posted on Apr, 28 2008 @ 04:29 AM
This is my first post after being a reader for some years and I have to say this topic heats my blood to a point that it almost brings tears to my
eyes. Imagine that this man Sean Bell had no color/pigment to his skin; was your son, brother, father, cousin, etc. And now take the fact that 50
shots were aimed in his direction, and he murdered. Mind you he is unarmed. For any man in this country, it should send a chill down your spine
knowing that know matter what you were doing; fishing, walking your dog, or enjoying yourself at a strip club the night before your wedding...that you
could be gunned down by the people sworn to protect you and yours, all the while, you are unarmed. I am a 21 year old black man and this tragedy
shook me to the core. I don't want to down play the fact that yes, crimes of this sort do happen to all races, religions, and sexual orientations in
this country, but to ignore the fact that for hundreds of years crimes like these have taken place in the "black" community, whether with whips,
ropes, chains, waterhoses, german shephards, and bullets, you have been deprived of a side of this countries "rich history" of violence towards
minorities. African Americans have fought side by side with European Americans in just about every major war this country has seen since the time it
was founded and yet it took until 1964 for color to be considered "wrong" for denying a person a drink at a water fountain in the south. Many
people of color in this country feel that acts such as the crime that took place in New York, have been seen as hate motivated for a long, long time.
And though many can agree to disagree, race is still a MAJOR issue for a lot of people in this country. Things have come far indeed, but to think
they are where they should be, being 2008 and all is almost the same as saying "We are not in a recession" lol. The reason there is so much anger
and passion for acts of this nature, stem from the fact that we are still relying on our government and judicial system to fix our (America's)
problems, when they truly have no concern. We fight a war in another country, yet you can add up the murder tolls around the nation and have the same
numbers. Our youth are told they are the future, when the school system faces budget cuts and lack funding for the future. People everywhere in
America should feel outraged about the concerns of a "few" because these concerns may soon become yours. To fight, protest, and demonstrate for
justice is a right everyone here has, and they are being stripped at an alarming rate without objection on a seemingly daily basis. This is only one
side to the "war" to regain the liberties that we being Americans were "born" with. I admire the fact that there are people still willing to
stand up for what they believe in, and take it to the steps of the people who HAVE to listen, though the argument may fall on deaf ears. All in all,
these as well as many others have to be addressed with some degree of assertiveness or they won't be acknowledged at all. Thank you all for reading
as I have done for so long, and expect more in the future.
"The hood is almost there, let's pull it back and see the light again folks"