Are only black men violent to women?

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Ray Rice, running back for Baltimore Ravens

When social problems have been colorized or racialized for so long, it can be hard on the targeted group to address that problem without being thrown into the negative stereotype. Even though it must be confronted, the group fears of collective judgments. And so, very little is said and even less gets done about it.

Where am I going with this? Recently NFL’s Ray Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens was fined and put on a two-game suspension for a domestic assault incident involving his wife, then-fiance Janay Palmer. Ray Rice a black male football player.

What he did was wrong, but it gets worse. ESPN’s “First Take” reporter Stephen A. Smith, also a black male, spoke on Rice’s defense stating that it was Palmer who provoked Rice which resulted in her getting beat up. Smith apologized, but it was insincere. And even though his ass is suspended as well, he and Rice did way more damage than many people think.

Black men in America are burdened with the stigma of being prone to violence. We see and hear about it all the time in news reports and in entertainment media. Somewhere at this moment, a black man assaulted, stabbed or murdered someone, and the local news is rushing to get the quick story.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson is known for his violent behavior in and out of the ring

However, there is an added spice to this recipe. Black men are also seen as brutes towards women, especially white women. More precisely, we are seen as animalistic savages yearning for some punany, and we don’t care how we get it. We simple want it by any means, including rape. The black male rapist is a popular stereotype in this country’s imagination.

In recent years, there is yet another variation of the violent black male, the kind that hates, beats up and murders women seemingly without reason. It has been rejuvenated since the infamous beating of pop singer Rihanna by rapper Chris Brown whose violent outbursts are treats for tabloid media outlets. Black male celebrities and athletes who beat up their girlfriends and wives are spotted under the radars of celebrity news and are given exclusive spotlights to the viewing public.

With the situation with Ray Rice and Stephen Smith making the rounds, a few men have spoke out against Rice’s “slap on the wrist”, the NFL’s nonchalant and supportive attitude and Smith’s jackassery. So far, most of the men are white males in the mainstrean like Keith Olbermann, Mitch Alborn, and Mike Lupica. And while it’s good there are men speaking out against domestic violence and the system that could care less, it’s disheartening to see that there haven’t been one brotha that said a word about this and how foul it is, or so it seems.

Damn! Are we the only ones really that messed up that we would beat up women? Are we the only ones that pathetic to think that somehow it’s cool and even funny when looking at numerous videos that highlight ratchetness? Are we the only cats who beat up women – especially black women?

You see, black people face a quandary. Violence has become classified as a “black problem” in the mainstream, and so many of us want to disprove that it’s our responsibility alone. Yet, we know we have the problem of violence in some of our communities, like everywhere else. So many of us have that fear of repercussions from the greater society that we try to keep our skeletons in our closet. But with the news being so heavily focused on black criminals, the closet has more than a few holes in it.

When it comes to how we treat black women, it’s especially wrong, but not limited to just us. If black men beat, rape or murder black women, most black folks don’t come to the aid of the victim. Instead, we do what the rest of society does, protect the males involved while ignoring and even condemning the women. We conclude that somehow, she was the cause of her own ass whooping, and in the end, we give the men a free pass because his reputation of being a “good guy” far exceeds his misogyny. No wonder why the domestic violence against black women is at the rate it is!

Do we seem to have this same cry for this problem whenever famous white men beat up their women? It doesn’t seem like it. There was nary a word made when Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen and Robert Downy Jr, just to name a few, were caught in their brutal misogyny and charged for it. If this is a social problem, why does it only seem that way when a famous black man is the perpetrator?

The face of domestic violence – once again – has a black male’s face. I tell myself that this is a social issue and not a black issue. After all, white men are all but innocent of their cruel treatment of women. So, if there must be a conversation about violence against women that pundits want, lets talk and do something about it, and that goes for us black folks as well.

Video: The Definition of a Black Man

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In a world where our media is controlled by white males, and where we get our information and programming from television, it’s plain as day that we’re indoctrinated with negative stereotype after negative stereotype of black men. The same is true for black women as well. Racism can dwell in any institution, and the media is no exception at all.

