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    • Donald Sanders

    • December 9, 2014 in Columnists

    Less talk, more action — peaceful protest

    Kids are really weird these days. They are so smart. They say the strangest things sometimes like, “I’m watching you make the oatmeal so that after you are dead I’ll know how to make it.” I heard one kid say to another kid, “Bite my ruby red ass!” Another kid told me that if I could fart continuously for 15 months I could make enough gas to raise the Titanic. That can’t be right can it?

    I remember a day when my son Joey was about 5 years old that made me wonder if he was right in the head. I noticed him in the back yard eating something. Upon investigation, I found that he had a mouthful of sow bugs. I took my finger and dug them out. I found that he had a handful of sow bugs and on top of that his pocket was full too. You just never know what they’ll do next.

    All in all, we just have to love our kids and try to steer them the right way so they’re always safe and secure. We have to let them be kids and hope that all will turn out in a simply capital manner. That’s just the way it turned out with my son Joey now that he’s all grown up and pretty much on his own. I simply adore that boy and I couldn’t be happier about the way he has matured into such a fine young man.
    I think that Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. probably felt the same way about their son Michael. Their son was taken from them. He was shot six times, twice in the head. Michael was shot by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer. In all, Darren Wilson fired 11 shots at Michael Brown. Darren Wilson claimed that he was afraid for his life. He was afraid of an 18 year old unarmed kid.

    Michael Brown was African American. This one fact paints a whole different story because African American parents are afraid for the life of their young every single time they walk out the door to go and play or whatever — that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the most powerful fear they have concerns the police. They are afraid the police will hurt their children. The really sad part is that this fear is warranted and it’s backed by statistics.

    Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings. The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.

    Over and over, it’s the same thing. African American children are killed by cops and then the courts find that the killing was justified. That’s bullshit. I don’t care what that kid did, it did not justify his being killed. With a newly reinforced distrust of whites, African Americans have taken to the streets in protest, and rightfully so. I don’t think they’re asking for too much, they ask only for the rights that whites enjoy. They want equality and justice.

    While they march for equality and justice, most whites watch it on TV. Most whites are sympathetic and primarily agree that there are injustices, discrimination and inequalities. We think African Americans have a right to be angry. Yes, we are full of talk and inaction at the exact time that we should be out on the street, shoulder to shoulder, with people of color to show them who and what we are. They need our support and our strength.

    I’m sickened by this whole mess, but mostly by my non-support of our minority brothers and sisters. In the near future, I plan to rectify that by joining the march wherever I can. I guess you’ll be watching for me on your TV, but I hope not. I hope you’ll join me in peaceful protest to gain equality for all Americans.

      • madgew1031Madgew

      • December 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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      Well said Donald.

    • 100% with you. Well said!

      • Maya North

      • December 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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      Absolutely — every word. I’ve had African-American men literally physically startle when I give them a friendly smile — the same smile I give everybody. It shouldn’t surprise them that I do that. They should know that it’s their right for me to assume they’re lovely people. Truly. It’s everybody’s right. Hugs…

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