Saturday, October 31, 2009

Why didn't anyone do anything?

That has been asked by countless people over the past few days?

Well, we all have our reasons/excuses/justifications we can form into flowery language. Most times we speak in the beauty of landscapes to not offend and/or to not be real about reality. We just go with the flow:

It is what is

How I have heard this over the past 10 years.

It is what it is

This is stated as if there is some form of defeat lurking. As if we have been permanently defeated. Like we, as humans, have been demolished by our creations: hate, greed, insensitivity, and cowardice.

Cowards are those men and women who stood by and allowed a 15 year old girl to be raped by maniacs who, by the way, deserve a death sentence. A sadistic raping for what I am sure seemed to be an eternity for the young lady.

While this indecency and brutality is enough to make me nauseas, what is equally toilet hugging is what the viewers of the reality scene did:

Nothing

Reminds me of a friend who claims she “selects” to choose her battles. While I understand that, what alarms me is that we, people who claim to be for the people, now have a tendency to choose battles that will not make us too uncomfortable. Gotta be in First Class and/or VIP! Gotta keep 'their' job. (Yes, sir Boss)!

I wonder what Angela Davis, or a more 'cautious' rebel would have done if a big-wig (Good Ole Boy) of an agency entered a board room dressed with traditional Gambian attire on as a Halloween costume. What would James Farmer have done? I will tell you:

He would have selected to battle.

The present culture of the United States is so rooted in a sickening contagious inaction. So much so, our kids sit back and partake in real (really real) criminal reality events i.e. watching a helpless woman get gang banged.

I am curious: what was that like for them? Did they get a rush? Like the one they get when playing those video games that have a V on the label that represents extreme Violence. Or, is it like the hard-on a man gets when viewing a porn flick?

Was there ever a moment in someone's limited intellect: This is not right? I want to believe that was at least a fleeting thought. If not, what we are dealing with is not a Nation of Punks, as I have so passionately and accurately described over the past 10 years - what we have is a Nation of Sociopathic Zombies.

Zombies are what we are supposed to dress as on Halloween; not as an African elder, by the way! Good Ole Boy needs to be told that. I challenge my friend to at least voice her discontent officially, or NEVER speak of it again in frustration to anyone. Almost like those who claim about politicians – but don’t vote.

Also, if the twenty plus young men and women who 'watched' the assault were anything like the Africans before us they would have done something - and if we were true natives of Africa we would be prepared to render an appropriate judgment for those beast who sexually and emotionally traumatized the 15 year old girl outside a homecoming dance.

So much for home!

Written by Brian E. Payne on a BlackBerry at 3:00AM, October 29, 2009.

Could not sleep...haven't in 2 days. Something's wrong. Yes it is. I am so disappointed in what we have become.

I wonder if the attached photo image ‘inspired’ the rape?

8 comments:

Muata, The Shadow, The Black Rebel said...

Reader Response:

Sounds like it was more to the story than reported. Security seemed to placed insided and staff has no responsibility to the outside.

-PM

Muata, The Shadow, The Black Rebel said...

Muata responds to PM:

Still does not change the fact that these fools did something unforgivable and that the people standing around did nothing. WE ON THE WAY TO HELL.

-Muata

Muata, The Shadow, The Black Rebel said...

PM Responds to Muata:

People are behaving like wild animals without boundaries. The people who watched where probably participants.

-PM

Muata, The Shadow, The Black Rebel said...

Reader Response:

i just love reading your posts! keep it going. and whatever happened to that round table discussion?

-A Peaceful Journey

Muata, The Shadow, The Black Rebel said...

Muata responds to A Peaceful Journey:

i certainly enjoy the writing. it has morphed into therapy for me. i hope are not getting tired of me. i really enjoy expressing myself this way.

i dropped the ball on the round table. we need to do it. i just need to plan.

-Muagta

Muata, The Shadow, The Black Rebel said...

Person who witnessed the disrespect (Gambian traditional cothing as costume):

organiztion is not about picking up a gun or raising your voice at everything injustice. there is injustice everywhere and in order to fight it and win we must be stragetic not reactive. as african people we are always reacting to some injustice without realizing that we have to be organized to truly fight injustice. i choose to be strategic and pick battkes that i have aminuation for and i will win. the battle that we are speaking about is not about casually saying to someone that was wrong it is about realizing that if i wanted to fight the battle i would identify instances where the ceo was being racist and file suit against the individual and organization. just because you believe that the way to resolve the issue is to scream until someone hears you that does not mean that your way is always the way to resolve every issue. yes there is a time and place for that but there are more then one way to skin a cat. i choose not to pick this battle today because it is clear that making a complaint or telling my supeevisor will do nothing since it is a good ole boys network. does that mean that i will walk around like it is all good no, does that mean that i will be trying to act like it did not happen no, what that does mean is that should i decide to fight the battle i have one piece of aminuation. furthermore i have the right to talk that incident as much as i feel fit, just because i did not address the issue as you suggested that does not mean that i will not address it. does my decision to not fight this battle make me less progressive? no its makes me strategic. i used to get upset about every injustice until i realized that yes injustice happens but it is our job to fight for systematic change that will effect our entire people. does that mean that we dont support reform, no i spport reform but what reform does is give a false sense of hope. like the false sense of hope that we get when we think that because we lodge a complaint against the white man that the world will change.

-XOXXOO

Muata, The Shadow, The Black Rebel said...

A Peaceful Journey Responds to Muata:

that's good therapy! i'm not gettin tired of something thought provoking. man, so many people are talking loud and saying nothing and writing feverishly making no point. when some intelligent thinking makes a way through all that congestion, i open the door! keep doing your thing. as my friend always says, people like us (and you and i are in the same thinking category) are going outta style. still, i plan to rock this style like an outdated outfit until i am no more.

-A Peaceful Journey

Muata, The Shadow, The Black Rebel said...

Reader Response:

I can't even begin to process. My God! Oh my God. When did this happen to the young lady?

-JA