Of course, the excuse will lay the blame solely on us for our behaviors and for allowing our youth to take in the crap they produce. It’s the same argument drug dealers use. They only supply the drugs. It was their customers’ decision to buy them.

This spoken-word video takes shots at the mainstream media and their race to continue the stereotype factory going. This is why co-blogger Lavern Merriweather’s articles are directed at the racist double standards and constant minstrelization when it comes to black people, especially celebrities. That is why there must be a front to hold the media accountable. And that is why, most of all, we need to create our own media without giving in to the always present white racial frame of mind.

Quick Thoughts: Detroit’s Water Situation

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Detroit, an American city once called the “Motor City” is a shell of its former self. Thanks to Economic fuck-ups and typical politics that can only be described as ‘barbaric’, the city of Motown has become a Third-World hell hole. And now, it faces yet another crisis in the form of outstanding water bills.

It seems that since Detroit’s poor, lower-class citizens have been behind in paying their water bills. As a result, many residents are faced with the possibility of having their water shut off unless they somehow pay up. The drawback is that Detroit is in such economic distress that the poor struggle just to make it to through the week. It’s become so bad that the United Nations may have to step in as many deem this as a human rights crisis.

But, as we all know, some people see Detroit as a lost cause due to the decades long influx of black residents who – as expected – are blamed by racist putzes for the city’s poverty and crime. Of course, the fact that racism was a primary player in its economic down turn is unheard of to those dicks. Though, some on the more liberal side are more sympathetic, like the ones who represent PETA and see it as a perfect opportunity to capitalize off the struggle to promote their vegan campaign.

There seems to be a little hope. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is said to prolong the water shut-offs for a while longer until a humane resolution is reached. He stated that it hurts the reputation of the city. Oh, You think? Mayor Duggan must have missed the memo that the entire world already knows.

So, what will become of Detroit and its people when this crisis continues to unravel Detroit’s image of capitalistic corruption? What will it take for Detroit’s poor residents to get back on their feet? Sooner or later, something’s got to give, and shutting off the water is no solution.

Editorial: Israel Is Not My Birthright

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With the current drama behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict heightened once again, and with Western media’s obvious pro-Israeli bias showing off, especially the likes of the most liberal news stations like MSNBC, public opinion mostly supports the actions of the Jewish state no matter how questionable. However, there are some who are appalled by the actions of its government. Many of them are Jews themselves.

Shira Lipkin writes how her faith in a country she was taught as her “divine right” is now challenged. She was taught so much about how Israel was her promised land. But now, with this latest episode of anti-Palestinian paranoia, she begins to wonder about a nation that would bomb innocent people wholesale.

I’m writing this in my new baby niece’s room. I am here in Florida visiting my family because of this niece, this tiny pudgy innocent baby. We are Jewish, and it’s time for my niece to receive her Hebrew name in a sweet little ceremony at our longtime synagogue.

Last night I sat at the synagogue next to my 19-year-old daughter. I felt a swell of joy as the services began; I’d been away too long. I’d loved services as a child and teenager.

And then we hit the first mention of Israel as the Promised Land, and I burst into tears.

On the way to services, I’d caught up on Twitter a bit. I’d read about the Israeli missiles still falling on Palestine. I’d read about the outright murder of Palestinian children.

And I sat there and listened to the rabbi call Israel our Promised Land, and it broke something in me.

I am an American Jew of a certain age (40), and what that means is that I was raised to believe that Israel was ours by divine right.

It sounds ridiculous when you say it aloud. Especially because, like many of my generation of Jews, I’m not particularly religious. Many Jews my age slid into paganism, a sort of ambivalent agnosticism, or outright atheism; we are cultural Jews rather than religious Jews. And yet when I first spoke about the conflict between Israel and Palestine some years ago, I found that falling out of my mouth – that God promised us Israel. It’s ours because God said so.

My daughter, trying to comfort me after the services, said, “Maybe it is the Promised Land, just not right now.”

My daughter is an atheist. And the narrative got her, too.

