Archive for March, 2012

Why The NYC Hoodie March Sending the Wrong Message

March 22, 2012

Why The NYC Hoodie March Sends The Wrong Message

                        Blog by Charles Butler March 22, 2012

Let me make clear that I think the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, given the series of events in the media is an atrocity by any measure.  My condolences to the Martin family and may they receive justice and peace.  With all the media attention focused on the wrongful death shooting and botched Sanford police investigation, Mr. Zimmerman will be tried, convicted and my desire is, executed under the Florida state statutes for his tragically misguided deadly actions.

I think the organizers of the march are playing to the wrong side of the issue, in making the hoodie the symbol of the march.  The hoodie worn by any male regardless of ethnicity is a symbol of concealment and danger to those aware of their environment.  The Hoodie March should have focused on Trayvon Martin, the bright, warm, articulate, loving, intelligent, young Black man.  The pictures of him on at a ski resort and in a football uniform are heart breaking for me.  He was obviously not a Boy From da Hood!

The wearing hoodies to conceal one’s identity in the commission of crime is a problem for mall security, shopkeepers, police and residents in U.S. and the U.K. If you Google ban hoodies numerous incidents of city mayors, citizens and police are requesting a ban wearing hoodies at any time.

However, it points out the negative Black American stereotypes that Hollywood and the nightly newscasts have engrained in the American and International psyche over the decades regardless of the pop culture of the time.  Hollywood has justified exploiting of Blacks since the “Birth of Nation”, which President Woodrow Wilson used as a pretext to segregate Washington, D.C. and the Federal government at large.  Blacks have disproportionately been portrayed as criminals, cheats, buffoons, and rapists by the entertainment and news genre. The LIBERAL moniker is a misnomer.

When I drive in urban areas and see Black young men with baby faces dressed in hoodies and baggy pants my antenna for trouble goes way up. Why?  That’s face of drive-by shootings, car jacking other horrendous crimes that I see in movies, television show and news reports.

I have constantly counseled Black men in my family, numerous mentoring events and on my radio show, that like it or not, right or wrong:

You are judged by the books you read, the company you keep,

and how well you speak and dress!

If you are wearing gangbanger clothing attempting to perpetrate or emulate gang members, how are the police, a person a restaurant, elevator, or park setting beside you is to know your character and true identity.

The facts are we communicate on a constant basis using verbal, non-verbal, visual, body movement, smells, and aural messaging.  Yes, we profile and make judgments about each other continually; it is an integral part of communicating.

Over the pass 40 years I have been a victim of mischaracterization during profiling by law enforcement, business people, and other citizens.  I have always demanded to be treated with the respect accorded any other law-abiding citizen.  I could only demand that because of my professional image, the projection and diction of my voice, and knowing my rights as a citizen.

I can cite numerous incidents of professionally-dressed Black American males being harassed by law enforcement because of the their profile.  Baseball great, Joe Morgan, and Laker great Jamal Wilkes, athlete Al Joyner, Rodney King were beaten by LAPD in LAX in the ‘90’s.  The practice continues and if the videotape hadn’t captured the beating the LAPD would have prevailed because they lied in the incident reports.

In Chicago you can be tried and sentenced to prison as a felon for videotaping the CPD at any time.  Which is in total disregard of the U.S. Constitution by the city and state government officials. My latest incident was a year ago driving home at 11:00pm in a Mercedes S550 and being followed by the Chicago Police Department.  I stopped and called the Patrol Sargent to find out why his patrol officers were following me.  He immediately thanked me for the feedback and corrected the practice.

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The Selma to Montgomery 2012 March a Ruse

March 19, 2012

 2012 Selma March a Ruse

Blog by Charles Butler, March 9, 2012

The reenactment of the Selma to Montgomery march by the National Action Network and their leader Rev. Al Sharpton was a mockery to the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement (CRM), and an abomination of the original intent and purpose of law-abiding citizens seeking the to exercise their right constitutional right to vote.

 

The problem for Rev. Sharpton and his Followers, is it not March of 1965.  Presently, Americans have legal remedies to address any infringement on their constitutional right to vote.  Rev. Sharpton wants to relive the past, to remain relevant in the national discourse of the issues.  Would someone tell Al, that Black Americans are free and can think and act for themselves.  He is about 48 years too late with his strategies, and tactics.  They simply are not applicable to issues of Voter ID and Illegal Immigration laws.  Mr. Sharpton is caught in a real life time warp!

 

We have an African American President in the White House; the symbol of the most powerful leader of the free world.  President Obama is also representative of the racial progress our great nation has made since ending legal segregation in our country 48 years ago.  The irony is the Black vote, that was the cornerstone of marches, protests and demands by millions of Black and White Americans is considered irrelevant by President Obama’s own reelection campaign and the mainstream media in the upcoming national, state or local elections.

 

I have taken time read all the state Voter ID and the state enforcement of federal immigrant laws and in my opinion these laws are not civil rights violations.  These laws are closely crafted to follow the federal statutes in both areas.

