Say What? What is a Myth?
You know what a vampire is, right? Its a mythical creature, although, I have met some Goths who profess to be vampires themselves, but that’s another posting.
I wanted to address one of your lovely articles, when I happened upon a passage of yours. It came from this one…
The Ignorance of Protesting the National Anthem
Feelings have won out over facts, and it is ruining sports.
Now, you talk of ignorance. Hmm…I bet you didn’t know THIS about the National Anthem…
Did you know it referenced slaves in the third stanza? Granted, those who sing the song do not sing it in its entirety, however its still there, and that slaves will have no refuge …
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Now hirelings were mercenaries, and well, slaves were SLAVES. And last time I checked, African Americans are descendants of SLAVES.
'The Star-Spangled Banner' and Slavery
An old controversy concerning the meaning of "The Star-Spangled Banner" re-erupted in August 2016 after NFL quarterback…
You know this line…
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave / O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave’
The home of the brave…nice sentiments, is it not?
The reality is that there were human beings fighting for freedom with incredible bravery during the War of 1812. However, “The Star-Spangled Banner” glorifies America’s “triumph” over them — and then turns that reality completely upside down, transforming their killers into the courageous freedom fighters.
After the U.S. and the British signed a peace treaty at the end of 1814, the U.S. government demanded the return of American “property,” which by that point numbered about 6,000 people. The British refused. Most of the 6,000 eventually settled in Canada, with some going to Trinidad, where their descendants are still known as “Merikins.”
Now, unless you have been reading and learning an alternative reality to one that has been taught about our black brothers and sisters, then I must ask where you learned about history and the part that black Americans ancestors played, but thats for another day, alright?
I want to address this passage of your piece…
There is no systemic police oppression of black people, or pattern of police brutality towards black people. There is no epidemic of police killings of young black men. It’s a myth;
First, I must ask you, DO YOU know what a myth is?
“a widely held but false belief or idea”
So, to prove it’s not a myth, one would have to present evidence, clear cut EVIDENCE. So, lets start with your quote…
“There is no systemic police oppression of black people.”
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) - Traffic Stops
The most common reason for contact with the police is being a driver in a traffic stop.
A greater percentage of male drivers (12%) than female drivers (8%) were stopped by police during 2011. A higher percentage of black drivers (13%) than white (10%) and Hispanic (10%) drivers were stopped by police during 2011.
A lower percentage of white drivers stopped by police in 2011 were searched (2%) than black (6%) or Hispanic (7%) drivers.
Racial Profiling and Traffic Stops
Research has verified that people of color are more often stopped than whites. Researchers have been working to figure…
Research has verified that people of color are more often stopped than whites. Researchers have been working to figure out how much of this disparity is because of discrimination and how much is due to other factors.
In case you were wondering, people of color includes BLACK PEOPLE.
Differences in exposure to the police. If minority drivers tend to drive in communities where there are more police patrols then the police will be more likely to notice any infractions the black drivers commit.
FBI Data: Racial Profiling Is Real ... and Ferguson Is Just the Tipping Point
A new USA Today study shows just how common racial profiling in arrests across the United States actually is. See the…
A USA Today analysis of FBI arrest data found that 1,581 other U.S. police departments arrest Blacks at rates even higher than Ferguson. These departments range from those in major cities, like Chicago and San Francisco, to suburban towns on the outskirts of cities like Detroit and New York. In St. Louis County alone, more than two dozen police departments had arrest rates more lopsided than Ferguson’s.
The NYPD has a long and tainted history of racial profiling and racially charged incidents — most recently, the death of Eric Garner, a Black man who died as a result of a police chokehold after he was confronted on suspicion of selling individual cigarettes. Chokeholds are banned by the NYPD.
Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly caused much outrage during his tenure for his militant approach, from defending his department’s use of stop and frisk to the killings of unarmed Black men Sean Bell, Tamon Robinson and Ramarley Graham under his watch.
Wait, what was that other statement?
“or pattern of police brutality towards black people”
We investigated links between police brutality and poor health outcomes among Blacks and identified five intersecting pathways: (1) fatal injuries that increase population-specific mortality rates; (2) adverse physiological responses that increase morbidity; (3) racist public reactions that cause stress; (4) arrests, incarcerations, and legal, medical, and funeral bills that cause financial strain; and (5) integrated oppressive structures that cause systematic disempowerment.
And what was that last statement?
“There is no epidemic of police killings of young black men.”
Advancement Project California Statement on the Continued Police Violence Against Black Men and Boys…
October 5, 2016 LOS ANGELES - Advancement Project California's Executive Director John Kim has released the following…
Once again, the brutal reality of police violence on the Black community has re-emerged here in Southern California. From Alfred Olango in El Cajon, Reginald Thomas in Pasadena, and now to Carnell Snell Jr., and the still-unidentified man who was shot and killed by the LAPD this weekend. There seems to be a quickening of these stories from Ferguson to Minnesota to North Carolina and now here in our backyard.
Some may think that California is somehow immune to this national epidemic. We are not. So far this year, 19 Black men have been shot and killed by police in our state. And a recent UC Davis study shows “evidence of significant bias in the killing of unarmed Black Americans [who are] shot by police at 3.5 times the rate of unarmed white Americans.
Oh, if you’re wondering who this last organization is…
LOS ANGELES — Advancement Project California’s Executive Director John Kim has released the following statement in response to the recent police violence in Southern California:
We at the Advancement Project California stand with all of those — particularly our African American brothers and sisters — who are standing up to demand a new relationship between the police and communities of color. As a multi-racial organization, we stand in solidarity with the Black community because we know that our diversity is our strength and when one of our communities are under attack — we all are.
I bet you didn’t know that many Asians support the Black Lives Matter movement. Surprised? If you are, then that tells me just how ignorant you are of the world around you and how you have no knowledge of history.
Or maybe you’re just selective about it.
But I do have one question for you. This last statement of yours…
“There is no epidemic of police killings of young black men.”
Curious, how many more would you like to have killed before YOU decide it’s an epidemic?
Because honestly, for me…
Just having ONE killed is one too many.