The Forgotten Issue – Police Violence Against Black Men (and Women)

The Forgotten Issue – Police Violence Against Black Men (and Women)

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By Jesuorobo Enobakhare, Jr

A photo of  Colin Kaepernick tweeted out by Jennifer Lee Chan on August 26, 2016 launched a public debate.  Kaepernick stated his action (sitting, which led to kneeling, during the anthem) was due to the oppression of people of color and ongoing issues with police brutality.  However what was intended to draw attention to the demand for justice for people of color, quickly turned into a debate centered on patriotism, supporting the US Armed Forces, and First Amendment Rights; meanwhile the subject of his action was quickly and quietly ushered off of the main stage.

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge a few of the unarmed men and women of color killed by police courtesy of Daniell Funke and Tina Susman of the LA Times http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-police-deaths-20160707-snap-htmlstory.html:

  • Alton Sterling, 37 Baton Rouge, LA – 2016
  • Gregory Gunn, 58 Montgomery, AL – 2016
  • Samuel DuBose, 43 Cincinnati, OH – 2015
  • Brendon Glenn, 29 Los Angeles, CA – 2015
  • Freddie Gray, 25 Baltimore, MD – 2015
  • Natasha McKenna, 37 Fairfax County, VA – 2015
  • Walter Scott, 50 Charleston, SC – 2015
  • Christian Taylor, 19 Arlington, TX – 2015
  • Michael Brown Jr., 18 Ferguson, MO – 2014
  • Ezell Ford, 25, Los Angeles, CA – 2014
  • Eric Garner, 43, Staten Island, NY – 2014
  • Akai Gurley, 28, New York, NY – 2014
  • Laquan McDonald, 17, Chicago, Il – 2014
  • Tamir Rice, 12, Cleveland, OH – 2014

A few of the names you may be familiar with, all of the names many are not.  But most are familiar with Colin Kaepernick and by his actions he spoke for all of them.

In 2017 Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers. As of yet he has not been signed by another NFL team while at the same time police violence against black men and women has continued. Once again the conversation is not about the victims but has now shifted to the reasons for Colin Kaepernick not being signed by an NFL team, First Amendment Rights and NFL boycotts.

This reminds me of a scene from The Dark Knight – “You spat in the faces of Gotham’s worse criminals.  Didn’t you think there would be some casualties?  Things were always going to get worse before they got better.” – Alfred Pennyworth to Bruce Wayne (Batman).

Football is the most popular sport in America.  Racism and oppression of people of color has been a part of the American way since the founding of this country.  Colin Kaepernick unintentionally (or intentionally) drew a battle line against racism and oppression in front of millions of NFL fans.  The battle for the soul of our country was laid bare for all to see. But instead of the issue being confronted and finally resolved, the NFL owners have decided to fight to restore the status quo by the supposedly “quieting” of one voice.

Colin Kaepernick took a knee, not for you nor me, he took a knee for those voiceless known and unknown black men and women who were the victims of police violence and it is now up to us to not only be their voices in protest, but to also to work to change the system and end the bloodshed so that those lives lost will not be lives lost in vain.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr.

Contact him by email at jesuorobo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter @Jesuorobo.

 

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TBT Article – The War on Voting Rights For Minorities Begins

TBT Article – The War on Voting Rights For Minorities Begins

What we have witnessed in regards to the United States Supreme Court decision on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a clever strategic move (gamble, hedged bet, etc…) by the Republican Party that caught many by surprise.  In 2006 when Congress voted to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Republicans knew that would buy them some votes from the so-called black conservatives (and other minorities) and their hands would be clean regarding voting rights for minorities.

What most of us did not realize was that Republicans knew by stacking the Supreme Court, they would be able to eventually get the “unelected” branch of the United States government to do their dirty work. Now in 2013 Republicans pretty much have a stacked deck. They control congressional redistricting, they control the Supreme Court (to a degree), they have the majority in congress (house), and they now have what appears to be the advantage when it comes to voting.

The Republican “Master Plan” was unleashed with all of its fury and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is pretty much useless as there is currently no way to enforce it, thereby opening the gateway for any and all voter suppression tactics to become state laws. This was but the first successful shot launched in the war against voting rights for minorities. Now is the time for us to get our hands dirty and fight to win this war.

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How do we win?

  1. We educate everyone in every state on their respective state’s Voter ID Laws.
  2. We make sure the elderly have transportation to get their Voter ID’s and the money to pay for them.
  3. We put our respective congressmen on notice that if they don’t do something about Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that they will not be in office after the next election.
  4. Most importantly we vote in the next election and every election afterwards as if our lives depended upon it.

Time to get out of our soon to be nonexistent comfort zones, create our strategies to implement the four objectives mentioned above and prove to our forefathers that the blood, sweat and tears they shed in order to ensure a guaranteed right to vote were not shed in vain.

Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr. is a Moderate Democratic Blogger who cuts through the rhetoric so that individuals can see the reality of political statements and how those statements turned into action can affect them. Contact him by email at jesuorobo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter @Jesuorobo.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr.

This was originally published on June 26, 2013

Trump Attacks Syria

Trump Attacks Syria

Thursday evening at 7:40 p.m. CST (3:40 a.m. local time) President Trump ordered an attack on the Syrian government in a response to the chemical weapons attack that killed Syrian civilians that took place earlier this week.

This is a complete reversal of US foreign police towards Syria and the first direct US military attack on the Syrian government headed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the six-year civil war.

US navy Pics 2Shayrat Airfield, reported to be the staging ground for the chemical attack, was the target of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles  launched from US Warships.

Now the questions we ask is – What’s next?  Is this extreme sabre rattling by Trump, whom many in the world community see as a wildcard?  Is this the start of Trump plan to forcefully remove Bashar al-Assad from power much like Bush did in Iraq with Saddam Hussein?

Quick Facts on the Syrian Civil War:

  • 400,000 have been killed
  • 4.81 million have fled the country
  • 6.3 million displaced internally

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/27/world/meast/syria-civil-war-fast-facts/

Regime change is an expensive proposition that rarely provides the expected results (refer to Iraq).   The US cannot resolve this conflict in Syria by just lobbing a few cruise missiles at the problem.  This issue can only be resolved thru a committment to diplomacy by the world body.

War should always be a last resort.

 

Throwback Thursday Article – WHY???

Throwback Thursday Article – WHY???

Why all of the interest in holding cops to a higher standard than gangs?  Because they are not the navy blue negro killers.  They should be the example of the best in the community;  those willing to lay their lives on the line to serve and protect.  If they  choose to be thugs with a badge, why not just turn the badge in and either join or form a street gang because that is what you are.

Why focus on a white cop killing an unarmed black teen when you should be focused on so-called black on black crime?  So are you saying that before we begin talking about  a long overdue problem of racial injustice we should focus on its legacy?  That is like focusing on disease symptoms but not the disease itself.  Why not focus on both?  We as black people have the capacity to multi-task.  It is an insult to our individual and collective intelligence when you as a black person say that we can’t focus on both.

So you see a rally in Ferguson, New York and California, but you don’t see a rally about so-called black on black crime?  Really?  When was the last time you went to a black church?  When was the last time you paid attention to your community?  No one mentioned it at your church?  No one rallied in your community?  Why don’t YOU mention it in church?  Why don’t YOU organize a rally?  What?  You do not attend a black church?  What?  You do not live in a black neighborhood?  AND…

Stop criticizing those who ARE DOING something just because they are not doing what YOU feel they should do.  Be the change that you want others to be.

Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr. is a Moderate Democratic Blogger who cuts through the rhetoric so that individuals can see the reality of political statements and how those statements turned into action can affect them.  Contact him by email at jesuorobo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter @Jesuorobo.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr.

This article was originally published August 27, 2014.

 

 

 

Trump the Figurehead of the Russian Government?

Trump the Figurehead of the Russian Government?

It would be so easy to write off Donald Trump as a figurehead of the Russian government. Back in the 80’s there was a TV miniseries titled Amerika. Amerika was about the United States after a bloodless takeover engineered by the Soviet Union (IMDb). For Russia to take over the United States via Trump; that is a conspiracy theorist’s greatest dream.  Unfortunately everything points to that being just as fictional as Amerika the miniseries.  What appears to be the current reality is a tad bit more sinister.

Donald Trump believes in winning at all costs. You can see it in the trail of destruction left behind after business “wins”. Such destruction includes unpaid debts to:

  • A cabinet builder contracted for Harrah’s Trump Plaza in Atlantic City
  • Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast
  • Real estate brokers who sold his properties
  • Several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/

So there is no question that Trump “used” Russia to win. Many currently believe Trump is a puppet of Putin.  But the truth is Trump played Putin. Trump treated his presidential campaign and the United States of America as a business acquisition.  Some acquisitions end in a win – win but many end with a winner and a loser.  In this instance there was one winner, Donald J Trump and two losers, Russia and the United States citizens who are not members of the 1%.  Russia will now join the long list of those individuals and entities that Trump “reneged” on.

But the sad part is that the American People are now added to that list as well.

We Need a Solution

IMG_0422Making fun of our president is really fun. I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. Showcasing the hypocrisy of the Trump administration and their lies is something that is a daily feature on many of our timelines. While it can be fun, informative, stressful, and disheartening all at the same time, we cannot lose site of one thing:

Pointing out the problem is not the same as identifying a solution.

We all need to be identifying (local, state, federal) candidates, legislation, like minded groups, initiatives and individuals and supporting them with our ideas, time, and campaign / nonprofit donations so that we can get our communities, states, and country back on track.

That is the solution.