By Omar Simpson, Esq.
Special to The Dagger
Here we go again… Different day, same ol’ bull stuff. White officer kills unarmed black man, claims it was the victims fault, and after much gnashing of teeth and soul searching by a predominantly white jury, the cop is set free to police the same community and live happily ever after. All seems right with the world! Except…another black man lies dead…another black woman mourns her dead son … another black father mourns his dead son. How many times must we hear this same old sad story? Black men, isn’t it apparent by now that we are on our own? We are despised by the community at large and the police, our sworn protectors, are our persecutors. We have no protectors…not from the police, not from criminals…from no one.
It has been made abundantly clear that black men must be our own protectors. We must police our selves. We must protect our own communities from all enemies, internal and external.
Based on what we’ve seen in Ferguson and many other places, black men cannot expect fair treatment from authorities. Every black male needs to know how to act when dealing with authorities. Don’t fight unjust cops in the streets. You’ll lose because they have “lethal” authority.
Instead, fight them using your legal authority. Ask if you are under arrest, if not tell the cop you want to leave. If he says you are under arrest, immediately demand an attorney and state you choose to remain silent. Then shut up.
Don’t fight unjust cops in the streets. Instead, fight them using your Electronic authority. Use your electronic devices to record abuse. Immediately send it via email, iCloud or file storage and sharing site. Amazon.com has shades that are video cameras for under $50. Get a pair and keep it in your car or on you when you are out. Use your videos in Court, Facebook, Twitter, online and in every venue to get fair and just treatment.
Black men can be our own worst enemy. We kill each other, rob each other…U.S. Census Stats don’t lie. What they also say is that most violent crimes in the black community are committed by a small group of repeat offenders against a much larger group of black law abiding people. So the question becomes, “How can a small group of black criminals get away with committing crimes against a much larger group of law abiding black men?” The smaller criminal group can only exist if the much larger black community allows them to exist. There really is no other way. If we are unwilling to stand up for our community, who is going to?
We will burn down our own communities, but won’t chase away the violent offenders in our own back yard?! That makes no sense! Some will argue that chasing violent offenders out is too dangerous, but the violent offenders are already killing us! Chase away violent offenders, but leave nonviolent, low level dealers alone. I could care less if someone smokes weed or other things as long as they are nonviolent in our community. Violence is what all sane people fear and despise.
Let’s focus on removing violent offenders from our neighborhoods. How? By reminding them that there are A LOT more of us than there are of them and we will protect our loved ones by any means necessary.
Voting is the surest way to protect yourself. Money and Votes are the only things politicians and police respect. A black life only has significance if it votes. If you don’t vote, you don’t matter. Why? Simple, votes are how everyone gets paid. Whoever wins controls congress, congress controls who gets contracts and money. Its not rocket science. If black men are sick of the Fergusons, sick of the brutality against unarmed black men and others, get off your asses and vote! Its that simple. Voting gives you the power to stop police brutality and harassment. Voting gives you the power to promote and punish the politicians and police that rule over you. Voting changes how people look at you. Voting makes you matter to people that otherwise wouldn’t give a damn about you! If you give a damn about you, Vote.
Anyone who really knows me, knows that I am quiet, but friendly; that I love family and children. (I still kick myself for not having more when I was young); And that I despite violence because I Love people. That is why current race relations pain me to my very soul. I can’t change what I am. I wouldn’t if I could. I am a proud black man; A strong black man. God put me here and I, like you, have every right to be here. I’m not going anywhere. Black men aren’t going anywhere. We need to learn how to better get along.
Omar J. Simpson, Esq.