The main objective was to get something to eat. Even before they got into the car these two young black brothers participated in a non-stop debate about what the restaurant of choice will be. Another long day in school is over, which means freedom. The boys now have freedom to choose what restaurant is going to fulfill one of life’s simplest pleasures:eating.
Opportunities not available within the high school boundaries are now fair game. These same boundaries to a certain extent protect certain groups, races, ideas, personal expression, etc. What do they protect one from? The outside world.
These two brothers know too well how cruel the outside world can be to black individual. This issue, we will call it, “racism” is not talked about in your common conversation but it is imbedded in everyone’s subconscious. Racism is so powerful that it has been transforming for centuries, depending on what the situation is.
The older brother has been given the luxury of driving his two brothers in a car, to and from school everyday. He does not own this car but it is something that makes him cherish freedom. This form of freedom comes with a price.
Within two minutes of leaving the high school boundaries and entering the real world. The two boys saw the first police officer. Immediately the diver tightened his grasp on the steering wheel and looked at the gauge to make sure that he was within the speed limit. The police car which was going relatively fast was approaching them on from the other side of the street. The younger brother simple took on a curious but fixed gaze, that followed the police car past them. The rear view mirror allowed the older brother to continue to follow the police car long after it is past them. Before the boys could make it out around a right turn up ahead the older bother saw the police car perform an action-movie u-turn.
“He is coming back,” said the older brother.
What?” The younger brother replied.
I saw him do a u-turn,” said the older brother.
Lights and sirens quickly approached the boy’s car. Check the gauges, check the brakes, check the dashboard, and check our clothes; everything seems in place.
“License and registration?” Asked the officer.
He took them and walked to his car. It felt like forever before the officer came back. The boys sat there wondering, “what could be the problem? How long is this going to take? Are we ever going to get out of here?” The officer returns:
“What is wrong officer?” The boys asked.
“What are you guys doing?” asked the officer.
“We are going to get some food!” They replied.
“What did we do wrong?” They continued to ask.
“There were complaints that two black guys were jumping fences,” said the officer.
Shocked by the situation, adopting a distasteful look the younger brother replied, “JUMPING FENCES?” The older brother put his hand on him to decrease the tension. But he proceeded to mumble something.
“We are driving in a car. How are we jumping fences?” Said the older brother.
“We just got out of school!” He continued.
“Where do you go to school?”
“Right there!” The two boys pointed since they only made it four minutes out of the school’s boundaries.
The school located in a predominately white neighborhood, attended by predominately white students.
“Yes, we go to school there.”
The officer continued to question the two boys until the boys brought out their school Identification cards.
“look, see!” The boys said.
The officer looked at the identification cards, nothing else was said, the cards were given back and the boys drove off.
Now the two minds were not only filled with how racist the event was but also how much of a waste of time it was, as well.
This story a glimpse of racism, unfortunately is not the worst thing that can happen due to a person of color. Many colored(black, brown, yellow) people have experienced how deadly and cruel racism can be. Most recently, Oscar Grant, the brown civilians in Arizona, Trayvon Martin and last but not least, Christopher Dorner.
Christopher Dorner’s name has recently been on the minds and lips of millions all over the world. Christopher Dorner, adopted the title, “the most wanted man in America.” This is because Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles (LAPD) Police officer, is accused of killing four people and vowing warfare against the LAPD. The most recent victim was a police officer who was involved in a shoot out on Tuesday. Christopher Dorner, allegedly barricade himself in a cabin up in the snowy mountains of Big Bear. It is suspected that on Tuesday, Christopher Dorner set the cabin on fire. The body found inside the cabin has been removed and sent for confirmation.
The killing of another human is something that should not be celebrated. So if Christopher Dorner was responsible for the death of the four victims, he should be stopped, if he hasn’t already. But with that said I believe that there should be an intensive look at what made this man cause all this chaos. Besides being unfairly fired in 2008, Christopher Dorner, accused the LAPD department of racism, systemic violence, and corruption. The LAPD is accused for implicitly harboring, turning a blind eye, and at some times promoting violence. These are the issues that should should be on the tip of our tongues. Many people in America live in fear of the police, just look at Anaheim, CA. Where the community have been protesting the police killing of unarmed civilians; more on that here. Christopher Dorner, in his online manifesto, states specific events, such as, a police officer who was involved in the beating of Rodney King (1991), have since then been promoted. The manifesto can be found here.
…..fighting was in response to fellow students provoking common childhood schoolyard fights, or calling me a nigger or other derogatory racial names. I grew up in neighborhoods where blacks make up less than 1%. My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school in Norwalk, CA…..
Are you aware that an officer (a rookie/probationer at the time) seen on the Rodney King videotape striking Mr. King multiple times with a baton on 3/3/91 is still employed by the LAPD and is now a Captain on the police department?
Those of you who “go along to get along” have no backbone and destroy the foundation of courage. You are the enablers of those who are guilty of misconduct. You are just as guilty as those who break the code of ethics and oath you swore.
No one is saying you can’t be prejudiced or a bigot. We are all human and hold prejudices. If you state that you don’t have prejudices, your lying! But, when you act on it and victimize innocent citizens and fellow innocent officers, than that is a concern.
I want all journalist to utilize every source you have that specializes in collections for your reports. With the discovery and evidence available you will see the truth. Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared.
Christopher Dorner’s story is one that is filled with success and obstacles due to prejudice. People who knew Christopher Dorner, have stated that Christopher Dorner was a man who was never afraid of speaking up for what he believed in. This is why he challenged the LAPD’s decision to fire him in 2008. The LAPD, have decided to look into the events surrounding the firing of Christopher Dorner, this is a good start but we can do more. Below is a video that covers the case.
Below is a link to a talk that looks deeper into the issues around Christopher Dorner and the LAPD. Beofre the body was found the LAPD had brought up the option of deploying surveillance drones to help locate Christopher Dorner. This is a big thing because it might had been the breaking point that would open the door to drastically militarizing America.
Petition against the use of drones found here. Take time to sign and share with friends.