The Pope’s an Asshole…For Real.

March 17, 2009

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The Pope “Eggs” Benedict took his child-molesting ass group to Africa to delcare that Condoms make AIDS worse.  This motherfucker is actually telling people in what is Ground Zero in the fight against HIV/AIDS to have unsafe sex.  I have people close to me with this disease and a condom would have saved all of them.  Fuck you Pope…Fuck you.  For a man, who runs a group with so much influence around the world to make such a reckless, irresponsible, dangerous, ignorant evil statement is beyond comprehension.   I hope they run his ass out of Africa in a bullet ridden PopeMobile….asshole.

Co-Signing on the Gaza War

January 6, 2009

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The latest chain of events was dismally predictable: Hamas, pushed by Iran and its own extremist ideology, refused to extend a six-month cease-fire that expired last December 19, and resumed firing rockets. Israeli leaders, pushed by election politics and an angry public, responded with a furious assault on Gaza. The Israelis may have wanted to take their shot at Hamas while a supportive President George W. Bush was still in office.”

                                                                                    -The Daily Star

 I agree…

 

“The longer the Israeli incursion, the more casualties mount (550 Palestinians and 5 Israelis have died so far); the more Hamas’s popularity grows among its supporters; the more moderate Arab states, which have correctly blamed Hamas for ending a six-month cease-fire, are alienated; and the more regional instability is fueled.”   

     –New York Times Editorial

I agree…

 

“Israel’s decision to pour ground troops and armour into the Gaza Strip is a dangerous gamble. If the goal is to reduce the number of rockets Hamas can fire at neighbouring, southern Israeli towns, it is probably achievable – for now. But if Israel proposes to cut the heart out of its most implacable Palestinian opponents, it will fall”

 –Financial Times Editorial

I agree…

 

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“Much as we may deplore Hamas’ rockets into Israel, Israel’s response has been totally out of proportion. Its air strikes, unavoidable killing of hundreds of Palestinians, is morally indefensible and its ground offensive is strategically self-defeating. Killing 100 Palestinians several years ago did not defeat Hamas, and the current “all-out war” only makes Hamas more popular. As Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye makes the world blind.”

                                                                    -Cambridge Chronicle

 I agree…

 

“If you’re going to deny the Palestinians weapons to defend themselves, then you must stop all military and economic aid to Israel.”

                                                      

 –Retired US Army Gen. James J. David

 I agree…

 

“If someone was sending rockets on my house where my daughters were sleeping at night, I would do everything to stop it, and I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”

                                                                            -Barack Obama

I agree…

 

“In Gaza, mankind’s basic morality is at stake. The suffering and wanton destruction of people’s lives, the despair and absence of human dignity in this region have gone on for too long. The Palestinians of Gaza – indeed, all those across the region who lead blighted lives without hope – cannot wait for new administrations or international institutions to act. If the Fertile Crescent is not to become a futile crescent, we must wake up and find the moral courage and political vision for a quantum leap in Palestine.”                             -Desmond Tutu

 

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Christmas – 1,887 Coats and Joy

December 23, 2008

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5 coats to a bag, too thin? male? female? infant?

1,2,3,4,5, twist, tie, toss.

This one’s a tattered trench, this is one a brand-new pea coat, this one is niiiice

1,2,3,4,5, twist, tie, toss.

Of all days, today there is six inches of snow, rain, and sleet.

On my way here, I thought of not having a coat in such weather. 

This is one’s for an infant

I stared at the mountain of coats.  Bag upon bag at least 10 feet high

5 to a bag, male, female, infant, 38 million people living below the poverty line?

I stuffed bags with abandon. 

1,2,3,4,5 twist, tie (double knot), toss. 

When I was 10, living in Harlem, my school Principal gave toys to the kids.  He gave me a coat. 

It’s the holiday season, but more importantly it is cold.

I left the dank, dusty, poorly-lit warehouse and trekked home in the cold and driving snow.

I hardly noticed. 

