Monday, March 26, 2012

Pimping Racial Tension

 
This past week the public has been inundated with hate mongering in what can only be interpreted as race bating; stories in the news regarding allegations of “murder” in a case where a Black teenager was shot down.  To hear some of the opinions voiced by long time Race Pimps, you heard me, Race Pimps like Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, with the help of a compliant drive by media you’d think the young man was gunned down just because he was Black. 

I can’t fathom why anyone would intentionally stir up such feelings across America, deep feelings which pitted race against race as if all the progress made in my lifetime had been wasted.  I remember a time, walking into stores where they had a drinking fountain for Whites and another for Blacks.  I thought those days were behind us or at least well on their way into history; but the Race Pimps would have to earn a living some other way if everyone started acting civil to one another.

With all that’s been going on this past week I was reminded of something which happened over thirty years ago.  I ran my locksmith business by day and served as a Houston Police officer on night shift.  One of my contract locksmith accounts was the American Automobile Association (AAA).  Just as with the police department they had an assigned area for which I ran emergency locksmith calls.

One evening I’d already changed into my police uniform prior to reporting for duty when AAA called asking if I could squeeze in one more call; the dispatcher knowing I had other commitments.  Upon hearing the nature of the call and looking at the clock I figured if everything went smoothly it wouldn’t make me late for roll call.

I arrived to service the locksmith call wearing my police uniform, something I seldom if ever did.  The call was in a predominantly Black neighborhood and the customer was an elderly Black lady wearing her Sunday best.  When I stepped out into view her eyes fixed upon the uniform as if she’d seen the Devil.  She’d seen far too much over the years and considered a White police officer a possible threat to her well being; I observed all this just from watching her countenance. 

It took only a few minutes to figure out that her ignition switch was broken and would have to be replaced; not a very difficult job and one I’d done many times.   Her vehicle was a Dodge with a wrap around dash that would make it a bit more difficult since I would use a “slam hammer/dent puller” to jerk the ignition switch; didn’t want to take a chance on damaging that portion of the wrap around molding that would be directly in line with the motion of pulling the ignition switch.

In pulling the switch, which came out on the very first “yank”, my pinky finger got pinched by the slam hammer.  The pain was intense; but I was more concerned with letting any blood spill onto the lady’s carpet as I cupped my hands.  I stepped from the vehicle and let the blood splash to the ground. 

The look on the woman’s face haunts me to this very day.  All her fears about White people, much less White police officers surfaced.  In her mind she knew she was either going to jail or the hospital; after all, a White police officer had injured himself while working on her car.   She didn’t say a word for several minutes as I cleaned up my busted pinky finger; checking to see if it still worked and putting a band aid around it.

I did my best to explain there was no extra charge for the blood, a weak and useless attempt at humor.  AAA was picking up the tab so there was no need for an exchange of money.  I felt bad for the whole human race for the inability to get past her lifetime of seeing racial prejudice.  Now, when she had someone in front of her, a White police officer who held no animosity towards her or her race, the opportunity to move forward had been thwarted by far too many bad experiences.

If only we could learn how to see each other as brothers and sisters, children of our Father in Heaven; then we might learn how to properly serve one another. This is the Dream which Martin Luther King wanted to see fulfilled. Past being sad for the events which have brought me to write this article; I’m angry, angry that Race Pimps are still able to generate so much hatred so easily.  Looks like we have a long way to go Brother King before your Dream is realized.

This article has been cross posted to The Moral Liberal , a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & The American Constitution”.

11 comments:

The probligo said...

For the benefit of someone well removed from the society in which this happened could you explain -

Are the reports we hear down this way, that an unarmed teenager was shot by a white vigilante, correct?

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David said...

I have my own, very different, experiences with racial prejudice. In the mid-late 50s, whenever I visited my paternal grandparents for an extended stay (usually a week or two a year, sometimes more in a summer chunk), I'd frequently spend at least a portion of the day down ad Dad-Dad's work. (He was the boss, so he set the tone; employees' kids/grandkids were welcome. It was just that kind of place.) Often, my visits would coincide with his "rounds" as he perambulated downtown businesses, just jawing with business proprietors, owners, managers, and darned near anyone else who'd talk with him. *heh* His "route" was almost never the same, as it'd be dictated by the news of the current scene. Usually about once a week or so, his stops included the local Black funeral homes, where, even with the lil blond white boy tagging along, it was just "Howdee Dr. Tom" (the "doctor" tag was an honorific pretty much bestowed by his peers--which included darned near everyone he met :-)).