The history we are taught in our Sunday school is that we were there first, and that therefore the Palestinians are occupying our land. How long ago were we there, though? And who, exactly, is we? I find myself using that we – “We need to stop bombing Palestine,” “we need to give land back,” but I am not Israeli. I have never been to Israel. This is how deep it runs, this idea of possession.

American Jewish teenagers get a free trip to Israel, paid for by a Jewish foundation. These are called Birthright trips.

My daughter went to Israel two years ago. Not on a Birthright trip, the very name of which raises the hairs on the back of my neck, that entitlement to land that others have lived on for generations. She went with my parents, who have gone many times before. She visited various landmarks; she took lots of pictures.

My daughter sat beside me last night at the synagogue, and I was acutely aware that she could not read Hebrew. Neither can my sister, and my husband lost the language right after his bar mitzvah, years ago.

I moved my finger beneath the words as I sang. I whispered to my daughter at opportune moments – this is the R, this is the L, here are the vowels.

Yud. Sin. Resh. Aleph. Lamed.

Yisrael.

I hoped fervently that it would not happen, but it did – the rabbi spoke of those who hate Israel and hate the Jews, but did not speak of the Israeli army, which is burning children alive; did not condemn the hate of Israelis for Palestinians. He spoke of peace, but he spoke of peace as a thing to force on the Gaza strip, not a thing for both sides to work toward. I clutched my daughter’s hand, trying not to cry, thinking but we are killing children. Where is the peace in that action?

Who is we?

We. We are killing children, we are killing civilians, because we were told that God gave us this land, and half of us don’t even believe.

Our Birthright.

They, not we. Israeli soldiers burned a child alive the other day. This is not we, this is not us, this is not in my name. These are nightmarish actions taken by a government I have no real tie to, despite my childhood indoctrination, despite my name, despite my alleged birthright.

At services last night we spoke of peace, but no peace can come of this.

The answer to occupation is not more occupation.

The answer to genocide is not genocide.

I sat there clutching my sefer, wildly praying for true peace, for all of this to stop, and I can’t see it from here. I can’t see Israel backing off. I can’t see an end to the murder, and it horrifies me. I think no one can possibly be reading the Torah anymore because this is not what we were told to do, this is not how we were told to act, and if you believe Israel is yours because God says so, how can you ignore the rest of what he said?

The rabbi encouraged us to go to Monday’s pro-Israel rally, and my stomach turned.

I am naïve, I suppose. I know that I am heartbroken. I just want everyone to live.

Shin. Lamed. Mem. I trace the letters and teach my daughter the word for peace.

Guest Post: 12 Barriers that Could Be Preventing You From Achieving Career Success

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By Chloe Lovette.

Found yourself unable to ascend the hierarchal ladder in the workplace, incapable of winning the promotions you’re sure you should have or even land a half-decent job in the first place?

It’s all too easy to believe that the world is collectively conspiring and working against you, but more often than not, it isn’t the world at large, recruitment officers or even your boss standing in your path, but rather the barriers that you yourself have erected that stand in the way of your career success.

You don’t believe in yourself

It can be difficult to believe in yourself when your failures seem to outweigh your successes, but believing in yourself is a crucial aspect of success – when failure gets you down, think of the times you’ve succeeded.

You haven’t set yourself goals to work towards

Without goals to work towards what exactly are you going to achieve? You need specific, career orientated goals to work towards for without them success will continue to pass you by.

You engage in ‘below the line’ thinking

‘Below the line’ thinking is thinking in a limiting way that erects obstacles in your path before you’ve even encountered them. ‘Above the line’ thinking is thinking about the obstacles you know stand in your way and tackling them head on.

You haven’t invested in yourself and career

Training and qualifications make a world of difference to career success and if it’s been a while since you took a course, even a weekend workshop, to develop/refresh your skillset, perhaps it’s about time you did.

You fail to notice opportunities when they present themselves

When you’re preoccupied with how career opportunities always seem to pass you by there’s a good chance that you’re failing to notice opportunities when they present themselves.

You have set yourself too many and/or unrealistic goals

Whilst it’s inherently important to set yourself goals and pursue them actively, if you have too many goals, or those you’ve set yourself are unrealistic, you’ll find that success will forever elude you.