I helped 1,887 people find warmth.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Thanksgiving – The Elderly

November 26, 2008

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The holiday season has always been my favorite time of year.  Yes, it really is “the most wonderful time of the year” for me.   This time of year gives me such joy because it is during the holiday where I enjoy the lights, the trees, and the anticipation of snow on Christmas.  It is also when I pause to consider the plight of others the most.   I think about the old woman I pass everyday on the way to work singing for Jesus and shaking her cup in the train station.  I don’t think she’s homeless, just down on her luck.   I think about “Tiny”, I wonder if he’s okay, I haven’t seen him in awhile—Tiny is homeless.  I think about Saul, the neighbor I used to have when I lived alone on 117th Street.  I used to buy groceries for him and pick up his dry cleaning on bad weather days.  I think about my own elderly mother and how she refuses to acknowledge both her age and mortality.   This is a time we most associate with children.  Shopping for toys, decorations, and making sure our loved ones are well fed is what dominates our actions.   What I hope however is that we are still long enough to consider our elders.

 

There seems to be this myth that the government and non-profits do enough to help the elderly.  Why should we care but so much?  They lived their lives, Right?  Why should I have to take care of another old ADULT, right?  Wrong?  This economy is affecting everyone across the board, including them.  Furthermore, we should be honoring them on a greater scale than this.   The story that triggered this post was the one I read this morning in the New York Times regarding the plight of the two largest operators of housing for the elderly:

 

“The credit crisis is battering the two largest publicly traded operators of housing for the elderly. One of them, Sunrise Senior Living, is trying to stave off bankruptcy. The other, Brookdale Senior Living, is considered likely to resolve its short-term problems, but it faces a mountain of debt in the next few years….

Nearly three-quarters of Sunrise’s units are dedicated to assisted living, aimed at people who need help with daily activities.   A majority of Brookdale’s units are either stand-alone retirement homes — where communal meals are available but the population is less frail — or so-called continuing-care retirement communities, where residents initially live independently but contract in advance for assisted living and nursing care on the premises. “

How many of these people will you see in a cardboard box next to your bus stop?  How many of these people will you see sleeping in hospital emergency rooms, trains, and under highways?  How many of these people will die completely alone, with the idea that nobody cared enough to be with them?  How is this acceptable?  Sometimes it seems we care more about dogs than humans.  Michael Vick went to jail for dogs, do you think anyone is going to jail at Sunrise or Brookdale if they go under?   We’ll see a dog on the streets, clearly in need of food, water, and love and our concern level is on overload.  On the same street we’ll see a homeless elderly man and simply think—bum.  We MIGHT buy him a cup of coffee if he’s funny.   

 

It is an abomination.

 

This holiday, be thankful for the shelter that protects you, the food that nourishes you, the family that loves you, and for the elderly that needs you.  Visit a senior citizen center, volunteer at a non-profit for the elderly, identify the elders in your building or neighborhood and simply ask…”Hey, you alright, you need something…”  In other words REACH OUT TO THEM, I promise you, the reward will be greater than the deed. 

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!    

 

 

 

 

Leading BEFORE Day 1 – Obama and the Economy

November 25, 2008

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THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS:

Good morning.

The news this past week, including this morning’s news about Citigroup, has made it even more clear that we are facing an economic crisis of historic proportions. Our financial markets are under stress. New home purchases in October were the lowest in half a century. Recently, more than half a million jobless claims were filed, the highest in eighteen years — and if we do not act swiftly and boldly, most experts now believe that we could lose millions of jobs next year.

While we can’t underestimate the challenges we face, we also can&’t underestimate our capacity to overcome them — to summon that spirit of determination and optimism that has always defined us, and move forward in a new direction to create new jobs, reform our financial system, and fuel long-term economic growth.

We know this won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight. We’ll need to bring together the best minds in America to guide us — and that is what I’ve sought to do in assembling my economic team. I’ve sought leaders who could offer both sound judgment and fresh thinking, both a depth of experience and a wealth of bold new ideas — and most of all, who share my fundamental belief that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers; that in this country, we rise and fall as one nation, as one people….

Right now, our economy is trapped in a vicious cycle: the turmoil on Wall Street means a new round of belt-tightening for families and businesses on Main Street — and as folks produce less and consume less, that just deepens the problems in our financial markets. These extraordinary stresses on our financial system require extraordinary policy responses. And my Administration will honor the public commitments made by the current Administration to address this crisis.

Further, beyond any immediate actions we may take, we need a recovery plan for both Wall Street and Main Street — a plan that stabilizes our financial system and gets credit flowing again, while at the same time addressing our growing foreclosure crisis, helping our struggling auto industry, and creating and saving 2.5 million jobs — jobs rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing our schools, and creating the clean energy infrastructure of the twenty-first century. Because at this moment, we must both restore confidence in our markets — and restore the confidence of middle-class families, who find themselves working harder, earning less, and falling further and further behind.

