“The Voice of The Black Community” is once again being hijacked by the race-baiting few, who believe that by stroking racial tension within their community, that they are actually doing good for their cause.One of the U.S. Congress’ most outspoken race-baiters, and member of the congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D), has just penned an op-ed in the Black Press USA website, named “Keeping My Brother’s Keeper,” further promoting more hate into the black community.
Wilson starts off by comparing the shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of a white “murderer,” to the killing of a deputized law enforcement German Shepherd, who was shot and killed by Ivans Rosier, a 17-year-old black boy.
This 17-year-old illegally broke into a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper’s home and shot the dog with a gun he was unlawfully carrying.
George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, was struggling with Martin before he shot him with a gun he was legally allowed to carry.
Both cases went to court, and after the jury weighed out the evidence presented to them, came to their decisions, acquitting Zimmerman, while sentencing Rosier to 23 years in prison.This is the American justice system at work. Deal with it.
Now get ready for all of Wilson’s ignorant and racially-divisive rhetoric.
When comparing these cases, one might ask how the murderer of a K-9 could be brought to justice, while the murderer of an innocent young man is set free.
But one fact rings true—African American males experience the highest sentencing rates and the most severe penalties for their crimes, while their peers of different races are prosecuted and sentenced for the same or harsher offenses at much lower rates. In 2009, African American men comprised 40 percent of the U.S. male prison population, while African Americans only comprise 13 percent of the American population.One out of every 15 African American men is incarcerated. By age 18, 30 percent of black men will have been arrested for non-traffic offenses. By age 23, that number jumps to 49 percent. According to the Bureau of Justice, one in three black men is expected to be imprisoned during his lifetime.
With only 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States holds 25 percent of all prisoners, the highest incarceration rate in the world, the majority of them young, Black American men. Black men in America are our society’s endangered species.
Perhaps Rep. Wilson should think that those “African American men” she speaks of chose to commit these crimes?
I don’t think that these criminals, because that is what they are, criminals, were forced to shoot people, rape, or steal.
Far too many minority boys grow up believing they don’t deserve the rewards life holds for others. Belittled by low expectations and degraded by stereotypes, these young men learn to see themselves as society often does—as caricatures of men whose only chance for success lies in a life of violence and crime.This crisis of identity is at the root of the problems that plague African American youth, disrupt our schools and too often, threaten our lives. Victimized and vilified since slavery, black boys have always had the odds stacked against them and they’ve had fewer opportunities to succeed. Black boys are constantly reminded of the perceptions of them.
Again, perhaps Wilson and other black community “leaders” should stop to think and realize that their constant and egregious use of the race card for political gain, is counterproductive and contradictory to the empowerment they are preaching.
When black boys go into stores they are followed. People cross the street, lock their car doors or hold on to their purses for dear life when they see them. Black males are “Convicted in the Womb.” When a Black boy is spotted he is automatically a suspect. Even Black people fear Black boys.
This is unconscionable. Black boys lag behind in areas such as high school graduation, college preparation, and employment rates, all affecting our nation’s ability to compete within a global society. With negative social and economic consequences for this nation, this crisis cannot be relegated to the African American community; it is an American epidemic.
What is unconscionable is that Wilson, like the rest of her kind, refuse to acknowledge that they are root of the problem in the black community. They are the ones that are belittling their own, and making them feel like second class citizens by constantly telling them that “whites” are suppressing them.How about telling black men that they have a chose in life, and that there are consequences for their actions, instead of telling them that the “white man” is punishing them for “just being black.”
Here is another idea. How about telling these black men that they can strive to be like other prominent black men, Chief Justice Clarence Thomas, former Congressman Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson, or even President Barack Obama?
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