‘Racists Shoot Us, They Walk Away Free’

How does one look at today and not conclude that America hates Black people?

Racists shoot us, they walk away free.

Racists are video taped killing us, and still they walk away free.

We talk right, we walk right, we dress right, we earn an education, we hold down jobs, we contribute in numerous ways to this country, but still they kill us and we can’t even get a facsimile of justice.

Every single day this country is killing us. This country is killing our fathers, our mothers, our sisters, our brothers, our nieces, our children, our nephews, our cousins, our grandparents all because of the color of our skin.

America is essentially saying that if you have white skin you are entitled to justice. If you have white skin you are entitled to do anything negative you want in this country and get away with it. If you have white skin you are entitled to life and damn everyone else.

There is a sickness in this country. There is a horror in this country and Black people are being killed because of it.

I still continue to hope for better days but right now, I look at African-Americans around me with tears in my eyes.

I look at Black children around me with tears in my eyes because I’m not sure they may live to see tomorrow.

May God help us all.

106 Responses to “‘Racists Shoot Us, They Walk Away Free’”

  1. December 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  2. 5 Betsy
    December 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    So incredibly sad

  3. December 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for speaking the truth, NerdyW. I can’t even fathom the heartbreak of families who have lost cherished members because our police are raging out of control racists.

  4. December 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I feel sick. Eric was the sweetest, most gentle looking man. I have felt for a long time that “they”, whoever is orchestrating the GOP elections and changes in gun laws, wanted to provoke blacks into rioting. They wanted an excuse to come back with force. I don’t want them to have that excuse.

    I’m old and I’m not black. I’m white, but I’m going to speak from my heart anyway. The protests that were powerful and made real change that I saw in my lifetime were peaceful. The Civil Rights marches in the 60’s. Ghandi. Mandela. Yelling and violence proves “them” right. Peaceful protest leaves the agressors with the fear and anger inside them and nothing outside of them to “prove” they were right. It stirs the hearts of the quiet masses to know that justice demands that this wrong be turned right.

    I talk about peaceful action because I believe it from my life experience growing up and because our black family is precious to me. I want them to be safe and treasured and treated with respect. I know each person has to do what is in their heart and what they believe is right. Whatever that is, God go with them.

    • December 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    • 10 Jeff
      December 3, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Peaceful protests? What have they done exactly because their are a lot of peaceful protests as of now and so far nothing has come out of them.

    • 11 99ts
      December 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      I believe the “riots” are caused by agitators – including white racists and the police (often the same). Black folks are no longer allowed to have peaceful protests in the US – they get arrested.

      • 12 Jeff
        December 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        I don’t think black people were ever really allowed to have peaceful protests. Martin Luther King Jr got away with it because of so much scrutiny.

        • 13 99ts
          December 3, 2014 at 8:50 pm

          It hasn’t come easy Jeff – the white solution to a black protest is to bring in the army look alikes. War against their own people. It is surely time for “international intervention”.

          The US is not the only country that treats minorities as non-citizens (I come from a great example of same) but white US does consider itself “the leader of the free world” – what an absolute joke that phrase has become.

    • 14 amk for obama
      December 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      It sounds hollow when we see white people riot over stupid football/baseball/hockey games and not getting killed over it.

  5. December 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I won’t ever pretend to understand Nerdy, because I couldn’t in a million years. Your eloquent pain is heart-wrenching, I just do not know what to say.

  6. 18 mtmarilyn
    December 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    This is so fu##cking wrong!!!! I am so ashamed to be white.

    • December 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Not for you to be ashamed. Inaction, that would be shameful. You have no control over how you were born, but what’s done with your life is what matters.

    • 20 Claire
      December 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      My father is white, my mother has a white mother and and black father. Her skin color is like Mariah Carey’s. My family is multiracial and ethnic. Mostly white, Japanese, and black.

