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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Deborah Mathis: Black Cops Involved in Bell Shooting...Racist!

You all remember an episode of "Good Times" when JJ was wrongfully arrested...Anyway, when the family goes down to the police station to clear things up and get JJ out, a black desk sargeant is there to give what information or lack thereof to the family, when the Michael screams out, Ay brother, you supposed help us brothers out....and then James interrupted and said he may look like us, but he ain't one of us..Meaning since the officer was black...he wasn't one of them. And this is what this woman is saying and let me get this out, I can't stand this woman and her victicrat mentality. But her saying, never mind that the cops who were involved in this officer shooting are black..They're racists! because of the environment they work in...The people they come in contact with and never mind! the fact that black commits a nice portion of crimes, the officers are racists, sellout or whatever. I wonder if Deborah Mathis expressed the same sentiment, when Jesse Jackson said this in 1993:

"There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery -- then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved."

Yet, these officers who put their own lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens are called out their names, these same officers who answered the call of many protesters, who BMW'd about there not being enough minority cops are insulted.

Did I mention I dislike this woman....

Deborah Mathis: Even with Black Officers as Shooters, Sean Bell's death was clearly a case of racism...

As yet more evidence that American racism is not only pernicious but regularly mischaracterized and unexamined, the verdict in the Sean Bell shooting incident has brought a new round of admonitions to delete the word from any conversation about the case.

The premise of the no-racism argument is that two of the three New York City police officers who killed Bell hours before his wedding in November 2006 are, like Bell, black men and, therefore, were most unlikely to harbor racial animus toward Bell.

It is a common mistake, however, to presume that racism is only about racial hatred. That is its severest form, but there are others, including stereotyping and devaluing a particular ethnic group. Tragically, a person can hold such prejudices even against members of his or her own ethnic group, especially when those messages have been pervasive and constant, as is the case here.

Consider the instance of two young boys who went running, cash in hand, when they heard an ice cream truck in neighborhood. Unknown to them, the driver had exited the truck momentarily to use a nearby pay phone. So the boys simply waited by the truck until the vendor returned.

But, when the man looked up from the phone and saw two little black boys standing there, he flew toward the truck, waving his arms, cussing the boys, shooing them from his vehicle and threatening to “break your heads with my bat.”

Although the ice cream man was black, is it unreasonable to believe he took the boys’ blackness into account and would have thought differently of two little white boys waiting by the open counter?

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