Black: the color of the month

Coming to you today from sunny Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. A beautiful place to visit and live, but not for me. That is, it’s not a community where I think I would feel comfortable living. Having lived in New York City, the melting pot of the world, and the culturally diverse D.C. Metro area, at times I can feel a little out of place when I notice that no matter where I go, I’m the only person of color. I also lived in Atlanta, Ga where blacks and whites appeared to get along, they just don’t live in the same neighborhoods. Where it seemed that every single Hispanic person in the metro area lived off of Buford Highway in Northeast Atlanta. In Siesta Key, the only place where I feel like I belong is at the beach where you can find a lot of people baking in the sun trying to get as brown as I am year round.

Now that we are on the topic of color – it seems that’s all that’s been on everyone’s mind for the last few weeks – is anyone out there familiar with the tragic death of Kenneth Chamberlain? Before I begin, I want to make a few things clear before the attacks begin by those that will accuse me of morphing into a cop hating, tree hugging, nigger loving liberal since my retirement. At the time of my retirement, I had been a cop for more than half of my life. I loved being a cop, and I still love my former and current brothers and sisters in blue. I have nothing but great admiration and respect for what it is that they do every day. Not many individuals can truly understand what being a cop is all about. I will always side with the cops when they are doing the right thing, even if in doing the right thing a mistake is made. Regardless of what some may think, cops are humans, and as a result, are sometimes fallible. Am I saying that cops who err while trying to do the right thing should not be punished? Of course not.

On the other hand, I refuse to defend cops who abuse their power and authority. I refuse to defend cops whose treatment of others is affected by bigotry and prejudice. I refuse to defend cops who commit crimes and miscarriages of justice against the same individuals who they have sworn to protect and to serve. The fact that we once wore the same uniform will not automatically shield you from my condemnations when your behavior and actions are suspect. You will receive no mercy nor quarter from me.

With that said, the preliminary information that I have been reading on the this case leads me to conclude so far that the conduct of the police in this incident is suspect to say the least. It’s one thing for someone like George Zimmerman to refer to a black person as a “fucking coon”. It’s another when the police refer to someone they are supposed to be helping as a “nigger”. I’m just curious to know how Kenneth Chamberlain, the man the police were called to help, turned into Kenneth Chamberlain the dangerous criminal. Please don’t tell me it was the moment when he refused to open the door for the police. He was within his legal rights to do so. Or was it when he allegedly charged at them with a knife in his hand?

I can’t help but think that like the Trayvon Martin case, there were some people who thought that the Kenneth Chamberlain case had also gone out with the trash. And I can’t help but think that the only reason the mainstream media is reporting on it now is that it’s the flavor of the month. Whatever the reason why, we should thank the ‘left wing’ websites for ensuring that these two cases get the prominence they rightfully deserve. If not for them, these cases would have been hauled off to the dump where the cases of people who have been murdered and don’t matter go to die.

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