Weekly Political Report: Race “Does” Matter in America (Ferguson Edition)


Each week I write a political issue that affects you and the world around you.

This week’s “Weekly Political Report”: Race “Does” Matter in America (The Ferguson Edition)

This post was inspired by my mentor Dr. Cornel West

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(Photo credit: Flickr User Joe Topichak)

mike-brown-headshot-smallerOn Aug, 9th 2014, America and the world witnessed yet again the death of another unarmed African American teenager by the hands of a law enforcer. Michael Brown, a 18 year old, was fatally shot by 28 year old police officer Darren Wilson, and has started an uproar in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Now in its 11th day, there has been no sign of peaceful resolution, to either curb the violence between Ferguson citizens and police officials or reduce the armory and weapons of the police force (military tanks, tear gas, etc.)

While its still unclear of what really happened between the teenager and the police officer, Americans are stilled faced with this divisive status quo:

An unarmed black male shot (multiple times) by an armed white police officer–no sugar coating.

Rather than talk about the evidence of this case or the witnesses’ accounts of what actually happened, I will instead talk about why “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” from a political stand point and what must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again–using concrete facts and examples.

Why Does Race Matter in America?

From a political standpoint, we are a nation of immigrants and “Race” implicitly drives the day in America–whether it be socioeconomic status, jobs, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, the justice system, etc.. We come from different walks of life in different shapes, sizes, faiths, and shades of color. And what Americans (and citizens around the world) need to have is “perspective.” To recognize that each race has a history of discrimination, and not be so quick to “brush it off”.

This incident of Michael Brown is a tragedy and comes from a long history racial discrimination which young black men and women in America have been wrongfully targeted by law enforcement or the justice system for no reason except for the color of their skin–dating back to the Civil Rights and Segregation era. And it is because of the unwillingness of people (like the law enforcement) to not recognize this history, that we see “Race and Police Brutality” again and again in American Television–whether it be the post-Civil Rights era (like Rodney King) or today’s era (like Trayvon MartinEric Garner). The history is there, and will repeat itself until it is recognized. Brown University and other sources have published this report:

  • St. Louis. situated just below of Ferguson (where the shooting took place) is the 9th most segregated metro area in America, as of 2010. (Brown University)
  • In a town that’s over 60% black, Ferguson has: a police chief and a mayor that is white, only one city council that is black, one school board member is black, and just 3 out of 53 police officers are black. (US Census; City of Ferguson; Ferguson)
  • In 2013, Ferguson police officials have arrested 483 black people while 36 white people were arrested–and when Ferguson police officers arrest and search black people for contraband, only 1 in 5 are caught with them verses white people in Ferguson which is much higher, 1 in 3 (Missouri Attorney General)

These are the facts and they are not sugar coated–you cannot deny them. Many Americans, who will read this, won’t view it as a big issue (versus what is going on now in Ferguson, Missouri). But, politically speaking,

“If you have a body of government that is disproportionate to the size and views of one minority population (a minority classified by gender, race, or religion) in one particular region, the results are catastrophic!

Political unrest is bound to happen, example being today. This is a political issue as much as it is a racial one. However, the core reason why I think “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” (which goes back to having “perspective”) is the current crises in Iraq.Image:

In July 2014, I did a radio talk at UR Business Network on the collapse of the Post-Iraqi War government. And what I said in that talk–as to “why the new Iraqi government collapsed?”–was this: the Shia government (the current Iraqi Government) marginalized their minority tribes the Sunnis and Kurds–especially the Sunnis– with their heavy armor military presence and force. This in return led to the growing opposition against the Shia government!

So it doesn’t matter where you are in the world. As long as you have a body of government that marginalizes one minority group by police or military force, you will always have political unrest in the streets.

The political disaster in Iraq is happening in the same fashion in Ferguson, Missouri. You can call the Mike Brown shooting “a freak accident” or “self-defense” all you want, but given the concrete facts from credible sources and the political perspective of having a disproportionate government overwhelm a minority population, the Michael Brown shooting incident cannot be brushed aside nor can “Race” in America.

Not to say that the government in Ferguson, Missouri will collapse, but the elements of political terror and unrest will continue unless there is a solid conversation on “Race” in Ferguson and a body of government that will represent all minorities–which is similar to what America is doing in Iraq today.

What must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again?

First, bring Darren Wilson to trial and let the system work under Eric Holder’s watch. Second, Ferguson citizens and the police force must establish a truce of non-violence (during and after the Michael Brown trial) and start having a serious dialogue on racial disparity in their city–re-evaluate the current city government (and law enforcement) and find ways to discourage racial profiling and encourage racial diversity that will reflect the minority population of Ferguson, then, Third, have Perspective!

The sooner Americans, and citizens across the globe, have this perspective of not marginalizing a minority group, the better. The city government of Ferguson, Missouri, by all means, must not reflect the same intrusive acts done by the current “collapsed” government of Iraq–it cannot oppress or overwhelm any minority population by military tanks or force.

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We are Americans and we treat Americans as our own–Michael Brown is an American! Like it or not!

Mistakes have been made in the Michael Brown incident, but Ferguson and the State of Missouri can still resolve this matter by reducing the huge racial disparity in the workforce and have a government (and police force) that is reflective of the African-American community.

The ultimate goal, in my opinion, is to set up a training course, for law enforcement and Americans, on “Racial Harassment” (like “Sexual Harassment”) that will teach people the existence of racial discrimination in America and learn how to conduct themselves in a professional manner to prevent acts of racial prejudice–and I call on President Obama to enact this legislation.

