Posted July 20, 2016
Good Is Not Always Good; Police Killings and Race Relations
By Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway
Good is not always good. When passiveness, apathy, and excuses masquerade as Good, it can be a killer.
During a Black Lives Matter peaceful protest, five white Dallas police officers were assassinated in cold blood on Thursday, July 7 by a Black shooter who vaunted that he was getting revenge because two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were killed by white policemen. And before I could get these thoughts out, another incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana happened on Sunday, July 17 in which three policemen were assassinated and the perpetrator, as in the case of Dallas, was Black and was killed. To be perfectly honest, I along with many others am not surprised that ‘things’ have escalated to the point of some African Americans taking the law into their own hands.
Those who want to blame the police officers’ deaths on the Black Lives Matter movement need a reality check. But why should Black Americans care if its critics get a reality check or not? They will no more get why this group is protesting than a Nazi would a group of Jews protesting. After Hitler, the Jewish community made sure the world knew that Jewish lives matter. The Jewish community didn’t care to have love fest politically correct town hall meetings.
If the Jewish community had waited around for ‘understanding’ and had town hall meetings on love and healing, it would have long been exterminated which was Hitler’s plan.
Of course, African Americans are on their way to economic extermination.
Of course, any decent human being hates that five white officers’ lives were cut short. Yet, as always Black Americans show more sympathy toward such tragedies than whites show when these tragedies result in the taking of Black lives.
See, grief is not an exclusive club like the country club. It is not restrictive.
We all know white lives matter. As I have written before, ‘when did white lives not matter?’ We all know blue lives matter. When in this nation did blue lives not matter—even in those days when Black men were not allowed to wear blue?
The same trauma that these officers’ families are now going through is the same the Charleston nine black church members’ families went through; it is the same as Tamir Rice’s family went through; it is the same that Trayvon Martin’s family went through; it is the same that Michael Brown’s family went through; it is the same that Freddie Gray’s family went through; it is the same that Emmett Till’s family went through; it is the same that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family went through. Yet--- Yet, this remains a nation which believes underneath it all that Black people should accept being pulled over for alleged broken taillights, being followed in stores, having Black children primed for prison in a quasi-prison public school system. Yes, even the killing of Black people should somehow be tolerated with a ‘well, that’s just how it is’… live with it. Yet, it is quite acceptable and expected that the nation must mourn for one set of victims and not the other set of victims.
Yes, these lives were cut short through gun-violence, but gun-violence is a symptom – not the cause. And this is why I didn’t give a damn when the Democrat Party Establishment had a sit-in protesting gun-violence wrapping the issue in anti-N.R.A. rhetoric. I didn’t give a damn when the nation’s first Black president sat in some politically correct town hall meeting sponsored by CNN to talk about race relations (Haven’t we heard this bull(h)it before?), I didn’t even give a damn that he invited policemen and Black Lives Matter members to the White House for a powwow. These pretentious gestures in the short run and long run have nothing to do with the problem. As stated earlier and throughout time, the problem is Black poverty and a growing poverty. Poverty begets frustration and frustration begets violence. Underneath this poverty is the impetus of white fear which views even the word ‘Black’ as a threat. Black Lives Matter and Black protest critics do not have a problem with the Jewish Anti-Defamation League which protects its own or with Jews hunting down Nazi criminals. The Jewish community doesn’t give a damn when it finds a Jewish hater who is in his 90s and pulls him out to stand trial for participating in the slaughtering of over six million Jews during World War II.
See, when Black lives are cut short, I don’t want to see a Black person stand up saying they forgive the haters. Yes, I understand the Christian philosophy behind such acts of ‘forgiveness’ but I, too, understand the political ramifications of making this act public which has the perception that anybody can do anything to Black people and Black people will ‘forgive’; thus, inviting in more violence and yes, more poverty. If another event of slaughtering occurs in the Black community or with Black victims, these family members should go inside of a church and proclaim ‘forgiveness’—not in the secular sector where it is historically perceived as weakness and re-invokes the stereotype of Black people in the folds of mythological white paternalism where the white ‘father’ can whip his ‘Black child’ into righteous submission. Or better yet as an example, kill him. Like it or not, or agree with it or not, this is the perception of Blacks forgiving white perpetrators like a Dylan Roof or a bad police officer. This is where Psalms 91 should be invoked, if one wants to get religious about it. Better yet, invoke Psalms 35.
