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    • Terri Connett

    • May 9, 2020 in Columnists

    Black lives shattered

    SOURCE: ABC News

    Here we fucking go again. An innocent, unarmed, young black man is “mistaken,” by white vigilantes, to be the perpetrator of a string of neighborhood break-ins. But does this end in a citizen’s arrest? Do these dufus do-rights hold their suspect and call the authorities? Nope. They hunt him down like an animal and shoot him dead.

    If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is.

    On February 23rd of this year, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was murdered in much the same way 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was slain on February 26, 2012. Almost eight years ago to the day. Maud was killed in Georgia. Trayvon’s life was taken in neighboring Florida.

    It took ten weeks after Ahmaud Arbery was assassinated before white vigilantes Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34 were finally jailed. The senior McMichael is a former officer with the local police department and also was an investigator in the local district attorney’s office. So basically it took an act of God and a video on Twitter just to get a simple arrest.

    My mother always told me not to judge a book by its cover. But tell me you couldn’t pick those two mug shots out of a Sears catalog index for racist, redneck father/son killing teams who fly the confederate flag. I hope this Dick Dynasty duo gets life. But as history goes, it won’t be until the afterlife when these pricks get what’s coming to them.

    And please, stop being shocked that the racist in the White House hasn’t condemned, or even commented on, young Mr. Arbery’s murder. When asked, President Pinocchio said he hadn’t seen the video. We know he won’t say a bad word about the McMonsters because racist white guys make up the base of his base. Trump will find good people on “both sides” of this tragedy. So who needs him anyway?

    We know right from wrong, we were taught the lessons in kindergarten. I don’t believe in 5-year-old racists. But some of those little darlings grow up to be heartless, hate-filled terrorists who target fellow human beings because of the color of their skin.

    It’s indisputable that if you’re black, it’s harder to get a good education and harder to find work. You’re more likely to get stopped by the police, more likely to be arrested and more likely to go to prison for longer sentences. COVID-19 infects and kills you at a higher rate because you are exposed to the virus while performing many frontline jobs, without an option of working from home. And more systemically, the coronavirus amplifies the preexisting social inequities tied to race, class, and access to health care.

    Look no further than former “stop and frisk” land, Brooklyn. This week 40 citizens were arrested for social distancing violations. Thirty-five were black, four Hispanic and one white. Come on!

    We’re all in this together? No, no we’re not.

    Many of us are celebrating random acts of kindness toward our seniors and all fellow citizens. We lift up our healthcare heroes, transit workers, grocery workforce, and others who risk their lives for us, and yes, even for white supremacists.

    But the racists among us hate, humiliate, and even murder out of ignorance and unjustifiable fear. These degenerates are the actual human scum Trump so often likes to call the Obama administration’s Justice Department.

    I hope to Buddha there is a heaven and it’s all that, and more. Because Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Prince Jones, Freddie Gray, John Crawford, Ernest Satterwhite, Sandra Bland, Jordan Davis, Dontré Hamilton, Hadiya Pendleton, Blair Hold, Oscar Grant, Sam DuBose, Laquan McDonald, Philando Castile, Tyre King, Keith Scott, Terence Crutcher, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, and all those who died without a video or a voice, deserve eternal peace, love, happiness, and justice.

      • Maya Stiles Parsons Spier

      • May 9, 2020 at 6:20 pm
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      Every time I think I could not love you and your work more — you write something like this. You nailed it. And you nailed the feelings of every white person of heart and ethics who watches the horrors perpetrated by our human subgroup and feel anguish, rage and shame that we — and not of our choosing — are a part of that same group. This isn’t white fragility — it’s the rage anyone white person of decency feels while witnessing the worst other white people do and knowing only how to speak out but otherwise be helpless to do more than vow to be part of the fight and never perpetrate even the mildest forms of it ourselves.

        • Terri Connett

        • May 10, 2020 at 5:46 am
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        Our “human subgroup” — what a great term for them. Thank you, Maya!

      • Maureen Mueller

      • May 9, 2020 at 7:20 pm
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      Thank you for articulating what so many of us have felt about this horrible murder, Terri!

        • Terri Connett

        • May 10, 2020 at 5:46 am
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        Thanks for your comment, dear friend.

    • Stark and sharp and brilliant, as always. You speak our rage over the ongoing, unthinkable slaughter of young, black men. We used to call it “lynching”.

        • Terri Connett

        • May 10, 2020 at 11:20 am
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        Thank you, Debra. Guns, nooses, there’s really no difference.

          • Debra DeAngelo

          • May 11, 2020 at 8:58 am

          The methods are different, but the hatred and vile racism are the same.

      • Joanne M Kauffman

      • May 12, 2020 at 6:30 am
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      Well…here you go again, speaking truth and getting it write!! I mean, right! Great, Terri. Keep a goin’. xo J

        • Terri Connett

        • May 12, 2020 at 7:18 am
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        Nice tie-in with my open. 🙂 Thanks, Joanne!! Bisous.

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