The ‘Most Innocent Victim’ Of Police Brutality

Look, I’m just going to get straight to the point, son. These are the situations that drive Black people INSANE, man! I swear, there isn’t a day that goes by where we aren’t reminded that our pain simply doesn’t matter. Keeping it a buck, the death of Justine Damond is a PERFECT snapshot of our country, fam. At the end of the day, police brutality doesn’t seem to matter until it happens to White people. Plain and simple.

Now, before I continue, let me make one thing clear: Damond deserves justice. This woman did absolutely NOTHING to warrant such a senseless death. All in all, she was trying to be a Good Samaritan, bruh. She called 911 to report a possible sexual assault and ended up dead. On the real, the situation is fucking ridiculous, man! Here’s another instance of a cop “fearing for their life” and an innocent person ending up deceased. Frankly, I’m not sure why cops even have guns if they’re always scared of everything.

In any case, I’m writing this post because of what Robert Bennett said. Now, Bennett is the lawyer that the Damond family hired to represent their slained loved one. So, when speaking about Justine, Bennett claimed that she is the “most innocent victim” of a police shooting that he’s ever seen. Really, man? Fucking really, man?! Wow, that’s got to be the BIGGEST slap in the face of EVERY Black victim of police violence!

So, was Philando Castile not innocent? He told the officer that he was a licensed gun owner and STILL got shot. Was Tamir Rice not innocent? He was a 12-year-old boy playing with a toy in the park. When the police arrived on the scene, he was dead in under ten seconds. Was Jordan Edwards not innocent? He was leaving a party and a cop shot him through the passenger side window with an AR-15. In addition, video showed that the authorities lied about the direction his vehicle was traveling. Shit, do I need to keep going, son?

Moving on, Bennett tried to justify his comments by bringing up the fact that Damond called the police for help. Well, what about Charleena Lyles, man? She was a pregnant woman with four children and she also called the cops for assistance. She wanted them to look into a possible burglary and she ended up dead too. So, what’s the justification for her murder, huh? Man, how DARE Bennett belittle the lives of SO MANY Black victims!

To add insult to injury, look at how fast the system is moving in Damond’s case. The Minneapolis police chief has already resigned and people are even calling for the mayor’s head. This type of outcry is NEVER present when the victim is a minority, man. Also, how come Blue Lives Matter hasn’t come to Mohamed Noor‘s aid yet? I mean, they can find a reason to justify EVERY police shooting, bruh. However; now that the victim is White and the officer is Black, this group has been freakishly silent. Good Lord, the hypocrisy makes my fucking blood boil, son!

In the end, my body literally aches right now, man. Like, all we want is for our killers to be brought to justice. That’s literally all we’re asking for, fam. By and by, the system seems to work just fine when the person is someone like Damond. Well, why won’t it ever work for us? Why can’t we be treated with the same level of respect, son? Ultimately, Bennett’s comments are proof that Black people are ALWAYS looked at as villains. In the eyes of our oppressors, we can never be innocent, bruh. *Sigh* LC out.

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I Wish All Black People Were Luke Cage

So, today’s post may be a little bit weird. This is mainly because it combines two things I have a deep love for: Black lives and comic books. First, I must say, I’m super hyped about the Luke Cage show that’s about to hit Netflix on Friday. I’d be a bozo if I wasn’t excited about a Black superhero getting his own platform. With that being said, based on all of the racial injustice happening in America right now, Cage has taken on a new meaning for me. Ultimately, I guess I just wish all Black people had Luke Cage’s abilities. This way, maybe we’d actually be able to survive in this country.

Now, for those unfamiliar with Luke Cage, let me provide a quick backstory. So, Cage grew up in New York City, got involved with gang life, but ultimately decided he wanted something better. A hating ass friend thought Cage stole his girl, so he planted drugs on Cage, which landed the future hero in prison. From there, Cage was experimented on by a research scientist and turned into a superhuman with incomparable strength and unbreakable skin. Moving on, once Cage got out of prison, he decided to clean up the streets of NYC and crack a ton of heads in the process.

Ok, since I’ve gotten his background out of the way, I want everyone to pay close attention to two particular words from the last paragraph: unbreakable skin. In the comics, whole mobs of people tried shooting Cage and he didn’t even flinch. While I’ve followed this character since I was a child, that particular ability took on a new meaning for me in 2016. Can anyone imagine how amazing it would be if bullets just bounced off of Black people? If we didn’t have to fear dying during a traffic stop? If we didn’t have to fear dying if our cars broke down? If we didn’t have to fear getting shot while just doing our jobs? I’m well aware of the fact that fantasy doesn’t help us in these times, but damn, let a man dream for a second, son. I’ll come back to reality in a moment.

