Kenneth B Walker’s voice cries to us from the dust of the ground to which he returned after living

one socially responsible life and having it taken away from him in a moment of conclusion-jumping

Blinder Justice

How Columbus Georgia Can Lead the Way for America in the Matter of Racial Profiling with Officers of the Law and Their Tricky Trigger Fingers

By S Renee Greene

December 2003. Yet another unarmed black man is shot by a sheriff’s deputy with a ‘tricky trigger finger’ excuse and the debate rages on about whether or not the gun would have been in the officer’s hand at all “had it been a car full of young white men.”

Ever since the incident of that pre-Christmas night, the supporters of Officer David Glisson have been calling for “healing” and “peace” in the small west Georgia community. Healing and peace in times like these can be trying, even after all the information and facts are released. What happened before the facts were released is a matter for America to take a long hard look at and ask what is the binding lesson that the entire nation can learn about racial profiling and how it affects the greater common good.

Several conclusions were foregone before all the facts of this one unnecessary killing were in place:

1)      Racial profiling is a sad fact in the United States of America.

2)      There are far too many incidences of this nature that seem to be peculiar to minorities, particularly young Black men.

3)      Police officers and deputies are consistently viewed as the “victims” in these circumstances and are allowed to walk away as if the life of the beaten and/or deceased victim was of non-significance.

4)      It is the open-ended opinion of many whites that “black males are the root cause of the vast majority of crimes in America,” therefore, the other three foregone conclusions are nationalistically justified.

Living as a spiritually believing Afrimerican leaves room for even deeper questions, such as “How do I as a citizen, and as a believer in the righteousness of God react or respond when things like this happen?” and “How can this kind of killing by officers sworn to uphold the law and who consistently break it help shine a light on a clouded road toward healing and reconciliation in an already-racially-polarized America?”

The answer lies in the life, times, and death of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus had committed no crime worthy of death, yet He was killed, murdered like a common criminal on a cross, for being who He was simply because his accusers didn’t believe it when He told them who He was and why He was there. Enraged for what they believed to be crimes against the king and the sensibilities of reigning leadership, He was labeled a “suspect” and given a bogus trial date and time at off-hours because “the crowd,” (the public) for the most part, had already decided what was to become of Him.

Maybe the Lord Jehovah God is finally sick and tired of the events and the complacency of the American justice system in these matters, and has set forth the exemplary life of one Kenneth B Walker – indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death by the fell shot of one police officer – to lead the way to justice across the nation. Kenneth B Walker’s voice cries to us from the dust of the ground to which he returned after living one socially responsible life and having it taken away from him in a moment of conclusion-jumping that should never have happened. His murderer remains ‘at-large’ with the legal permission of the county of Muscogee in the west center of the state of Georgia. The work cannot be left undone.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel, your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground” (Genesis 4:9-10). In an encouragement of faith and a call to action, it can be noted that the deepening chasm of racial polarization in America can be resolved only one way: Through true justice, God’s way; especially once it becomes clear that the “law of the land,” man’s way, does not always work as it should.

posted 29 December 2005

S Renee Greene, a native of Denver Colorado, now makes her home in Atlanta Georgia, where she is the editor-in-chief of the new media e-zine, The Conqueror & Review and owner/consultant of SouthState LLC Intellectual Properties. She is a former content editor for AngelFish News & Review and the Freedom Riders Express. She is also a current contributor for The Student-Operated Press, The American and The California Chronicle, and is a former columnist with The College Press. A former staff writer/news clerk with the Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer, Ms Greene is also a member of the National Writers Union-DC Local No. 1981 and the Writers Guild of America-East.

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Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All

By Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock  market. True wealth has more to do with what’s in your heart than what’s in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America’s shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, “Happy can make you money, but money can’t make you happy.”

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama’s political success and Oprah Winfrey’s financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today… than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don’t know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

update 27 December 2011