Nearly 30 years later, I had occasion to visit one of those--still all Black--funeral homes where I was welcomed warmly as, "that little boy who used to tag along with Dr. Tom."

It wasn't "noblesse oblige" as Dad-Dad wasn't nobility or even upper class, as we view such a thing in this society. Definitely not a 1%-er or even 10%- or 30%-er, as those things might be measured nowadays. He was, as one might say, as common as dirt. He grew up as a sharecropper's son... until his dad died when he was 10 and he left school to work to support his mother and himself. He worked hard, met my grandmother, a rather old-fashioned "school marm," and worked even harder to better himself (eventually he even was awarded an honorary doctorate, but that came later than this time period).

He was no "respecter of persons" who bowed to those who considered themselves above him nor lorded it over those society considered below him. He was my model for race relations: people are people and are all due whatever respect they have earned. Period.

So, years later, when I had moved to the town where he lived for decades, I reaped the benefits of his genuine relationships with people, regardless of artificial racial distinctions.

Other places, other times? Well, I could relate my years living in "the good part of the (black) ghetto" in KCMO--a real mixed bag there--but I've already taken too much space on your blog. I'll just close with this: the race baiting that goes on in the US today is almost all of the Al Sharpton-Tawana Brawley kind, manufactured, ginned up to serve illegitimate, even nefarious ends. Period.

David said...

@probligo:

The Mass MEdia Podpeople Hivemind reports all follow a narrative that denigrates anything relating to an orderly society, inflames racial tension and demonizes firearms. Any inconvenient facts need not apply to be heard in the Hivemind's narrative. Recent revelations from (real) witnesses show there may be some very strong mitigating factors (ex: Zimmerman had more blood--his own blood on him than the guy who'd been on top of him beating the crap out of him apparently shed--inconvenient fact). Oh, and since the shooter is a registered Democrat and Hispanic (one of the favored "minorities") one should also expect those things to be downplayed. No, he's a WHITE Hispanic in the narrative and his political persuasions are irrelevant (since he's not affiliated with the "EVUL RETHUGLICANS" or the even "evuler Tea Baggers").

But since he is a member of a favored "minority" and a registered libtard, NATURALLY individual Hivemind Podpeople have already blamed Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and even whatsisname, the Romney Android, for Zimmerman having shot Martin.

David said...

BTW, since we still don't have all the fact, the Hivemind rush to judgment has been very revelatory. It may turn out that Zimmerman should be charged and convicted of a crime, but just what that crime may be and what his motivations might have been are matters best left to others with less obvious agendas than the Hivemind's.

T. F. Stern said...

Perhaps when all the smoke has cleared and the truth revealed it will be a real embarrassment to the race baiters who have gone out of their way to create a situation, more than that, fabricated a situation of hatred.

Some facts which have come out in the past couple of days would indicate that the shooter did not violate any law; but the young man who tragically got shot dead was high and acting crazy according to other witnesses.

Even if this turns out to be a brutal hate crime; it is an individual, not an entire country which should be looked at, and then only in the courts. Not by some angry lynch mob mentality folks who've been ginned up by race baiters.

The probligo said...

@David

Did you see me passing judgement?

Did you hear me blowing off about firearms?

There is a lot I might say, perhaps would have said directly in the past.

This is TF's house, I try to respect his hospitality.

This is America; you will not find me there...

David said...

@probligo:

What is your problem exactly?

T. F. Stern said...

You guys behave or I'll get Spike Lee to Tweet your home address all over the place.

The probligo said...

TF :) As I said, I do try...

Right Wing Theocrat said...

The racists in the progressive movement are the heaviest millstone around the necks of black people. They won't stop talking about racism and seeing it in every action, in every corner and everywhere they look.

"Are the reports we hear down this way, that an unarmed teenager was shot by a white vigilante, correct?"

From all the evidence that has been reported and unreported by some in the media, the short answer is no.

The more i read of this case and hear, the more it looks like the shooter in question was merely defending himself against his attacker, something he wouldn't be able to do in a country with strict gun control.

If he were down here in Australia, chances are pretty high that he'd be dead while the attacker would live.