Rev. Pinkney Arrested AGAIN, supporters: Lynn Stewart, Voice Of Detroit, EXPOSED,

What's really happening to the people of Benton Harbor:
The thrust [of the Berrien county courthouse] is to physically remove and destroy families through the use
of the criminal justice system. Every person they can put in jail; every person whose voting rights they can
revoke with a felony conviction; every person they can cause to lose their job by putting them on probation;
every person they can cause to lose the ability to pay for basic necessities through imposing ruinous court
costs and probation is all part of the process. In the 1960s, it was called Negro removal. In Bosnia, it was
called ethnic cleansing. It could be called genocide, the removal of the minority population for the purpose
of redevelopment of the land. That’s what’s happening in Benton Harbor and the foremost leader
of the resistance is Rev. Edward Pinkney. --Civil rights attorney, Hugh "Buck" Davis

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Want to Help? Be on Time, for a Change

by Leonard Pitts Jr.


And once again, into the breach.

Or if Shakespeare (misquoted, yes, I know) is not your cup of tea, maybe you’ll accept Michael Corleone: “Just when I thought I was out . . . they pull me back in!”

Either would serve as an adequate battle cry as I, for the third time in recent weeks, embark upon a discussion of the relationship between African Americans and social conservatives. And for the third time, I do this at the request of a reader.

This one’s name is David and he’s in West Palm Beach. He’s read my reasoning on why black voters tend not to support social conservatives (social conservatives have never supported them) and he has a follow up question.

”Okay,” he writes, “I get it. But conservatives need to bridge the gap and wouldn’t it benefit African Americans to have two parties, not one, competing for their votes? So here’s my question: Assuming there is an emerging group of conservatives who sincerely want to embrace the importance of civil rights and equal opportunity, what are the five things conservatives would need to do to begin to break down those barriers and build bridges?”

It’s a deceptively easy question. After all, it’s no secret what sort of things would be on black America’s wish list:

• Reform the criminal injustice system, whose well-documented biases destroy African-American lives every day.

• Support initiatives that help ensure stable, father-present families.

• Support job training for the poor.

• Support early childhood education.

• Crack down on discriminatory lending.

• Crack down on discriminatory hiring, crack down on discriminatory housing.

• Listen to black voters’ concerns and offer solutions instead of rationalization, justification and condemnation.

I’m over my five, but you get the idea. Still, the most important thing isn’t specific policy prescriptions. It is, rather, that social conservatives (I use the term to distinguish them from the conservatives of low taxes, small government and strong national defense) are never on time. Historically, whenever people have been oppressed, whenever people have cried out for help, social conservatives have been late. This is true whether we’re talking Native Americans, Jewish Americans, woman Americans or African Americans. They seem blind to the distress of all Americans except Fetal Americans.

Consider Richard Stearns of the Christian relief group World Vision lobbying President Bush for money to fight AIDS in Africa in 2003. Don’t get me wrong; it was a noble thing. But even Stearns and his fellow evangelicals admitted they had come late to a battle other Americans had been fighting for 25 years. They were slow to respond, he said, because AIDS initially afflicted only gays and drug users, and conservatives ”had less compassion” for those victims.

Or, consider the apologies Baptist groups issued in the ’90s for their support of slavery and of the racism of the Jim Crow era. Another noble gesture. But noble gestures decades after the argument has been settled are of limited value. If social conservatives are truly the champions of morality, then where are they in the moment of moral crisis? When the rubber meets the road, when the fat sizzles in the fire, when standing up for the humanity of some despised group would mean something and cost something, our would-be moral leaders are never to be found. They are always late.

I agree with David about the need for competition for black votes. And I hope he’s right about a new generation of conservatives willing to compete. But I don’t need five bullet points to tell you what that generation should do. I need just one: Be on time for a change.

Do that, and the rest will take care of itself.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bill Cosby's message of self-accountability, responsibility, and dual-parent families is the real message that needs to be given more consideration.

I also agree that there is discrimination in the justice system. Not against Pinkney of course...the fake Rev. is a simple lawbreaker preying on the less fortunate. But for other people, I totally agree.

The King

WilliamX said...

Lets get real about the rights to vote, and why most Blacks don't
get out to vote(A poor excuse but real). A CHANGE will take place if
Obama should defeat John McCain,
and IF Obama should win watch the
white race flipout.

Secondly, We have been lied to for
so many years until we(BLACKS)are
tired of the bullshit. Now on the
other hand we have House negros,
and Field negros who are the "Yes em Boss " negros (like some in Benton Harbor/Berrien County),
and they are NEVER on time or want
to help.

Sure be on time March 7th, 2008 at
the Barrien County Court outhouse,
and we might be singing that old
negro freedom song.....Pharaoh let
my Brother go.

The Berrien County Judges seem to think that they are Pharaohs, and
they go go down just like Pharaoh.
Them racist Judges has violated the
oath of GOD that they took at the
beginning, and yet they are still
holding a man that THEY claim is in violation.

