On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, said the following, while delivering a very famous speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Unfortunately, sir…we aren’t there , yet.
On July 22, 2015, The Huffington Post reported the following story…
Memphis police have identified the white officer who fatally shot a black teenager during a struggle after he was placed in the back of a squad car at a traffic stop.
The officer is 26-year-old Connor Schilling, who has been with Memphis police since 2012. Schilling has been relieved of duty – a routine procedure – pending an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into the death of Darrius Stewart, 19, at a hospital after he was shot Friday night. The state police agency has said it is not clear how long the investigation will last.
On Monday, Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told reporters they requested the outside investigation. They did not answer questions, but in his statement Armstrong mentioned the deaths of black men during altercations with police officers in other parts of the country.
At a news conference Wednesday, the Rev. Keith Norman, president of the Memphis chapter of the NAACP, expressed condolences for Stewart’s family and said members of the community should have patience as the investigation unfolds.
“We’re often saddened and disappointed at the slow process toward finding justice in police involved killings,” Norman said, adding later that the community should not rush to judgment about a shooting that could “ultimately divide our community.”
Police said Stewart was a passenger in a car stopped by the officer for a headlight violation. Stewart was placed in the back of a squad car without handcuffs as the officer checked on two active warrants for Stewart from Iowa and Illinois, police said.
The officer returned to the squad car to handcuff Stewart after a warrant was verified, police said. Stewart kicked the door, attacked the officer and began hitting the officer with the handcuffs, police said.
Police said the officer then shot Stewart with his duty weapon.
Relatives have questioned whether Stewart was mistakenly identified as the person with the outstanding warrants. Dozens of people attended a vigil for Stewart on Tuesday.
Police said Tuesday that Schilling was suspended a year ago for a DUI arrest. Criminal charges were dismissed, but he received 18 suspension days without pay. Police said Schilling also has one closed excessive/unnecessary force case found to be not sustained in 2013.
Yesterday, the local CBS Affiliate, WREG, reported that
On Thursday, as WREG pressed to learn when details into Darius Stewart’s death would be made public, his family made a plea to keep that information private at least for now.
The parents of Darius Stewart have asked for answers in their son’s death since he was shot by Officer Connor Shilling in July.
Thursday their attorney filed a motion requesting a judge delay the release of the TBI’s investigation.
“We’d just like an opportunity not be heard about the release of that information to them first,” said Attorney Murray Wells.
Wells’ motion stated several reasons why they are intervening in the release of the TBI findings.
The contents include intimate details of the final moments of their son’s death, and he said the parents have a right to know what’s in those files before the public.
Not doing so would cause them irreparable harm.
“The intention is not to block anything. The intention is to be able to let the family digest what’s happened before they get bombarded by the press and the public,” said Wells.
The chancellor hasn’t set a date to hear the motion.
This news comes just days after a Grand Jury decided not to indict Memphis Police Officer Connor Schilling in the death of 19-year-old Stewart.
Officer Connor Schilling doesn’t face any criminal charges in the case, but was charged with violating department policies for handcuffing and radio procedures.
So, after vowing to bring in the NAACP and the Department of Justice to get “justice” for their beloved Darius, all of the sudden, the family does not want these records released.
I wonder why. Perhaps one of the reasons is Darius’ criminal background.
On July 21st, the local ABC Affiliate reported that
…Police said he had out-of-state warrants and when the officer tried to put Stewart in handcuffs, he kicked the door of the squad car and attacked the officer.
That is when the officer shot him
His mother insists it was a case of mistaken identity. Getting information on this has been difficult because both of the warrants were issued in 2009 when Stewart was 13-years-old.
Both Iowa and Illinois restrict information on juveniles.
A passerby shot this video. He says it shows the police officer and Darrius Stewart tussling around just moments before the officer shot Stewart.
The officer said he was about to handcuff Stewart and arrest him on outstanding warrants when Stewart attacked him.
Memphis police said one of the outstanding warrants was a sex charge out of Iowa. The other a failure to appear in Illinois.
