms of expression, they are labeled as domestic terrorists. But when right-wing “terrorists” in America blow up abortion clinics, shoot Jewish community centers, encourage modern day KKK meetings or cut off the water supply to people in Detroit, they are following their constitutional right to have freedom of expression. The facts don’t lie.

Marc Lamont Hill, a writer and host for the Huffington Posts says, “A Black man in America is killed every 28 hours by police or vigilantes. THAT, not rioting, is domestic terrorism…”

The issue is finding a way to move past the anger. Anger is what makes people act out in ways that they wish they hadn’t in retrospect. But how do you comfort growing negative feelings towards a nonchalant judicial system? The reality is for the black community is that the justice system simply does not measure up to our standards. Numerous cases of unsolved murders, no due process or restitution for a victim’s loved ones are what the black community sees regularly. These emotions cannot be put into words because while prejudice towards black people does exist, it’s rare to find an openly racist cop or a judge. The prejudice is nuanced; it’s woven into the system, and it builds with each interaction until, at last, it results in unequal justices.

There is no comfort that can arrive fast enough, or resolve that can come quick enough. People are concerned for their black husbands, sons and brothers.

Brittney Cooper says, “I refuse to condemn the folks engaged in these acts, because I respect black people’s right to cry out, shout and be mad as hell that another one of our kids is dead at the hands of the police. The police mantra is ‘to serve and to protect.’ But with black folks, we know that’s not the mantra. The mantra for many, many officers when dealing with black people is apparently, ‘kill or be killed.'”

But again, we are not what the media depicts us to be. We are strong descendants from King and Queens of Africa. We are trailblazers in technology, music, medicine, sports, art and chosen heirs to the Father’s Kingdom.

Malcolm West, 26, tells West Angles Online, “I took place in the Hands Up Don’t Shoot rally right where it all happened. Don’t believe what you are seeing in the media. Things are peaceful. No one is rioting or looting.”

Married couple, Cory James, 30 and Rebecca James, 35, both agreed that the city was as peaceful as it has ever been. Rebecca says, “All the years spent in St. Louis, living in the inner-city and suburbs of St. Louis, I have a diverse perspective of how this city runs. The air here is peaceful. People are looking out for one another, sharing their food or water with each other [during the protest].” Cory says, “taking part in this rally made me feel like justice was prevailing. Outside of marriage and conceiving a child, this is the most exciting experience ever in life. My wife and I feel like the new era Civil Rights Activists.”

Hands Up Rally in New York

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Hands up don’t shoot in Kansas City

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Most media outlets are designed to incite an outcry and not necessarily designed to report the news. Stories are fabricated, wounds altered. But we cannot let our emotions get caught up in a situation that may not exist. Continue to pray and protest peacefully. Hold your loved ones a little tighter and believe that better days are coming.

Remember the God you serve. Remember His promises to you. Hold on to His faithfulness.

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  1. Rad Mann
    Rad Mann says:

    Thank You Very Much for your thoughts in your blog here. It is important to hold the Media accountable for their reporting of the news.

    “So, what healing discussion should we have? Perhaps one that says: we are not what the media depicts us to be.”

    This is very fair, and I think it also is fair to say about Michael Brown as well as the police officer, which leads me to say that we all are guilty of rash judgments and emotionally charged reactions, hence the saying: Rush to Judgment.

    The White Community and the Black Community are guilty of double-standards. Yes, good point that Whites can “preach” about Black-on-Black crime and not take into account their “own” crimes against each other. As you offer your perception, then if you would be kind to allow for mine as a White American and Follower of Christ, for that matter: I don’t get the impression that the Black Community is taking public responsibility for their actual crimes. I write “actual” because I want to deal with facts, not injustices and false convictions. I use the word “public” as well, because I’ve heard Black commentators say something to the effect: “Oh, we preach about it all the time within our own communities.” If that is true, then why would Black people assume that everyone just knows that. It is the airing of dirty laundry that informs the world of one’s owning of one’s transgressions and attempts to deal with it…and it earns respect from those outside that community. I don’t mean that Black people “need” the White Community’s “respect” in a condescending manner, I mean the kind of respect that is worked for after someone actually damages the general community through crime…through their sin. It is an act of repentance and restitution in that regard and would aid in alleviating false perceptions of the Black Community that are not entirely the fault of the Media or White commentators and leaders.

    There are more double-standards in this writing: looters are tacitly supported and not roundly condemned: Brittney Cooper says,
    “I refuse to condemn the folks engaged in these acts, because I respect
    black people’s right to cry out, shout and be mad as hell that another
    one of our kids is dead at the hands of the police” Why not condemn the actions? Why allow pain and suffering upon the shopkeepers? Even if there is justified rage is that an excuse to rationalize another crime upon the innocent? ; Marc Lamont Hill’s comment is provocative, if only to look into any and all unjust killings by police officers. Amen to that! ( Vigilantes? Yes…look into those actions…but would he call any Blacks operating in the vein of self-appointment towards justice “vigilantes”? ) Isn’t the far greater point that true domestic terrorism is being played out, again, by Blacks against each other: the vastly significant homicide rate is, as you stated, “intraracial”…if you want to speak the Truth, then THAT is domestic terrorism. ( AS WELL as Whites and other ethnicities engaged in wanton murder against their own communities )

    “But when right-wing “terrorists” in America blow up abortion clinics,
    shoot Jewish community centers, encourage modern day KKK meetings or cut
    off the water supply to people in Detroit, they are following their
    constitutional right to have freedom of expression. The facts don’t lie.”

    Your comments here are very off-base. Who in the world ever justified such crimes and hatred as “freedom of expression”? You are not speaking of facts here at all. If you want to take to task the verbage used by the media, on the Left AND Right, then I am with you. How about both sides are wrong in their respective “expressions” and both are terrorizing their communities in the process in many ways.

    If your main point is that the Black Community is not what the media portrays you to be, then just blame the Media and do not make excuses in any shape or form for actual Black crime. I think the former was shown, not the latter in your writing.

    Grace and Love to All My Brothers and Sisters Here…and may God bring Justice to this Tragedy in Ferguson.

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  2. Alicia C
    Alicia C says:

    With the way things have been sensationalized lately, this article comes at an appropriate time. We have moved into a point in our life where people’s most discomforting moments are made viral from college rapes to making a mockery out of death. It is unfortunate because it is so easy to find out information with one mouse click, then paste it to a social media outlet. The harsh reality is that bad news or times of unrest and struggle sale. It is almost as if we have to do more research on our own to find out the other sides to the same story. Then in our own way affect change in our community in hopes that the good will spread as fast as the negativity. Maybe even perhaps using these same outlets to spread our own good news and have socially conscious conversations, in hopes that something read will spark in a flame in the right person’s mind…

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