posted on Dec, 5 2006 @ 08:12 AM
posted by HarlemHottie
The former bride-to-be, Nicole Paultre, and Al Sharpton were on Larry King tonight. Ms. Paultre was fantastic. She was so calm and thoughtful.
[Edited by Don W]
I saw her, and you are exactly right. She was not only beautiful, but she was very intelligent and absolutely the image of MLKJr. As Gandhi showed in
India, non-violent resistance ultimately triumphs over brute force.
Some of the pro-violence folks seem to take great comfort in the color makeup of the 5 NYPD who discharged 50 rounds without a single shot fired in
response. That is a tragedy compounding a tragedy. It has been well established that people of color when working for the man take on the values and
morality of the man. There are understandable reasons for that.
Another factor is fear. Especially found many years ago in white police in black neighborhoods. When they had the opportunity to do as they pleased,
fear drove the white police into their own form of violence. It seemed to them to be a way of self-protection. Unable to communicate, it seemed if you
could make yourself feared, it would enhance your personal safety. What that produced was a sub-culture that could not rely on the police, but had to
protect itself nevertheless. Result? Internal violence. Which served to re-enforced the white’s perspective of the sub-group. A downward spiral.
These kinds of cultural norms die slowly. They lurk just below the surface of even otherwise good people. And people of color who aspire to raise
themselves upward, find they are caught up in the same wrongly skewed mentality as their white counterparts. So, it is no surprise to me to hear a
person of color responded the same way white’s responded forever. At least since Plessy v. Fergurson, 1896. But then, how many of my white comrades
know what I’m referring to anyway? en.wikipedia.org...
I feel a certain sense of pride in Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan. From Ky and the lone dissenter.
" . . in most of these police brutality cases, the race of the victim is usually given as the reason for the incident. While we all can see the
truth of that assumption, the larger question is: Why do they think they can get away with murdering citizens in our streets? That affects us all, and
we know Americans don't care about stuff unless it affects them . . by re-framing the tragedy, she may be able to get more support, from
Americans, as opposed to from blacks and other people of color.
Or, one more thing. How many Steve (Stephen) Biko’s (Bantu) has white racism killed?
[edit on 12/5/2006 by donwhite]