      This has devastated all of us. It’s so painful. We have a very socially and politically active family. Everyone votes, we donate heavily, we march, campaign, protest, from our youngest to our oldest. We run marathons for freedom, ice skate for the environment, and register voters to keep the voting rights act alive. We do EVERYTHING because we believe in this nation.

      But this is too much! Before my grandfather passed away he used to tell me that we can never be too tired for freedom. He used to tell how hard it was growing up black, but he was always so happy and never ever mean towards white people (marrying my grandmother). I used to wonder how he could be so kind after how he was treated. It hurts thinking that my sweet, loving grandfather’s life would mean nothing in 2014.

      • 21 arapaho415
        December 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm

        Beautiful stories, beautiful family. Heartened to hear that you’ve got Japanese ancestry (Japanese-American myself) — my best friend (also JA) comes from a family of 4 girls, each of whom are married with children (no divorces) — in order of birth, their husbands are Caucasian, African American, Mexican-Indian and Japanese, so the cousins are pretty much like the Obama cousins.

        However, it’s not true that your grandfather’s life would mean nothing — from your description, he would understand that what we’re seeing is the wound that has festered in America since the first Caucasians arrived with their slaves now being broken.

        The healing that is necessary will take place under the best leadership that America could hope for — President Obama, AG Holder and, when she is confirmed, AG Lynch.

        Your grandfather understood, just as President Obama and the Native Americans he addressed today, that our worth as a society is measured by our youth, and they are not the problem — it’s the ingrained, institutionalized bigotry in law enforcement, which is becoming more like a fascist military force by the day.

      • 22 mtmarilyn
        December 5, 2014 at 10:30 am

        Claire, thank you for sharing your story! But your grandfather’s like means so much. You are sharing it with us. His life was very special. I am still so heartsick over all these killings, but I am also inspired by all these people coming out to demonstrate. Now we must put all this into changing the future. I am not sure where to start but I know I will do what I can do. Your story helps all of us.

  7. December 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Many, many, MANY of us whites are with The Cause. YES, we don’t know and can’t know and we have baggage we can’t deny. But we are on the side of justice and many of us have been for a long, long time.

    This is a drop in the bucket, I know, but still a bright spot in the darkness.


  8. December 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

  9. December 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    You’ve stated it as powerfully and cogently as anyone ever has, NW. Thank you

    #TruthAndReconciliation led, and participated in by millions of white Americans is the only way white America can ever make retribution to all the hate and carnage we’ve inflicted on our non-white brothers and sisters.

    Yes We Can

  10. December 3, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I wish this piece no longer had to be written. But unfortunately it does.

  11. December 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    • 30 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Just heard this on the radio — sounds like its scheduled for Sunday, Dec 14th, one of the 12 days of Christmas I believe (or are the 12 days of Christmas after Dec 25, on The Twelfth Night?).

      • 31 jackiegrumbacher
        December 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

        The twelve days are after Christmas, arapaho, and do, indeed, end on Twelfth Night.

        • 32 arapaho415
          December 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm

          Thanks, Jackie — the only time I’ve been to church was on Easter Sundays when I was a child and for weddings, so know very little about Christian tradition.

          Looks like ABC and CBS are reporting different dates for the march — CBS radio said a week from Sunday, but Saturday would make more sense.

      • 33 carolyn
        December 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

        The Twelve Days are Christmas to Twelfth Night.

        In Europe those are the celebrating days, not prior. We were in Rome on Epiphany (twelfth night) it was a glorious huge carnival and fair. People came in to town from outside the city, there were Christmas markets in the piazzas, entertainment…..it was just great. Then, the next day the lights came down and life got back to every day.

        • 34 arapaho415
          December 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

          I knew about the Epiphany, and that’s it’s significant for Catholics, but thought the Lords a’Leapin’ happened before Christmas — got it confused with the advent calendar.

