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Black Children Must Be Protected


            One of my earlier memories is being awakened by a heated discussion by my father and uncles.  They were ranting over the savage murder of a young Chicago
boy in Mississippi.  I imagine that this same conversation was being carried on in
Black households across America.  My father and uncles went on and on about
going to Mississippi and doing "something".  Of course, neither they, nor any
other group of Black men, went to Mississippi and did anything.

Black children are not being protected by their families.  Black children are not being protected by the Black community.  Black children are not being protected by the United States judicial system.  Black children are not being protected by American society. 

            Emmett Till was born and raised in Chicago.  At the age of 14 he went to the Mississippi Delta to visit relatives.  Young Emmett did not understand the severe restrictions that Blacks were forced to live under in the Jim Crow south.  He enjoyed the spotlight of being the boy from Chicago and was full of youthful bravado.  When one of the local boys dared him to talk to 21 year old Carolyn Bryant, he took it as a lark and whistled at the grocery clerk.  She went to her car to get a pistol and the young Blacks, laughingly, left the store.

Carolyn Bryant's husband and his brother J.W. Milam went to Emmett's relatives' home and took the boy.  Three days later, two boys fishing found his body in the Tallahatchie River.  What had been a handsome Black child was now a lump of mutilation, torture and trauma.  At his mother's insistence, Emmett's funeral featured this grotesque reminder of American racism in an open casket.  The world was rightfully horrified.

Bryant and Milam admitted at their trial that they had taken Emmett' but said that they had released him alive.   A jury of their peers acquitted them after deliberating 67 minutes.  A juror joked that had they not drank a soda, it would not have taken that long.  The United States judicial system had legitimized the brutalization and murder of Emmett Till.  In 1956 Bryant and Milam gave an interview to Look magazine in which they admitted that they had, indeed, killed Emmett Till.  They were very self satisfied and spoke of keeping niggers in their place.

            Latasha Harlins was a 15 year old Black child patronizing Empire liquor store in south Los Angeles.  Latasha put a bottle of orange juice in her backpack and, money in hand, approached the counter to pay for the item.  The owner / clerk erroneously thought Latasha was attempting to steal the item.  Without any verbal inquiries,  Soon Ja Du assaulted Latasha.  Latasha, lawfully retaliated and hit Du.  Du hurled a stool at Latasha, Latasha put the orange juice on the counter and turned to leave the store.  Du shot Latasha in the back of the head from a distance of three feet.  The teenager, who had only wanted orange juice, lay dead on the floor of the liquor store.

Du's  husband alleged an attempted holdup and Du claimed self defense.  The truth was recorded on the footage of the security camera.  The Korean community rallied behind Du.  They succeeded in having her charged only with voluntary manslaughter.  The jury found her guilty and recommended a sentence of 16 years.  Presiding judge, Joyce Karlin, sentenced Du to 5 years probation, 400 hours community service and a $500 fine.  The judicial system showed, once again, the value of the life of a Black Teenager.

            Sherrice Iverson, a 7 year old Black child was at the Primadonna  Resort and Casino in Primm, Nevada.  While her father gambled, Sherrice played in the casino arcade which was operated by the casino for underage children.  Jeremy Strohmeyer, 18, and David Cash, 17, began playing with the pretty little 7 year old.  The two young men followed Sherrice into a women's restroom where, according to David Cash, Strohmeyer sexually assaulted and murdered the little girl.  Cash said that he watched but did not participate.

Following identification from security tapes, Strohmeyer was charged with four counts, including murder.  To avoid a possible death sentence, Strohmeyer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole.  David Cash was not charged as the prosecution maintained that there was not enough evidence to convict.  It boggles the mind to think that there was not sufficient evidence to charge Cash as an accessory.  Cash has shown absolutely no remorse and has stated in an interview that the incident has made it easier for him to "score with women".  Once again the United States judicial system failed a Black child.  Half justice is no justice.

            Trayvon  Martin, on February 26, 2012, in Stanford, Florida, left his father's fiancée's house during half time of a basketball game and went to the local convenience store.  This 17 year old Black child was not going on a crack run, he was not going on a beer run; he was going on a Skittles run.  With Skittles and a can or bottle of iced tea he proceeded back to the house.  Trayvon was confronted by George Zimmerman, a self proclaimed neighborhood watch captain.  Zimmerman took it upon himself to determine that Trayvon did not belong in this gated community.  He called 911, as neighborhood watchmen are instructed to do.  The 911 dispatch instructed Zimmerman not to follow Trayvon, and he ignored the police instructions, as neighbor watchmen are forbidden to do.  He continued to confront Trayvon and ended up shooting him with a gun, which neighborhood watchmen are strictly prohibited from carrying.  220 lbs., 28 year old George Zimmerman claimed self defense and said that he was in fear for his life from a 140 lbs. child, armed with a bag of Skittles.

The police arrived and Zimmerman was not detained.  He gave his incredulous tale and the police did not bat an eye. They tried to sweep the sordid modern day lynching under the rug.  This incident happened February 26, and it is really just coming to light.  All justice loving people owe a debt of gratitude to Trayvon's  family for refusing to bow to the cover up.  All Black people must recognize that once again America is denying protection, in this case, justice, to a Black child.  The protection of Black children is much too important to entrust to the United States government.

It must be insisted that all those who murder Black children are brought to justice.  I am ever mindful that people are entitled to "due process of the law".  However, I am reminded of Attorney General Eric Holder's recent proclamation that, "due process does not mean judicial process".  I am further reminded of the essence of Malcolm X," by any means necessary".


Random Thoughts

            The election of Barack Obama to the presidency has shown, that even on the highest levels, racism has trumped respect for both the man and the office of the presidency.  The halls of Congress have been replete with racist slips by various members of Congress.  Andrew Adler, publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times went so far as to opine that perhaps Israel should consider assassinating the President.  Arizona Governor Janice Brewer wagged a finger in the President's face as if she was scolding a child.  They're even trying to bring the word nigger back, a little at a time, as evidenced by the bumper sticker,  "don't re-nig".


Just asking....., If, as Attorney General Eric Holder proclaims, "due process does not mean judicial process", why does the U.S. Constitution specify, "due process of the law"?   

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