You fear failure and that prevents you from trying for success

Many people fear failure and that prevents them from trying for success. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

You lack the motivation required to change and/or try new things

This really is a game changer – for better or worse. A lack of motivation is the most prominent factor in many people’s inability to get ahead because being motivated to strive for great things, and just as importantly, change oneself for the better and try new things, is a prerequisite for success.

You focus more on being good than getting better

No one is good at something before they get better at it, so instead of wallowing in doubt about your capabilities, pick an aspect of your work life you know you need to improve and work at getting better at it – aptitudes aren’t fixed and can always be improved upon.

You lack the determination, grit and staying power required for success

Successful people possess determination, grit and staying power because they realise that success is rarely achieved overnight, but rather by staying the course and remaining focused and strong.

You have a tendency to tempt fate

Tempting fate could involve taking on too much at work and consequently failing to make the right impression because you’re overstretched or aiming for positions that are simply way out of your depth – anything that makes achieving your goals more difficult than is necessary.

You don’t communicate effectively and/or don’t speak up

Successful people are excellent communicators who tend to advocate, negotiate and speak up strongly for themselves.

If you begin to lose sight of what you’re aiming for because rejection and your failures start to get you down, take note of what Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, has to say, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

About the  Author

Chloe Lovette is a writer working on a freelance basis for Career Savvy on  http://www.careersavvy.co.uk/, an online resource where job applicants and professionals can find useful advice on skills improvement and other ways to boost their careers.

Notable Links: 7-25/14

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When Black Isn’t Beautiful Enough

I feel like there is a deep sickness within Hip-Hop culture that needs to be addressed and it is one of self-hatred. Have Black and Latino women and men become so ingrained into believing that we are not beautiful that we eagerly promote and consume anything that seems “different” “exotic?” Why is it then that in most rap songs the lyrics contains phrases like “long haired thick redbone” or “foreign” in reference to woman?

I know that Hip-Hop and rap in particular are not cure-alls to societal ills, but one has to step back and imagine the damage the artists are doing to the psyches of those who consume their music and literally buy into their images. If I were a young Black or Latino woman and all I heard growing up listening to and operating within Hip-Hop culture was that you had to be “foreign” or a “long haired thick redbone” and I didn’t fit the bill, I would carry around unnecessary emotional baggage because I’m participating in a culture that doesn’t value or place emphasis on my beauty.

What Murdered Black Boys Mean for the Renisha McBride Trial

On November 2, 2013, 19-year-old McBride stumbled onto Wafer’s porch in Dearborn Heights, Michigan at 2:30 a.m. after suffering a car accident a town or so away two hours earlier. It is not known where she went between crashing her car and arriving on Wafer’s doorstep. When McBride knocked on Wafer’s screen door, her family says she was looking for help and access to a phone. Wafer opened his front door and fatally shot her in the head through his screen door. He did not call 911 until after he’d fired, telling dispatchers, “I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun, banging on my door.” His attorneys say he was fearful for his life.

After the incident, Wafer was not arrested. Instead he turned himself in nearly two weeks later on November 15, the day of his arraignment when he was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a felony firearm.

From her family’s perspective McBride’s murder was racially charged; a black women asked for assistance and was instead seen as a threat by a white man and killed. On the other hand, Wafer’s defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter highlighted that McBride’s blood alcohol level at the time of her death was twice the legal limit and she had marijuana in her system. Carpenter said that Wafer was afraid so he shot McBride in self defense.

He went to MIT at the age of 14, and now he’s changing the world

David Van Valen has a life that is built for legend. The young scientist and his family set trends years ago when he was accepted to MIT at the age of 13. While other kids his age were mastering videogames and hip-hop lyrics, David was preparing to dominate the future, taking a whopping 25 college courses while he was in high school, which he started at the “wise old age” of 10.

Halfway through the sixth grade, the work was just too easy. So, David’s mother petitioned to have him sent directly to high school. When the school said no, she simply did what any good parent would do: Worked around the system. She and her husband had David and his brother Joseph homeschooled for two years, giving them a far better education than the one they would have received in any public (or even private) school system.

