Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Why Us?

Many of y'all have probably seen this recent story about this young cat in Pittsburgh who appears to have been beaten horribly by police while walking home one night. The story, which features a black viola player, has been on the national news and black websites.

Police brutality is nothing new, and regular readers of the blog know I write about it frequently. And I write about it frequently because it's an issue dear to my heart, and because it happens way too often.

That said, I've noticed that all the blogs I've written about police brutality, and the stories I've heard about it have one thing in common. They don't involve white victims.

Seriously, in my line of work I get a lot of complaints about the police. Some from black folks, some from white folks. Yet, I've never had a white family call me and ask me to talk to their son or daughter whose face was swollen and bruised from a beating. I've seen plenty of black folks who look like that, but never any white victims.

So, I'm wondering "Why us?"

That question is semi-rhetorical. Obviously, I have a lot of opinions on why black folks regularly get abused by the police. Regular readers of the blog are familiar with those opinions. But, I've noticed that whenever black folks allege police brutality, there are certain folks who refuse to believe, even in the face of evidence. These folks assume that either the black folks are lying, or that we did something to provoke the police to start wielding those batons.

And, once again, that begs the question, "Why us?"

I mean, why are black folks the only ones who provoke the police consistently? Is there some special gene that makes black folks seek out butt-whippings from cops? Are we trying to get closer to our slave ancestors? Do we just crave the feel of contusions and lacerations?

Seriously, do the people brush off all the fuss about police brutality ever wonder why only black people show up with swollen faces on the nightly news? Even if they truly believe that black people are just slightly civilized killer apes, they must understand that the law of averages dictates that some white folks should get brutalized occasionally. There are more white folks in the country, they commit more crimes, and everybody knows the news media loves running stories about white victims. Yet, when was the last time you ever saw a white person looking like they just went 12 rounds with Money Mayweather on the broadcast news? I'll bet you can't remember.

It just seems curious to me, and I'm shocked it doesn't seem curious to more folks. What is the white man's secret to avoiding these butt-whippings? I've talked to white folks, and they are often disrespectful of authority, and they often participate in illegal activity. Yet they still avoid getting beaten.

They should teach a class on this stuff. Lord knows black folks could use it.




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18 comments:

Thordaddy said...

Lil' man,

There is a multitude of reasons why black MALES, 18-42 years old, get cop whoopings AND why we see it on the news. The first and most self-evident reason is that a majority of black males are radical autonomists. The second most self-evident reason is that the mainstream media PUSHES radical autonomy (extreme liberalism).

Face the facts, the relatively small minority of autonomist-minded black males who act out at what is perceived as "white supremacy" (the ultimate impediment to black liberation) is a small price to pay for the incredible autonomy it grants the vast majority of blacks who have never taken a whooping and won't due to the latest act of violent white supremacy on a innocent black male plastered all over the media.

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Big Man said...

Thor

So, butt whippings by cops are actually good for black people?

Thanks for clarifying that for me. I knew I could count on you.

Thordaddy said...

Lil' man,

Yesterday, you accused me of telling men to cheat on their wives and today you claim I said butt whoopings are good for blacks.

What's wrong with you?

I'd figure you'd say thanks SINCE I CLARIFIED YOUR "semi-rhetorical" inquiry.

Beat-up lil' black thugs doesn't have quite the zing of some virtually fictional account of a black mother, sister or daughter getting bruised up by the cops.

But let's face facts, these incidents with MORE OFTEN THAN NOT unruly black males every so often plastered across the media MAXIMIZE YOUR AUTONOMY because the intent is to exinguish the "white supremacy" of the police.

Do you disagree?

Darth Whitey said...

This saddens me tremendously, I think all cops should have their every move filmed. I am so sorry.

Big Man said...

Thor

I didn't "accuse" you of anything.

I clarified your non-sensical ramblings for the edification of others. You should be thanking me, not cluttering up my blog with more of your written guano.

You tried to sidestep a man's free will by pinning the blame for his adultery on his woman. As if that's biblical. It's not, thus it is not compatible with your worldview which you claim is strictly aligned with God's Word.

Now, you're over here trying to convince me and my readers that getting beat on by the cops makes us more powerful.

Know what? I do thank you. I thank you for providing my readers with such a great example of the phenomenon I described in my blog. The convoluted logic you used to arrive at such a mental destination is just more proof that you are in dire need of a GPS for your brain. And apparently that's a common problem for certain types of folks.

Good day sir, and happy trails.

Thordaddy said...

Lil' man,

The problem with your analysis about blacks getting beat up by cops is that IT WAS PURPOSELY VAGUE.

The only blacks that usually get whipped by white cops are alienated black males.

