Would you hug the murderer of your family member?
In the Amber Guyger (White policewoman) Murder trial for killing Botham Jean (Black), both Jean's brother and the Black judge hugged Guyger, after the judge sentenced her to only 10 years for murdering Jean in his own apartment. She could have been sentenced to 99 years. Guyger supposedly killed Jean because she got his apartment and her apartment "mixed up" and thought "he was in her apartment."
There has since been this ongoing dialogue about his family "forgiving her" for the murder of their Loved One. What the judge was doing, no one really knows.
Why is it Black folks feel they NEED to pray for, and forgive those who killed their Loved One(s), and in turn, they feel, would allow them to "let the pain go?" Does forgiveness and prayer "bleach" your mine and your memory? Do you always forgive your enemies, forget about the hatred and their Racist Murders, and then develop amnesia as if nothing happened? Do you forgive and forget the Racist who went to your church and killed your mother? Do you forgive and forget the Racist policeman who killed your brother? Do you forgive and forget the Racists who killed your cousin?
Do you ask Jews to forgive and pray for Hitler and the Nazis? Do you ask parents to forgive and pray for the murderers who killed their children in school ? Do you ask Myrlie Evers (Williams) to forgive and pray for Byron DeLa Beckwith and the sniper rifle he fired to kill Medgar Evers? Do you ask Vernon Dahmer's sons to forgive and pray for the Klan members who firebombed their house and killed their Dad, AFTER, he saw to it the four of them and their mother made it to safety, and then stayed to protect his property? Do you ask a mother and a father to forgive and pray for the Klan members who bombed your church, killing your child?
Then, why in the H-E-Double Sticks are you asking me to forgive, and even pray for my enemies? Save your Christian moralizing for someone else.
I posted this 5 years ago. I am posting it again because of the similarities with ALL murder cases that get to trial--not that many--when the Murderer is White and the Victim is Black. Michael Dunn Killed Jordan Davis. He received “ Life Without Parole.” Amber Guyger murdering Botham Jean is similar. Just change the names. The commentary is the same. These cases speak to the White Criminal Injustice System. And as obvious as both cases are, you never know what a predominantly White Jury...Aren’t they all?...will do.
5 years ago I wrote..."I am loathe to consider the guilty verdict in the Jordan Davis case a victory. Victory implies someone won something, and no one won a thing. The guilty verdict today is justice served although it is also justice delayed since it took a do-over to get the verdict right. I understand we have a need to celebrate what we might consider a victory because, whether we want to admit it or not, the Racist Justice system is stacked against Blacks. Always has been and always will be. Yet we should not have to celebrate the justice system finally recognizing a Racist murder whether they call it Racist or not, and delivering the appropriate comeuppance. The Appropriate First Degree Murder verdict only gives some closure...not much... to Jordan Davis' Parents.
The verdict today for all intents and purposes is a political verdict. Political verdict because 1) the community et al demanded the second trial after the White Jury in the First Trial would not get the First Degree Murder verdict right; 2) It gave the State Attorney's office "a second bite of the apple" after "blowing it the first time"; 3) Racist Murderer Michael Dunn was already looking at 60 years and more years on his sentence did not make a difference in his ever getting out of jail; 4) It was another instance of a White adult killing an unarmed Black child; 5) it was a social media identified and recognized obvious racist murder.
This was a senseless murder but not because of loud music. This was a senseless murder because of Core Racist Attitudes of White America. A murder which allowed a Racist with malice aforethought to simply get his gun and kill a Black unarmed youngster. A murder which cost us a doctor or lawyer or a college president. A murder which cost us a future good father and a future good husband and a good son. Unfortunately there are other Trayvon Martin/Jordan Davis/Michael Brown Racist murders in the future, as there were Emmett Till/Johnnie Mae Chappell/Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins ---the list is endless---Racist murders in the past, all who lost their lives simply because they were Black. Justice served for a racist murder is not a victory."
BTW...even with an exposure of 99 years...Guyger was sentenced to 10 years for murder.
The Struggle Continues!
Dear White Folks:
Can we talk? And I will try to not say, I told you so.
I know you were jealous when we...Black folks, that is...went on and on about how proud we were of President Obama and how we ...Black folks, that is...considered him the Greatest President of all time. It was not our intent by showing our pride in someone who looked like us, sitting in the Oval Office, making great decisions which helped ALL of America, to make you jealous, but it is what it is. You noticed I said ALL of America. That’s because ALL presidents ...ALL White Presidents, that is...have not served ALL of America.
For instance: Your Christian "founding father presidents” wrote America’s documents-you call them the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution-that brazenly did not apply to Black folks, just because of plain ol’ White American Racism...and... Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham Lincoln after y’all Killed him, decided Blacks would never get their “promised 40 acres and a mule,” just because of plain ol’ White American Racism ...and...Woodrow Wilson, who decided Washington DC needed separate bathrooms for men and women by race because “everyone knows Blacks carry venereal diseases,” just because of plain ol’ White American Racism ...and... Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Southern Democrats would not include domestic workers and farm workers in the Social Security Act of 1935, thereby excluding 60% of Black folks in America, just because of plain ol’ White American Racism...and Ronald Reagan, who kicked off his presidential campaign in Philadelphia Mississippi...yes that Philadelphia Mississippi...with a Real Red Meat speech to Whites in America to come to the Racist Republicant party, just because of plain ol’ White American Racism. These are but a few...and now we come to donald trump, your pathetic answer to Barack Obama.
I cannot blame you for being jealous, except we cannot ignore the obvious. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, Barack Obama worked as a community organizer in Chicago. In 1988, he enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, he became a civil rights attorney and an academic, teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He represented the 13th district for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 until 2004, when he ran for the U.S. Senate. He received national attention in 2004 with his March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, and his landslide November election to the Senate. In 2008, he was nominated and was elected president. Nine months later, he was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
After President Obama’s re-election, and after 8 years of an Outstanding Scandal Free Administration, you White America, decided to counter the Excellence of President Obama by electing a president which more closely resembled you...and you scoured high and low and came up with the "anointed" donald trump.
This is one time where your “lows” outranked your “highs.” You appeared to be quite happy with electing a Misogynistic Sexist Racist as YOUR president. Now, we...Black folks, that is...tried to tell you it was not going to work. That a Racist is a Racist is a Racist and you would rue the day you elected the Incompetent Degenerate that some of you call president...but...you appeared to be quite happy. And again, you would not listen to us...Black folks, that is.
Now in addition to all of the other transgressions of YOUR president, we find that he is a traitor, and is conspiring with America’s Number One Enemy, and is enlisting all of his cabinet basically as co-conspirators. You have to be embarrassed. We...Black folks, that is...are not embarrassed. We knew what to expect. You must admit, America is in one Helluva Mess, and all because you would not listen to us...Black folks, that is.
We ...Black folks, that is ...Told you so. I Tried, But I Just Couldn’t Resist Saying That.
The Struggle Continues!
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.