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Bad cops: Separating the Tares from the Wheat

As many as 258 African-Americans died in violent police encounters in 2016

Baltimore residents watch a demonstration of students march through the city to protest the killing of Freddie Gray while in police custody. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/ Getty Images

Uniformed cops may look the same, but beneath the veil, bad cops harbor dark, sinister motives; challenge is to separate the Tares from the Wheat

Many are declaring the expanding killings of Blacks by bad cops to be a new form of lynching. The assertion is harsh, but hardly a conspiracy theory, as some call it. Recall America’s sordid not-too-distant past with the assassinations of civil rights activist Medgar Evers in 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 in Birmingham, Ala., where four Sunday school children perished, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968.

 The four victims in the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (clockwise from top left), Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Carol Denise McNair. Courtesy Wikipedia.org

The four victims in the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (clockwise from top left), Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Carol Denise McNair. Courtesy Wikipedia.org

These acts of terror are not ancient. They occurred less than 60 years ago. Prior to them, extending back to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 — a mere span of 153 years — tens of thousands of African-Americans have been slain by lynching, abductions and hate crimes, and “murder by cop.”

The sheer magnitude of the hellacious bloodletting of Black slaves between the 17th century and emancipation is unconscionable and incalculable in view of the fact slave owners didn’t consider slaves fully human — only three-fifths. That’s why it was so easy for slave masters to execute runaways.

Sad and sick hypothesis

A predatory spirit in evil men to exterminate Black people is alive and lurking in America, the so-called freest nation on Earth. The evidence is overwhelming.

According to the Guardian, which tracks cop killings of African-Americans, as many as 258 died in violent police encounters in 2016, alone. The gruesome tally indicates an insatiable lust for the blood of Black Americans hasn’t declined since and before the end of slavery. That’s 153 years of “domestic terrorism.”

A spate of killings by White cops of Blacks over the past two years illustrates this. The recent massacre in 2015 of nine parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. by North Carolinian Dylann Roof was a mass killing carried out at a sparsely attended weeknight bible study. Had Roof decided to attend a Sunday worship service, where there would have been hundreds of parishioners, the carnage would have been unfathomable.

Additionally, the quick-trigger slayings by cops of unarmed Blacks — notably the males — for reasons that were negligible have been shown to be conclusive in the following high-profile cases involving Michael Brown, Jr., Ferguson, Mo.; Dontre Hamilton, Milwaukee, Wis.; Eric Garner, New York, N.Y.; John Crawford, Beavercreek, Ohio; Ezell Ford, Los Angeles, Calif.; Dante Parker, Victorville, Calif.; Tanisha Anderson, Cleveland, Ohio; Tamir Rice, Cleveland, Ohio; Eric Harris, Tulsa, Okla.;Walter Scott, Charleston, S.C.; Freddie Gray, Baltimore, Md.; Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge, La.; Philando Castile, Falcon Heights, Minn.; Sandra Bland, Houston, Texas; Terence Crutcher, Tulsa, Okla.; and Keith Scott, Charlotte, N.C.

Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old slain in Sanford, Fla. in 2014 is included in the group, although he was not killed by a cop. The same premise is applicable because Martin was racially profiled, and stalked by a bigoted neighborhood watch volunteer who created a confrontation with Martin that led to his shooting death.

Demented racists have had it in for Black people for a very long time. History proves the bloodletting of Black Americans by those that hate them — Klansmen, Neo-Nazis, militia groups, and white supremacists, will occur if given the opportunity. Many are convinced that opportunity often comes under the color of authority — racists perpetrating horrific deeds in the guise of police officers and deputies raging with hatred for Black Americans, hiding behind official providence.

A sad, sick hypothesis, but it is real.

This squarely hits the bull’s eye and cannot be denied. The challenge now is to separate the Tares from the Wheat, that is, to ferret out the miscreants already working for law enforcement agencies nationwide, and how to psycho-analyze and identify those vying to become cops.

An issue of the ‘heart’

Many talking heads suggest better training of cops is the answer. To counter that, Sheryl Underwood of television’s The Talk, made it plain in a recent segment of the show that training is a ruse when she declared poignantly, “You don’t have to train the police not to shoot White people — why you got to train them not to shoot us?”

The callous disregard by many cops of Blacks is a grievous matter of the heart. If bigotry and hatred reside in a cop’s heart for Black people, no degree of training will help them. They are predisposed to hate, to devalue the lives of those who do not look like them, to despise everything about them, even to the point of committing murder!

There is no mystery why some cops too easily discharged their firearms against Black people. Tremendous hatred and fear are the ruling factors. A secret racist can always hide behind a badge, or act under the color of authority. The vile spirit in so many of these corrupt cops was long in the making. It goes back to the home. They were not born Klansmen, Nazis, and White supremacists; they were taught and indoctrinated in these perverse beliefs so long until they became reprobate, as the Word of God teaches — “seared with a hot iron!”

This contrary “spirit” is deeply entrenched in the core of America through institutional racism, perhaps the result of the nation never having atoned for the sin of slavery.

I believe America is in trouble and a terrible “reaping” of epic proportion is on the horizon, as it is written — “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.


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