By Nadra Enzi, guest writer
As the recollection of Trayvon Martin hoodie marches dims and “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” chants softly echo, here is some American (my name for Black) History Month advice for Black liberals.
Since “White Supremacy” expressed as public safety is their obsession, I submit the following solutions:
1. Avoid Being a Felon. The behavior connected with serious crime amounts to a blinking red light for police officers as it warns them: “Stop me, I’m up to no good.” It’s behavior which includes: loitering in high crime street areas and/or where you were arrested before; wearing the “uniform of the day” thug wear ( sagging jeans, etc ) mentioned in every be-on-the-lookout report; staring into parked vehicles; using deadly weapons to commit a crime; keeping hard drugs on your person or property; driving erratically while music booms and violating probation/parole terms. How could any of these not invite unwelcome official attention?
2. Blame Yourself. When you made choices resulting in a lengthy criminal record which disqualified you from employment, renting in Drug-free apartment complexes, entering military service or taking advantage of other opportunities, blame yourself. Don’t blame invisible White men hiding behind trees. It was not history, society or the Tea Parties that made any of these idiotic decisions. It was just you.
3. Call a spade, a spade. When someone who happens to be Black reaches for a police officer’s gun, he will get shot. This inevitable result isn’t racism, it’s reality! The same loud, intimidating attitude driving internal, i.e. Black on Black and external, Black on White, violence isn’t tolerated by the police. Recognizing this fact doesn’t make you a slave. It means you’re a realist. Cops won’t allow you to attack them.
On a related note, that same Black “Hands up! Don’t Shoot!” marcher who claims to abhor the indignity of racism will also shoot an attacker who threatens his life. Yet he hypocritically expects police to be punching bags.
Beating “White supremacy” in public safety is easy as 1-2-3: avoid being a felon, blame yourself and call a spade a spade. What you call “White supremacy” in public safety is usually Black stupidity.
Either govern yourself or somebody else will!