The local I-team has uncovered this Iowa City juvenile court complaint from 2009 that charges Darius Stewart with two counts of sexual abuse for committing sex acts on two children under the age of 12.
What else is hidden in Darius’ background?
A common thug, who, like Michael Brown before him, who, in death, was on the verge of being built up to be someone to protest and possibly riot over.
As a lifelong (56 years young) resident of the Memphis area, I continue to witness the dissolution of the once strong and proud Black American Family Unit.
I am also, as are most of you, bearing witness to Black and White Liberal Politicians making excuses for the out-of-control, self-inflicted genocide of 13% of America’s Population, as they blame it on “Racial Inequality”, while a Black Man sits behind a desk in the Oval Office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, holding the most powerful leadership position in the Free World.
America’s Far Left Political Activists, including the President of the United States, have, for almost a year and a half, been attempting what is known in both sports and military strategy, as a “misdirection” play.
While these politicians and paid protesters shout about “equality” in front of every television camera that they can get in front of, at the same time, here in the real world, black children are being born into a situation which handicaps them from the start: the burden of an illegitimate birth and the reality of a fatherless home.
How many black children are being born out of wedlock?
Among non-Hispanic blacks, the figure is highest, at 72.2 percent; for American Indians/Alaska Natives, it’s 66.9 percent; 53.5 percent for Hispanics; 29.4 percent for non-Hispanic whites; and a mere 17.1 percent for Asians/Pacific Islanders.
These Americans, unlike the majority of us, are growing up without appropriate parental guidance, i.e., no one teaching them “the way in which they should go”
Why is this happening? How did we get here?
Back in the 60s, President Lyndon Johnson (whose big hand I once shook, at his ranch, as a little boy, after his presidential term) and the Democrats, brought forth a plan, called “the Great Society”. It was decided, in order to ensure that everyone would have an equal opportunity in America, that Uncle Sugar would step in to fill in the gaps.
Two seminal pieces of legislation were passed.
First, the Civil Rights Bill that JFK promised to sign, before his assassination, was passed into law. This Act banned discrimination based on race and gender in employment and ending segregation in all public facilities.
It also helped to cement in stone, minorities’ loyalty to the Democratic Party, which continues to this day.
The second bill that LBJ signed into law was the sweeping ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 1964. It created the Office of Economic Opportunity whose stated purpose was to attack the roots of American poverty. A Job Corps was then established to provide vocational training.
A preschool program designed to help disadvantaged students arrive at kindergarten ready to learn, named HEADSTART, was then established. Then came VOLUNTEERS IN SERVICE TO AMERICA (VISTA), which was set up as a domestic Peace Corps. Schools in impoverished American regions would now receive volunteer teaching attention. Federal funds were sent to struggling communities to attack unemployment and illiteracy.
What Johnson told Americans, as he campaigned in 1964, was that the establishment of this “Great Society” was going to eliminate the problems of America’s poor.
It had the opposite effect
The Great Society created a dependent class, which, instead of diminishing as it’s members joined the workforce, increased from generation to generation, relying on the federal government to provide their every need.
Uncle Sugar became Mother, Father, Preacher, and Doctor to generations of Americans. This “plantation mentality” continues to this day.
Instead of moving forward, by exercising the self-reliance that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached so well, these people I saw, were content on being “taken care of” by Uncle Sugar, as if being held down by their own poor, miserable circumstance, was a good thing.
Since August of 2014, the results of LBJ’s “Great Society” have been the lead story in seemingly, every television newscast, on every newspaper front page, and on every internet news/political website.
Dr. King, I am sorry to tell you that racism and injustice is still going on in America. Unfortunately, it will not end any time soon, There are too many race-baiters profiting off of it.
Including, the President of the United States.
The part of your magnificent speech about “the content of their character” has been purposefully ignored by professional race-baiters, the “perpetually aggrieved”, and assorted politicians, all seeking their own fortune and glory.
Dr. King, your call for self-reliance took a back seat to their self-serving agenda, a long time ago.
Until He Comes,