      • 35 MightyPamela
        December 3, 2014 at 9:35 pm

        The Epiphany notates the arrival of the Kings, or as they were known, The Magi; if anyone is paying attention, the Magi were astrologers, hence they knew where to seek for the birth of Jesus.

  12. 36 MadameSoph
    December 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you Chips for front-paging Nerdy Wonka’s words. I know they are expressing the feelings of countless others. I also continue to hope for better days, but right now sucks. This sickness and ugliness and injustice is finally (because of technology and social media) being exposed for ALL to see, instead of being known to only those who live it personally. Although I am heartbroken and angry, I am also thankful these incidents are coming to light while we have a President and Attorney General who have the power, ability and personal experiences to make a difference.

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      December 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I believe, Madame Soph, that we’re seeing what’s actually gone on all the time in the shadows, but is now immediately and globally known through social media. Injustice toward people of color has been the story of America since 1776. Secret arrests, killings, disappearances, continual terror is how the white majority expressed its fear of the ‘other.’ Now nothing can be hidden under a rock–it’s all out there and, ironically, the fact that it can no longer be hidden is the first step toward healing.

      • 38 MadameSoph
        December 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm

        Hi Jackie G,

        My african ancestors were in this country during the American Revolution. They lived in NY state, they were free, they were successful farmers, they were fairly well-to-do. Two of them were kidnapped by a revolutionary militia group that was fighting the British (the so-called “heroes” we read about in history books) so that the militia members could sell them down south to make money to fund their group. After they escaped/got back their freedom, they tried to file a grievance with the government, but it was denied.

        Then I read Nerdy’s words tonight:
        “We talk right, we walk right, we dress right, we earn an education, we hold down jobs, we contribute in numerous ways to this country, but still they kill us and we can’t even get a facsimile of justice.”

        It’s amazing how little has changed since the 1700’s.

      • 39 MadameSoph
        December 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm

        By the way JackeG,
        I so agree with what you said a couple of days ago about how we must become the system to beat the system. I read your comment too late to respond, but I saved this part and I think it applies to the police force as well. We need more kids of color to become cops. The sickness that infects so many PDs must be cleansed from without (prosecuting murderous cops, etc.) but also healed from within:

        “.. If people stop at protests, no matter how big, it will all be buried in time. What we need is skillful political organization that can systematically win back the reins of power, starting with school boards and city councils and moving up to the state assemblies, governors, congressmen, senators. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen if people keep at it and stay focused. The way to beat the system in the end is to BECOME the system…”

        • 40 amk for obama
          December 3, 2014 at 9:07 pm

          The way to beat the system in the end is to BECOME the system…

          This. People need to empower their vote at all levels.

  13. December 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

  14. 43 Jeff
    December 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Reading this piece made me very teary eyed. 😦

  15. 44 forus50
    December 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

  16. December 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Messianic Vlad might want to think about chilling in some mountain top monastery ….

  17. December 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

  18. December 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    • 59 Nena20409
      December 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      People making this narrow point are truly limiting serious ways to hold police and policing accountable.

      It was the TV, Camera, Pictures in the 1960s seeing police and their tactics water hosing, using trained dogs and beating people with their night sticks that helped to galvanize and eventually stop the ugly signs, blatant discrimination in accommodations, Voting Rights, etc. I think people should demand for more……but never limiting the scope of what Cameras can do. There are data to support the value of Cameras.

      • 60 amk for obama
        December 3, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        I don’t think she is debunking the camera theory and police accountability. She means what we do with that evidence that is captured is the first step to addressing institutional racism.

      • December 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

        Nena, I appreciate your perspective and was about to respond when I noticed amk already did and stated precisely as I would.

        • 62 Nena20409
          December 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

          Thanks Doc and Amk. I truly do understand. I was responding in General to a few comments and tweets……Though not here……commenting on “see, there was a video and Nothing happened”. Even last night Jon Stewart left that impression too. I am asking that with Video cameras, more requirements should be added and demanded……for example, when a Cop fails to wear the camera, it should be him/her who must be required to prove that he/she didn’t do Wrong……

          I should have stated more to clarify my thoughts on this matter.

