UNPARALELLED UNCOMPROMISED UNFORGIVEN UNSUNG
BLACK MEN & BLACK LIVES MATTER!
VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY HONOR STUDENT MARTESE JOHNSON ATTACKED
The white owner of the bar says, "The young man did not resist arrest and did nothing wrong".
OPEN LETTER: TO ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS, CLERGY & STUDENTS OF THOMAS STONE HIGH SCHOOL WALDORF, MARYLAND
On Saturday March 21, 2015 I participated in a program titled "Bridging the Gap-College & Career Fair" at your school. Before taking the journey to your school I visited your website on-line to learn more about you. As I browsed your site I notice your school was pretty well integrated with both whites and people of color. http://www.edline.net/pages/thomas_stone_high_school
So I was disappointed to see there were no white students or parents in attendance for the opening ceremony!
My question, how can you Bridge the Gap when all of your students don't participate? How can you prepare students for college and careers in the Real World when only one segment of your school population participates?
I read the letter from the President of the University of Virginian to enlighten the students of the obstacles that lie ahead on college campuses around the country. The attacks by white cops on black men, sexual assaults on women and racist rants in fraternity houses are common occurences.
Our children must be made aware that no one is playing fair and the "Even Playing Field" for blacks in America is non-existent.
They need to know that all the wealth in America is controlled by 1% of the population, The Fortune 500 companies, Black CEOs make up 1%. There are more blacks in jail then were in slavery. America has the largest prison population in the free world. Prisons are now "Big Business" they are on the Wall Street Stock Exchange. All the white wardens are millionaires.
I challege anyone of you to travel to the Upper Marlboro Courthouse on any given morning and count the number of whites in a standing room only traffic count. If you count pass five I will kiss you where the sun don't shine. This is a court system that in 2015 operates on the premise of Justice & Just-Us!
A white man in 2015 still makes double the salary of a black man, but the cry is "Equal pay for women"!
The Supreme Court is scaling back voting rights, right before our very eyes. The court recently approved of a law giving the 1% the opportunity to contribute as much money as they like to their favorite candidate. This means, there will never be a Black President in the White House again. The 1% can now buy the White House, the Senate and Congress right out in the open (Lobbyist were once the Undercover Boss).
I wonder who is telling our children that the root of police brutality lies in their Code of Silence and The Thin Blue Line? The unspoken by-laws were the brain child of the KKK mentality of police departments around the country in the 1900s. These in-house laws were put in place to protect white cops as they brutalized Black Americans and are still in practice in our communities today. In the meantime, black folks in school communities like Thomas Stone play out the roles of The Three Little Monkies, "See No Evil, Speak No Evil and Hear No Evil" while our children's blood flows in our streets and on our campuses.
Taraji P. Henson who plays the lead role of Cookie in the hit TV show Empire has decided to enroll her son in a HBUC (a historic black university) Howard University in Washington, DC her alma mater.
She was first thinking about transferring him to the University of Southern California but after two racial profiling incidents she changed her mind. The first incident took place in Glendale. Her only son Marcel's car was pulled over and illegally searched without a ticket being issued. The second incident was on the campus of the University of Southern California. This was the school she had selected to transfer him when he was stopped by the cops for having his hands in his pockets. Taraji said, "I'm not paying $50K so I can't sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus"?
Marcel and his mom Taraji
There are some Good Cops (black and white) in our community but they are outnumbered by the bullies and cowards who are protected by a Code of Silence and a Thin Blue Line.
2015 marks 50 years I have spend working with youth gangs and at-risk children in the DMV. My encounters with the court system, its judges and the Good, Bad and Ugly cops in our community has been a one of a kind experience.
My late brothers, Robert Alfred Bell was a U. S. Marshall for 20 years and my younger brother Earl K. Bell was a DC cop for 13 years. I was responsible for both of them getting their jobs in law enforcement. They were both honest cops who tried to do the right thing when it came to protecting others. My friend and partner in the community the late DC Superior Court Judge Luke C. Moore was the first black in modern day history to be named U. S. Marshall in charge. He was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967. He recommended my brother Robert for the job (see link below).
DC Superior Court Judges: Luke Moore and Eugene Hamilton
My brother Earl served 8 years in the U. S. Army before returning home to apply for a job as a cop on the DC Police Department. He would discover the racism, he thought he had left behind in Germany as a Military Policeman and heavyweight boxing champion had followed him home to DC.
He passed the physical and written exams with flying colors, but the department claimed he was not eligible for employment because of his juvenile record. He brought the letter of rejection to me and I immediately carried to my friend Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner the late Bill Raspberry. Bill uncovered what I knew all along, "An adult's juvenile record cannot be held against him while applying for a job in the District Government".
Sgt. Earl K. Bell
Long story short, the department claimed the letter went out without their knowledge. It was later discovered this was a tactic often use to bypass black applicants. Earl K. Bell was hired and was promoted to sergeant before his career came to an end on an icy overpass in SE DC in 1983. His automobile was in a head-on with a 16 wheel tractor trailer. He would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He died in a nursing home on August 1, 2013. The Code of Silence and Thin Blue Line was responsible for his untimely demise (another story for another time).
Don't think for a moment the wearing of a camera by a bad cop will eventually solve police brutality in America. The bad cop will just turn off his camera and say "It was a malfunction".
Judging by your response to my presentation, you have forgotten, that black and white folks gave their lives trying to make America an "Even Playing Field" for everyone.
The Trailblazers had names like 14 year old Emmit Till hung by his neck in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman. The four little girls blown up in church in Alabama, the white civil rights workers shot and killed in Misssissippi fighting for our voting rights, President John F. Kennedy shot and killed for his stand on civil rights. Civil Rights leaders Megar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King all shot to death fighting for our freedom. And ordinary black men with names like, Rodney King, Travon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, and now college student Martese Johnson brutalized by bully cops--your child could be next.
My wife Hattie and I had a brief conversation with Delegate Edith J. Patterson after the forum. She sits on the Ways and Means Committee representing the 28th Legislative District of Charles County.
Delegate Patterson is the proud parent of two sons and she is very concerned about their well being as young black men. "My sons and young men like them must understand they are our future". Delegate Patterson definitely believes, 'That black lives matter'.
The administrators, teachers, parents, clergy and students at Thomas Stone High School when are you going to stand up and say "Enough is enough"?
"My child has been racially profiled," she said of her son, whom she welcomed in 1994 with her since-deceased high school sweetheart. "He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for."