So in closing why should anyone
wants to help to take down, and keep down a innocent man because
he is intimindating to them?

I am inviting all you undercover faggot anonymous to come deal with me one on one in a sensible manner,
and we can leave the racist out of it (But if you start I will start
(again).

You can continue to be ignorant or
let's exchange posts like we have good senses. (This is a ONE TIME
offer coming from me).Now let me
see how you can handle me.

jim crow said...

Ok. What is the first thing you would change in the criminal justice system? Please be particular so we can discuss the impact of your proposal and how to impliment it.

Anonymous said...

jim my man, you make me laugh.
the research has been done. most intelligent people know the US has the highest percentage prison pop. in the industrialized world, berrien county having an even higher percentage. they also know the drug "war" is a complete farce, and, that in general, there is no real justice anywhere in our system.

you have absolutely no intention or ability to implement any changes, so asking for someone to do your research is farcical.

jim crow said...

Mr. Anonymus, my remarks were directed to William X, since he issued the challenge for a civil discussion and exchange of views. It is something that seems to be needed here. You profess to know what I believe or know, and ascribe to me the inability to change those beliefs. Perhaps you could join the discussion.

Anonymous said...

you have made it more than clear what your belief system is in all of your posts, mr. crow. mr. anon.

jim crow said...

Well lucky for me, William X has proposed a civil exchange of ideas.

As I said, perhaps you would like to join the exchange.

From your two posts, you are implying that the ideas put forth by William X are not worth considering or debating in a civil manner.

Why not let him respond? He seems to be more than able to post his own ideas. Or are you afraid that he might change his stand on an issue or two?

WilliamX said...

jim crow said...
Ok. What is the first thing you would change in the criminal justice system? Please be particular so we can discuss the impact of your proposal and how to impliment it.

The first thing I would do is to clean swept the Berrien County (and the Benton Harbor) justice system free of you racist.

What I have always stated isn't
discussion material or you racist ass whites. What I have always said should have been taken under consideration, but no you assholes continue to post anonymous (with your coward asses), and is always
posting discriminating bullcrap about Rev Pinkney.

Where did you read where I ever mentioned a proposal? I do not
agree sitting down talking things
out with you undercover klan members.

jim crow said...
Well lucky for me, William X has proposed a civil exchange of ideas.

As I said, perhaps you would like to join the exchange.

From your two posts, you are implying that the ideas put forth by William X are not worth considering or debating in a civil manner.

Why not let him respond? He seems to be more than able to post his own ideas. Or are you afraid that he might change his stand on an issue or two

Again Jim, stop your tripping dumbass, and I would like to know where did I proposed a civil exchange of ideas?

Change my STAND? I am not one of your butt kissing negros. I am a
strong Black Brother. Who is totally against the racist bs you whites is pulling, and I do feel sorry for the whites who is against
your bs.

I have whites involved in my everyday life, and they all do not
understand why whites (Like You)
is always keeping shit going?

To you anonymous that Jim is trying to answer. I am not the kind who will create or propose nothing with people like Jim.

This crap that them Jail keepers is doing in Berrien County is the
act of cowards with guns, and if one of their guns was to be taken
they would go home to hide for weeks.

This is another fear power that whites have of Black people, and the sad part is these house negros and field butt kissers are scared shitless of the great WHITE Master in Berrien County/Benton Harbor.

jim crow said...

On 2/19/08 William X wrote:

"I am inviting all you faggot anonymus to come deal with me one on one in a sensible manner, and we can leave the racist out of it (but if you start I will start (again).
You can continue to be ignorant or let's exchange posts like we have good senses."

William X, that looks like an offer to have a civil exchange of ideas.

Are you afraid to keep your word?

WilliamX said...

Jim Crow, Why you white people can't admit that you keep more shit going then anyone else on this earth? You must not have any
thing else to do with your lie but sound like a damn bird trying to twist my words.

There is NOTHING civil about dealing with assholes like you,
but I am starting to think that you get your nuts off creating
confusion.

Well Well I guess you do enjoy me
attacking your ass. Did you enjoy
your ather kicking your ass? If
you did...I see why you love pain.

If I was afraid of your punk ass
I would respect you like you have all the other negros respecting you.

I was just trying to show your ignorant ass That I do have a
small amount of respect towards whites. Let me explain exactly what I meant when I said lets exchange posts (post,type,talk)
don't go retard on me Crow, but what I meant was you talk on behalf of your race, and I will talk about how my peoples opinion
concerning the shit you whites is sending Rev Pinkney through.

Both of us read each other, and
understand why Blacks hate whites.
I will tell you now we do not care about you disliking us, but we know that you know we hate your white ass.

So either put up Jim or shut up.

jim crow said...

Well ok William X. You said you would first eliminate all the racist people in the criminal justice system in Berrien County. So you would fire all the judges, the police, and disbar most, if not all, the lawyers.
Who would take their place? Where in this racist state of Michigan would you find the replacements?

What would be your next step?