Say It With Me: James Jackson Is A Terrorist

Look, let’s skip the formalities, son. Fuck James Jackson, man. This clown is a terrorist, regardless of how anyone tries to spin the story. Now, while it’s good to see him formally being charged with “murder as terrorism,” it still doesn’t bring back the life of Timothy Caughman. In my eyes, if the system is serious about justice, then it needs to make an example of Jackson. His fate needs to showcase the fact that this type of behavior cannot stand. All I know is, the hate that runs through America seems to know no bounds.

Now, before I continue, I’d like to raise two middle fingers to the New York Daily News. Why the fuck did that “newspaper” deem it necessary to comment on Caughman’s arrest record? Bruh, I don’t give a FUCK about how many times that man was arrested! He was the victim of a cotdamn HATE CRIME, son! His killer, Jackson, specifically traveled from Baltimore, Maryland with the intention of killing Black men. Nothing else needs to be said, man.

In his own words, he hated Black men since he was a child. In addition, he wanted to “saveWhite women from dating us. To make matters worse, he originally planned on killing more people. According to that dickhead, he would’ve rather killed a “thug” or a “successful older Black man” in order to get his point across. From there, he stabbed Caughman through the chest with a fucking sword! With all of that being said, who gives a flying fuck about Caughman’s record, man?! Once again, a Black victim is criminalized for no apparent reason. Thanks for nothing, Daily News.

*Sigh* So, as anyone reading this can tell, I’m PISSED, son! The bigotry in this country just never stops, man. All in all, it’s fucking exhausting, bruh. Caughman was simply minding his own business and ended up dead. The worst part is, he was just some pawn in a bitch ass dude’s sick fantasy. On the real, it’s absolutely disheartening, son. I really don’t know how else to put it, man.

Ultimately, I have nothing else to say here. In the end, I just want Jackson to end up on Rikers Island in the general population. Fuck state prison, bruh. Just let the community handle him. LC out.

I Shed Tears For Kalief Browder

Keeping it a buck, I rarely cry, son. Look, I’m not trying to sound macho when I say that, but it’s simply the truth. I didn’t cry when my sons were born and I didn’t cry when I got married. Tears just don’t seem to hit me very often, man. With all of that being said, I cried last night. I legit shed tears in the aftermath of watching Time: The Kalief Browder Story on Spike. At this point, I have so many thoughts that it’s actually hard for me to properly articulate myself. All I know is, when it comes to being Black in this country, any of us could be Kalief Browder.

Now, even though my life has been very different than Browder’s, there are several ways I feel connected to him. Despite being eight years younger than me, Browder and I are both Bronx kids. We both grew up under the tyranny of Rudy Giuliani, Ray Kelly and the stop-and-frisk era. We both knew what it was like to be harassed by police when we were just minding our own business. When I learned that a 14-year-old Browder caught a felony for joyriding in a bread truck, I immediately thought of all of the dumb shit I’ve done that I’ve never been busted for. It’s sad to say, but inner city life can be very homogeneous for the people in the community.

Moving on, the aforementioned felony is notable because it would ultimately lead to Browder’s downfall. After Roberto Bautista falsely accused a 16-year-old Browder of robbing him, the subsequent arrest ensured that Browder would have to go to jail. Even though he was innocent of the claim against him, he still ended up on Rikers Island. From there, Browder was consistently abused by his fellow inmates and the guards. During his three years in jail, he spent 800 of those days in solidarity confinement. Despite repeatedly asking for a trial, prosecutors only offered him plea deals that would make him serve 15 years in prison. Essentially, Browder was abused by every single facet of the criminal justice system.

To make matters worse, his mother couldn’t raise the $900 that would bail him out of jail. So, on top of being unfairly criminalized because he was Black, Browder also suffered because he was poor. The pain of his story is exacerbated by the fact that this type of injustice occurs often. To put it plainly, Browder wasn’t the first person to be destroyed by the law. Sadly, he won’t be the last one either.

On the real, even though I already knew Browder’s story, last night hit me hard. Honestly, all I could do was think about my two sons. Due to what I’ve accomplished thus far in life, the prospect of paying $900 for bail wouldn’t kill me. However; what about Browder’s mother, man? Why did she have to lose her son because of poverty? In addition, why are Black youth always treated like menaces? This is exactly why I’ll NEVER forgive Hillary Clinton for her “superpredators” comment. It’s that type of logic that makes it okay to bury our children in the prison industrial complex.

All in all, after writing this entire post, I still feel like I haven’t said anything. Ultimately, Browder killed himself because he couldn’t continue living through the pain. He couldn’t continue reliving all of the anguish and desperation. *Sigh* I don’t know what else to say here. LC out.