  19. December 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    • 64 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      This is what never make sense to me — why Eric Garner was approached by the police in the first place.

      Surely the NYPD has better uses of their time than to arrest someone for hawking one cigarette (a legal product) at a time — he might be a tax evader, but why bother him?

  20. 65 amk for obama
    December 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    The brazen racism getting uglier by the day and getting more and more institutionalized by the hour.

  21. 66 vcprezofan2
    December 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Faced with the same result over and over, what is there really to be said for ‘justice’ and law In America? How can people trust a system that doesn’t ‘see’ them as worthy of….anything? According to the system Blacks aren’t ‘worthy’ to walk the streets, to err the way other humans err, to put their hands in their pockets, to shop in a fancy store and pay for their purchases without being given the side-eye. You aren’t allowed to express your grief, neither peacefully nor noisily, without law enforcement trying to intimidate with a show of how powerful they are. Heck, Blacks aren’t ‘worthy’ to be president even when millions and millions have legally elected them! What do you DO in such a system? You cannot retaliate in kind. In one sense, you cannot respond with peaceful protests (remember the police’s response to the football players). You can cry, but of what use are tears? If they cannot ‘see’ you as a human being, cannot see your people as having feelings when they are choking, punching, kicking them when they are on the ground or firing tons of bullets into them, how can you believe they see your pain when you cry? God, this is so hopeless, and so hopelessly painful! Where do you go when the systems that are supposed to work for everybody does not acknowledge you as a ‘body’?

    Some of us simply wither up on the inside.

    Honestly, 2014 has delivered some very difficult, painful and unexpected knocks. More than once this year, particularly in the latter part, I’ve felt like there is no sense, no logic left in the world, like evil has been having a gay old time, and the bad guys have been on an extended roll of good fortune. Sigh!

    • 67 MadameSoph
      December 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm


      Chris Rock’s recent words come to mind:
      “It’s partly generational, but it’s also my kids grew up not only with a black president but with a black secretary of State, a black joint chief of staff, a black attorney general. My children are going to be the first black children in the history of America to actually have the benefit of the doubt of just being moral, intelligent people.”

      Kids who grew up with a black family in the white house will have friends and colleagues of all shades who also grew up seeing that as normal. They will also grow up with many of their friends being from families with members of different colors of skin and cultures. My friend’s kids are like that – most of them. They are from a generation that will be harder to define as “black” or “white”. The generation after them even more so. When the old racists die away, and the ones raised by them are in a distinct minority, the world will be a different place. I think it will be many lifetimes before racism is non-existent, and maybe it will rear it’s ugly head in other forms, but I truly believe that things will be different for future generations. I don’t mean that we shouldn’t take action now – we must. But I have hope because I see a different America growing up around me, and they will be the cops, and the prosecutors and the judges and the politicians of tomorrow.

      • 68 vcprezofan2
        December 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

        ‘When the old racists die away …. the world will be a different place.’

        Mme. S, I hear you, but wonder why it’s too much to expect a bit of victory for the sane folks in *this/my* lifetime. Just a bit, to keep us going, you know. This might sound heartless, but I’m beginning to feel the old racists are taking too long to die off! At this rate many ‘good’ people will go before them. 😦

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      December 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      VC, it’s hard not to look at the events of 2014 and not believe that “evil is having a gay old time.” Something obscenely ugly has gotten a grip on the US these days and I fear it is being purposely driven by the same folks who have spent the last six years vilifying, undermining and obstructing our president.