Store regrets shoplift shame

Cherisse Martin, mother of Rikki Cooper, said her daughter rang her in tears after a female staff member at Countdown Dinsdale, in Hamilton, used the store’s intercom system to track her movements.

Cooper went to the Countdown on Thursday for her weekly grocery shopping when over the speakers she and other shoppers could hear a female staff member describe her as a “Maori girl” who needed to be watched.

The incident has sparked outrage across New Zealand and a Facebook account has been set up to boycott the Countdown supermarket on Whatawhata Rd.

Bronx firefighter becomes first woman featured in FDNY Calendar of Heroes

She has been one of the city’s few female firefighters for more than a decade and now she’s Miss March — the first woman featured in the FDNY Calendar of Heroes.

Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran, said she’s always wanted to be one of the 13 smoke-eaters featured in the yearly pictorial, but was told the honor was reserved for men only.

“I was told that it was all guys,” Mines, who is assigned to Engine Co. 60 in the South Bronx, told the Daily News.

“They said if I made it in the calendar, I would look like a pinup girl.”

Israel, Palestine, the Media & Black Folks

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It’s no secret to the enlightened and heavy informed that the Western media has a racial bias problem. The media which has been designated as “liberal” by right-wing pundits continues to paint certain people as mostly the problems that the rest of society must fear. Whatever they think, feel and say is irrelevant, unless it’s something the mainstream wants to hear and pass on. On the flip side, the ones with the most privileges and power, including the oppressors, are the ones to look up to, to listen to and to sympathize for.

So, it should be no surprise that we the same mess happening with the ongoing Israeli-Palestine conflict. The Western media runs towards the Israeli point-of-view painting them as the true victims delivering as pro-Israeli slant despite the nation having a major military advantage over neighboring Palestine.

Rula Jebreal appeared on MSNBC to criticize the Western media’s defense of Israel:

While arguing that influence from pro-Israel forces makes the news coverage more favorable to the country and its leader, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and subsequently sways the majority of American viewers to take the side of Israel, Jebreal explained, “Because of AIPAC, and because of the money behind it, and because of Sheldon Adelson, and because of all of us in the media. We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue.” She went on to add, “Look at how [much] airtime Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis. Andrea Mitchell and others. I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues.”

Since then, Jabreal tweeted how her future television appearances were all cancelled. Suspicious, yet not shocking.

So, what does this have to do with us Black Americans? A lot, as Kristian Davis Bailey, for Ebony, writes:

I learned how the police brutality African Americans and other minorities face in the US is directly tied to violence in Palestine. Since 2001, thousands of top police officials from cities across the US have gone to Israel for training alongside its military or have participated in joint exercises here. Just weeks before Oakland police violently broke up an Occupy rally, they had trained with repressive forces from Israel and Bahrain. In Georgia in 2006, a 92-year-old black woman was shot and killed by Atlanta police who had participated in an exchange program with Israeli soldiers on counterterrorism and drug enforcement. Our governments literally share resources and tactics with each other that directly harm our respective communities.

The experiences of African Americans and Palestinians with systemic mass incarceration are also strikingly similar. Forty percent of Palestinian men have been arrested and detained by Israel at some point in their lives. (To put this in perspective, the 2008 figure for Blacks was 1 in 11.) Israel maintains policies of detaining and interrogating Palestinian children that bear resemblance to the stop and frisk policy and disproportionate raids and arrests many of our youth face.

So far, the mainstream media has not taken the plight of institutionalized racism seriously enough to do an indepth analysis on the reasons, causes and its plight regarding the livelihood of African Americans. Likewise, we’ve hardly seen any pundit, right wing or left wing, utter so much as a word on behalf of Palestinians and their hundreds of victims. On the other hand, we’ve gotten plenty of negative press concerning both Blacks in America and Palestinians in the other side of the world while the media trumpets on behalf of the oppressor.

One or two things must happen. The first is that there must be a strong unified coalition of citizens demanding balance in the corporate news reporting. The racial bias that is evidenced must cease if there are to be more images and viewpoints outside of that of what the elite says. The second is that we create our own news and our media so we can tell our own stories without filters and without penalties. Either way, the stories of actual victims must be told.

