MSNBC’s Chris “Tweety” Matthews: “I Forgot [Obama] Was Black Tonight”; But He Doesn’t and Neither Do We
Jeez. The mind boggles that this guy makes more money per day than I do on this blog pontificating such twaddle, especially when he comes up with this “post-racial” bullsh*t, and then denies the man’s racial and cultural identity.
There’s proof everyday that we are not living in a post-racial society, especially when we have extreme incidents like the case of Pittsburgh honor student Jordan Miles.
Miles, 18, was walking over to his grandmother’s home Friday, January 12, after presenting himself proudly in a new jacket at his mother’s, when he was set upon by three plainclothes policemen and beaten and clubbed savagely “with a tree branch,” he says. Several of his dreadlocks were literally torn from his scalp in the beating.
The criminal complaint says Miles was standing against a building “as if he was trying to avoid being seen.” But he says he was walking when the men jumped out of the car.
“Where’s the money?” one shouted, according to Miles. “Where’s the gun? Where’s the drugs?” the other two said. “It was intimidating; I thought I was going to be robbed,” Miles said.
That’s when he says he took off back to his mother’s house but slipped on the icy sidewalk. Before he could pull himself up, Miles said, the men were at his back.
“That’s when they started beating me, punching, kicking me, choking me,” he said.
Not until 15 minutes later, when uniformed officers drove up in a van and Miles overheard their conversation, did he realize he had been arrested, he said. Initially, when the handcuffs were clamped around his wrists, he thought he was being abducted, he said.
His mother, Terez, firmly believes that her son was being racially profiled, and took photographs of the young man recovering from his wounds in the hospital. Jordan was not a troublemaker; he was described as studious and diligent as a pupil at the prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School, or CAPA, where he played the viola in the student jazz band and orchestra. This video shows 100 CAPA students and faculty rallying during finals week to support their fellow student and to deny any previous criminality on his part; photographs of Jordan in the hospital are shown there as well.
Meanwhile WPXI Pittsburgh announced that two of the officers involved, Michael Suldette and David Sisek were already named in Federal complaints charging excessive force, racial profiling, and excessive force against a mentally challenged woman, respectively. Sisek was ordered to undergo crisis intervention training. Richard Ewing was also named as one of the officers in the beating; there are no actions pending against him. All three entered the Pittsburgh police force at the same time; and as of yesterday, these men were still walking around Pittsburgh supposedly “doing their jobs,” after a kind of blue curtain came down at first on who was responsible for the beating. Even the local FBI is tainted, as the attorney for Jordan Miles asked for a controversial agent to be removed from the investigation.
Perception and reality are definitely at loggerheads in this case and in President Obama’s case. The cops never forget about black people as so-called potential fomenters of crime and disorder; and members of the media, Republicans and Blue Dogs and Tea Party adherents and even some Democrats who call themselves enlightened and liberal never forget that President Obama is black as well. That he’s spending “their” money. That “their” money, at the President’s action, went to perceived crooks and fat cats on Wall Street. It ain’t just their money. Anyone attempting to bullsh*t us that “we’re past all that,” and that blacks are only attempting to pick at scabs most probably never really woke up this morning or has more than just one screw loose.