The current Baltimore riots are counterproductive but grabbed our attention for three reasons—1) the continued harm to black prisoners, 2) the threat of anarchy that riots can hold and 3) the inability of “safe” black people including the USA President to corral the anger in black communities except for the actions of one black mother who publicly took control of her son.
I’m sure that the death of more young black males will occur at the hands of the police, but racism may not be the total story. As I watched a couple of businesses burning in Ferguson, Mo., I couldn’t help but reflect on the Black Panther Movement, the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King beating and now the unfortunate death of Michael Brown. What did those riots accomplish in the long run?
As any of us who have yelled at our kids begrudgingly learn, this may get their attention but any change in behavior is transitory. So it is with bombing Syria for terrorist leanings within and the beheading of those in that country of their own accord not at the behest of the US government. The terrorist behavior hasn’t changed, if anything it is hardening and surrounding territories are being encroached upon. ISIS is following Russia’s aggressive lead, ro recover parts lost when the USSR was dismanted, without caring what other nations may think.
Though Ray Rice is dominating the headlines for domestic battery, he hasn’t been alone and the rush to trial by press shouldn’t neglect some equally heinous actions of others allowed to keep their positions and go on to fame and glory. Michael Strahan was accused by ex-wife Jean Muggli of hitting her with a balled fist yet he was just inducted into the Hall of Fame and has gone on to riches through football as well as seen daily on the Kelly and Michael morning television show adored by too many female fans. Steve Harvey who likes to fix women up was accused by his ex-wife Mary Harvey of physical and mental abuse; yet he too has made it big time while keeping a lot of cookies for himself. And don’t forget Rice’s Baltimore Ravens teammate Ray Lewis, accused of murder, whose bloody white suit was never found while he copped a plea in exchange for testimony against his coconspirators who were both later acquitted. In the face of questionable justice, Lewis was allowed to continue his career in football, be inducted into the Hall of Fame and have his statue placed in front of the M&T Bank Stadium.
The alleged taping of LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling’s private talk is being used to blackball him from the NBA and take a team from him which he paid for with his own money. The US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of association and protections of personal property. All seem to have been violated here as Mark Cuban so aptly noted in the case of Donald Sterling who has the right to be a moron.
The alleged taping of LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling private talk is being used to blackball him from the NBA and take a team from him which he paid for with his own money. The US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of association and protections of personal property. All seem to have been violated here as Mark Cuban so aptly noted in the case of Donald Sterling who has the right to be a moron.
Robin Hood’s philosophy of “taking from the rich and giving to the poor” is alive and well, fostered by a government hell bent on taking what folks have legitimately made or earned and redistributing it as they see fit. The problem is in this scenario the concept of rich has bled over into the diminishing middle class who bothered to invest in Social Security so that they might have adequate funds when they retired; those who purchased health insurance without government support only to now face losing that which they have; those who believed in entrepreneurship enough to purchase stocks or start to fund industries vital to society’s welfare; or those who put in the time in jobs which allowed them to set aside monies for a retired future.