And then there is the media coverage. How silly of me to think this coverage benefits you? Are you suggesting that its noncoverage would not be detrimental to blacks as a whole?

Has lil' man ever received a cop whoopin'?

Why not???

Just lucky in avoiding "white supremacy?"

Big Man said...

I prefer the term blessed.

It's been close, had a gun pulled on me before and a couple of other problems, but no butt whippings.

Nope. But, can't say that for everybody I know.

And strangely, all of them aren't belligerent.

Then again, are you really arguing that white people aren't belligerent?

Do you actually know any white people?

Thordaddy said...

Lil' man,

It's my job to handle belligerent people. And I've seen many, many belligerent white folk.

But what does this have to do with a small minority of alienated black males getting whooped by the police only to have their "victim status" plastered all over the sympathetic media?

T.A.N. Man said...

@ thor - don't you have something better to do with your time?

@ big man - i think your question is entirely rhetorical, and its answer is known by everyone who also refuses to be color blind. Whether it's the simple unwarranted traffic stop, the random exercise of a cops right to stop and frisk, or getting cracked in the head with a baton, it's happening to black folk at an alarming rate. Especially given the ratio of black offenders to offenders of other races (individually and collectively).

Honestly, in a weird way this thor person (which is an incredibly suspect screen name) may be on to something. I think the issue IS with unruly black men. Not to say that there are not just as many, if not more unruly or potentially unruly men of other races in the country. But, I think cops have an issue with unruly, autonomist, insubordinate, black men. For some strange reason, its as if cops expect black men to shut their mouths and do as they're told. I just can't figure out why that is. Any ideas, thor?

Thordaddy said...

TAN man,

The black mainstream is steeped in liberation theology and demands politics. The historical rationale for this is self-evident. But the fact is that in 2010, the majority of blacks enjoy cultural, political and economic autonomy ESPECIALLY in relation to the white masses. The issue is those outliers, steeped in a liberation theology that preaches seperationism, and their AUTONOMY from whites and America as represented by the police.

The reality is that the BLACK radical autonomists getting whoopings by the cops IN EFFECT help maximize the autonomy of their moderate brethren with the help of the media that PURPOSELY HIDES THESE THUGS' RADICAL AUTOMOMY.

Big Man said...

Translation:

"Y'all Negroes got it goodd. Hell, y'all got it better than many a God-fearing, American-loving white man. Forget what the stats say and all those liberal pansies, black people are living the good life, yet y'all won't shut up. When will y'all shut up and just let us live our white lives like we want to?"

See Thor, I'm always here to translate your thoughts into plain English. Imagine if I wasn't around and you had to actually write stuff in a way to interest and enlighten people on your own? Damn, I bet that blog would fail.

Oops.

Thordaddy said...

Lol... Lil' man...

You have freedom of conscience, no?

What else could you ask for???

A global platform, too???

One that spreads your conscience???

Damn homie, you real oppressed.

Big Man said...

Thor, can't you read?

I'm not oppressed, I'm blessed.

You're the one running from black blog to black blog whining about the plight of the white man.

Come on now, you trying to point a finger at me and pointing three at yourself.

Thordaddy said...

Running from black blog to black blog???

Man, I better stop because all that runnning is wearing me out.

So I guess YOU'RE just putting up the good fight for your less fortunate AND MORE MIGHTILY OPPRESSED black brothers and sisters???

You still haven't clued us in on why the media keep spotlighting these black male autonomists.

Big Man said...

Am I my brother's keeper?

What ever you do to the least of these, you do to me.

Love thy neighbor as you love yourself.

Just something to ponder, Thor.

Thordaddy said...

Lil' man,

I'm glad to read you fall back on something particular after posting something with a generalized liberal bias.

Look, if you are implying that ADDING GREATER DETAIL TO YOUR SLANT is wrong then say it explicitly?

Are you your brother's keeper? Why are THESE BROTHERS the one's getting the highly disproportionate amount of cop whoopings?

YOU KNOW WHY BUT YOU LIE...

Are these brothers the least of you???

Or, are these brothers the beast in you???

They do what you want to do...

That's why you run cover for them...

These cop beatings TURN INTO MANY FROM JUST A FEW...

You live by these brothers???

They sit next to you in the pew???

Get a clue...

These radically autonomous blacks are working for you...

Taking they beatings, getting on the news...

And letting a lil' homie like you turn it into global abuse...

This IS YOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL NOOSE...

You're trying to cook the goose...

BUT ARE THESE BROTHERS GOING TO LAY SOME
GOLDEN EGGS???

If they don't, WHO ARE YOU GOING TO USE???

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