I’m an old head watching a reality show that the oldest member is decades younger than me. Yes, that’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta (L&HH Atlanta) Mona introduced Scrapp DeLeon, 28-year-old rapper, this season as someone we would be interested in with a little music and lots of lady drama. Unfortunately, we viewers had to watch Scrapp DeLeon receive a mandatory sentence for trafficking marijuana. As a Black mother, its devastating to see how mandatory sentencing works.
I started liking Scrapp especially his interaction with his son. I can even forgive is womanizing ways because really everyone has to be in agreement for that shit to go on and on. I mean I have seen blood sister share the same man in the same house, one being the wife and one just there. So Tommie, Karlie and Tiarra drama is minor. The national stage shows focus on a piece of the pipeline to prison. Mandatory sentencing.
So the judge says he wants to be lenient and gives him a 20 year sentence with the possibility for parole in 5 years and 15 years on parole. Damn!! I couldn’t believe it. The sad fact that some states have legalized marijuana makes Scrapp’s case so crazy. And here, this guy has 5 years taken from his life plus pay $100,000 and the judge states he will be lenient by giving him 20 years and not 30 years. That’s white man justice.
Dick Gregory’s album “Kent State” use the analogy of America being a cowboy and his latest Indian being his own children. Well, I guess its our Black men/boys turn to be the Indian in American society. But, our young Black children are fighting back through social media. It feels like, “I’m sick and tired and I’m not going to take it anymore” via Martin Luther King Jr way of non-violence. I have complained for a while now about the negative way African American men and boys are portrayed on the news. They are labelled as menace to society, violent or dangerous by the media.
Our Black children our fighting back through selfies of themselves in two different pictures with the hash tag #IfTheyGunMeDown which picture would they use. The media puts forth the worst light when it comes to young Black men/boys. Meanwhile, there is a push for the media to start using softer words for reporting and describing the news on crazy folks who threaten or do harm to themselves and others. Instead of using crazy person you would use mentally challenged. These folks are officially crazy!! How about trying the same with our young Black men/boys? Put less of a negative spin on the news about them.
Police are more feared in our community than admired. I have witnessed traffic stops that have made me cringe and I felt compelled to watch until the person was in handcuffs and placed in the police car. Not out of curiosity but in hopes with someone watching the police will do no harm to the Black man/boy.
Now, there are riots in St Louis because the people are sick and tired and are not going to sit back and take it anymore.
A Pittsburgh man shot multiple times at a traffic stop demands justice.
excerpt from theroot.com
On Nov. 11, 2012, just before 10 p.m., Leon Ford Jr. looked in his rear-view mirror and saw flashing lights.
Ford pulled to the side of the road. Almost everything that happened next — whether Ford should have been stopped, what happened when Pittsburgh police officers approached Ford’s car, what Ford and the three officers said and did, even the order of events — is disputed.
The amazing and most inhumane part of this story is what happened once he was in the hospital. His family was not allowed to see him. He had more than one surgery was listed as critical and this mother was not given common decency to hold her son’s hand. For all she knew he was dying. How would you feel if you thought you son was dying but they wouldn’t let you see him?
Now, a year later listen to his parents and his attorney, Benjamin Crump, are speaking to journalist Jeff Johnson about the incident that night, the life Ford had before the shooting and what his future holds.
Zimmerman’s wife made the statement that the night before the Trayvon Martin murder that she stayed at her parents because they had a fight. That to me is a seriously significant information. Well, then here comes Trayvon the next evening who he takes his frustration out on. And, what a coincident that he is reportedly acting aggressive towards his wife and father in-law to the point they call the police. And of course he is excused by the police just like when he was stopped for a traffic violation and let go.
What really blew my mind is the fact someone gave monetarily donations for his defense. What a slap in the face to us Black folks. What are we to think but its open war on our young men and boys. The madness has to stop before the nightmare gets worse. History has shown that oppressed people will react when pushed up against the wall.
Don’t push me ‘cuz I’m close to the edge
I’m trying not to lose my head
Uh huh ha ha ha
It’s like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from goin’ under
It’s like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from goin’ under
I remember when my nephew was in second grade at a public elementary school he got into trouble with his teacher for balling his hands at his side after she took something off him. They, the principal and teacher took this as a threat. Why?? I didn’t get it then and I don’t get it now. Can you believe that a school system would have a hearing into the actions of a second grader? For little white 7 year old Johnny it would’ve been a call home stating that Johnny is having a bad day but for my young Black 7 year old skinny nephew it was a suspension followed by a hearing at the board of education where he will probably be moved to another school because it would be more cost effective to move the child than the teacher. When this Black man, who was the principal said those words concerning “cost effective” I knew the system was rigged against my nephew being successful.
Unfortunately, young Black boys are not treated like the Johnnys in the world. Young Black boys and men are portrayed in the main media as criminals, victims and predators. Even Black folks become afraid of our young men and boys because of how they are perceived negatively in the media. When you hear the police chief refer to someone as a menace to society, you become fearful of such folks because then anyone can could get hurt including yourself. Below is a picture of young Black man who has done a bad, bad thing. The sentencing is what horrified me. I can’t see a young Black man receiving a sentence like his without one of the charges being homicide.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette — The Homewood man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase that seriously injured two Pittsburgh police officers was in court today for his sentencing.
In June, a jury returned a mixed verdict in the trial of Sean Wright. The 22-year-old was found guilty of attempted homicide and assault charges for running over two detectives during the 15 mile pursuit. However, he faced the same charges for injuries to five other officers, but was acquitted on the attempted criminal homicide charges. But he was found guilty of aggravated assault.
Today in court, Wright was sentenced to 50 to 100 years in prison. I haven’t heard those type of sentences since the era of the south using imprisonment of Blacks as a way to gain a slavery hold on the prisoners.
As a Black female who is blessed with grandchildren, I feel numb hearing the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. My granddaughter woke me up to tell me the verdict – GEORGE ZIMMERMAN – NOT GUILTY. The jury was made up of 6 women. I wondered why all women. Were they all white women? Are white women afraid of Black male teenagers? And, one would say, being a southern state, racism is a prerequisite for being white from the south. Yes, I said it!! I believe the south is still racist! I’m glad there were demonstrations and national out-cry over the verdict. Maybe we should boy-cot Florida!
Are we shocked as Black folks, NO. Injustice is part of the American experience for us. The plots and deliberate actions to further hinder our success as a people are too numerous to mention in this blog.
American society through their legislation has systematically broken our homes apart and now large numbers of our men are in prisons, removed from the community and from the family. Now this verdict gives the ok to kill our un-armed 17 year old sons and get away with it.
I guess it is what it is…. Being Black in America!! SMH! Where is our Black leaders and what are they doing to address this injustice?