 

Of the right to vote President Johnson said, ‘‘the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men’’ 

 

Democrats and pundits are falsely representing The Voter ID laws as the new Jim Crow, great examples are, Cong. Wasserman Schultz and Roland Martin click here to watch.  The Voter ID laws are written in plain-language, and propose reasonable requirements to attain and present identification.  In most cases responsible citizens already possess the identification credentials.

 

By the federal government’s estimate over 15M illegal immigrants are in our country. It is estimated that the burden of Hispanic illegals is costing the state of Illinois $12 to $4 billion a year depending in the source.

 

In the 2010 U.S. Census, the growth and count of illegal aliens in the Sanctuary City of Chicago impacted the demographics and threatened the lost of 3 Black wards to Latinos.  The census counts heads not citizenship. The result was Blacks lost one ward in a compromise, because the data revealed that over 30% of the Hispanics residents were illegal aliens, not citizens, or eligible voters.  In Chicago illegal aliens have displaced Black American students, administrators, and teachers by illegally voting in Local School Council elections.  This is only the tip of the iceberg.

 

Part of being an American citizen is being personally responsible and complying with laws of the land.  In regards to government issued identification of any kind it is harder not to have one, than to have one.  You need state issued identification to qualify for public assistance, to enter a state office, to board an airplane, to buy cigarettes, buy Sudafed, use a vredit card, and many other daily incidents.

 

On the issue of state Illegal Immigration Laws I only have a comment for the time-warped Rev. Sharpton and his misinformed followers.  Illegal Immigration negatively affects upward mobility of Black Americans and Americans on the lower end of the socio-economic scale in a number of ways.

 

I conclude with:

“Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave…For the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process.”
(Barbara Jordan, February 24, 1995 Testimony to House Immigration Subcommittee

 

 

 

March 13, 2012

 2012 Selma March a Ruse

Blog by Charles Butler, March 9, 2012

The reenactment of the Selma to Montgomery march by the National Action Network and their leader Rev. Al Sharpton was a mockery to the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement (CRM), and an abomination of the original intent and purpose of law-abiding citizens seeking the to exercise their right constitutional right to vote.

The problem for Rev. Sharpton and his Followers, is it not March of 1965.  Presently, Americans have legal remedies to address any infringement on their constitutional right to vote.  Rev. Sharpton wants to relive the past, to remain relevant in the national discourse of the issues.  Would someone tell Al, that Black Americans are free and can think and act for themselves.  He is about 48 years too late with his strategies, and tactics.  They simply are not applicable to issues of Voter ID and Illegal Immigration laws.  Mr. Sharpton is caught in a real life time warp!

We have an African American President in the White House; the symbol of the most powerful leader of the free world.  President Obama is also representative of the racial progress our great nation has made since ending legal segregation in our country 48 years ago.  The irony is the Black vote, that was the cornerstone of marches, protests and demands by millions of Black and White Americans is considered irrelevant by President Obama’s own reelection campaign and the mainstream media in the upcoming national, state or local elections.

I have taken time read all the state Voter ID and the state enforcement of federal immigrant laws and in my opinion these laws are not civil rights violations.  These laws are closely crafted to follow the federal statutes in both areas.

Of the right to vote President Johnson said, ‘‘the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men’’ 

 

Democrats and pundits are falsely representing The Voter ID laws as the new Jim Crow, great examples are, Cong. Wasserman Schultz and Roland Martin click here to watch.  The Voter ID laws are written in plain-language, and propose reasonable requirements to attain and present identification.  In most cases responsible citizens already possess the identification credentials.

By the federal government’s estimate over 15M illegal immigrants are in our country. It is estimated that the burden of Hispanic illegals is costing the state of Illinois $12 to $4 billion a year depending in the source.

In the 2010 U.S. Census, the growth and count of illegal aliens in the Sanctuary City of Chicago impacted the demographics and threatened the lost of 3 Black wards to Latinos.  The census counts heads not citizenship. The result was Blacks lost one ward in a compromise, because the data revealed that over 30% of the Hispanics residents were illegal aliens, not citizens, or eligible voters.  In Chicago illegal aliens have displaced Black American students, administrators, and teachers by illegally voting in Local School Council elections.  This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Part of being an American citizen is being personally responsible and complying with laws of the land.  In regards to government issued identification of any kind it is harder not to have one, than to have one.  You need state issued identification to qualify for public assistance, to enter a state office, to board an airplane, to buy cigarettes, buy Sudafed, use a vredit card, and many other daily incidents.

On the issue of state Illegal Immigration Laws I only have a comment for the time-warped Rev. Sharpton and his misinformed followers.  Illegal Immigration negatively affects upward mobility of Black Americans and Americans on the lower end of the socio-economic scale in a number of ways.

I conclude with:

“Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave…For the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process.”
(Barbara Jordan, February 24, 1995 Testimony to House Immigration Subcommittee

 

 

 


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