Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tamir Rice, Police Injustice and The Appearance of Evil.

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Tamir Rice is a 12 year old black boy who was killed November 14, 2014 because a resident had called that they saw a black male who was about 20 years old parading around the park with a revolver. The kid was killed 12 seconds later after the police arrived by a police officer in training. The reason was the confusion that Tamir Rice had a gun; meanwhile, it was a pallet gun. People are furious that the officers or officer at least was not indicted. [1]  What about the adults who called 911? The police officer was not charged because the investigation presumed that they feared for their lives since they thought that the kid was about 20 years old. If Ohio is an open carry state, then it makes no sense for them to shoot and kill him just barely 12 seconds later. Wouldn't they find out if he was licensed to carry a gun since they prejudged that he was 20 years old??? I don’t want to talk about the carriage or miscarriage of justice thereof; I just want to sound a warning to the black kids. Paul told the Thessalonians, “Abstain from every form of evil.”[2]
The apostle Paul told the Corinthians that if meat made his brother to sin, then he would no more eat meat. I used to wear African clothes, but I realized that it was an invitation for the police officers (both white and blacks) to pull me over with bogus reasons. Since I stopped it, my life has been peaceful. I followed a case on Forensic Files one time and found out that the black man was accused of rape simply because he was “dressed like a thug” walking out at that time.
I saw a black kid who always came to school with a comb on his head. I tried to sit him down and advise him that it made him look bad, but he told me that his mother liked it like that. As a teacher and an older man, it is my responsibility to protect him, but he does not see it that way, perhaps it has never come to the mother that a comb on his head could be misconstrued. In all fairness, a responsible person does not walk with a comb on their head simply because they have afro, and simply wearing a comb o your head doe snot make you a criminal. Although he was a smart and well behaved young man, those who do not know him and cannot look beyond the comb on his head will think that he is a thug. He gave them that appearance of evil.
Look, Americans are not too sophisticated as they pretend to be; most of them are primitive people. In a civilized society, you do not judge people by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Until we reach that state of civilization, the black kids must dress in a way that command them respect to wade off all these primitive behaviors.
One day a female student asked me what I thought about her hugging people. She said to me, “students in school say that I am a slut because I hug all the boys. Am I a slut when I do that?” I looked at her, and I said, “No, you are not. However, the people you are dealing with are not too civilized enough to understand that hugging is a sign of greeting and also a sign of love.” Those who are sexually active would consider chest tight hugging as dangerous when those breasts touch the cold chest of a man. The breasts immediately become weapons of sexual destruction (WSD). Despite her being just 14 years old and her breasts lacking enough uranium to produce weapons of sexual destruction, she must refrain from all appearances of evil.
Just recently, I was involved in a minor accident. The other motorist came and asked me if I will accept some money and let him go. I told him to just wait for the police. When the police came, he asked us for our particulars. I did not have my insurance at hand, so he asked me to look it up on the internet. I did and then he came back. He met me reading news. He asked me why I did not come to him with the information, and I told him that I did not want him to think I was coming to aggress him. He laughed and then went back to his truck. A black man approaching a white police officer is a threat in America, so I have to be careful.  
I saw a black man with an open carry permit manhandled by a white man whom himself was carrying a gun because he does not see the black man eligible to carry a gun. The general perception of most white people in America about the black man is that he is a criminal. 
I tell the black kids, you might not be a criminal, but the white majority considers you a criminal, at times even when you do things that their own kids do. For example, the white classmates of the boy with the comb on his head would not misjudge him because they know him, but their parents who do not know him will when they see a black kid walking outside with a comb on his head.
My advice to parents is to advise their kids not to give the appearance of evil. If the police stops you, politely respond to them. Had that kid taken his hands up when he saw the police the story perhaps would have been different, but had he not just taken the gun out to play, the outcome would have been totally different.  
Therefore, while waiting to change that perception, I urge the black kids to do all they could to avoid the appearance of evil. If a chick does not want to be eaten by hawks, it should not expose itself.

Until then, I wish everyone protection.

St Arrey of Ntenako





[2] Holy Bible: New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1994. Print. P. 1681.


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