      • 70 MadameSoph
        December 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm

        Agree, JackieG. The powers that be are afraid of losing their power and they are working to encourage/instigate/inflame the hate that was already there. It is terrorism plain and simple, like how the ISIL group fears it is losing and so commits some heinous act to make themselves feel/appear more powerful. The current actions of a lot of right wing/hate groups both small (Bundy types) and large (Kochs, NRA) are not that different. This kind of hate and injustice is not new, but it is being fed by the old boy’s club, because the President of the United States is not one of them anymore.

      • 71 vcprezofan2
        December 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        “Something obscenely ugly has gotten a grip on the US …and I fear it is being purposely driven ………………..” ← My feeling too.

  22. December 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm

  23. December 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    This just twists your gut. So many, many examples of police abuse against all ages.

    • 74 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Overlooked (not surprisingly, considering the media blackout of President Obama’s Chicago speech and his meeting on Monday with law enforcement) is that the President and AG are seeking a national ban on police profiling.

      Take that, former mayors Bloomberg and Giuliani.

  24. 75 99ts
    December 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    And then I read this

    Texas leads coalition of 17 states suing Obama administration over immigration executive order

    My country has the WORST immigration policy ever – our govt would support Texas! – but all these states with NO money for health care can spend millions attacking PBO – racism on display for the world to see

    • 76 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Gov Abbott is just carrying on the tradition started by Rick “Ooops” Perry.

      He’s milking ODS for the publicity, just as all the other senseless RWNJs in Congress are now attempting too.

  25. December 3, 2014 at 9:07 pm

  26. 78 a4alice
    December 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    saw the news this evening when I got home. I don’t even know what to say. How can they not have voted to indict? No words.

  27. 79 jackiegrumbacher
    December 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Nerdy, as a mother, I wish I could find some way to comfort the despair and fear that’s tearing at your fierce, luminous,warrior spirit. The ugliness and injustice is now so nakedly blatant that even the slow of wits and the oblivious are starting to see things with new eyes. This is good because it will take massive strength in numbers, determination and organization to finally put an end to the madness. I’ve seen many horrifying moments in life with unspeakable injustices, not the least of which was the murder of Martin Luther King, JFK, RFK and the “shoot to kill” insanity of 1968 Chicago. But there’s something different about this time as if centuries of evil were coming to a head. It’s people like those of us at TOD and people with your brilliance, tirelessness and focus who will make the difference. You will be heard and the millions who are waking from their stupor are going to act and speak with a very powerful voice that says NO! THIS WILL STOP NOW because we, the people have had enough. The future does not belong to the sniveling, sadistic, hot headed, undisciplined, racist policeman who murders at will or their cowardly grand juries. The future belongs to you, Nerdy, and all those like you who won’t settle for less than full justice for every single person no matter what they look like, or believe or who they love.

    • 80 jacquelineoboomer
      December 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      ^^^ THIS. I’m sure I’m not the only one who had chills reading that, jackieG.

      Nerdy, all the mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers here (not to mention our counterparts among the men) are heartbroken. So many of us will back up what jackieG wrote, to and for you ~ and your contemporaries.

  28. 81 EricFive
    December 3, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Very eloquent and truthful statement, NW. As I said in my comment on Saturday, this all stems from the inability of a lot of White folks to EMPATHIZE with Black people. This, I believe, stems from the mental gymnastics they had to engage in to “justify” their enslavement and exploitation (both economic and sexual) of African slaves. They had to convince themselves that Black people “deserve” to be enslaved, that Black people “deserve” what ever horrible treatment Whites wants to inflict on them, because to believe otherwise would mean the slave owner is a sick, demented, wicked and evil person. This brand of racism is in this country’s bones, in its marrow. It enabled the slave owner to keep fellow human beings in literal bondage, and still think of himself as a decent fellow, and this country as “home of the free”. Just as slavery has caused great harm to the psyche of generations of long “free” Black people, (with the mental and psychological damage being passed down, generation to generation to generation), so has slavery harmed White people by having generation after generation of White folks indoctrinated in the belief in White superiority and Black inferiority. Of generation after generation of White folks taught to fear and see Black people as fundamentally “different”. As “flawed” based solely on the color of his skin and texture of his hair. This inability to empathize leads directly to these racist cops murdering unarmed Black males and predominately White juries letting them get off scot free.

