"Don't Snitch" Is A Myth - And Response (3)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The "don't snitch" accusation against the black community is largely exaggerated and maybe even outright false. Oftentimes the criminal is known only to him/herself and their targeted victim (sometimes not even the victim may know).  

The black community is no different than the white community or any other racial or ethnic group. We don't all know one another, and we certainly don't know what every black person is up to at any given time. The same as any other racial or ethnic group.

The other falsehood I keep hearing is I'm the spokesperson for the black community. There's no specific designated spoke person, myself included, for the black community as there's no specific one person for the white community or any community. Black folks are capable of speaking for themselves and individually. It's not as if we're all back on the plantation where it was required someone be designated to speak on behalf of all the slaves. So let's move beyond all those myths and misconceptions about the black community. You'd think after 500+ years together such nonsense would be a thing of the past.  

The black community has differences the same as any community. 

You'll find that "don't snitch" policy exists far greater within law enforcement than within the black community. I learned that one the hard way. Don't every complain against a cop the department wants to retain. They'll circle their wagons and come after you.  

Brenda Manghane-Washington 

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Brenda, 

If what you are saying is true, then the black community has a bigger problem of senseless and unprovoked violence. You see, when a person drives by and shoots another person in the rear, it is either because A) they have bad history with the shooter or B) it is a completely random act of violence. The former means that the victim knows who is after them; the latter means the black community has a bigger problem than snitching. Maybe you are right, but I would hope that blacks don't have a reputation for being drive-by gang banger types. 

As for the spokesperson for the black community and trying to rebuild after the decades of the war on drugs, someone needs to tell Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to quit coming in and inciting bigotry, racism and hatred at every chance. When you actually think about it, they are only relevant as long as their mission remains relevant, thus, they stir the pot to line their pockets and stay in front of the cameras. 

We are only half a month out of Black History Month, but we shouldn't forget what Martin Luther King Jr. taught all of us. He taught us to live a clean, upstanding life and be non-violent. His approach created a colorblind society. Senseless killings and making excuses exhibit the exact opposite of his teachings. 

Tim Giordano  

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Ms. Washington, once again you are mistaken.  I can tell you from first hand experience that "Don't Snitch" or "Snitches get Stitches" is quite real.  The vast majority of our shooting victims know exactly who shot them.  There are reasons for the shooting, even though those reasons may seem pretty stupid to the non-violent among us.   

More often than not, I get told by these "victim's" that they would rather handle things themselves than get the police involved.  I hate to burst your bubble, but this attitude is not because police are a bunch of rogue animals who want nothing more than to target the black community.  It's simply because the streets have a "code," and that "code" states that you don't tattle on each other.   

I think there may be some fear of retaliation for violation of this code, but this retaliation comes from within, not from anyone wearing a badge.  I've also found that there is honor in staying quiet.  You get "respect" for telling the police you didn't see anything.  Believe it or not, police want to put the violent criminals in jail, regardless of race.  Unfortunately, the police have an uphill battle when victims and witnesses simply smirk and state that they don't want police involvement.  They'll "take care of it."  Then I just count down the hours until the next shooting, ya know, for retaliation.   

How about working on breaking this cycle, Ms. Washington, instead of just brainwashing yourself into thinking the police are the root of the problems you speak of.   

Andrew Peker
Hixson 

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I agree with Tim Giordano in regard to Brenda's rants.  If Brenda spent as much time talking to the black community about staying in school, not having babies as unmarried teens, trying to teach the youth not to join gangs, not to do drugs, learning a trade, teaching parent to raise and support their kids themselves, etc. as she does blaming the police for everything that happens in her community, she would have accomplished a lot thus far. 

But her way is to blame the officials that risk their lives daily investigating shooting after shooting, murder after murder, drug dealers and such.   

She puts no effort into finding ways to better her community.   

Martin Luther King would be shaking his head at her pot stirring rants filled with racist vitriol. 

Sick of excuses.

Netta Dean


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