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Here is a source where I pulled my facts from: Ferguson is 60% Black. Virtually All its Cops are White (Mother Jones)

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FYI: This will be my last Weekly Political Report for Fall 2014. For more of my political editorials go and click on “Weekly Political Report” located on the right hand side of this page below my profile pic. You can also go to Archives which is located above, next to Home Page, read more of political editorials

If you like this editorial, please send it to friends and family, so we can stop the violence in Ferguson, Missouri

Also here are two YouTube videos, that I found very helpful, to explain the war in Iraq and an idea of a training course on “racial harassment”.

This video is part 2 out of 5 videos of an documentary done by Bill Cosby. I recommend you watch all the parts.

Week in Review


Prince in The City (YouTube Channel):

Asante Sefa-Boakye, Waterpolo Team Captain and Student at Cal-Lutheran

“How to Blog” w/ Prince in The City

Prince in The City Radio Show:

Dr. Sariel Birnbaum speaks on the War in Gaza

Networking:

Leland Cheung for Lt. Governor

UncategorizedFinally Made It Home!Back on that Boston GrindTime for Reflection (#RIPRobinWilliams #RIPLeeThompsonYoung)My Acceptance to Suffolk University School of LawValerie and Geo’s Wedding Day!

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK….

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Prince in The City: The War in Gaza, with special guest Dr. Sariel Birnbaum


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On each and every show I don’t just provide you news in the City, but current events around the world–and how they impact you and the world around you. And on this show, I talk with Dr. Sariel Birnbaum, Middle Eastern media specialist and visiting professor at San Diego State University, to break down the war in Gaza and the deep rooted history between the Israelis and Hamas.

DSC_0114 Douglas GuthrieDr. Sariel Birnbaum received his PhD in Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a fellow at the Hebrew University’s Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace. He has written and published numerous articles on the Middle East, (such as “Revolutions of the Arab World,” “Image of the Jew in Arab Cinema”, and “PLO, Hamas, and their historical narratives”) and I was fortunate enough to have him call-in from Jerusalem, to explain the current situation in Gaza–which he said it had a long history of autonomy struggle (between Israel and Hamas) and that Hamas is using Gaza to launch missiles and tunnel attacks at Israeli villages.

hamas-620x425Hamas, known today as a terrorist organization, has been deeply rooted in Palestinian political affairs. It was established in the year 1988 and rose into power in 2006, when they won the Parliamentary elections. They worked alongside the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization–another radical political faction of Palestine), for sometime after the election, but they later took them down by throwing them off of skyscrapers and shooting them in the knees. Today, Dr. Sariel says, Hamas has gained complete control of the Gaza strip and is making it difficult for lasting peace in the region because of their constant deference of peace talks with Israel and use of missiles, which Israel is responding back with their missile defense system.

When I asked Dr. Sariel who is to blame for the the overwhelming number of Palestinian casualties, he said Hamas because they are using its own people as body shields, when they launch missile rockets, (at Israeli villages) from highly dense populated areas in Gaza.

If you have any questions or concerns about the war in Gaza that you would like Dr. Sariel Birnbaum to answer, contact him via email at sarielb@gmail.com. He will also be teaching a course on Israel-Arab relations in the Middle East at San Diego State University this month! If you are in San Diego or a SDSU student, please contact him to learn how you can sit-in on one of his classes.

To listen to this talk, click on the link below.

Prince in The City: Dr. Sariel Birnbaum speaks on the War in Gaza

(Update: As of Aug. 8, 2014, Isreali troops have now destroyed terrorist tunnels and are no longer in Gaza)

For more information on Dr. Sariel Birnbaum go to jewishstudies.sdsu.edu/visiting_prof.htm

Disclaimer: Prince’s political opinions and the opinions of others, have no affiliation with UR Business Network.

Weekly Spiritual Digest: We Are Not Perfect


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Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say,

“No one is righteous— not even one.No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”

“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace.” “They have no fear of God at all.”

Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (‭Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭9-22‬ NLT)

We are not perfect; we know this by the world’s fascination of power and control–the wars in Middle East (Gaza), the tragedy of MH 17, and failed attempts of brokering ceasefire agreements. The world is on fire, and we are naive as humans beings to think that we can put it out.

I honestly do not know what measures it will take to repair “the sins of the father” but what I do know is to put my faith in Jesus Christ.

I understand that action and law are best methods for peace and stability in the world, but it can also stem human chauvinism, which can regress back to conflicts. Humans can’t make peace, only God can.

We need to recognize our humanity and recognize a Higher Power, which can bring peace in our lives if we listen and abide to its teaching.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” –James 1:27

My thoughts and prayers to the families of Gaza, Isreal, Palestine and MH 17.

ThrowBack Thursday: (Weekly Political Tweet) USA Does Not Need Putin Leadership!


Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous blog/picture/article that I have featured in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s ThrowBack Thursday: USA Does Not Need Putin Leadership!

 I posted this tweet back in March of this year to counter the argument from Obama critics (Rudy Giulani, Sarah Palin, Charles Krauthammer and others) who viewed Putin’s leadership as the right choice of leadership for America. However, I hope today in the midst of the MH17 tragedy that my fellow patriots here in America and allies across the globe recognize that Putin leadership is not the right choice of leadership for America or any other country.

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My deepest condolences goes out to the families who were affected by this senseless act of terror.

To read my post and original editorial from politico, click on the link below.

Weekly Political Tweet: USA Does Not Need Putin Leadership!.

You can also listen to my 2cents on Putin and his influence on the World at UR Business Network:

http://urbusinessnetwork.com/prince-sefa-boakye-talks-issues-ukraine-prince-city/