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  •  You know... I've observed more men lately (6+ / 0-)

    in real life say "Love you, man" along with the usual hug. I think that this is a good thing.

    Had a long conversation with my grown son today about when do Black boys turn from being cute and energetic into something that has to be feared and put down like an animal?

    We were talking about the outcome of the trial of the White pharmacist (Jerome Ersland) in Oklahoma who found it necessary to go get another weapon and shoot a 16 year old a few more times just to make sure that he was dead though he was down, flat on his back, and motionless after being shot in the head.

    The White pharmacist had reason to be frightened when the two young men came in the place with the intention to rob him. But, after the one kid with the weapon fled, and the other was down and out with a head wound, why would he go on and execute him?  My son asked me that, and I had no easy answer.

    Are young, mortally wounded, Black men still that scary that you can't cover them with your weapon after calling the police?  Or, did he welcome the opportunity to finish one of "them" off?

    Another horrible tragedy that will poison the lives of the people involved for years to come.

    Erase the Hypocrisy, Erase the Denialism, Erase the Racism

    by blindyone on Wed Jun 01, 2011 at 09:17:44 PM PDT

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    •  I'd read that it happens when the boys are 8, (4+ / 0-)

      which is just sad.  Their energy is encouraged and celebrated.  They're the ones raising their hands high, enthusiastically waiting to show that they know the answer.  And then they are considered nuisances.

      I missed the story of the pharmacist.  Sounds like he's at the intersection of Bernard Goetz and Simi Valley's most notorious jury.

      Giving dap is good.

      I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear--Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by conlakappa on Wed Jun 01, 2011 at 09:34:47 PM PDT

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      •  The OK jury actually convicted him and (5+ / 0-)

        gave him a life sentence (with the possibility of parole) thus the outrage all over the internet because he was protecting himself and two white women co-workers who vouched for him.

        I think the fact that some of the activity was on tape, and he inflicted a wound on his arm to create sympathy, and, most of all, lied to the authorities did him in.

        I don't want to derail this wonderful diary, I just had to wonder about how so many view young Black men in this society... starting at eight! Really?

        Erase the Hypocrisy, Erase the Denialism, Erase the Racism

        by blindyone on Wed Jun 01, 2011 at 09:45:45 PM PDT

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