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Sean Bell…


I don’t know if you’ve heard. The three officers charged in the Sean Bell case have been aquitted. That’s right. A JUDGE, not a jury of their peers found them innocent. I am outraged. The way I feel about law enforcement is no secret. However, I do respect the “boys in blue” for putting their lives on the line everyday to protect the citizens of this fine country (cue “America the Beautiful”). I’m not talking about the random traffic-stoppers, or the racial-profilers. I’m not referring to the dirty money collector or extorters. I’m talking about the honest, hard working officers who try to make the streets a safer place to live, work, drive and play. Problem is…I don’t believe that Michael Oliver, Marc Cooper or Gescard Isnora are those cops.

There is no justification for 50 shots.

There is no justification for 50 shots

There is no justification for 50 shots.

Especially for well trained, unmarked, UNDERCOVER officers. In every article that I read Sean Bell is becoming synonymous with Amadou Diallo. But hell, New Yorks finest out did themselves by NINE whole bullets and twelve angry men. (meaning there was no jury)


ANd you can make whatever arguement you want…about the rate of black violence or the numbers of black in prison. But no other group has experienced the wrath of the police like BLACK MEN.

I’m infuriated and bouncing all over the place…so I’ll stop now.I’ll come back to this volatile subject after I’ve calmed down some…and can think critically and rationally. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nubianus permalink
    04/25/2008 6:52 pm

    Excellent post, especially agree with this part– “New Yorks finest out did themselves by NINE whole bullets and twelve angry men. ” Agree. Cops have a difficult job, but there is no excuse for what happened to an innocent, unarmed man like this. This is what training is for. Despite the anger we all justifiably have due to the injustice of the Sean Bell case, we need to harness this anger toward productive uses.

    If things are ever going to improve for African-Americans, we have to redouble our efforts to gain social, political and economic power here.

    Remember, time and demographics are both on our side. Whites now have a birth rate well below replacement in the USA, while the African-American population grows steadily both by natural growth and immigration from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean. Even some Blacks immigrating to the USA from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. (BTW if any of you can speak Spanish and/or Portuguese, please encourage our Black brethren in Latin America, especially from Brazil, to emigrate to the USA. There’s strength in numbers.)

    I know Blacks and Latinos have often been at loggerheads, but we’re natural allies– both fighting against White oppression, with Latinos having been invaded in multiple wars by the Anglos in Florida, the Mexican-American War and Spanish-American War. Latinos lost half of Mexico when Anglos invaded in 1848, and were ethnically cleansed by Anglos so that they could start slavery in the conquered territories. Blacks and Latinos today are natural partners in the fight for social justice, both fighting for affirmative action and against discrimination. Spanish is an easy language to learn, and the more that we reach out to each other, speak some Spanish ourselves, and support our Latino brothers and sisters, the more our alliance is cemented.

    I’d say if anything, the key for us is to gain political power, and to do that, it’s best to concentrate ourselves geographically a bit more in a few states, where we will soon be the majority. On the one hand, we need Blacks throughout the country to demand our rights, but on the other, a better geographical focus is the key to political power, as it is throughout the world’s democratic countries.

    IOW, we need to have our own “North American Nubia” where we have a demographic majority and political power. Some Deep South States are obvious candidates– Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana for example, all of which will soon be Black-majority within perhaps a decade. This would be a core of our nation.

    But we can have a second North American Nubia (or North American Africana, whichever name you prefer) in the Upper Midwest– Michigan is one of the Blackest states in the Union, and much of Illinois is also strongly African-American in demographics, culture and social importance.

    Some of my homies from college have even urged conversion to Islam for African-Americans. It’s not something I’ve considered myself, though I’ll acknowledge that at least for many urban African-Americans, they’ve done quite well after the conversion. Many having been in jail or kept out of jail, they become more focused and disciplined, as fathers they take care of their Black children and care better for Black women, stay away from drugs and violence and so forth. (interesting link a friend sent to me– The Nubian Manifesto )

    IMHO there are many different personal routes we can take for empowerment, but as a group, we must stay strong and focused and, again, have enough of a geographic concentration that we can gain political power. Just as we should ally with Latinos as they become the majority in their own homelands in Southwestern states and Florida, so should Blacks ally with Muslims in Michigan (who will soon be the majority in that state).

    It’s obvious from our people’s history here, that we’ll survive only by standing up for ourselves. Political and economic empowerment are the central aspects of this.


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