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New York Acquittal An Indictment On Racism In America

by D. E. Carson (writer), , April 26, 2008

Only in America would a case of black on black violence invoke chants of “KKK”.

By now you have probably heard that the three police officers on trial for the shooting death of Sean Bell in November 2006 were acquitted. A quick recap of the story: Bell was patronizing a sleazy strip club in Queens, NY on the night before he was to be married. He was at the club with two friends celebrating a bachelor party. In the early morning hours, Bell and his friends left the club, they were approached by undercover police officers and following a hail of gunfire, Bell was dead and his two friends were wounded.

It took barely more than 10 minutes for Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman to read his verdict, published in full by The New York Post. Following the reading of the verdict, protests of all sorts broke out within the crowd of people outside the court house. Many protestors shouted “Murderers! Murderers!” and “KKK”. It was abundantly clear that those shouting in protest to the verdict were clearly of the opinion that the police officers had just gotten away with murdering a black man. Had the police officers been white, they could easily make their case that this was racially motivated.

But they weren’t.

At least not all of them. Two of the officers, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper are both black. Detective Michael Oliver is white. Yes, he was once accused of making racial comments in 1995 as a rookie cop while arresting a black cab driver. According to The New York Daily News, the case was settled by the city and no other blemish can be found on Detective Oliver’s record. In fact, the Bell shooting was the first time in his 13 year career with the NYPD that Oliver had ever fired his weapon. Detective Isnora is the officer identified as the one who fired the first shot after observing one of the victims move in such a way as to be reaching for a gun. For all of the hoopla, it is hard to see how anyone can bring race into this case. The officers were found to be acting within the guidelines of their jobs and therefore, they were found to be not guilty of any crime and they were found to have been justified in their actions.

But if you were to ask civil rights crybabies, you’ll get a much different take on the verdict. On his radio show today, Sharpton called the verdict, “an abortion of justice.” Jesse Jackson likened the event to a massacre. Neither Sharpton nor Jackson have yet to offer any form of apology or restitution for their grossly negligent misconduct in cases in which they were involved in previous years, Sharpton for his link to Twana Brawley in 1987 and Jackson for his personal vendetta against the three Duke Lacrosse players two years ago. Yet these two individuals walk the streets with indignance toward all white people ready at a moment’s notice to point an accusing finger and speak the “r” word.

The “r” word. You know the one: racist. The word that is reserved in the vocabulary of many black leaders as a synonym for white people. And yet, according to them, there has never been a single racist black man walk the face of the earth. Oh, really? Well let’s get your buddy Louis Farrakhan on the phone and let’s ask him how he feels about Jews, shall we? Never mind that Farrakhan also once said, “Hitler was a great man” and “the white man is the skunk of the earth”. Of course that Hitler was a white man is a factual piece of evidence that is overlooked when anti-Semites gather together. Then let’s make sure to call up Jeremiah Wright and ask him about where the letters “KKK” fit into “USA”. Finally, we need to get Michelle Obama on the horn and ask her exactly what she meant when she said that she is finally able to be proud of America. Hang up that phone, you idiot! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that she means that she thinks America is an evil racist nation because no black man has ever come this close to being elected president before. It’s also more than abundantly clear that Sharpton, Jackson and Farrakhan are all dyed in the wool, textbook, white-hating racists.

The problem with America today isn’t that whites are still racist. Whites are not racist. Blacks are racist. Before you get your panties in a knot, here’s a clarification: there are fewer white racists than black racists in America today. Racism is an industry for people like Jesse Jackson, Jeremiah Wright and Al Sharpton. This is how these men and others like them continue to live in the hypocritical lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. The longer they perpetuate racism, the more money they make. They lie and scare blacks into believing that the only way to make it in America is to play the race card wherever possible. They continue to lie to the black community, telling them that they are victims of white oppression. As a result, blacks flock to the churches of men like Wright, Jackson and Sharpton to hear messages about how in 2008, blacks are still oppressed by whites and how Republicans are racist and Democrats are the saviors of the black community.

The fact that black leaders like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP are looking into ways to make this shootout a racial issue is a severe condemnation of the stupidity prevalent in many black leaders today. Black leaders perpetuating racism ought to be ashamed of themselves. They are acting like little children who don’t get their way and intend to make others miserable because of it. These black leaders are the ones who say, “If you’re not rich and well-off, it’s the white man’s fault.” They perpetuate lies like, “If you can’t afford heath insurance, you have to blame the white man for keeping you oppressed so that you cannot make enough money to pay for insurance.” When are blacks going to wake up and look at Jackson, Sharpton and the like and say, “Hey, wait a minute, you’re black and you’re rich. And yet, I keep sending you donations every month because you promise that if I give you my money you’re going to fight for me to make my life better, but I’m still living in squalor and you have a mansion and a yacht?” Yeah, just keep right on following that thread… Maybe you’re oppressed and poor because you let Jackson, Sharpton and others like them bilk you out of your hard-earned money all in the name of some religious affiliation that’s going to give you more money back because you gave money to it in the first place.