I have asked my economic team to develop recommendations for this plan, and to consult with Congress, the current Administration and the Federal Reserve on immediate economic developments over the next two months. I have requested that they brief me on these matters on a daily basis, and in the coming weeks, I will provide the American people and the incoming Congress with an overview of their initial recommendations. It is my hope that the new Congress will begin work on an aggressive economic recovery plan when they convene in early January so that our Administration can hit the ground running.

With our economy in distress, we cannot hesitate or delay. Our families cannot afford to keep on waiting and hoping for a solution. They cannot afford to watch another month of unpaid bills pile up, another semester of tuition slip out of reach, another month where instead of saving for retirement, they’re dipping into their savings just to get by.

Again, this won’t be easy. There are no shortcuts or quick fixes to this crisis, which has been many years in the making — and the economy is likely to get worse before it gets better. Full recovery won’t happen immediately. And to make the investments we need, we’ll have to scour our federal budget, line-by-line, and make meaningful cuts and sacrifices as well — something I’ll be discussing further tomorrow.

Despite all of this, I am hopeful about the future. I have full confidence in the wisdom and ingenuity of my economic team — and in the hard work, courage and sacrifice of the American people. And most of all, I believe deeply in the resilient spirit of this nation. I know we can work our way out of this crisis because we’ve done it before. And I know we will succeed once again if we put aside partisanship and politics and work together, and that is exactly what I intend to do as President.

Thank you, and I’m now happy to take questions.

This was an excerpted transcript of the President-Elect’s Economic Team Announcement yesterday in Chicago, IL (thank you NYT!)

HUGO CHAVEZ – CHANGE I DON’T BELIEVE IN.

November 24, 2008

gagorderIf there is anything I learned from watching Frontline – THE HUGO CHAVEZ STORY on PBS it is this.  When an elected leader is ultra-popular it pays to be ultra-diligent as a citizen.  Hugo Chavez emerged from a failed coup attempt on the Venezuelan government to become the leader and voice of the Venezuelan people.  He has declared the United States a mortal enemy, this, despite the fact that much of his country’s worth is tied to the oil he sells to none other than the United States.  He has aligned himself with leaders like Putin, Ahmadinejad, and Castro most likely because he knows how much that pisses the US off.   He runs a television show called Alo Presidente in which he brings in all of the members of his cabinet and in front of 22 million people, on live television; he grills them on their results or lack thereof.  It’s the equivalent of a public hanging.  Actually, it reminds me of when Saddam called a meeting of the entire Iraqi government when he first assumed power and one-by-one read the names those who he labeled traitors.  Those persons who names he called were immediately shuffled out of the auditorium never to be heard from again.  It was the most surreal sight I’ve ever witnessed, the equivalent of watching members of Congress shuffled out by the US Army.  Unimaginable.  He will ask questions like, “How many barrels of XYZ have we exported?” Lord help the official that does not have an acceptable answer, because they are not only publicly humiliated, but they must sit and be lectured to for hours.  I’m not sure what the thinking is in Venezuela, but if I’m a citizen, I’m looking for change in a hurry. 

 

What Chavez does in this country is practice a form of denial.  He puts his officials on display to basically say “Look, it is their incompetence, not mine!”  “I’m trying to make things happen.”  In my opinion, his administration will go down as one of the great farcical governments of all-time.   It saddens me a bit to see this, because for awhile, I almost thought he was a progressive.   I had this idea that Chavez was the great Robin Hood leader that stuck it to all the elites of his country and would now show the world how to be the leader of the people.  I thought he was a man of the people, clearly his people needed him to be just that.  Instead, he’s presented domestic initiatives that haven’t worked.  He’s had to take back his word on more than one occasion because of how reckless he can be verbally.  He’s failed on so many fronts that he really is starting to remind me of a certain someone we have all grown to know and love (wink, wink) the last eight years.  Like many dictators he treats his country like a hybrid of a military barrack and an ATM machine.    Kidnappings, murder, unequal distribution of oil wealth, and food shortages are all at crisis-levels in Venezuela, this, as one interviewee stated, despite the fact that they are not a war.   Having said all of this, you can imagine my joy at reading this on the front page of the New York Times  this morning that many of his supporters suffered defeat the latest round of elections.   His supporters still control the Supreme Court and all other state-run agencies.  Change will indeed come slowly and painfully in Venezuela.   However, today’s developments represent the latest in a series of set-backs for Chavez.  Perhaps, the people are starting to realize they elected a lemon and now they are being forced to suck it everyday.

