EXCERPT (c) RAS CARDO SPEAKS.
WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE;
CAVEAT: DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS STATEMENT IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO FEEL NOR UNDERSTAND THE HUMAN CONDITION.
DO NOT READ THIS, IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO FIND LOVE WITHIN YOU. DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DEAL WITH TRUTH AND THE REALITY OF TRUTH. IF KILLING PEOPLE IS YOUR SPECIALTY, THEN DO NOT READ THIS. IF YOU LACK THE ABILITY TO REASON PEACEFULLY, DO NOT READ THIS.
EVERYTHING WRITTEN HERE IS TRUE AND IN CARING ABOUT THE LOSS OF LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE.
SO, WHY ARE OUR CHURCHES SO SILENT?
WHY ARE OUR WELL TO DO AND THOSE IN ACADEMIA SO SILENT?
FOR WHETHER YOU ARE WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC, JEWISH, INDIAN, ITALIAN, YELLOW OR BROWN, THERE IS BUT ONE CONNECTION TO US ALL- WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE AS TO WHAT COLOR OF SKIN WE WERE BORN IN.
My Brethrens from the – REGGAE Group- Black Uhuru some years ago sang these words- ” Questions more than answers, more than I can say, takes more than a lifetime, to say how we feel today”.- DON CARLOS.
I have written so many times that I see a Trench -Town all over America.
There are so many reality cases to speak about, but let me just mention the most recent to memory- The Trayvon Martin case, The New York City Police- death of a black man by a choke hold to the neck, Shooting of a 10year old youth in Cleveland Ohio by the police – the news reported later that the youth had a toy gun, and much more.
The pattern and reality shows- White cops killing black youths. No matter how you look at it, this is the reality of the message.
How many cases have you seen in media where- Black cops are killing white/ or black youths?
WHAT IS THE SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE HERE? What are the underlying factors?
TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THE TRAINING OF COPS TELLS THEM TO SHOOT AND KILL SOMEONE?
And almost all these cases, the cops are placed on what they call-“administrative leave” – some with/without pay- some cases pending some- “GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION.”
And so we await the Decisions of the Grand Jury, only to find that the killers go free.
NO, WOMAN, NO CRY- as we watched, again, the mothers and families of slain Black youths sees- NO JUSTICE IN THE SYSTEM.
THE CRIES OF THE PEOPLE, THE WAILING OF THE PEOPLE, THE SORROW OF THE PEOPLE- BOTH WHITES AND BLACKS MARCHING FOR JUSTICE.
AMERICA 2014- HOW FAR HAVE WE COME, AND WHERE DO WE THINK WE ARE HEADING?
IT IS MOST DIFFICULT TO SUSPEND EMOTIONS WHEN YOU ARE DEEPLY HURTING INSIDE.
And so, you now see the news media doing a calm and collected interview with the killer, far removed from the reality of the day the actual incident and tragedy occurred.
You see an interview in and by which the person/persons so accused has the time and coaching so necessary to evoke public sentiments to their side of the credibility scale.
You are not saying that what the accused said or did is true, what you are saying is that the -DEAD- has no chance to being heard, no chance to rebut the testimony.
So, you look to the system- the Grand Jury- to find you justice.
But you forget that the Jury selection system- VOIRE DIRE-as they call it in legal circles, is a very tricky process.
In the Ferguson Missouri case, the Grand Jury consisted of nine whites and three blacks. What is the message? In a city that is predominantly black, they could only find three black persons from the jury pool? The selection process is suspect.
Not yet erased from our minds were the pains and revelations from the Trayvon Martin case in which the jury received wrong instructions leading to the reality of what we have seen.
For all those who have spoken to me freely about these tragedies and have expressed their silent concerns of truth- people of all color, class, race, creeds, ethnicity, and religions- I here write so that the world may see the humanity in all of us.
For whatever propels us to act as we do, in the end we will all suffer the consequences. I HAVE SAID BEFORE- WE ARE WHAT WE BECOME.
IN AMERICA- HERE IS WHAT THE BLACK YOUTHS SEE IN THIS TIME:-
1. They see a system in which anything black is viewed as bad and treated with disdain, fear, not of importance, loathing, and condescension.
