Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Mayor de Blazio

For decades, the parents of young African-American men have trained their children to be cautious if they encounter law enforcement authorities.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he and his wife long ago began advising their biracial son, Dante, to obey officers’ commands, should they ever question him.
Mayor de Blasio insisted: “There’s that fear that there could be that one moment of misunderstanding with a young man of color, and that young man may never come back.  That’s what parents are so worried about.
“We have to have an honest conversation in this country about a history of racism.  We knew, sadly, there was a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color.  It’s different for a white child.  That’s just the reality in this country.”  
The Mayor was responding to the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, who was black and unarmed.  He died after being placed in a chokehold by Pantaleo, who is white, on a street corner in Staten Island.  Several officer were trying to arrest Garner for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.  The scene that was captured on video showed Garner saying 11 times, “I can’t breathe.”  A week earlier, a St. Louis grand jury chose not to charge criminally police officer Darren Wilson, for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Mayor de Blasio had promised to ensure a fair and justified outcome in the Garner case.  During the interview with George Stephanopoulos, he didn’t comment on the judicial process, but instead spoke about improving relations between the police department and community.  The mayor said he respects the judicial process and the reality that both the federal government and NYPD had started civil rights and administrative investigations.
Patrick Lynch, chief of the NYPD union, accused the Democratic mayor of “throwing (police officers) under the bus.”  However, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton insisted that de Blasio is “very supportive” of the city’s officers.
The reason African-Americans turn out in huge numbers to vote for Hillary Clinton, in those states that have a large population of African-Americas, is that they trust her more than Bernie Sanders to deal with what appears to be racially motivated killings by police that have frequently been occurring.


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