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‘A Welcoming Yet Challenging Question’:

“How Do Black and Cops of Color Feel?”

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Gregory V. Boulware

Here Ye, Hear Ye One and All Black America! Do you have a mother, father, brother or sister, son or daughter, cousin, friend, or any relational attachments to people in the law enforcement? Would YOU reach out to them and take them into your confidence? Do YOU challenge, protest, or resent all the murders of Black Men, Women, and Children in our communities? …If so, I challenge you do bring them to the table in hopes and dreams of a peaceful and engaging ‘Q’ and ‘A’ about the dangers faced on a daily basis by Black People En mass.

In light of the most recent and continuing killings of youth, adult, and senior Blacks by white police officers, and the posting of the article ~ “The Execution of Justice and The Killing of Misconduct” ~ http://blackinamerica.com/content/284605/the-execution-of-justice-and-the-killing-of-misconduct this question is posed. How do you, men and women, as police officers of color, feel about the killings of Black Folks by white police? This forum is designed to welcome your opinions as well as communicating with the community throughout the country and around the world.

Your personal input is anticipated and needed in hopes of once and for all in putting this killing spree behind us. The relationship is paramount in facing the up and coming challenges of the future and survival of all people across the globe; but more than not, right here in America!

What are Black Churches, Officials, Representatives, Lawyers, Community Leaders, Council Persons, Doctors, Nurses, and People in other positions of power doing to prevent and or stop this ruthless and unnecessary violence? I challenge you to include yourselves in this major killing dilemma.

Come Forth Ye One and All and Put a Permanent Stop to the KILLING!

In Peace and Love,

Greg.

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“SHAMAN”
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The medicine men and priests among the Indians were usually merely those men who thought more deeply and strenuously than the average men in the tribe. These thinkers tended to live among the more successful tribes. To think, one needed at least some time free from the chore of procuring food.
Native American tribes did not call their medicine people “shamans.” This is a New Age term often misapplied to Native American Spiritual Leaders by people of European descent, self-professed “medicine” people and their followers.

Native Americans, New Agers, and charlatans alike have radically augmented and revised the tenets of traditional Native American religions. “Crystal skull caretakers” sit beside Native American medicine men and medicine women, shamans and priests, and “Star Beings,” rather than buffalo, are pondered. Outraged Native Americans have entered this fray, castigating those they see exploiting traditional Native American spirituality.

These medicine men or spiritual leaders were in a different class than the other men of their tribe. This special status was not dependent on their hunting and fishing. Contact with other tribes enabled thinkers to build and expand their belief frameworks, so medicine men or spiritual leaders were more prevalent in tribes that were accessible to outsiders.

As contemporary Native American religious flowerings are best understood by first examining the origins of Native American Spirituality, all of the contemporary sects are best comprehended in light of the traditional religions. As these differ from their New Age and Christian versions, each group is also unique compared to other traditional sects. These traditional sects are best understood as a conglomerate by investigating a few individual traditional Native American religions.
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Chief Gerald Glenn, the Medicine Man, was second only to the chief in importance and standing within his tribal group. His duties involved both religious interpretations and pharmacology. A good medicine man became adept at both and as a result, he was often thought of as one who possessed magical powers. Before William Penn’s holy experiment, human impact in the Pocono Mountains by Native Americans and European settlers was minimal.

The Pennsylvania Mountains was one of the last colonies to be settled in the northern region of the state. The region remained wilderness until pressure from European settlers caused and influx of Native Americans from Maryland and the Carolinas’. Glenn, a direct descendent of the Lenape Chieftain of the Penn and Lenape Peace Treaty, 1682, Chief Tammany who died in 1718, was his great-great-grandfather. His wife, a Huron Princess, reared sons who took over as Chief of Nations along the Delaware Water Gap. They lived in peace with the residents of Stroudsburg, founded by Jacob Stroud in 1799.

The villages of the mountains raised buckwheat and rye, a big crop with potatoes, maze, oats, cattle, sheep, and hogs. Chief of his village as well as Chief of the Northeastern regional Forestry and Parks Services, Ranger Captain Glenn; like his, people are also members of the Northwestern Indian Confederacy in the Mountains of Pennsylvania, New York, and Canada. The tribal members are The Cree, The Creek, The Ottawa, The Seminole, The Huron, The Cherokee, The Algonquian, The Ojibwa, The Shawnee, and The Lenape Nations. Glenn continues his leadership in the protection of his people, their land, their tribal beliefs, and their heritage. Glenn’s mother was of Creek/Seminole descent while his father was the Tribal Chief of The Shawnee-Lenape (Munsee-Minisink) of Ontario Canada and the Poconos.

