Time to Start Short Circuiting Black Targeting – By Yvonne Sam

Time to Start Short Circuiting Black Targeting

By Yvonne Sam

America is awash in a midterm frenzy of “Get out and Vote”.  Even celebrities have cashed in on the act, geared to attract folks who would put the Dems back on track. However, seemingly lost in the ongoing shuffle and which is no attack, but little attention is being paid to the targeting of Blacks. The Merriam Webster lexicon gives the following as its definition for “target” – a mark to shoot at, something or someone fired at or marked for attack.

Looking both retrospectively and prospectively at the number of incidents taking place across the country, be it acts of violence, voter suppression, intimidation tactics or racial profiling, it is blatantly apparent that African Americans continue to carry the unnecessary  brunt of being aggressively  targeted and attacked.     

On October 24, 2018 Gregory Bush a White domestic terrorist walked into a grocery store in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, a suburb of Louisville, and fatally shot Maurice Stallard, 69 years and Vickie Lee Jones, 69, two African Americans. The gunman literally walked into the supermarket pulled his gun and without any warning shot Stallard in the back of his head, and as the victim fell to the floor after being shot unsuspectingly, he then turned around and fired several more shots. After such a despicable and cowardly act, the gunman then went outside and after chasing Vicky Jones shot her multiple times.  Authorities say that Bush shot both victims after being seen minutes before on surveillance video, yanking on the doors of the First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown — a predominantly Black church. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/us/louisville-kroger-shooting.html

Again it is evident, (no beating around) that Bush was hell bent on perpetrating his evil and sinister scheme against anyone who was Black , and the outcome( body count) could have been far worse seeing that he tried to enter a  prominent Black church minutes before to do the same thing to the unwary parishioners.  On a consolatory note had the gunman arrived at the church one hour earlier on the same day, the doors would have been unlocked with at least 70 worshippers inside—all at risk of becoming possible victims.

The question that still remains–Why were these two innocent African Americans targeted? Is it simply because they were Black and that is all that mattered to the White racist shooter. The incident bears an uncanny resemblance reminiscent of the shooting on June 17, 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina by Dylan Roof – another avowed white supremacist terrorist. After killing nine people, all African Americans, Dylan was found guilty in federal court of all 33 federal hate crime charges against him. On the day he was captured, he confessed to carrying out the attack against Black people with the intention of starting a race war. Roof was given the death penalty.

Black people have also been “targeted” significantly, in the area of politics and voting.  There have been countless lawsuits filed and complaints lodged, that center around Black people having their right to vote challenged or hindered. In August, about 4,000 eligible voters, mostly African Americans located in Harris County, Houston’s historic Third Ward, had their voting rights attacked by an independent operative who used an outmoded Texas state law to legally challenge their voting status. In Georgia, approximately 53,000 voter registration applications were put on hold by Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office because of minor discrepancies. A law suit ensued, and although Blacks comprise roughly 32 percent of Georgia’s population, approximately 70 percent of the applications in Kemp’s office that were placed in this voter registration pending status were those of Black applicants. https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/12/politics/georgia-voter-lawsuit-brian-kemp/index.html

In Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis used racially insensitive remarks in the first 24 hours after learning on August 17, that his African American opponent, Andrew Gillum, had won the Democratic Primary. DeSantis went on Fox News and told the people of Florida that they had better not “monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda”, and warned them not to vote for Gillum, who could very well be Florida’s first-ever African American governor.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ron-desantis-gets-slammed-for-telling-voters-not-to-monkey-it-up-

Regarding racial profiling, Black people are consistently being “targeted,” harassed, questioned and have the police called on them for no other reason than being Black.  Additionally, racial profiling by law enforcement continues to be an issue, along with continued harassment by white folks who continue to call the police on Black people for simply being Black. Recently trending is a viral video showing Susan Westwood, 51, a white female in Charlotte, North Carolina, harassing two black sisters Leisa and Mary Garris, while they were waiting for AAA in a parking lot, in Myers Park  one of the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. Westwood who was visibly  inebriated, repeatedly asked the ladies who they are, where they live, why they are in the parking lot, and even goes so far as to threaten to pull out her gun. She also continued to approach the two ladies in an aggressive and uncomfortable manner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC0X7x6qM6c. Westwood was eventually terminated from her employment at a local cable company.

Last month in St. Louis, a White woman Hillary Mueller was shown on video blocking a young, Black man D’Arreion Toles from entering the loft building where he lives because she did not believe he lived there. She followed the guy all the way to his door and as he entered inside his loft, the White lady still called the police on him.

https://abc7ny.com/society/video-shows-white-woman-blocking-black-man-from-his-building/4489874/. In America the color of the skin that some people find themselves in have caused them to become reluctant targets—stereotyped and treated like very few other races of people are treated in America. Black people have been the true victims of society’s encompassing stereotypes, having also to deal with society’s overall lack of accountability when it comes to people who perpetuate stereotypes about Blacks and who display racist actions towards Blacks.

No longer must Black people be “targeted” by those who don’t look like them, and should not have to walk around with a bullseye on their back because of the color of their skin.

It is time to start short circuiting black targeting.  Come on white folks, have a heart and play your part. Let profiling, name calling, and  police brutality cease and in its place lies a nation at peace.

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Comments

  • Cyril Persaud  On November 4, 2018 at 11:55 am

    “Even celebrities” Hollywood has been PIMPING for the Democraticic Party forever. You must be living in a cave if you aren’t aware of the association between the DemocRATS and liberal Hollywood celebrities.

  • Trevor  On November 6, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    We in Guyana have larger problems south of our border!

    The newly elected Brazilian President, Bolsanaro, is an ardent supporter of racism and police violence [which will target Blacks and Amerindians, rather than the European elite living in the southern states of Brazil].

    Bolsonaro’s sons have been supporting the Zionist state of Israel, and this alludes that a Zionist Khazar “Jew-ish” infestation will plague the entire continent of South America!

    https://www.rt.com/news/443215-bolsonaro-sons-idf-mossad-tshirt/

  • The Last Brahmin  On November 9, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Yvonne Sam should not be so naivete to believe all she says, for there are blacks here in Canada, Guyana and the West Indies who are creating havoc against other coloured folks. Some are just hell bent to create mischief.

    • Trevor  On November 12, 2018 at 12:40 am

      You’re probably reading too much Canadian media that portrays Blacks as criminals unless they are gay or promote the White Feminist agenda.

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