Saturday, November 28, 2009
BLAX News Network - Which Is The Bigger Threat To Black Folks? Police w/ Tasers Or Street Pirates With Lethal Weapons
My friends at AfroSpear need to understand my argument. Its not that I am unsympathetic to their incessant calls against the police use of tasers. These are purportedly "non-leathal" weapons but indeed some people have died after their confrontation with the police. Despite the fact that the vast majority of these cases have been judged by the coroner or jury as death by "pre-existing conditions" I understand their concern.
What I don't understand, however, is how AfroSpear and other left-leaning activist groups can focus upon the police authority in the context of the constant stream of murder that takes place at the hands of murderous street pirates. The picture below is from my good friend Field-Negro's blog where he keeps a running track of murder in Philadelphia on his "Right Side Hall Of Shame".
I feel the need to do a preemptive rebuttal at this point. In the last paragraph some of my debate adversaries heard me argue "Stop Black on Black murder BEFORE you go looking toward the police to stop killing Black people". This is not my argument.
My argument asks for PROPORTIONALITY in the focus.
Even if I use the Amnesty International numbers which claim that 156 people have died in "taser related deaths" in the past 5 years. (Note - this is an unjustifiably high number based on my previous research) this pales in comparison to the number of Black people murdered each and every year. In the past 5 years more than 35,000 Black people have been murdered in America.
The police are called upon to "do something!!!" with respect to the people getting killed and the residents in the communities that are terrorized as a result of the mayhem within. The video above shows how the police are required to take expert training on the "rules of engagement" for taser use by the police.
I can't help but notice that this focus upon the police authority is in line with the left-wing ideology proclivity to go after "the establishment" and/or to hold them to standard of which they have little applied to the INDIVIDUAL of which the "Murderous Street Pirates" are derived from.
I will have no part in this boycott on December 4, 2009 until AfroSpear joins me in my protest against "Street Pirates" that runs from every December 5th and then loops around to December 3rd - each and every year.
This Black man who was shot 31 times at 12 noon on a clear sunny day did not trigger any protests. According to a local newspaper report the neighbors remain intimidated to this day - fearful that if they talk in the name of justice for this murdered Black man - they might be next. When I see a more effective strategy that promotes this as the greater threat to the Black community than are tasers - I will feature these efforts more supportively and prominently on this blog.