More Bloodshed, More Grief: Is It Time Yet to End This?

For those of you who haven’t heard, two police officers were ambushed this week in their police car and murdered by a black man.

I’m sure some of my white friends and family are chalking this up to one more angry black man taking justice into his own hands and all the persecution towards police lately is to blame. And you probably feel that your anger at blacks is now justified. But you know I’m not going to go for that.

Ask yourself this: Do you honestly think black people break the law anymore than white people? You might look at our courts, jails and prisons, and make that conclusion–but you would be wrong. The reason they are there and whites are not, is simply because they are patrolled, watched, harassed, accused, investigated, prosecuted, charged and convicted more. These things are done, because whites see blacks as the enemy: the thieves, the druggies, the gang members, the murderers and the rapists. The sad thing is, whites do all these things as well, but they usually get away with it, or at least, if they are caught (which is not likely, since they are not as vulnerable as blacks to surveillance, and in many cases, harassment), they are not charged (whites get warnings much more than blacks); if they are charged, and especially if they are a police officer, their case is dismissed before even being able to present evidence; if they are tried, they are not convicted; if they are convicted, they are given a much lighter sentence, and rarely prison time, even if their crime was the same crime for which a black man is imprisoned, or even executed.

Another difference, when something like this happens, white people get justice. Their cries are heard. These fallen officers will be honored, and their killer, if he lives, will receive the harshest penalty imaginable. This is because they are white, they are police officers (who can do no wrong, apparently), and he is black, one more criminal to punish, and, worse, a black man that didn’t keep in his place. Only fifty years ago, he would be tortured and lynched, and today they’ll do whatever is in their power to punish him with impunity, making sure this black man, and all black men like him, know their place, and who really holds the power in this country.

You can complain all you want about protests, riots, blog posts, Facebook rants, whatever. But this issue is here to stay, until blacks are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. They will continue to demand it, and there will continue to be more bloodshed on both sides, until whites take responsibility for their actions towards all oppressed people, all around the world.

Author: Gordon S. Bowman III

Writer, Visual Artist, Blogger, Advocate

One thought on “More Bloodshed, More Grief: Is It Time Yet to End This?”

  1. Amen Brother. You have cut to the chase. Unfortunately racism and bigotry is woven so deeply into the tapestry of this country the whole system needs to be undone and rewoven. Since I live in the neighborhood where these officers were murdered. This was my personal response that I posted on Facebook.

    “The same way my heart goes out to the Garner family and the family in Ferguson today my heart and prayers are with the families of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu who were murdered by some idiotic violent nutcase from Baltimore who decided it would be a good idea to kill police officers. I live in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn where the officers were killed and more than likely these officers were from the 73rd Precinct which serves this area.

    These deaths hit me especially hard because Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu may have been the officers who found my cousin Berties body on December 16th. My cousin died alone in his home (he had no wife or children) and was possibly dead for a week or more. Whether or not Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu assisted in Berties case I still salute them. Needless to say I give praise to the 73rd Precinct because the Detectives there were very helpful when I had to call for information about Cousin Bertie. Wake up People. Many times especially in these gun infested times we live in it may be a police officer who guides you to your journey home. I also want to thank the Medical Examiners office, the Brooklyn Morgue and the gentleman at 311 who helped me find the correct city offices in my quest to locate Berties body. As my mother Mable Palmer who appeared to me last weekend in a dream and ushered Bertie into Heaven, used to say, “You Never Know Who You May have to call on.” Rest in Peace Bertie, and Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Stop the Violence! Stop the Killing!!”

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