 

I am disappointed with Mr. Chavez.   I’m not sure how much better he is than the former Mayor of Detroit.   I expected better.  I expected him to know how important he was in this time for his people. It baffles me how those with the most power to change, never seem to do so for the better.   Apparently, it was more important to be popular, than to be a leader.   

 

 

 

 

On Vacation

November 14, 2008

 

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The Political Assistant must take a brief 1 week vacation, but I will be back next Monday and believe me…when I come back…I’m taking folks to the woodshed!  But before I go let me leave you with this….

Truth, respect, love, honor, caring, and committment are key ingriedients in every successful union.

Oh, happiness, since we’re asking.

Bush Defends Capitalism

November 13, 2008

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It is rainy, cold, and messy outside

Too many obnoxious umbrellas and impatient pedestrians

So it is fitting that Bush is here today.

His Defense:   

“Ultimately, the best evidence for free market capitalism is its performance compared to other economic systems,” he will say. “Free markets allowed Japan — an island nation with few natural resources — to recover from war and grow into the world’s second-largest economy. Free markets allowed South Korea to make itself one of the most technologically advanced societies in the world. Free markets turned small areas like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan into global economic players. And today, the success of the world’s largest economies comes from their embrace of free markets.

“Meanwhile, nations that have pursued other models have experienced devastating results. Soviet communism starved millions, bankrupted an empire, and collapsed as decisively as the Berlin Wall. Cuba, once known for its vast fields of cane, is now forced to ration sugar. And while Iran sits atop giant oil reserves, its people cannot put enough gasoline in their cars.

Some improvements: 

Making financial markets more tranparent, including improved accounting rules for securities, investors will better understand what they’re buying.

Through proper regulation of sophisticated financial products. That includes processing of credit default swaps — which insure investors against potential losses — through centralized clearinghouses rather than through unregulated over-the-counter markets. 

There should be enhanced national regulation of financial markets around the world.  

There should be better coordination of national laws and regulations, as well as reform of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which are viewed by many critics as unfairly dominated by industrialized countries of Europe and North America.

I never thought I would hear a Republican call for government “transparency” and “regulation” and from all people

….up is down and down is up. 

These last couple of weeks have been full of surprises…most of which are coming from the White House.  I honestly can’t disagree with his defense, since I believe in capitalism too (my apologies to all the comrades of the country)  I would not be surprised at all to see something totally un-Bush like happen in the next couple of weeks.  Dare I say, I am beginning to think he was moved by November 4th…then again…I could be dead wrong, which is more likely.

Its rainy, cold, and nasty outside

Bush is here. 

Funny, I feel alright about that.

Wishes for the Obama Years

November 10, 2008

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A law against dropping out of high school—I run into so many teenagers who have all but set themselves up for failure in life because they were allowed to drop out of high school and “work”.  Let’s be clear, you can barely get a decent job with a college degree.  With no High School diploma, you are more likely to be working the inside of garbage cans, than inside an organization or company.  In my opinion, the four years in high school are the most important years of your education, because it is usually when you form your dreams for your life.  High School dropouts are more likely to lack the essential technological and fundamental math and reading skills necessary to compete in this ever changing society.  If there is not an outright ban, the student should at least be required to present an alternate plan to ensure they aren’t just dropping out high school and into complete failure.

An Appealing Plug-In Electric Car—When I lived in Atlanta, I’d drive my car to the back of the house to park…right next to the garage.  I often thought, “Man, if this were an electric car, I could plug it up right here.”   Right now, I’m mad at Japan, Germany, and Detroit…they should have this car on the road already.  In addition, I don’t want to drive something that looks like a stapler like the Prius.  Why can’t I drive an electric Camry? an electric Taurus? or for that matter an electric Corvette?  I know, the technology isn’t there yet, or maybe it isn’t cost-efficient enough to bring to production, still, I want it to happen.

