Those who have been well respected readers of this site know why it was created. TSF was created to pay respect first and foremost to history. We go hard so hopefully others will speak their minds just the same with unfiltered determination and resolve. Why should we let others control our historical voice? This site and very few others give a true perspective of how Blacks feel about issues stripped of fear and insecurity. We get straight to the point. There isn’t a need to sugarcoat issues for we all have more important things to do in our lives than to BS others. The current racial tensions (watch) has given us a opportunity to think about how this society will move forward when it comes to race. Racism is a scourge. It’s despicable, fear laced, irresponsible and downright stupid. That being said, why the hell should we all have to deal with an evil force that affects 300 million people in America one way or the other? If we don’t face it head on, it will continue.
If we shut up about it, it will continue so why not come with soul fire and tell it like it is to get the conversation moving a few steps faster? If we all move on, so will we, but until then, it’s on.
President Obama never said it was about racism re: Gates and his words are being misconstrued by some as irresponsibly racist and naively uninformed. Turn the tables and make the president White, the professor White and the officer Black, how would this go down? If there wasn’t a problem with racial profiling this would not be a story. How many Blacks and Latinos are dead because of profiling and subsequent brutality and excessive force? That’s why we are coming out as strongly on this issue. Remember Sean Bell? Remember Amadou Diallo? Remember Oscar Grant?
How many of you are driving, pass a cop on the other side of the road and with almost paranoid eyes look into the rear view mirror until you know for sure the cop is out of sight?
We are not the only ones. Trust. Racial profiling leads to confrontation. That confrontation might lead to death whether you are innocent or not.
So we speak out before someone gets killed…again. This isn’t about fanning flames or getting page views. This is about encouraging change. Period.
Is every case the same? No but there is a history of death involved…not just cats getting roughed up or fed tickets they can’t pay. Death. That gets your attention.
Are there cops who do the right thing? Of course.
So now Obama deals with a backlash that was going to be a backlash no matter how he commented. Some people who are criticizing his Gates response sure as hell didn’t like him anyway. Check their track record. Is it about the reaction or because of something else? Anyway, it doesn’t seem there is going to be this Utopian conversation regarding race anytime soon, so we ask you, is it always going to be about racism or will this society come together right now?