Of all the ethnic groups in America, only and ONLY the Black community wants to turn something political into ‘religion’. Yes, we all should love one another. We get that. We all want healing. We get that. We all want understanding. We get that.
But what is seldom gotten in the Black populace is that any politician regardless of race, color, or creed can fool the Black populace to have these meaningless ‘come together’ moments and ‘love one another moments’ to secure votes. Even Jesus provided bread and fish while preaching love.
There are those who say that politicians and even the President are politicizing these police assassinations. Of course, these events are political. What else could they be? A mercy killing? Racism is political. Assassinations are political.
Yes, I was proud to see Black Lives Matter continue its national peaceful protests after the Dallas tragedy. But they march recklessly when they arbitrarily close down bridges and block byways and highways or trample through shopping malls putting other ‘lives’ in danger. This is cold-blooded. This is stupid.
But I ask again of them: How long can you march?
Post-1960s, marching has become a ‘caricature’ of nothing getting done except exercise, because there is no written economic agenda to present to politicos and presidential candidates. Passion can only take you so far and that’s to the bus stop where you never get on the bus to go anywhere. Mrs. Rosa Parks getting on the bus was hard. Freedom Riders getting on the bus was hard. Marching amid police hosing you and putting dogs on you was hard. The March on Washington was hard.
Marching in the 21st Century is easy.
Yanking the microphones from presidential candidates is easier than writing out an economic agenda to yank in their faces.
And yes, Dallas Police Chief David Brown was truthful in asserting that policemen are not supported in what they do and are not appreciated. In the history of my life, I have covered enough to know that most Black citizens want the police in their neighborhoods because too many of these citizens have pulled me aside and whispered that they want more police but were afraid to say this aloud because this was a politically incorrect thing for them to say as Black people. To reiterate, they want the police there, they just don’t want bad police there.
Both Black Lives Matter and police departments have a respective painful lesson to learn here: Get rid of Black on Black crime; and get rid of bad police.
I don’t want to hear ‘Good’ policemen ‘talking about having more diversity training’. What the hell is that? Diversity training? These bad policemen know what they’re doing. They’re not stupid; they’re not untrained; they’re just bad.
By the same token, the Black community needs to stop excusing Black criminals and Black thugs who have taken over the community. There was a time in the Black community when Black seniors could sit on the front porch, when Black children could go to safe schools, and anybody could walk down to the Black-owned corner grocery store. And now the thugs one of whom could assassinate a nine-year-old boy or take the life of a little black girl as she slept in her own bedroom have literally attributed to Black genocide. These Black criminals, too, are a fraction in the community; yet, like the bad police officers, they dominate. They are the kings. They are the rulers. Why? Because Good sat down. Good closed its eyes and turned its head. Good did this in the Black community, and Good did this in police departments. Because it was never Good anyway; it was an imposter a.k.a. Irresponsibility, a.k.a. Appeasement, a.k.a. Fear, a.k.a. Political Correctness.
It’s time for the Black trash to be taken out, and it’s time for the Blue trash to be taken out.
Post-Dallas and Baton Rouge phrases I don’t want to hear are euphemisms called ‘diversity training’ and ‘conversations on race’ or see another town hall meeting where Black folks sit around with white folks to ‘talk’ about their ‘feelings’. I don’t want to see that or hear any of this when Black people are starving, can’t pay the utility bill, losing homes, drinking bad water, can’t bathe or cook in an American city, can’t pay the rent, can’t get a decent education, can’t get a job, can’t get access to business capital to grow Black employment, can’t create livelihoods for their Black lives, and can’t even ‘can’t’! I don’t want to hear empty talk of Blacks and whites loving one another.
Because in the wise words of Tina Turner, “What has love got to do with it?”