A continuation if not a strengthening of PEPFARThis is the one initiative I hope President Obama doesn’t reverse.  I honestly think that of all the bone-headed, misguided, cruel acts Bush committed, this initiative is one of his finest moments.  It may be the finest moment of any president as it pertains to combating HIV/AIDS worldwide.   This is the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and it is a commitment of 15 billion dollars over 5 years for HIV/AIDS Relief in Africa.  What I’d REALLY like to see is a greater commitment.  HIV/AIDS is still a devastating, crippling, and incurable disease.  It is not a gay disease, or an African-American disease, this is a worldwide pandemic that is spreading.  What bothers me is that there are those who have this idea that you can “live with HIV/AIDS”.  There is no “living” with HIV/AIDS.  This initiative not only aids African countries or so-called focus countries, but also countries like India and Indonesia.  It’s a program worth saving, because of the lives it saves.

A dead sprint between the President and the White House Chief of Staff—the President can ball!  I saw a no-look pass on the break from him the other day and was like…okay…Presidents don’t throw no-look passes.  Then I read Emmanuel trains for triathlons.     Because I’m extremely jealous that I cannot run a triathlon nor throw a no-look pass, (at least not one that finds its target). I’d like to see a dead sprint between the President and Emmanuel. The loser has to watch a session of Congress at work (on C-Span to ensure maximum boredom).

An end to the Broker Monopoly on Rental Vacancies/Rent Reform in New York City—THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH!  Rental rates are astronomical and are in serious need of regulation.  Landlords are charging rates here in New York City so high, that when you repeat them to folks in other states the universal response, “WHAT!, that’s crazy!”   Don’t believe me…try it. This is especially troubling for me because I am currently trying to find a new apartment.  I inquired about a two-bedroom brownstone in Harlem, sure it was gorgeous…but it wasn’t $2500 a month gorgeous. To me, the rent wasn’t just high, it felt greedy.  My problem with Broker’s fees is that without paying one of them, your chances of living in a nice, progressive neighborhood seems to be slim, particularly here in New York City.  Typically, a broker will charge you 15 percent which for me is still a problem, but most want an entire month’s rent up front.  Whatever happened to a month’s security, a month’s rent and you get keys???  P.S. the Broker’s fee for the aforementioned two-bedroom brownstone was 2 months upfront meaning I would have had to cough up $10,000 dollars just to get keys.  We need reform.

Community Service for College Tuition—The President has called on the nation to embrace a new commitment to service.  No problem.  Just cut a little off that college tuition and I’ll feed the homeless, volunteer at the fire house, the senior citizen’s home, the HIV/AIDS organization.  I’ll even mentor children and illiterate adults.  But if I’m $100,000 in debt by the time I leave college…guess what? I’m working for yours truly and volunteering for yours truly.  Which is sad, because life would be so much more rewarding, if I could help myself by helping others.  I’m not even asking for half…20 percent off would save me a bundle!

Health Care Reform!—Right now, the drug companies have entirely too much control.  Prices for medical procedures are too high and entirely too many people are uncovered.  I would like the sense of service the president called for to extend to this industry.  I mean that, this is the one industry where human survival is paramount to everything else.  The medical industry is not the auto industry, it is not the oil industry, it is not the financial industry.  It is the life and death industry and it needs to embrace that idea in a more meaningful way.   Drug companies should be willing providers of their drugs to countries that cannot afford them, particularly third-world countries.  It is sickening watching folks die because a drug they need is unavailable due to cost.  Sickening. In addition, I’m not sure why I am always watching a story about how some Canadian goes to the hospital, gets taken care of and walks out drama-free, but I am sick of that not being an American story.  Damn, health coverage seems like such a basic right.  I mean, what can you do, if you can’t see a doctor when you’re ill?  Don’t we all deserve to be as healthy as we can be?  Isn’t it doing a disservice to the country at-large if we just keep things as is?  Health Care shouldn’t be a choice in this country…we make too much money, if even they tell you we’re broke, we’ve been through worse.  You should be able to visit a doctor and buy medicines without worrying how you are going to pay rent afterwards.  We need reform!

 A Greater Focus on Elderly Poverty—You know why no one talks about this?  Because you don’t see them.  They are usually huddled in their homes quietly waiting out the terms of their existence and venture out when you’re at work or school so you don’t knock them over in your rush to get past them.  They hear it when you suck your teeth at how slow their moving, you know?  We better thank god we do have Social Security because if we didn’t, 44 percent of the elderly would be impoverished right now.  Speaking of impoverished there are 2.3 million women and over 1.1 million men over the age of 65 living below the poverty line.  WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED.  These “old folks” paved the way for our lives in the present yet they struggle the most with utility bills, grocery bills, and transportation.  WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED.  We are quick to write them off and put them out to pasture when they become too much of a burden.  As sons and daughters, we run from the responsibility because it is too much.  WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED.  The elderly need advocates.  Not just those who work for non-profits but from friends, neighbors and families.  They gave us life, at least we can make them comfortable at the end of theirs.

