The famous lines from the movie, A Few Good Men, as uttered by Jack Nicolaus, “You Can’t Handle the Truth” frequently conjures up in my mind the skizo-paranoia state of our American society. It’s a culture where two worlds intersect involving the sons of the former slave owners and the sons of the former slaves. It represent a culture where centuries old lies continue to be crushed to the earth only to rise again, day after day and generation after generation.
I recently read a story coming out of Corinth, Texas involving a well education black woman named Dorothy Bland. Ms. Bland alleged she was stopped by two white police officers for “walking while being black.” The sister was “quite bold” as she took pictures of the two officers with her cell phone and a picture of their license plate. She was obviously upset when one of the officers asked for her ID which she did not have on her because she was busy exercising in her upscale white community wearing her “Boston” grey sweat shirt with a hoodie and her leggings on. She gave the officers her name and date of birth and the officer called in to the dispatcher to run a check on Ms. Bland. She later pinned an editorial (Dallas Morning News) on her encounter citing racial profiling as members of the community voiced different opinions on whether she was right and or the two “white”officers were wrong. Be it known there were no consensus as both blacks and whites took up the pro’s and con’s on the matter coming to different opinions just like me and my wife shared different opinions on the matter after viewing the video and reading the story. Blacks folks like white folks are not monolithic on a variety of topics. (I always felt that O.J. Simpson was guilty as hell for murder). I sided with the police officers as Ms. Bland was walking down the street on the wrong side of the street with her back to on coming traffic. The officers who were polite cited the “safety” issues and stated a truck had to make a special effort to avoid striking Ms. Bland from behind.
Dorothy Bland, like Sandra Bland, also an educated black woman both experienced being stopped by the Texas police, as Sandra Bland was stopped for “driving while being black.” Unlike Dorothy Bland (no relations) Sandra Bland was later found “hung” in her jail cell with the incidence still being investigated. Sandra Bland although she was “right” in her responses to the officer ended up being “dead right.” Dorothy Bland although she was bold in her response to the officers (taking their pictures) could have been “dead right” as she exercised her rights as a citizen that paid extremely high taxes in her white affluent golf-course community in Corinth, Texas.
We face a little over one month before the end of the year 2015 where a noticeable increase in Black homicides have occurred in basically every black metropolitan city in America. This fact plus the alarming increase where blacks have been killed by the police who are sworn to serve and protect us, causes one to wonder do “Black Lives (Really) Matter”? No one believes the lies more than black America that “we shall over come.” Over come what? When you “hate” your skin color, your hair, your lips, your nose and even your name, are all issues where we must over come. Yes these are relics from the slave past, where if you are white, stick around, if you are yellow, you are mellow but if you are black, get back. “White privilege” still foster a false sense of superiority and Blackness in white America continue to foster a false sense of inferiority. Neither white nor black America wants to talk about race or America’s original sin of slavery as the country continue to be a “House Divided” one red (states), one blue (states) while the one percent that owns the country knows that the only color that matters is “green.”
Ms. Dorothy Bland and others must not believe the lies that were launched during the Cosby Show. Stevie Wonders long ago said you can not “cash in your face.” Even today as we have lost no less than two generations of black and white Americans who struggle with the race problems we must confront the truth. Otherwise we will find ourselfs like Pontius Pilate who asked Jesus, “what is truth?
Black Lies Matter. We have not over come. Just look at the recent events at the University of Missouri and the racial climate that forced President Timothy Wolfe out of office due to his refusal to addressed the racial problems there. The struggle continues. Black Lives have “never mattered.” America have more black people laid out, locked up, left out and in chains (prisons) “TODAY” than at any time at the height of slavery back in 1850 when the Missouri Comprise came into existence. Even black folks do not want to talk about the relics of slavery as we have become de-sensitized to the murders we see every night at the 5 and 10 pm news cast. The only things blacks folks are making continue to be the evening news. The Black Lies of “religion” versus “relationship” moves full speed ahead as we hate ourselves and our brothers. I read somewhere where it was pinned, know the truth and the truth shall set you free. I hear the chains falling….Humm