Guest Post: What Makes Biohazardous Waste Disposal So Important – Are You Compliant?

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By Jason Webber

Biohazardous waste is defined as materials that are biological agents or conditions which constitute a threat to humans and the environment. The disposal of biohazardous waste materials is governed by strict guidelines that have been put in place by governmental bodies for the protection of the public and the environment.

Businesses that deal with biohazardous waste must adhere to the guidelines put in place and enforced by the relevant governmental agencies in their state – most states have their own specific guidelines for the disposal of biohazardous material – or country and offenders, i.e. businesses that fail to adhere to these rigid guidelines, can expect to be prosecuted and may, if applicable, have their license to work with biohazardous materials revoked.

The Four Categories of Biohazardous Waste

There are four categories of biohazardous waste with each category requiring a different disposal method.

1. Biohazardous sharps

In addition to needles and syringes, biohazardous sharps also include scalpels and any other instrument that has been used to pierce the skin of an animal or human.

2. Liquid biohazardous waste

This includes large quantities of blood and body fluids from animals or humans, and contaminated culture materials.

3. Pathological waste

This biohazardous waste category includes all unfixed animal and human body parts, organs and tissues with the exception of teeth.

4. Solid biohazardous waste (non-sharps)

This encompasses any non-sharps item that’s been contaminated with animal or human diagnostic material, such as gloves, tissues and vials.

Adhering to Local Biohazard Waste Disposal Guidelines

In Texas it’s the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) that puts in place the guidelines that all businesses which deal with biohazardous materials must adhere to.

These guidelines extend to all businesses that handle biohazardous waste which falls into the four categories outlined above, and in addition to universities, clinics and laboratories also includes tattoo parlours, assisted care facilities and nursing homes.

Most businesses that have a need to dispose of biohazardous waste work with a service provider licensed and certified by TCEQ to operate according to the strict guidelines that have been put in place for the benefit of all – clients, customers, employees, rubbish collectors, local citizens, the environment and anyone who could come into contact with biohazardous waste as a result of improper biohazard waste disposal techniques.

Why Is Proper Disposal of Biohazardous Waste So Important?

Without proper disposal there is a serious threat to the health, safety and wellbeing of the general public and anyone – clients, employees, etc. – who could come into contact with biohazardous waste.

The range of diseases that could be transmitted is far too long and worrisome to discuss in any detail and would also be determined by the nature of the material in question. In parts of the world with lax hazardous waste disposal guidelines, local communities living near hazardous waste disposal sites often suffer from a wide array of conditions and diseases as a result of these lax disposal methods.

In addition to the direct health risks that have become associated with improper disposal methods there would also be negative repercussions for business entities in Texas that fail to meet the strict guidelines that have been put in place by the TCEQ.

The TCEQ hands out hefty fines to business that fail to meet their strict guidelines, and in addition to the direct and heavy monetary expense in the form of fines, business organisations that fail in their obligations would also experience a loss of customer confidence and negative publicity as a result of their laxness.

The negative publicity that’s ensued in the past as a result of prosecution by the TCEQ has resulted in a tarnished business reputation, with the loss of customer confidence being been so significant in some cases that offending businesses have failed.

As a result, business organisations that have a need to dispose of biohazardous waste materials should have a service provider – the same service providers that provide death clean up services in San Antonio and other cities in Texas – dispose of their biohazardous waste to ensure they’re operating in compliance with the strict guidelines that have been put in place to protect the public and the environment from the very real threat that improper biohazardous disposal methods present.

The Reporter’s Comments

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Sean Bergin

News 12 New Jersey’s reporter Sean Bergin, a white man, reported a shooting of a rookie cop Melvin Santiago by Lawrence Campbell, a black male. Bergin decided to air out his views on air while covering the incident citing that an ‘anti-cop mentality’ is the result of young black men not having any fathers in their lives. He made that statement during an interview with Lawrence’s widow Angelique who said that he should’ve killed more officers who later apologized for making the statement. Bergin was reprimanded by News 12, because he “voiced an opinion rather than remained objective.” He walked out soon after.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly interviewed Bergin on her show. His views had not changed, and he didn’t believe he was wrong. He cared nothing about the consequences:

“It’s important to shine a light on this anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities,’ Bergin said. ‘The underlying cause of all of this, of course, young black men growing up without fathers…I knew there would be some consequences; I knew there would be some ramifications. I thought maybe I would get a reprimand, maybe a temporary suspension…If I had it to do over again, I would do the exact same thing.”

