He states in his first paragraph,
“If America wants to move beyond racism we must first move past the Democrat party. The black community is virtually void of "American pride" because we don't know our American history and we don't trust our God.”
I’m certainly interested in ‘moving beyond racism’ and I was drawn in.
Mr. Jackson then gives an example to clarify his point…
“Can you imagine a Mount Rushmore erected with the faces of black heroes of the past? Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass , George Washington Carver, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Hiram Rhodes Revels (the first black ever elected to congress during Reconstruction) are just a few that come to mind. Now picture the faces of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin (hoodie included) memorialized into that same mountain top alongside any of the two above mentioned heroes. You can't can you?”
For one thing, this is a horrible example for Mr. Jackson to use… In a Treaty in 1868, the United States ceded territory that included the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation… in perpetuity.
The Treaty was immediately voided by the United States when gold was found in the mountains and prospectors invaded the area during the 1870s.
Then on top of that, the sacred land has been ravaged with the carving of Mount Rushmore to honor the criminals who stole the land and killed the Native People... And this is his example?
But, that’s not even the point. Mr. Jackson seems to imply that there is a qualitative difference between Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin and those celebrated African American historic figures. Those celebrated historic figures were ordinary people who were able to respond heroically to circumstances. Any one of them could have been gunned down by the police at any time in their lives.. especially when acting 'heroically'.
Had they lived, Michael and Trayvon may well have had an opportunity to respond to future circumstances in their lives, had they lived!
After implying that the source of the current difficulties is the media publicizing the incident and reinforcing the concept of racism in America, he says, “
"I can't help but to imagine how minority lives would be drastically changed for the better, and even spared, if media cameras were often turned away from white police officers and towards young black thugs. Perhaps, it would begin a wave of introspection in the 'hood like never before."
He then jumps to the Democratic Party and smears it with the “liberal” label, apparently not recognizing that both parties are equally bad for ‘the hood’.
He then says,
“Apparently, it's acceptable to hold police officers in places like Ferguson, Missouri accountable for the death of a black teen as long as the officer is white, but God forbid blacks are held accountable for all of the deaths that result from black-on-black crime in every major city around the country annually.”
Is he blind to a prison system filled with young men paying an excessive price for that ‘black on black’ crime?
“This double standard has done more damage than good to the black community. Far too many blacks are incapable of distinguishing real black heroes from convenient black heroes. By today's standards the names I began this article with would probably be considered "sellouts," especially since all but one were Republicans. Yet these are the heroes most likely to inspire most of America's black youth still today."
"For whatever reason, the black community has but a handful of real heroes. As a result, we pay tribute to many people who don't deserve our praise or affirmation."
"It's not a noteworthy accomplishment to die due to one's own bad choices. There's nothing heroic about thugs and crime. Americans use to keep them in their rightful place, jail. Now we can find them plastered on our kids bedroom walls. Once upon a time morality and societal pressure brought about repentance (a change of heart and behavior) in some criminal minded individuals. Unfortunately, unwarranted and violent protest like that of Ferguson, Missouri do nothing but enable and train our black youths to disregard the rule of law rather than respect it. Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin weren't killed because they were black. They were killed because they made bad choices."
"Nothing halts economic prosperity and cultural evolution of a race like the belief that dreams and justice are unattainable simply because of one's skin color. Frankly, despite pockets of undeniable racism, we haven't lived in that America for nearly one hundred and fifty years (perhaps 40 years in parts of the south). Blacks that pretend otherwise are complicit in the demise of their own people."
"Show me a young black male that has a good dad or a strong male role model, and who can read, write, speak well and has good work ethic and I'll show you someone who will succeed in life. Show me a black male who speaks as though English is his second language, knows the latest top ten hits on the FM dial, every reality show star on MTV, BET or ETV, and wears his pants under his butt and I'll show you a young black angry male with little chance of success unless he makes it in the NBA, NFL, or as a hip hop star."
"When I'm in the hood, I'm not concerned when I spot a police officer, I'm relieved. Law abiding citizens typically don't have to worry about cops."
"Every Native American I spoke to since the shooting had a story to tell about their treatment at the hands of the Rapid City Police Department and that of the Pennington County Sheriff's Department. To a person they recalled being manhandled and mistreated. And this has created an underlying feeling of fear of the police.
I can also speak from personal experience.""