Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MICHAEL BROWN, the St. Louis Grand Jury, and the rest of us--“Remember, everything that Hitler did in Germany was legal”--(statement by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

“We are a nation of laws so we must accept the Grand Jury’s decision (in the Michael Brown case).”     
        --President Barack Obama                                               
“The black man has no rights that the white man need respect.”
  —Judge Roger Taney, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
(on behalf of the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sanford)
“Remember: everything that Hitler did in Germany was legal”
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, become as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.”

—Ella Baker

“Slavery was legal, Jim Crow apartheid was legal, denying black people the right to vote was legal, denying women in general the right to vote was legal, banning and/or destroying labor unions was legal, child labor was legal, putting the indigenous population (i.e. “Indians”) in concentration camps…er, I mean “reservations” was legal, lynching was legal, residential segregation was legal, denying black people access to housing, restaurants, schools, theaters, department stores and public transportation was legal, denying black people the right to read and write was legal, raping black women and then forcing them to have children by white men was legal, killing, torturing, arresting, and imprisoning black men for pursuing romantic or sexual liaisons with white women was legal, assaulting and even murdering black people in general—especially if those assaults and murders were committed by white males—was legal, and excluding immigrants of color from entering this country was legal. So my question is this: Given these indisputable facts established by legal statue and custom in the United States what exactly does President Obama mean when he robotically keeps uttering the patently absurd and cowardly phrase “we are a nation of laws”?…”
—Kofi Natambu

FACT:   The Grand Jury was comprised of 9 whites (six men and three women) and 3 blacks (two women and ONE MAN).  Only 9 votes were required from the Grand Jury to either indict or not indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown.  Guess what happened….
Consider the utterly predictable and openly racist contempt plus the snide and thoroughly smug condesencion shown for black people in general tonight by the notorious white supremacist St. Louis District Attorney  Robert McCullough (who was allegedly “prosecuting” this case) in announcing the decision of his overwhelmingly white Grand Jury NOT to indict the white Officer Darren Wilson who wantonly murdered Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old black male and then left his body to rot in the street like a dead dog for over five hours (in all Wilson took 12 shots at Brown, two in the police car before Brown fled on foot and then 10 more shots as Brown stopped in the street and turned around hitting him six times in the process) what does all this tell us about this country and most importantly WHO WE ARE AS CITIZENS AND HUMAN BEINGS IN IT?  Of course you already knew the answer to this question long before either Michael Brown or his parents or his grandparents or great grandparents were even born.  It’s called AMERICAN HISTORY...