Willice Samuel’s family arrived up North from Georgia by way of Winnsboro, South Carolina. The family settled in Coatesville Pennsylvania, in or about April 1911. Willice’s Great-Great Grandfather talked about a lynching and burned at the stake murder of a Black Man by a mob of white men who wore masks. He said the Black Man; named Zachariah Walker was accused of shooting to death a white cop; named Edgar Rice. He was supposed to have been a special police officer in Coatesville. He went on to say, “The Colored Man was chased and treed in the woods in or near the Robert Faddis Woods near Youngsburg.

The Black Man tried to shoot himself in the head, but failed. They took the Black Man to the hospital were his injuries were treated. A gang of white men broke the window in the main hallway, corralled the police officer guarding him and dragged the Black Man from his sick bed to the Sarah Jane Newland Farm just to the right of the road and almost directly opposite the farmhouse. In a grass field about fifty feet from the road, they gathered dried Chestnut Rails and old fencing to build a fire. It took all of three minutes to get the fire up to a height of ten feet or more. They asked him if he had any last words…he didn’t. He was then thrown into the fire. The flames burned his clothes and seared his flesh – he managed to leap from the fire-pile and jump over a fence. They caught him and tied a rope around his neck and dragged him back onto the burning fire. Walker tried two more times to get out of the bonfire. He tried to get out of the seething furnace of hell. But he was beaten and pulled him back on the burning pile with each try.”

Great-Great-Grandpa continued on with the graphic details. “The sickening smell of burning flesh permeated the air. Folks came from all around to see and take pictures of the burning Black Man. They laughed and drank liquor. Their children had fun too. This all happened on or around Saturday April 12, 1911…we packed and moved to Philadelphia.” The Willice’s are descendants of America’s lucrative Industry of Black Slavery.

“The understanding of the racial question does not ultimately involve understanding by either Black or Indians. It involves the white man himself. He must re-examine his past. He must face the problems he has created within himself and within others. The white man must no longer project his fears and insecurities onto other groups, race, and countries. Before the white man can relate to others he must forego the pleasure of defining them.”

~Vine Deloria Jr. – Samuel L. Katz, Black Indians, a Hidden Heritage~

For the people of the ‘Americas’ the arrival of Columbus was hardly a blessing. On his first day, October 12, 1492, the explorer wrote in his diary – “I took some of the natives by force.” He later found the original inhabitants to be tractable, peaceable, and concluded ‘there is not in the world a better nation.” His response as a European was to say that Indians must be made to work and adopt our ways.

The Columbus whose unique seamanship opened the Americas to European penetration also began the transatlantic slave trade. He started by shipping ten chained ‘Arawak’ men and women to Seville, Spain. In 1498, he wrote enthusiastically to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella about the business possibilities. “From here, in the name of the blessed Trinity, we can send all the slaves that can be sold.”

When he loaded 1100 ‘Taino’ men and women aboard the four Spanish ships, the crowding and the stormy Atlantic crossing took a fearful toll. Only three hundred survived. But Columbus and Spain had decided to continue the profitable slave trade from the Americas. Seville became the slave capital of Spain.

Spanish Priests were the first to denounce the horrors of bondage. In 1511 Dominican Friar Montesino called slavery a mortal sin and said cruelty and tyranny over Indians could not be justified by Christians. A few years later Bishop Las Casas, who witnessed countless Indian massacres by his fellow Spaniards, blamed greed for the horrors.

“They kill them because they want to be rich and have much gold, which is their sole aim.” Las Casas concluded that in the New World Spaniards had become devils and Indians were the only true Christians.

Las Casas led a determined effort to halt Indian bondage. He pointed out that Indians died off by the thousands from slavery and European diseases. Forced labor in Spanish mines in the Americas was so harsh that the average worker died before he was twenty-six.

To meet their need for more laborers, Europeans looked next to Africa. The strongest sons and daughters of Africa were seized in their homes and fields or purchased from local traders. They were packed into cargo ships and shipped across the Atlantic.

“Children are torn from their distracted parents; parents from their screaming children; wives from their frantic husbands; husbands from their violated wives; brothers from their loving sisters; sisters from their affectionate brothers. See them collected in flocks, and like a herd of swine, they resist; but all in vain. No eye pities, no hand helps.”

~Thomas Branagan~

The first Africans brought to the New World by European slavers probably arrived in April 1502 aboard the ship that brought the new governor of Hispaniola, Nicholas de Ovando. Soon after they landed, some Africans escaped to the woods and found a new home among the Native Americans. Later that year Governor Ovando sent a request to King Ferdinand that no more Africans be sent to the Americas. His reason was simple – “They fled amongst the Indians and taught them bad customs, and never could be captured.