In the end, I’m not even sure why I wrote this. However; I was briefly comforted during the ten minutes it took me to jot all of this down. Now, let me get back to explaining to my two sons that while people think they’re cute now, they’ll be seen as a threat when they get older. Good day.

P.S. I also have to say rest in peace to Alfred Olango, an unarmed and mentally ill man who was killed by police in San Diego. This is just another example of why people like me constantly fear for our lives.

The Character Assassination Of Black Murder Victims

Here we go again. Here we fucking go again, man. Right on schedule, here come the authorities with their latest attempt to murder a Black homicide victim for the second time. First, they kill us with their bullets and then they kill us with their accusations. I guess it’s not enough to just destroy us physically. Naaaah, they also need to destroy our image and disgrace our memory. Well, all I know is, I’m fucking tired of the character assassination of our Black murder victims.

So, while I’ve already spoken about the unjustified shooting of Terence Crutcher, I now want to talk about the latest “developments” from the police. Now, I put “developments” in quotations because it’s a FACT the police have a habit of lying about case details. Don’t believe me? Just look up the police report about Crutcher’s death and compare that to what we all saw on the video. Their words say he was non-compliant while our eyes see a man with his hands up. If that’s not enough, how about the recently unearthed video of a St. Louis cop planting a gun on a man he just killed? This happened back in 2011, man. That’s five years of that police department lying about what happened to that victim. With that being said, I treat police reports like the Boy Who Cried Wolf. The only difference is, the boy in this situation gets to keep on lying with impunity.

In any case, the latest news from the police is that they found PCP in Crutcher’s car. From what I can gather, this tidbit is supposed to give credence to Officer Betty Shelby’s story that Crutcher was “on something” and disobeying orders. Man, you can miss me with ALL of that fuck shit, son! Let’s be really clear here, bro. The cops are only bringing up the idea of PCP as a way to justify the shooting of this unarmed man. We already know he was unarmed because the police chief said that on the FIRST DAMN DAY! Now, here’s the REAL problem with this tactic: WE ALL SAW THE FUCKING VIDEO, MAN! Regardless of whatever tall tale the cops try to spin about his demeanor or behavior, there are MULTIPLE camera angles showing him with his hands up. So, in the end, all of their fairy tales don’t matter. A man can’t be a threat if his hands are in the air. Period.

Time after time after time we have to deal with the denigration our people. In addition to the claims of PCP, I’ve seen articles about how Crutcher had a run-in with the law in 1996 and also had traffic violations. Is that enough of a reason to shoot an unarmed man? Once again, detractors try to distract us from the facts in an effort to dehumanize someone who can’t defend themselves. I’ve seen the same thing done to Alton Sterling, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and countless others. They dig in peoples’ pasts to try and sully their names. This way, naysayers can rationalize the blood on the ground. They attempted to do the same thing to Philando Castile with news of his marijuana smoking, but his school community wouldn’t allow it. They admirably came to his defense.

All in all, devaluing Black lives has been standard protocol in this nation since its inception. From slavery to Jim Crow to blackface, it has always been a common practice to negatively depict Black people. It makes the narrative of why they “had” to kill us that much easier to explain. With that being said, I guess the cops really are just doing their jobs. That is all.

Can I Live In Cam Newton’s America?


Let me start this post by saying, I’m not sure what America our good friend Cam Newton resides in, but shiiiiiiit, I’d love to live there. A country that’s beyond racism? That sounds phenomenal, son. Where can I sign up for a trip to this magical place? Oh, wait, he’s talking about this actual land we’re currently living in? Well, in that case, I’m thoroughly confused as all hell, man.

Now, recently, Cam did an interview with GQ Magazine. While speaking about a variety of different topics, the subject of race came up and that’s what caused my Rock eyebrow to raise. It’s no secret Cam has received his fair share of bad press, especially after the way his season ended post-Super Bowl. Even during the lead-up to the big game, Cam had to consistently field questions about being a Black quarterback in the NFL. With all of the varying attacks on his ability, temperament or whatever else critics tried to single out, for some reason, Cam doesn’t believe these shots were racially motivated at all. In fact, he stated that we’re “beyond that” as a nation. Wow, that’s news to me, son. Well, since his memory seems to be a little fuzzy, allow me to point out a few past situations and see whether his logic holds up.

