But all those demonstrations of hate, destruction of property and looting of businesses in a city where you have to live, is not going to bring the young man back and is not going to soothe the pain those parents feel.
The word you hear the most these days and at this time is RACISM. If you hear closely the way reporters broadcast the news, you would get to the sad conclusion that white people must be the ones instigating racism.
I was listening to the morning news on Univision this morning and the lady who was reading the news (she wasn’t even reporting) said: “A white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an African-American.”
That is the perfect sign of racism. First, she could have said “Black” instead of “African-American”; but why couldn’t she just have said, “A police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an 18-year-old man.” There is no reason whatsoever to instigate resentment between Blacks and Whites.
Stealing Hillary Clinton’s line — what difference does it make now if the police officer was white, black, red or yellow? And the young man
was not an African-American. He was just plain American.
President Obama is African-American because his father was African and his mother American. Do we need to go into details by saying his
father was a black man from Africa and his mother a white woman from the United States of America? No, we don’t. He is an African American (and as he has said many times), PERIOD.
I would bet thousands of dollars, which I don’t have (and I am not a gambler) that Michael Brown has never been in Africa. He probably
didn’t even know that Africa is the second largest continent and that it covers one-fifth of the earth’s land.
So, what’s the point of calling black people African-Americans?
One of the things I admire the most about Ramon Savoy, who for about forty years published the Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice, the first and only Black publication (until the Review-Journal recently came out with a Black Magazine) in our town. Ramon would tell you in plain English, “I am not African-American, I was born here, I have never been in Africa and my family is all from here.”
My heart goes out to Michael Brown’s mother; she is the one who is going to have that pain in her heart for the rest of her life; but
hate toward each other, destruction of property, and stealing from the people of your own town is not going to solve the situation. It is not
going to bring Michael Brown back.
We will never know; maybe Michael made the wrong choice to socialize with that other guy who was with him on that fatal day, the one who
survived the shooting. Do we even know if that guy is the one responsible for what happened to Michael Brown?
Do we know the feelings of the police officer, who now has to live for the rest of his life with the guilt of knowing he took the life of a
It is time to stop listening to the frustrated so-called leaders of the Black community, such as Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and the like.
For years Blacks and Whites have been getting along just perfectly. We work together, we share the same neighborhoods, and we built good
friendships among our children.
As a white person I can say that I praise my friendship with Dawn Leno, Ramon Savoy and Parker Philpot. I am proud they are all in my