Part 5: Just Desserts for Black Males
This is Part 5 in an undetermined number of posts in this blog’s special coverage of THE CLEVELAND INCIDENT.
Given: If the female in this incident had behaved exactly the same way with Mr. Hughes, the black bus driver, and she had been ANYTHING besides black, no punch would have been thrown.
It has been asked: “So one ignorant Black male attempts to knock out a Black female who spit upon and hit him now makes all Black males worthy of mistreatment? Where is the logic in that?”
Here is the logic:
First, I did not say that black males deserve to be injured by enforcement officials. I said that, COLLECTIVELY, they do not deserve to have it halted. I.e., that they neither deserve it nor are undeserving. In a contest that has no just outcome, no one deserves to win. That is one of the reasons that locker room prayers before football games is illogical.
Second, the phenomenon that is the Cleveland Incident is not about ONE black male. Of those black males who even registered a response, over 95%,simply COULD NOT bring themselves to say — without equivocation and/or qualifications—that this one black male SHOULD NOT have upper-cut this female who was almost 1001b smaller than him in a situation in which he was in no imminent danger from her by using less force. Further, about this same number cheered it and were thrilled by it. Clearly, black males, as a collective, do not have the correct intent towards the treatment of black females.
As long as one knowingly and persistently mistreats one or more other persons in some category to which he/she does not belong, he/she demonstrates that he/she does not believe in justice. Such persons, when suffering injury, are not victims of oppression but are losers in a contest for power whose purpose is not justice. No persons deserve to win any contest. Contests have winners and losers. That’s all.
Black males may win or lose in the contest against white people but, as a collective, black males do not yet deserve to win. Only those whose intent is justice deserve to prevail. I want black males to deserve to prevail. And, I believe that WHEN they deserve to prevail, they WILL. Then, we can all eat at that table of just desserts…And, LIKE it.
It’s taken 500+ years, I think, just to get back to where I believe the breach in black people’s immunity to assault from others started. Let’s fix it this time.
Point of clarification: Mr. Hughes, the driver, did not state on the police report that the female passenger, Ms. Lane hit him. Neither does the video show that.
Acknowledgements: Sonny, Imara, Kushite Prince, M1, Tohran, and Garren, Cmptr Whiz and any others who are on the correct side of this thing that I have missed or don’t know, “collective” does not mean YOU individually, of course.