Let’s start with the letter written to him by Rosemary Plorin. After a game where Newton’s Carolina Panthers trounced the Tennessee Titans, Plorin expressed her disappointment in Cam’s behavior during the game. In her eyes, he’s a role model who should never engage in any type of “showboating” behavior. In fact, she was so bothered by his actions, she expressed the idea she didn’t even know what to tell her 9-year-old daughter. Man, get the fuck out of here. This woman took her daughter to a game where grown men violently crash themselves into each other and she’s worried about the fact Cam likes to dab? Are you fucking kidding me, son? Last time I checked, Aaron Rodgers does that damn “Discount Double Check” every time he completes a first down and I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve seen footage of Rob Gronkowski acting a fool somewhere. Are these players also getting open letters written to them? If not, tell that woman to get off of her high horse and enjoy the game.

Now, let’s talk about Bill Romanowski. After the Panthers’ Super Bowl loss, detractors called out Cam for not being very forthcoming in his post-game interview. It was obvious from his attitude he didn’t want to answer any questions and his demeanor was the complete opposite of the celebratory character we saw all season. Now, I’ll be the first to admit, even I thought he was acting like a sore loser, but Romanowski took it a step further. In a tweet against Cam, he stated “you will never last in the NFL with that attitude. The world doesn’t revolve around you, boy!” Boy? Boy?! Maybe it’s just me, but I was pretty sure Cam was a 27-year-old grown ass man. No one can tell me there wasn’t even a tinge of racial prejudice behind that statement. Do I have to remind people about the history of White people calling Black people “boy” in this country? Honestly, I’d rather not, son. And besides, Google is everyone’s friend. Just go look it up.

At this point, I’m sure there are readers out there who aren’t sipping the Kool-Aid I’m serving right now. Honestly, that’s fine with me. We’ll just agree to disagree. With that being said, a Black public figure of his magnitude insisting we’re beyond race as a nation is still incredibly damaging. Were we beyond race when the Justice Department released a report stating the Baltimore police department regularly violated the rights of minorities? Were we beyond race when Dylann Roof shot night Black churchgoers in an attempt to start a race war? Were we beyond race when officers pulled Philando Castile over because he had a “wide set nose?” I didn’t think so, son. At this point, if Cam has nothing constructive to say on the subject, he needs to just shut the fuck up.

Ultimately, I guess Cam is doing his best O.J. Simpson impression. However; I’d warn him to be careful with that approach to life. We already saw how the O.J. story drastically veered off course. Good day.

Let’s Talk About Black-On-Black Crime


Now, I’m fully aware I dropped the ball on a post for Thursday. Hey, cut me some slack, son. Life happens to everyone sometimes. In any case, I’m back to round out my week of Blackity-Black, super Black topics. To put a cap on my latest series of ramblings, let’s talk about a lot of people’s favorite topic: Black-on-Black crime. With all of the events currently going on in the country, a select few have tried to distract the masses by bringing this concept up. It’s time for me to jump into the bullshit.

Let us begin by bringing up everyone’s favorite, as in least favorite, mayor: Rudolph William Louis Giuliani. Now, as I’ve previously stated on this blog, I’m a New York City native, born and raised. Meaning, I was here before Rudy’s tenure as mayor, and I’m still here long after his shift was completed. For those who aren’t familiar with this man, to him, his greatest claim to fame has been “uniting the city” after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Side bar, I put that last phrase in quotations because I know there are a multitude of firefighters who would disagree with that sentiment. In any case, I’m here to call attention to an interview this dude gave recently where, in response to the Dallas police shootings, he alleged there’s a “99 percent chance” a Black person would be killed by another Black person, and not by the police.

For me, that statement is the pinnacle example of a narrative that is consistently brought up by people who refuse to acknowledge police misconduct. The most infuriating part of this ploy is the fact it only tells one side of the story. Now, yes, if you looked into the FBI‘s statistics for homicides in this country, you will see that roughly 90% of Black homicide victims were killed by Black people. What naysayers neglect to tell you is the fact 83% of White homicide victims were murdered by White people. With that being said, I want everyone who’s reading this to go back and take a look at the embedded picture in this post. Those fraudulent statistics were posted by Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, on his Twitter timeline. These methods are used to distract people from the reality of the situation and shift the blame to another entity. Since the percentages for both races are so high, why do detractors conveniently leave out the part about their White counterparts killing their own people too?

