70.9% WHITES AND 17.5% BLACKS IN NEW YORK. (SOURCE: 2013 U.S. CENSUS BUREAU)
77.6% WHITES AND 11.8% BLACKS IN STATEN ISLAND, NY (SOURCE: 2013 U.S CENSUS BUREAU)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Garner family for their loss.
Folks, we have a huge AUTHORITY issue in our Country, especially in the black community. As a black male, I have seen first-hand the dishonor towards authority. Growing up in the third worst Public housing Apartments in Brooklyn, NY I have seen my people (black people) do several things that backs this up.
Police Officers serve in a position of Authority. That position is put there by God for a reason! Let’s look at Romans 13:1-3.
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong.
Now, for the record, Racism and Racial Profiling does still exist in our world today, but when a Police Officer who is white in a predominantly black neighborhood tries to do his or her job, the chances of someone who is black being arrested is higher. I had a black person tell me, it is not fair that Eric Garner was targeted for the offense of selling counterfeit cigarettes (lucy’s) when his white counterparts snort cocaine in schools and have open house parties that are filled with drugs. My response to that was, “Call the Police on them,” and let us see if cops don’t respond and take action.
You see, Eric Garner allegedly was breaking the law while on bail for a non-violent crime. Breaking the law has a consequence. Selling illegal cigarettes is a minor offense but it is still an offense. You see, there is a code in the black community and it is “snitches get stitches” which discourages people from calling the Police when they see a crime being committed. Hip Hop music also discloses this. In fact, Hip Hop says F*** the Police. So how do we expect our black communities to obey the law and have respect for authority? It is no surprise to me that Eric Garner and Michael Brown did not listen to the Police. A simple command “put your hands behind your back” causes us to cringe because the act of submitting to authority goes against our very culture.
2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong.
Let’s ask some questions: Would Michael Brown and Eric Garner be alive today if they submitted to authority? And If they did nothing wrong, what were they afraid of? Why did they not just cooperate?
Folks, this is getting out of hand. We are letting our emotions make decisions for us. If you break the law, no matter how small of a crime it is you are still breaking the law! Yes, it is agreed that Law enforcement should keep training on how to approach policing in the black communities but the parents and the custodians of our black children need to be training our black kids, particularly our boys, on how to obey authority. Let us choose WISDOM over RIGHTS Folks.
WISDOM Says, Obey Authority and you will not be punished.
RIGHTS Says, I can act how I want and say what I want, when I want.