A full and complete BAN on pawn shops, title loans, cash advance loans, and all other forms of predatory lending—YOU ARE BEING FLEECED!  During my time in Memphis, it was more common to see a predatory lender than a library. These folks set up in strip mall after strip mall offering to lend you money and take your valuables provided you paid back at ridiculous interest rates.  These loans prey on those who are most desperate in our society.   The unemployed, the uneducated, those recently released from prison, the poor, the disenfranchised, the ELDERLY.  It is just heinous to see the level of financial destruction being levied upon these groups.  Sure, they sign up for these loans willingly, but in truth, they should never be offered these loans at all.  Most of these loans are never repaid and end up destroying the credit of the ones who receive them.  Meanwhile, the lender works his magic and makes his money whether you pay back or not.  It is ethically wrong, it is morally wrong, and these types of loans should be illegal to offer.

An end to divisiveness- Even as the country took a united stand and elected the first black President in United States history, I watched shows like Hannity and Co. replaying a videotape of a black teacher yelling at a lone white student for being a McCain supporter.  I read a story about a University of Texas football player being kicked off the team for posting “Everybody get guns, we got a nigger in the White House!” on his face book page.  I am so sick of watching and listening to us fracture this great union with this base level of nonsense.  I made a decision awhile ago that I was not going to defend ignorance, no matter what corner of Earth it came from and I meant it.  We all know what our fears are, what our prejudices are, where we are most secure and where we are most insecure.  This country simply cannot hold itself together when its citizens are constantly trying to knock each other down.   

 

A Statement of Outrage

November 7, 2008

Kevin Cox (left) and Tryone Miller (right)I hate injustice
I hate racism
I hate ignorance
I hate hate

As a black man, I am keenly aware of the ill-effects of all of the above. I will not sit here and type any words of excuse for the four black men that murdered a white Brooklyn raised Marine and his African American wife. There should be a hate crime charge added to whatever other charges they receive. I will not sit here and type that they were products of their environment and they were only trying to survive. I will not sit here and type that they were young and could not possibly understand the consequences of their actions. I will not give any sympathy. If we are serious about unity in this country, if we are serious about protecting each other and lending credence to the idea that we are a united people, then we must ALL condemn acts of brutality and racism. This was an interracial couple living the American dream, fighting for this country, and functioning as productive citizens of this country.

They did not deserve to die.

Yes, everyone in this country should be outraged at this story. However, as Black men, we should be especially so. These young men are sons to four black men. These young men could have come from our community, went to school with our daughters, ate at our dinner tables. I won’t sit here and blame all Black men for the actions of these young men but as a show of force and condemnation we, as Black men, should do everything we can to let the parents of this couple know that we do not, in any way shape or form, support, sanction or accept this kind of behavior from ourselves or each other.

Emrys John (left) and Kesaun Sykes (right)If what is alleged is true, this was NOT just a simple robbery gone badly. This was hate, revenge, racism and murder. What makes this story even more sickening to my stomach is the fact that these young men were all Marines–all led by the man they murdered. Jesus, anyone who knows anything knows how tight Marines are. I know the Marines aren’t saints (unless they’re saving your ass) but they have a code of honor that is revered around the world. They join the corps as complete strangers but through shared suffering and experience many remain brothers for life. How in the hell could they slay one of their own!

The original title of this post was ROT IN HELL! but until I get a guilty verdict I will stick to this…

I don’t know this couple. I don’t know their parents. I don’t know anyone who knows them. I do know they are Americans. I know they wanted a small piece of this country to call their own. I know they fought for me, my safety, and the safety of my family. I know they wanted better. I know they should still be here. I know if it were me and my wife, they would be outraged. You would have to have a hole in your soul not to be

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Brooklyn Marine Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana

BLOGGER’S NOTE: AFTER PUBLISHING THIS I DISCOVERED THERE WAS A CONFESSION BY THE FOUR MEN IN THIS CASE: ROT IN HELL BASTARDS!