Look, coming from an inner city neighborhood, I’m well aware of the fact there are potential dangers and pitfalls. In any community, there will always be individuals who are damaging to the fabric of a group of people. I will also tell you this: if I decided to shoot and kill someone tonight, I guarantee I’m going to prison for my offense. THAT is what Black people are trying to highlight when talking about police injustice. When a member of our community is unjustly killed by anyone, INCLUDING someone with a badge, we simply want that person to be held accountable. Too many times we’ve seen officers not even receive as much as a slap on the wrist for ending a Black person’s life. Just recently, here in New York, officer Peter Liang only got five years of probation and community service for murdering Akai Gurley. You mean to tell me, I can get locked up for driving with a suspended license, but this officer can go home after taking someone’s life? It’s complete bullshit, man. For a man like Guiliani to ignore police misconduct, when two of the most egregious examples of crooked policing happened under his watch, is an absolute joke. Don’t believe me? Go ask the families of Abner Louima and Amadou Diallo. I’m pretty sure neither faction was/is particularly fond of his brand of “justice.”

In the end, the point here is, don’t use an underdeveloped argument to excuse the misdeeds of some officers out there. For the life of me, I still can’t understand why police apologists can’t just admit there are officers who step outside of their boundaries and simply work to rid the system of these individuals. Don’t tell me to “respect myself” in order for an officer to respect me. When it comes to folks like me, we already respect ourselves. Most of us are law abiding citizens who simply want to freely live our lives. How about the officers our tax dollars support abide by the same laws they’ve sworn to protect? That seems like the more reasonable option. Good day.

P.S. I’m completely done with Charles Barkley playing the Uncle Ruckus role. In response to the unnecessary shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, Chuck thought it was a good idea to say that some Black people are “crooks,” which is why the dead victims were profiled in this manner. This no-ring-having ass fool! Go look at Castile’s record, dick! Oh, wait, there isn’t one! How dare he justify the shootings of people who look like HIM by spewing rhetoric that doesn’t even describe all of the dead people he’s disgracing. What were Diallo’s crimes? What were Sean Bell‘s crimes? What were Tamir Rice‘s crimes? In addition, why are we bringing up anyone’s record if it’s unrelated to the situation that led to the person’s death? It’s needless character assassination and a tactic used to devalue the lives of people who can’t defend themselves. Honestly, I hate people like Chuck more than anyone else. Traitors have no business even associating with us. He just needs to keep his dumb ass opinions for Inside The NBA, so Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith can continue to let him know how useless his point of view is. Ok, now I’m really done. Adios, kind people.

Yes, All Lives Matter…

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Now, I’m going to keep this post brief because I’m sure you can Google a million and one blog posts, articles and think pieces that explain the same thing. I’m only jumping into the fray because there are a number of idiots who still don’t seem to get the message. For those thick-skulled individuals, I’d like to reiterate the same argument anyone with a brain should understand: Black Lives Matter does NOT equal All Lives Don’t Matter. In actuality, as a people, we’re simply fighting for our lives to mean as much as anyone else’s.

Given the nature of this article, let me start by giving some background about myself. I’m a 30-year-old Black male with an engineering degree from a Top 25 university, a corporate job with a Fortune 500 company and a loving family. If you took one look at my résumé, you’d probably invite me over to your house to meet your mother and your sister. That’s right, I’m that awesome, son. However; I’m also from the Bronx, NY, meaning I’ve had more negative interactions with the police than I’d like to recollect.

My first real experience with the Boys in Blue came when I was 10-years-old. As I was leaving school, I saw two older kids fighting each other right outside the basketball courts. Now, as I’m sure you can imagine, a crowd gathered around in a circle to see who was inevitably about to catch that L. Side bar, for my linguistically-challenged readers, an “L” means a loss. In any case, under the usual circumstances, I would have been one of the many spectators. However; I’d previously gotten in trouble with my mother for not getting in from school in a timely enough fashion. With that being said, I decided to scurry home so I could avoid any possible punishment. Along my pathway, I saw a parked cop car with two officers sitting inside. As I walked past the car, I happened to make eye contact with the officer residing in the driver’s seat. No less than five seconds later, both officers got out of the car, yanked my book bag off, threw me up against the trunk of the car and asked me “who the fuck was I looking at?” Now, I was thoroughly confused because I couldn’t understand why two grown men would think it was just to physically assault a child. For about a week, I wondered what I did wrong and why I was targeted in such a manner.

This is a reality for countless minorities across this country. There’s a natural hostility towards law enforcement because a large number of encounters we have with police have an unnecessary air of aggression to them. I’m not even going to speak about the number of times I’ve been stopped thanks to the ridiculous Stop-And-Frisk law here in New York City. Before continuing, I want everyone to go back and re-read the second paragraph. Even with all of my accomplishments, there always seems to be enough “reasonable suspicion” for police to stop me.

