Truth Is The First Casualty

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The individual involved in the recent allege "knockout" game in Brooklyn, New York is not black. He's Indian origin (as in India). His name is Amrit Marajh. I use the term "allege" because police believe the entire "knockout" game stories may actually be a hoax, possibly started by some online right wing unofficial news site. They are watching and closely monitoring the claims.

In one alleged knockout incident the stories claims a 60-year-old woman shot into a crowd killing two out of an alleged group of seven who supposedly punched her. Around the same time that story appeared on one site, a same story claimed it was a 93-year-old woman who shot and wounded or killed one of the alleged assailants.  

In the case of the 93-year-old alleged victim, the St. Louis police, where the so-called crime is said to have taken place, say they had neither a record of the alleged crime victim in their database and don't even have a detective by the name listed in the story. 

These are the same type faked stories that materialized in early to mid century America that led to lynch mobs and posse with torches forming to chase people of color from their homes and off their land in the middle of the night. 

All in all, most of us would just like to enjoy the privilege of being able to walk through the communities we've lived for decades, our children were born and raised, without someone calling authority to report us as "suspicious" characters in the area. When our children return home on a brief military leave and wish to take a stroll after dark we'd like to be able to relax and not have to worry about them being stopped, harassed and assaulted by authority. Those simple pleasures in life others take for granted and view as a rights of passage, some of us still have to use precaution. 

It's one thing when people commit bad acts and injustices against someone or some group, based on class, skin color, ethnicity, gender, and so on....it's a true tragedy, however, when the supposedly gatekeepers of humanity condone it or take part. 

No one will ever use the analogy that white people continue to fight and kill fellow white people in Europe (Northern Ireland), or Germany once sought to annihilate fellow Germans. So why does otherwise intelligent man densely use the analogy that blacks sold blacks into slavery when there are perhaps over 10 million tribes in Africa (or at least there once were)? Or why say American Indians warred against. fought and killed fellow American Indians? Most American Indians much prefer to be referred by their individual tribal groups rather than the group term "Indian." They are:  Apache, Comanche, Choctaw, Muskogee, Iroquois and a bunch more. Remember the term "Indian" came from Columbus getting lost and believing he was somewhere he wasn't.

All in all, color alone neither unites nor define a people. At some point the excuse will be used that Iraqis were warring against Iraqis. Or Afghani warred against Afghani. That is until other differences such as the fact their are Sunni, Shiite, and other ethnic and tribal difference being turned against one another are factored in.  

Most of us just to feel free in the land that calls itself "free." We just want peace, or to just be left alone.

Brenda Manhane-Washington

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