Imagine a petulant child and the mother who, instead of rebuking them for the wrong they do, she praises them in what can only be seen as some sort of home-spun reverse psychology. Never mind that the youngster generally gets their way, the mother nevertheless lets them do the parenting in the hopes of avoiding a scene, which unfortunately always unfolds.
Does it sound familiar? It should because that’s sort of what’s happening in New York between Mayor de Blasio and the rank and file of the NYPD. Continue reading
No combat rite of passage for young black males but something far more deadly awaits their entry into manhood.
NYPD’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch claims that New York Mayor de Blasio has blood on his hands for his support of the protests concerning the unnecessary killing of unarmed Eric Garner and others across the country at the hands of the police.
Listening to him and watching others as they support their local police, I can’t help but see in some of them a totally one-way street where support for law enforcement is all-encompassing with little regard for the actions of some of those in blue. Such support actually puts cops above the laws made for you and me and establishes their own acceptable code of conduct; a code that comes into direct and dangerous conflict with societal norms.
I ask myself, why is this so? Don’t people see the grief in the parents of the young men killed so tragically, so mistakenly? Do they even understand the depth of concern that minority parents endure that forces them to have, “the talk” with their progenies?
I don’t think they do; which is why I decided to tell you all a tale of graduation. Continue reading
Since the “Hand’s Up/Don’t Shoot!” and the #ICan’tBreathe protests began, there’s been some challenge to bring the many people whose lives are most threatened by police actions under a associated umbrella of civil disobedience. As with any like endeavor, the ability to keep everyone focused and on the same page will be the challenge that tests the most. Continue reading