    • 82 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      My personal opinion is that the biggest problem right now that needs to be addressed is the law enforcement perspective — prosecutors and cops in cahoots.

      As Lisa Bloom said (front-paged on the previous thread):

    • 83 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Also see upthread about AG nominee Lisa Lynch, no doubt the fiercest prosecutor in America.

      Once she’s confirmed, the RWNJ bigots will yearn for the days of AG Holder.

  29. 84 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm


    This year, the agency projects health care spending will increase more than 5 percent to $3.1 trillion, driven in part by faster economic growth and in part by new Obamacare spending on subsidized health insurance and Medicaid coverage for millions of people, according to a separate report published in September.

    The causes of the slowdown and what the future holds for health care spending overall and individual consumers can’t be precisely pinned down with the information available, Levitt said. “Everyone’s crystal ball is fuzzy, so there’s no telling for sure what’s going to happen,” he said.

    The Office of the Actuary maintains, as it has for several years, that slower growth is mostly the result of hangover from the Great Recession that ended in 2009 and the sluggish recovery that followed, and that the spending growth will tick back up when the economy strengthens. During economic downturns, workers lose jobs — and with them, pay and insurance — and use less health care. When those jobs and benefits return, past experience shows health care spending tends to increase more quickly again.

  30. 85 MightyPamela
    December 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    ❤ NW ❤

  31. 86 forus50
    December 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    • 87 a4alice
      December 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      the coroner (as we all know) labeled this a “homicide”. I don’t understand how that doesn’t translate into a move to indict.

  32. December 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm


  33. December 3, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    My head hurts, my heart hurts. I’ve been fooled into believing that if you get a good education, a job, do good works, stay faithful to God and family that the American dream is within your grasp. For the love of all things holy we have a Black President. I am going to have to ruminate over this for a long time before it can make sense. The republicans said that they wanted to take their country back, but I didn’t know we were going to go back to Jim Crow days. Well first the blacks, hold onto your hats Sarah and Ann; they will come for you next. They have lulled you into thinking that you have value; you only have as much value as they let you believe you have. I’m going to zone out for awhile. I was helping with Christmas decorations, don’t feel much like it anymore. See you guys on the other side of this.

    • 90 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Please don’t despair, JL.

      This decision was wrong, but remember that “‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

      Most US law enforcement needs to be under a consent decree (as Los Angeles was for 20 years after Rodney King). This will be another enduring legacy of President Obama.

  34. 92 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    So very proud of the personal post by NW. Thank you so much. You said it clearly and best.
    The sign stating the Obvious……..White Silence=Consent. Profound.
    So very sorry for Our Nation “tis of thee.
    Who Loves You, America?

  35. 93 amk for obama
    December 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I am amazed at a justice system in which a prosecutor, with a potential/obvious conflict of interest, is the ultimate authority to call for a grand jury and none in the state can do nothing about it. In most democracies, it’s a judge, not a prosecutor, that is assigned an enquiry into police brutality.

  36. 97 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Mayor Bill de Blasio was eloquent today. He didn’t hold back. He spoke the whole truth. His son, Donte, must be 17 yrs or about to be now. When his son is about and walking, some of these officers will Not see Donte as a Teen. He is as tall as his Dad. He has the ‘Pigmentation’ body that clouds so many of these Officers’ mind. I have been searching for the Tape. Thus far, I have not been able to locate the Video.

  37. December 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

  38. 100 carolyn
    December 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    This entire fall has just been plain achingly hurtful. I don’t know how our President goes on.

    All of you have written such heartsearingly beautiful pieces from the inside. Like mtmarilyn said…..sometimes I am ashamed to be white…..and though we know what we are is random, we can’t help feeling that shame this fall.