Why did he feel they could never be retaken? Had the two peoples united as a military force at this early date? Were Native Americans prepared to drive off European slave-hunters? Was an alliance taking shape in the woods between two peoples who opposed the Spanish conquerors?

Governor Ovando described more than a problem of bad, untrustworthy servants. His words are more than a complaint about the difficulties of recapturing fugitives in a tropical rainforest. His words are the first hint of a growing problem for the European masters of the New World, the first notice of a new relationship budding beyond their control.

Africans arrived on these shores with valuable assets for both Europeans and Native Americans. They were used for agriculture labor and working in field gangs, something unfamiliar to most Indians. As experts in tropical agriculture, they had a lot to teach both white and Red people. Africans had a virtual immunity to European diseases such as smallpox, which wiped out Native Americans.

For Europeans seeking a source of labor that could not escape, Africans were ideal because they were three thousand miles from home. They could not flee to loved ones, as Indian slave could. African men and women who fled could always be identified by skin color, and Black became the badge of bondage.

Native Americans soon discovered that Africans had some gifts that made them uniquely valuable. Through their slave experience they qualified as experts on whites – their diplomacy, armaments, motives, strengths, and weaknesses. Escaped slaves came bearing knowledge of their master’s languages, defenses, and plans. Sometimes Africans were able to carry off muskets, machetes, or valuable gunpowder. For these reasons their role could be crucial to Native Americans, their place secure in village life. A common foe, not any special affinity of skin color, became the first link of friendship, the earliest motivation for alliance.

Next the two peoples began to discover they shared some vital views of life. Family was of basic importance to both, with children and the elderly treasured. Religion was a daily part of cultural life, not merely practiced on Sundays. Both Africans and Native Americans found they shared a belief in economic cooperation rather than competition and rivalry. Each people was proud, but neither was weighed down by prejudice. Skill,    friendship, and trust, not skin color of race were important. Since Indians willingly adopted people into their villages, Africans found they were welcome.

In the century following Columbus’s landing, millions of Native Americans died from a combination of European diseases, harsh treatment, and murder. Africans took their places in the mines and fields of the New World. The estimated 80 million Native Americans alive in 1492 became only 10 million left alive a century later. But the 10,000 Africans working in the Americas in 1527 had by the end of the century become 90,000 people.

These figures are even more striking within local areas. In 1519 when the Spaniards arrived, Mexico had a population of 25 million Indians. By the end of the century only a million were still alive. The invader calculated that more profit would be made if laborers were worked to death and replaced. In their plans pain and suffering did not count, and no cruelty was considered excessive.

Out of the shifting labor forces a new population emerged of mixed Africans and Native Americans. By 1650 Mexico alone had and African-Indian population of one hundred thousand. Anew race was being born.

In 1510 King Ferdinand, visions of gold dancing before his eyes, lifted all restrictions on sending Africans to the Americas. He promised to send all that were needed and include “a trustworthy person” to be in charge of each group – an overseer. In this way, slave and masters would “share in the gold they may collect” and slaves would receive “ease if they work well.” This was an idle dream.

The slave population expanded, but was never rewarded with ease for its great toil. European masters continued to drive those in chains as hard as they could. Ease only came when people escaped to the forests and swamps. Increasingly Africans and the remaining enslaved Indians fled their masters and created their own secret colonies beyond European eyes. In time these would pose the most disruptive challenge the European colonial system faced in the Americas.

In the age of Columbus and Las Casas this threat was not clear. Europeans counted their profits and kept importing African as slaves. “One Black can do the work of four Indians.” Here, he believed, was a danger worth the price. His fellow Europeans heartily agreed with him. From then on slavery would expand, brutality would keep it in place, and whites would reap enormous profits.

The city is gearing up for a major visit from the ‘Vatican’ in the fall. The massive fallout of visitors and followers threaten complete and utter gridlock throughout the town. This major event was thought to be trumped by the ‘DNC’ convention that is sure to shut-down the city and create traffic fallout of nightmarish proportions. The catastrophe at the Philadelphia Zoo was no shot in the arm for peaceful and trouble-free contentions. ‘Rocky’ made his mark at the very same spot the ‘Pope’ is making his ascension to the podium for the mass commemoration throughout the commodious accommodations for the passage of blessings; touching all the people. Two investigators are assigned to cure this killing cancerous attacker from spreading its evil intent, in this virtual garden and smorgasbord of fresh fleshy meat to eat! Witness the terrifying events as they unfold…Glenn and Samuel along with Philadelphia’s citizenry, its counsel leaders, and mayor on one of the most thrillingly dangerous and deadly missions to serve and protect. Gerald Glenn and Willis Samuel are faced with one hell of a dilemma when a juggernaut on a rampage erupts in blood; ‘Fairmount Park’ and “The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection!”