But Al and Jesse wouldn’t lie to us! They’re looking out for us. Really, so how come they’re so rich and you’re so poor? Why haven’t they put their own money where their mouths are instead of taking your money and using it?

Remember this, folks. Just because a man has the title “reverend” doesn’t mean he’s the kind of person you trust your money with.



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4 comments on New York Acquittal An Indictment On Racism In America

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By J.D. Howard on April 26, 2008 at 10:56 am

And just because a man carries the title of “Policeman” doesn’t give him the right to execute an unarmed man. This case isn’t about racism, it’s about murder. If each of the officers in question had fired a single shot, the excuse of believing that their lives were in danger could have been proven to be a justified action. But unless a person is faced with an armed, and life threatening force of multiple attackers, there is no excuse good enough for what these cops did to an unarmed man.

I totally agree with you about your comments on Sharpton, Jackson, and Farrakhan. I believe they are nothing but a collective narcissistic band of bigots who have sold out the very people they claim to protect and defend, only to further their own agendas. Your comments about white racism however, are fundamentally wrong. I hate to beat a dead horse, but it was white racism that settled the United States when the French, Dutch, Spanish, and British decided they were too lazy to mow their own lawns and carried on the age-old tradition of putting their fellow humans in chains. And after four hundred years, white racism is still alive and well in the U.S.

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By D. E. Carson on April 26, 2008 at 08:28 pm

You missed my clarification, "there are more black racists than white racists".  I'm not saying that there are no racist white people (Aryan Nation comes to mind) but it needs to be said that there are openly black racist people in this country and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are two of them.  The worst part is that no one has the balls to call Sharpton and Jackson racist.  The only part that is worse than that is the proof is out there.  All you have to do is look for it.  But no one will look for it because Jackson and Sharpton's number one weapon is to turn the tables back around and call the accuser racist.  If I'm a racist for having researched Sharpton and Jackson and come to the conclusion through their own words that these men are racist, then so be it.  The truth will always win out and no matter how long I have to keep saying it, I will continue to do so.  Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, by their actions and their words have proven time and time again that they are white hating racists, period.

Concerning white racism, was it not white people who ended slavery?  Was Abraham Lincoln not a white president when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation?  Wasn't the 14th Amendment, with all its flaws, passed by a mostly white nation at the time?  The Founding Fathers of America knew slavery was a moral issue but every time it came up in debate, both sides were vehemently against the other.  It was an issue that would have certainly kept America from being established.  So they left it to be debated by later generations when they hoped cooler heads would prevail and the nation was strong enough to handle the situation.  They were right to do what they did and by the time the issue became a "have-to-deal-with" situation, America was in a better position to handle it.  Then I ask you, wasn't John F. Kennedy a white man who dealt with the issue of Civil Rights when it was glaringly apparent that southern whites were still very much racist?

So long as there is evil in the world, there will be racism.  It's that simple.  Racism can no more be completely eradicated from this world than can death itself.  The only thing a person can do is decide for him or herself NOT to be racist and to, as Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "judge a person not by the color of their[sic] skin but by the content of their [sic] character."

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By Kim on April 30, 2008 at 04:40 pm

How else would it be anyone else that could have had the power to end slavery but a White man???? Do you think anyone else could have at that time in history?  This entire line of conversation is all somewhat distrubing because no one is looking at the bigger overall picture over a span of many centuries. Instead just pointing out a few people in both races that exhibit racism. It is not right regardless of how, who, when practiced. And, as far you can go back in history the U.S. does have the unfortunate history of going in, taking over, and making others assimulate or get rid of them....that's our history...some folks call it manifest destiny. Some of the "Black Racism" is no more than a backlash of what some "may have" experienced. It's like the abused...abuse. Since none of us really know another's past or experience...we canno give an answer for what and who they are, This country's philosphy was unfortunately birthed in racist and bigoted ideas that were past sown from generation to generation. That doesn't mean the White Man is all evil and it doesn't mean the Black Man is all evil.  Some ideas formulated in each race and culture are flawed but it stems from your own personal experiences and are a result of personal treatment or the treatment of someone close. I'm reminded of an old saying  "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" and I just wanted to share it here.  Kim

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By chetthejet on May 26, 2008 at 11:24 am
I like the article, and I like the discussion/debate, which is what good writing can promote. Not just a big argument. I see plenty of anger coming through, or maybe it's frustration. But then, I guess that's how a writer is motivated to speak out in his or her story. I know I go way out of whack sometimes, straying off topic, but I see this story sticks with the issue presented. Kim puts things back on track, and brings more (related) points to the fore. Not to stand outside the story, however, I do believe that whatever the intentions of the noted black leaders mentioned, they may have gotten to the point where they are doing more harm than good to a class of people in desperate need of positive black leadership offering solutions rather than promoting a whine-bag way of life. I know many black people and they are fully capable of advancing their lives in a positive fashion, but also believe they need to seize opportunities instead of waiting for others to provide them to them. Easier said than done, I know, but great advancement usually takes great effort.
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