    What I do know is that as Eric said: This kind of racisim is in our bones, in our very marrow. It began with the first slave ship. This is going to take time to eradicate.

    As others have said, this was going on all the time, and it is just now we (people like me) are seeing it, and are horrified. With modern technology, there are no more secrets. This is a terrible boil on the body politic that is being lanced, and as I’ve said before, the pus is putrid.

    Justice Brandeis said “sunlight is the best disinfectant” and I’m counting on this sunlight. That which was performed in darkness for hundreds of years, is now in the light, and evil people do not like light. With light, millions more will begin to SEE for the first time what has been perpetrated in their names. I firmly believe more and more people will not accept these travesties of justice. I’m sure the election of PBO is what brought all this bigotry to a head and out into the open. I hate it that he has to be the recipient of so much hatred, but I do know that whoever was our first president of color would have faced this. He, in his grace and compassion, will be the agent for change, in ways no one anticipated in 2008.

    Love does eventually conquer fear, and love casts out hate.

    To all of you who have written these heartrending personal experiences, and who are suffering again, so deeply tonight, I love you all and thank you for letting me see a little.

  39. 101 busbus
    December 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    After the Grand Jury’s decision on Darren Wilson, I was so angry that I had to email a friend about my feelings. In the email I stated that, in my opinion, the current police shootings of unarmed African-American young boys and men has replaced lynching them.

    I looked at the composite picture of these murdered young boys and men and thought of Billie Holiday’s song, “Strange Fruit.” After the Grand Jury’s decision today, regarding the police officer who murdered Eric Gardner, this song crossed my mind, again. As a result, I decided to do some research on this song and found that it was written by Abel Meeropol of New York City in the 1920s. He wrote it after seeing a photograph of a lynching that took place in Marion, Indiana. It was his protest against the inhumanity of racism.

    You have probably seen this iconic picture of the lynching. The two young African-Americans were dragged from their jail cell, one was murdered before being lynched; but, they hanged his body anyway. The other one was trying to hold on to the rope above the noose to save himself; but, the murders pulled him down and broke his arms so that he couldn’t hold on to the rope then hoisted him back up. There was a third young man, 16 years old, who escaped being lynched. When the murders came for him, the sheriff told them that the lynching of the two should have satisfied them. However, they dragged the young man out to the hanging-tree, placed a noose around his neck for the lynching; but, was stopped by a voice in the crowd saying that the young boy was innocent.


  40. December 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Nerdy, I’m speechless. Words fail. Yet I feel the anguish you express so profoundly. I cry with each and every one of you.

  41. December 4, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Dear Nerdy,

    Thank you so much for expressing so well the pain most of us filling these days as we see young black males, one after the other, including those as young as 12 years, being wantonly murdered by Police, and others pretending to be police, without any consequences whatsoever. Despite the Civil War, the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, African American participation and sacrifices in all American wars, and the passage of many Civil Rights laws, It’s plainly obvious that the sentiments expressed by the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roger B. Taney, in the 1857, towards African Americans, are still held the majority of white Americans. In that infamous decision, Taney spoke plainly, and in my humble opinion, truthfully. According to Taney’s Court opinion: African Americans, the descendants of Africans “had no rights which whites were bound to respect.”

    On Nov.6, 2008, a great many of us, of all races–and especially older people in the African American community who had personally endured so much oppression all their lives– were euphoric and filled with hope that a new day was coming to America. It appeared as though Black people–the descendants of Africans–would finally be treated with respect, by all Americans, now that an African American had been elected President of the United States. How sadly mistaken we were!

  42. 105 sjterrid
    December 4, 2014 at 12:54 am

    {{NW}}, thank you and all the others here for sharing your thoughts with us.

  43. 106 ourmanflint
    December 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Sadly we are taught to forgive and move on, to turn the other cheek, but the racists have not budged from their positions.

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