I hope I’m not the only one who thinks that Sean Bergin statements make no sense. I fail to see the link in fatherless, young black males and this animosity towards the police. But after careful thought, I see this is yet another weak attempt to associate young black men, absent black fathers and violence. This racist “logic” is very popular in American society, so popular that even some black people themselves, even the most liberal, accept it as fact. Somehow or another, not having a father in a black household spawns killers and rapists without fail. In this case, it even gives birth to cop-killers.

Bergin says how he was silenced for addressing the problem. He states that the media doesn’t want to talk about this subject due to “stark raving liberals who masquerade as journalists.” While Bergin is entitled to his stupid ass opinion, there are several things that also need to be addressed, but is rarely mentioned in the mainstream, liberal or conservative.

(As a side note, I’m not defending Campbell of any other criminal. But a few things need to be addressed.)

One, America’s problems, with major help from the media, are racialized. In this case, we’re seeing a rehash of fatherless males and violence latched on to the black community as black pathologies. In our case, one creates the other. Black males with no fathers equal violent crime. Only black folks have those problems and only they must take care of it.

Two, the issues of children growing up without dads and violence is not a ‘black problem’. They are social problems that are not stuck with one group of people. They are damning stereotypes that the so-called liberal media likes to present.

Three, Not many people have the knowledge or guts to mention how the media is racially biased in regards to black people. Most of the news you see or read involving black folks involve sports and crime. Positive news about black folks is as hard in the mainstream.

Four, unless there’s an article I’ve missed, we don’t know if Lawrence Campbell had a father or not.

Five, Bergin said, ““I’m in these housing projects all the time, and it’s all for the same thing: black men slaughtering each other in the streets. Why is this happening?” He assumed that those within the projects he mentioned are mostly single parent families with no fathers.

Six, being a black man without a father doesn’t guarantee that he will end up a criminal just like having a father won’t mean that he will definitely not be a criminal. This kind of low-level, racist thinking must cease. There are, have been and always will be young people who grow up to be whatever they want regardless if the father’s in the picture or not, which leads me to…

Seven, we seem to give fatherhood way too much power. At the same time, we devalue mothers, especially single moms, who take care of their children. Yet, the blame for fatherless black males always goes to the mothers. There isn’t nearly as much finger-pointing for the douche bags who committed hit-and-runs. Instead, they usually regarded as ‘thugs’ who women love to fuck over so-called ‘nice guys’.

Eight, and most importantly, Bergin obviously didn’t think to consider that the anti-police sentiment that so many black people have is due to anti-black sentiments that the police have that resulted in serious injuries and even death. Recently, a 51-year old homeless black woman Marlene Pinnock was beaten within an inch of her life by a California highway patrol officer, and from what we’ve learned, she was only crossing freeway medians in bare feet. And just a few days ago 43 year-old Eric Garner, a black man, was choked to death by New York cops after breaking up a fight. Of course, let’s not forget the numerous cases where black people were harassed and taken down brutally by police for hardly anything that would warrant such force. But hey, it’s the fault of black folks without fathers in their lives, right?

Eric Garner, recently murdered by police

Maybe if Bergin was so concerned with black male fatherhood, or the supposed lack thereof, he would dig deeper into the issue or at least question why the media is obsessed in seeing who our baby’s daddies are. But I doubt it. To people like Bergin, it’s simple, and there won’t be a heavy examination, especially to his questionable opinion. What he said in front of the camera is what people cheer for, and his penalty is what people are upset about. In the end, it’s our fault we hate police and it’s our fault we keep getting our asses handed to us by the nation’s finest, whatever it is to ease the collective guilt of the mainstream and law(less) enforcement.

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