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You can’t have it both ways

Posted in History, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2020 by macmystery
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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you spent second one bitching about Colin Kaepernick or any NFL player kneeling, yet you’re posting quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on your Facebook profile today, you’re full of shit.

And if you don’t understand why, you’re ignorant, too.

I’m sorry, that’s blunt. That’s not the most painful statement, though.

The most painful statement is that most who quote King once a year while opposing what he stood for the other 364 days know exactly what they are doing. And why they are doing it. And I don’t have to spell it out.

I would suggest today giving King’s Letter From A Birmingham Jail a read today. It’s truly one of the single-most important American writings in our history.

It’s something that shouldn’t be reserved for King’s birthday, but something we should be familiar with year round. But quite frankly, I’m sure it makes white people, particularly white Christians, uncomfortable. Particularly when you apply his premise to the current situation in our nation.

But reading, being conscious of and addressing King’s concerns contained within would make us all better people, better Americans and, most decidedly, better Christians.

 

 

Racism alive and well in S.C.

Posted in TV with tags , on October 7, 2008 by macmystery

My friend Tyrone Walker once told me, as part of a much larger discussion, “Mike, you have no idea what it’s like to be a black man in S.C. and look up and see blue lights in your rear-view mirror.”

Tyrone is a journalist, a photographer for a major daily newspaper. He’s also a sergeant in the S.C. National Guard and has done a tour of duty each in Afghanistan and Iraq. But in the late 1990s, he was still AFRAID of the police.

Initially, I dismissed his comment as exaggeration. Eventually, I came to understand better where he was coming from.

But now, there’s not a doubt in my mind he’s right. What happened Friday proved it.

A S.C. State Trooper who chased a “suspect” and purposely hit him with his car was acquitted of civil rights violations unanimously by a jury Friday and will soon be reinstated. Here’s the State newspaper’s story on the acquittal. It includes links to earlier coverage of the story, as well as the trooper’s dash-cam video.

In reality, the suspect’s race shouldn’t be an issue. The fact that he struck him on purpose should be all that matters. And he did hit him on purpose. He admitted it in his own words. Here’s a quote from his dash-cam recording:

Garren: “Hey, I nailed the —- out of him. I nailed the —- out of him when he hit that —- field. He went flying up in the air.”

Deputy: “You hit him?”

Garren: “Yeah, I hit him.  I was trying to hit him.”

The trooper hitting the suspect doesn’t prove he’s racist. Just that he’s too lazy to do his job correctly and dumb enough to hit the suspect on purpose and admit it.

But what should scare the hell out of people is that 12 honest citizens sat in a room, looked at the tape and concluded he didn’t mean to hit anyone.

You take a look and let me know if he was guilty ..