30 YEARS OF NOTHING LEARNED

By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter

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In 2020, the demonization and criminalization of Black men continues in the United States with another police officer killing another unarmed Black man in the Midwest.

Young white women are once again weaponizing that same police force in New York City by calling them with perceived danger from Black men and lastly, a President throwing out veiled or perceived threats to those same minority communities.

It has been 30 years since the arrest of Rodney Glen King on the freeways of Los Angeles County by five police officers.  These officers used teasers, batons, and nightsticks to impede Mr. King. It has happened again, this time in the Midwest.

This time the conflict was fatal. This time it was a knee to the neck.

Thirty years ago a plumbing salesman George Holliday videotaped the incident or the beating from his apartment window, not much has changed since 1991. Some people still to this day do not believe the police officers beat King into the ground.

They could not believe their lying eyes and still insist that if he had stopped moving, stopped resisting they (police) would have stopped swinging… REALLY?

Nobody at LAPD headquarters seemed at that time to be interested in the Rodney King tape so Mr. Holliday took it to a local television station KTLA. The grainy grey images shock the world and shocked the nation setting off a firestorm of civil unrest.

It also created a culture war in Los Angeles between the African American community and the Korean- American community, shooting at each other for three days. It has taken 30 years to heal that wound.

This time the reaction in Minnesota was immediate, a Black teenager with a video phone revealed to the world the horrible deadly events in the streets of Minneapolis.

Social media vipers are now attacking this strong brave 17 year old Darnella Frazier for the video. She just exposed another police incident of brutality on citizens.

The death of Mr. George Floyd last Monday has repeated the failed race relations in the United States and became the national vocal political point. This time four city police officers tried to arrest a Black man named Mr. Floyd ending in his death in the street.

An officer’s knee to the throat killed Mr. Floyd, (allegedly) a deadly wresting move that should never be used in the streets. This sparked another weekend of national unrest from coast to coast.

This could have and should have been avoided with proper racial sensitivity training in the police academy, something has to change or we are going back to the late 1960’s all over again.

Thirty years and we still have to talk about racial incidents. This is what former San Francisco starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, number 7 was discussing five years ago, kneeling on the field for justice.

This is the reason he got booted out of football. A Black man can’t do that; he can’t raise the consciousness of America. Kaepernick did not do it the white way whatever that is.

Steve Kerr head coach of the Golden State Warriors stated that it saddens him the recent events in Minn. “The Violence Continues and we do little or nothing…”

ARMED WHITE MEN vs. ARMED BLACK MEN

It is very interesting that white men with arms-AK-47s can storm capital buildings across the Midwest and not one shot fired, not one arrest, no one injured, yet a month later when Black people without guns face armed National Guard and state police officers, four more deaths.

There is something wrong with this picture.

In 1967, The Black Panther Party went to Sacramento, California and the state capitol building with shot guns and rifles in hand to have a meeting with the legislators. Within 24 hours then Governor Ronald Reagan passed a bill, The Milford Act that Californians could not carry rifles in public.

Still have to get back to the governors of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan on that one as white militia walk around their states with their AK-47s in hand and in public.

WHITE FEMALES and POLICE

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White females are going to have to stop using the police as a lethal weapon calling them whenever they think they are in trouble. Amy Cooper did that in Central Park New York walking her unleashed dog. She was asked by a Black male, Mr. Christian Cooper, no relation, could she leash her dog because she was in the section of the park where that was required.

She was breaking the law. She got ugly and called the New York Police Department. This is where the incident goes sideways and dangerous. Ms. Cooper could have stated a man was troubling her but she stated an African American man a.k.a, a Black man, was threatening her.

This set off alarm bells. Ms. Cooper thought they would come faster for those who do not remember the Central Park Five; these five young men of color were acquitted after spending seven years in jail for a charge of rape.

This woman, Ms. Cooper, put another Black male in danger. One false or aggressive move by Mr. Cooper or the police could have resulted in another needless death. The question remains did she do this deliberately?

This has got to stop because this is not the first time. Barbeque Becky-Jennifer Schulte in Oakland, Permit Patty-Alison Ettel in San Francisco, Golf Cart Gail in Ponte Vedra, Florida, Apartment Patty- Hilary Brooke Mueller in Saint Louis-, Corner Store Caroline-Teresa Klein in Brooklyn, New York.

All of these females called the police on African American men for minor issues. The Starbucks episode in Philadelphia where female employees called the police on two Black males waiting to meet someone and did not buy anything but wanted to use the rest room; this is what African American men face each day.

Ms. Cooper should have known this. Ms. Cooper should have read this and Ms. Cooper should have thought about her actions before calling 9-1-1.

The White House you can now hear crickets chirping on this issue.

THE PRESIDENT IS NOT A COMFORTER-IN-CHIEF

Meanwhile in Washington D.C., the President of the United States is lining up gas cans and lighting them of fire with brash statements then running away as fast as possible.

It was getting so bad Twitter started flagging Mr. Trump’s statements.

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, adding, “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

This is a direct veiled threat and should never be spoken by any leader of any country towards its citizens. The country is hurting and this is his answer. The country is healing and this is his answer. The country is searching for a leader to calm the waters and this is his answer.

The United States better be careful this summer because many Americans now have pent up emotions being indoors for months, no jobs, no money, and little food. You have anti -government groups like antifa-on the left and boogaloo bois-on the right infiltrating the protest and creating havoc, a perfect storm.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor News Radio Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email glcgray@gmail.com

©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod

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