2. The only thing black and good is-Lots of money in a bank account.
3. By mere observations alone, and the day to day existence, they have enough examples as to the injustices done to their people.
4. They see hopelessness, and no longer will listen to those of their people who give lip service and yet act as sell -outs to their enemies.
5. They will trust no one- including those who wear a badge saying- ” we serve and protect”. They ask- “Serve and protect who?’
6. As far as the police are concerned- in the eyes of the black youths in the ghetto- THEY WILL RUN FROM, RATHER THAN RUN TOWARDS A COP WHO IS APPROACHING. But, do you really know why they will run?
THEY RUN BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT IF THEY REMAIN, THE COPS- WHITE OR BLACK- WILL TRY TO HARASS THEM- WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE DOING ANYTHING WRONG.
AND WHEN THEY RUN, THE COPS GLADLY GIVE CHASE, RESULTING IN THE REALITIES WE HAVE SEEN, INCLUDING DEATH.
KEEP IN MIND HERE THAT MOST OF THIS OCCURS WITH UN-ARMED YOUTHS.
AND THERE ARE COPS WHO HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF HARASSING CERTAIN YOUTHS OF THE GHETTO – WHITE AND BLACK.
SO, IN OUR SYSTEM- HOW DO WE TRAIN AND EDUCATE OUR COPS?
FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO KEEP THEIR COMPOSURE, LET ME REMIND THEM THAT THIS IS NOT WRITTEN TO POINT FINGERS NOR TO ACCUSE ANYONE.
LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN, CAST THE FIRST STONE.
THE YOUTHS KNOW THAT EVEN IF YOU SEE A WHITE COP ALONG WITH A BLACK COP IN A PATROL CAR, THE COP WHO IS WHITE WILL MOST LIKELY BE IN CONTROL OF WHATEVER SITUATION GOES DOWN.
SO, WHY ARE THERE ONLY FEW BLACK COPS IN A PREDOMINANTLY BLACK NEIGHBORGHOOD? AND IF ITS THE WHITE COPS WHO ARE WRITING THE FINAL REPORTS, BEING THE FINAL ARBITERS OF JUSTICE, WHAT IS THE MESSAGE?
I CAME TO AMERICA WITH THE MISSION TO HELP IN THE SERVICE OF THE PEOPLE. I HAVE NEVER STOPPED DOING THAT. WHAT I DO TO HELP PEOPLE CAN HAVE ME ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD DOING THE SAME AND MORE.
I HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE- THERE ARE STILL SOME GOOD PEOPLE LIVING IN AMERICA- BUT DON’T LET THE CONTRADICTIONS GET YOU DOWN.
FROM THE STREETS OF KINGSTON JAMAICA, AND THE GHETTOES OF TRENCH TOWN AND OTHER PLACES, I SPEAK TO THE YOUTHS WHO SEE THEMSELVES AS -SHUT-OUTS OF A SYSTEM WHICH WANTS TO GET RID OF THEM.
AMERICA’S YOUTHS HAVE SPOKEN TO ME- WHITE AND BLACK- IT IS FOR THEM THAT I MUST WRITE AND DELIVER THESE TRUTHS TO THE WORLD WHO SEEMS TOO BUSY TO LISTEN AND TO HELP.
I HAVE LISTENED TO THEM. I HAVE OBSERVED THEM. I HAVE CRIED WITH THEM. I HAVE GRIEVED WITH THEM. THERE ARE SO FEW OF US TO CARE FOR SO MANY.
THE SIGNALS IN AMERICA SPEAKS MANY CONTRADICTIONS AND ILLUSIONS, CAUSING DISTRUST AND DISILLUSIONMENT.
WE HAVE NOW CREATED A SET OF DISINCLINED YOUTHS WHO WILL /AND DO NOT KNOW WHO TO TRUST. THEY NOW HAVE THEIR OWN MANIFESTO. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BECOME- AMERRYCA.
IT IS STILL MY HOPE THAT MY TRENCH TOWN REGGAE EDUCATION WILL EVENTUALLY HEAL THIS NATION.
(c) RAS CARDO SPEAKS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.