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“Play It Again – Uncle Sam”
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Gregory V. Boulware
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“WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS!”

That’s what many gun owners in America have most intrepidly boasted. They say it with great pride and confutation. However, what they do not know or understand, or choose to not know, or understand; they, in reality, don’t have that right at all.

‘Charley Heston’ stood and shouted from the podium at one of the big N. R. A. meetings, “From My Cold Dead Hands!” Of course he was referring to the government or anybody else for that matter, taking his guns away. 

The 2nd Amendment of the ‘Constitution of The United States reads as follows:

A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. 

Now, in the hands of plain ordinary folk and kids, is assault weaponry. Where was the ‘Registered and/or Approved (by the U. S. Government) Militia?’

Columbine, one would think, should have taught us a valuable lesson. Two young teenage boys armed to the teeth, set out to kill people, their fellow students. Guns, as always, kill people. They are used to kill – and invented to kill. The assault weapon was invented to kill more than one person. It kills a multitude of people. These powerfully adept weapons have the ability to fire more than five hundred rounds per minute. Guns in the hands of the wrong people kill good and innocent people…man, woman, and child!

Sometimes, guns in the hands of the right people kill people too.

Was The Batman’s Arch Enemy, the Joker, behind the mass slaughter in Aurora, Colorado? I think not. The Joker may be guilty of a great many crimes in Gothem City, but not the one in the Colorado movie theater. There was obviously, one young man’s motivated intent to go out and kill a bunch of people. His weapon of choice – an assault rifle! The young man was white and his bullets were never accused of discrimination.

The police said the attacking man did proclaim or describe himself as the Joker, according to a plethora of news reports. He definitely came to the theater with painted red hair. No one saw his evil grin. He wore his most convincing and grimmest poker face. Those who witnessed the shooting told of a horrific scene. 

Many people were wounded while others lay dead.

I think many of us would have been pissed if we earned and graduated with a P.H.D. in Neuroscience only to wind up working in a McDonald’s Hamburger Joint. But, this guy didn’t simply snap on the spot – he was already snapped with a possible mental defect. The man, according to news reports, was a straight A’ student – of the genius variety. Now, let me think…what was it they said about people who are considered genius? They are powerfully gifted in one area of the brain, while lacking certain abilities in all other areas? Maybe the pressures of school and studying compounded with the struggles of everyday life, got the better of him? Who’s to know? Yeah, ok…I do agree that many of us probably wouldn’t go out gunning for people. Who’s to say what was on his mind? Whatever it is or was, it still doesn’t make it better for the victims and their families. We do know that it takes planning to put together a cache of firearms and placing an online order for thousands of rounds of ammunition – and to stash the stuff outside of the movie theater exit – the placing of this stockpiled firepower at the proper location for his ultimate convenience certainly suggests intent and a calculated cunning and conniving plan of execution and extermination. The booby-trapped apartment factored into the equation as well, yes?  

This author is no fan of Michael Nutter. But, I most certainly agree with him on this one. The government needs to “Man-Up” and step up to the plate and take responsibility for the safety of American Citizens – the people who pay the taxes to support their lavish lifestyles – the 99%. We know that law enforcement can’t be everywhere at once or know what’s on the mind of a killer who is hellbent on destruction. But the government sure as hell can stop and take away the guns that plague the neighborhoods, cities, and boroughs of our nation. Stop making them, stop marketing them, and stop selling them! “We The People” know it’s campaign season. How about campaigning for a “No-Gun-No-Bomb-No-Kill-Society?” What’s the matter? Don’t you think it would be a safer World in which to live? 

I wonder when it was…the last time an American Politician/Legislator went out for dinner and a movie? You know…a quiet, peaceful, and fun-loving night out with that significant other. How about just hanging out with the kids, their cousins, and friends – an out on the town kind of thing? When ‘Bogey and Bergman’ swayed and splashed across the big screen, the theaters were packed. The moviegoers witnessed Humphrey leaning over in the cocktail lounge – shoving a buck at the extraordinarily soothing musical harmonies of the piano man, and said with a tough-guy smirk, “Play It Again, Sam!” The moviegoer didn’t have the threat of getting shot or killed.

It only happened on the big screen.  

Maybe we won’t get shot or killed while going to, coming from, or sitting in a public seat – shopping at the mall or supermarket…for the sake of a bloody dinner and a movie.

 

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