For anyone who can’t relate to the anecdotes I’m sharing, telling minorities that police misconduct isn’t real is an unbelievable slap in the face. Despite the fact all of my troubles with the law can be whittled down to traffic violations, a sense of panic overtakes me anytime I come in contact with the police. Black people are always told to “comply with the law” in order to avoid any potential issues. However; even during these scenarios, we’re still treated as culprits. Despite being a licensed gun carrier and even taking gun safety training, Philando Castile still met his end on the opposite side of a cop’s gun. We’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t, damned if we speak, damned if we breathe and damned if we think.

In the end, the point behind Black Lives Matter is to prove that All Lives Matter. As soon as minorities in this country are treated the same way as every other citizen, we can successfully remove this needless division. Ultimately, that’s all we really want. Good day.

Stop Shooting The Cops!

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Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to this topic. I have so many thoughts simultaneously floating around in my head, it’s hard to keep myself on track. However; I’ll start by saying this: stop shooting the cotdamn cops, man! With tensions at a remarkably high level between Black communities and our respective police departments, the recent murders of several officers in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana are making resolutions seemingly impossible.

By now, I’m sure everyone is familiar with the mayhem that occurred in Dallas back on July 7th. After a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest, where police were monitoring the event, Micah Johnson took it upon himself to kill five officers, injure another nine cops and wound two bystanders. According to Johnson, he was angry with both the police and the Black Lives Matter movement and wanted to “kill White people.” For him, this was a type of retribution for the numerous police shootings of Black males. In light of the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Johnson’s act of violence was looked at as direct revenge. Now, not even two weeks later, three officers were killed and another three were injured in Baton Rouge. As of the time I’m writing this, Gavin Long, an ex-Marine thought to be the lone shooter, was killed after the fatal attack he orchestrated.

Here’s the thing, I don’t think individuals like Johnson and Long realize, their actions are NOT helping our cause. There’s already a misguided narrative being perpetuated by cops, politicians and assholes on social media that officers are the real targets in this country. Despite the fact this notion isn’t backed by actual data, it’s all of the justification detractors need to ignore the now countless instances of police misconduct all over the United States. The reality is, when over 500 people have been killed by the police this year, the deaths of less than 70 officers, while obviously tragic, cannot be used as “evidence” of an imaginary war on police. In addition, this aforementioned “war” cannot and should not be used as rationalization for the various instances of cops wrongfully killing Black men.

Whether we’re talking about Amadou Diallo, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, or any of the limitless names I could mention, all Black people want is for our murderers to be brought to justice. The only point we’ve tried to make is the fact a badge shouldn’t give someone the power to take another person’s life without any consequences. A badge shouldn’t give an overzealous authority figure the right to abuse his or her power and never face any retribution for his or her actions. As Black people, we simply want to be looked at as people and not some “threat” that needs to be neutralized. In every one of these scenarios, all an officer has to do is say “I feared for my life” or “I thought he had a gun” and the humanity of the victim goes out of the window. All proper procedure goes out of the window. The victim instantly becomes the villain because the dead can’t speak for themselves.

Now, while the anger is certainly palpable, anyone deciding to take the lives of random officers is doing a grave disservice to the aforementioned victims AND the officers themselves. As soon as the shooting in Dallas occurred, I no longer saw any news outlets provide significant coverage of the deaths of Sterling or Castile. They went from being a top story to just another blip on the radar. The lives of the cops instantly became more important than the lives of the Black men killed, and once again, naysayers used this as an opportunity to attack the Black community. They ignore our cries, and videos, of prejudice, they label the Black Lives Matter movement a hate group and they completely absolve any crooked officers of their wrongdoings. Instead of bringing light to our plight, these police killings further draw a line in the sand between both sides. Our ability to reach a mutual understanding with one another continues to suffer as a result. While some people like to use the “violence begets violence” argument, that doesn’t work when everyone becomes more set in their respective ideals.

Ultimately, if everything I’ve written here gets lost in translation, I just want to make one thing perfectly clear: I am NOT okay with the murders of these police officers. First, their respective families now have to deal with the unexpected and unnecessary loss of a loved one. Second, the misdeeds of other officers are unfairly being taken out on the wrong people. Lastly, these incidents overshadow the larger point being made about police misconduct. In addition, the Black victims always get lost in the shuffle. In the end, I truly hope things don’t continue to get worse before they get any better. However; I should probably know better than that. Good day.