Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lynchings without Nooses

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Protests Continue After Death Of Baltimore Man While In Police Custody

All across the United States, for the past few years, there’s been Unarmed-Civilian, after Unarmed-Civilian, murdered at the hands of Law-Enforcement. The reasons why these individuals were killed in cold-blood were never justified, the Police-Officers involved were always either acquitted of all charges against their victims, served with only minor-sentences, or not even indicted for their crimes against Humanity & Citizenry. When we observe these trends of violence, based solely upon ethno-cultural, socio-economic, socio-political circumstances, especially after the advent of the Obama-Era, an historic time in America where People have allowed themselves to believe that since there’s a Non-White President in the Oval-Office, that all is now right with our United States. But, then, ever since Obama’s been a President, it seems as though there’s been an even more blatant presence of Hate-Crimes against Citizenry, committed by Law-Enforcement, during the Obama-Years.

Which brings us to the title of this article: Lynchings without Nooses-Back in the days, from about the 1870’s to the 1970’s in America, the Noose was the most common scare-tactic & weapon of choice, for the racist White-Establishment in the United States, against all Non-Christian/Non-White Peoples, courtesy of the Ku Klux Klan. However, now, within the past 4-decades, it’s not been the Noose that’s killed significant numbers of Black/Latino/Non-White, Urban-Youth, instead, it’s been a Policeman’s Gun. Now, instead of People being fearful of the sight of a Klansman’s Burning-Cross, they’re afraid of the sight of a Policeman’s Badge.

From Florida, with the murder of Trayvon Martin…to Ferguson, MO, with the murder of Michael Brown…to Staten Island, NY, with the murder of Eric Garner…to Santa Rosa, CA, with the murder of Andy Lopez…to Cleveland, OH, with the murder of Tamir Rice…every channel you watch on the News, every article you read in the Papers, every Internet-Search: there’s something reported and/or written about yet another Person being shot/killed by Law-Enforcement. There’s several things wrong with this blatant “Open-Season” mentality, which Law-Enforcement has, when attacking Citizenry. And, I know that there are Community-Leaders, Politicians, members of Law-Enforcement, etc., who try to sweep this reality under the rug. But, things are just too obvious to ignore. And, the People who are members of the most demographically marginalized ethnic-groups in the United States are taking things to the streets, in almost every major city in America: there are rallies, protests, riots everywhere.

It’s very easy for People who aren’t members of these marginalized demographics, and/or hail from well-appointed places in Life to say, “Stop the Violence”, “Stop the Protests”, Stop the Rioting”, when these same People aren’t the ones being subjected to the atrocities that their fellow Humans across the United States face on a day-to-day basis, which is Racial-Profiling. You can sugar-coat the reality of Racial-Profiling with Police-Officers “just doing their duty” all you want. But, the news-stories don’t lie. Year after year, we hear the same types of stories: Unarmed-Person shot by Police. This story has been told for decades, and generations. How many more funerals for Unarmed-Civilians have to be attended, how Fathers & Mothers have to mourn the losses of their Children to Police-on-Civilian Violence, how many more Police-Officers are going to either get acquitted of any/all crimes against Citizenry or not even get indicted for these crimes?

The voices of Citizenry can be clearly heard, yet Politicians, Law-Enforcement Agents, Presidents, refuse to listen to the complaints & cries of the People, and this is exactly how revolutions begin. Even with the recent indictments & prosecutions of the Baltimore Police-Officers who held Freddie Grey against his will, and caused him to die in Police-Custody. How far will this really go: will these Officers receive another slap on the wrist, courtesy of yet another puppeteered Kangaroo-Jury, selected to acquit yet another group of Police-Officers, to send yet another message that Law-Enforcement is above the Law? Until then, let’s all just keep in mind that Justice for all requires us all to be impartial, unbiased, and willing to fight to erase Oppression from our Societies.

Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: the Fight of the Century of the 21st-Century

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Author’s-Note:
Floyd Mayweather, leader of The Money Team brings all of his ambition, skills, flamboyance to the table, against Manny Pacquiao Pac-Man: the World’s most famous Boxing underdog. These two Fighters have gone the distance, in their own careers, in their own rights. It’s so difficult to simply determine who’s the best. However, Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 is the fight to cast away any & all suspicions, doubts, mocking, joking. There will be only one Champion & only one loser. These two Giants of the Boxing-World will have to display all that brought them to the Boxing prominence which they’ve acquired.

Floyd Mayweather…Prior to the Fight:
(47-0 Career-Record)
47 Wins…0 Loses…0 Draws

Manny Pacquiao…Prior to the Fight:
(57-5-2 Career-Record)
57 Wins…5 Loses…2 Draws

The advantages

Mayweather:
Calculative, defensive, cautious, careful.

Pacquiao:
Relentless, daring, offensive, spontaneous.

The Setbacks

Mayweather:
Too reserved, doesn’t throw enough risky punches.

Pacquiao:
Throws too many risky punches, too aggressive.

Who won/Who lost & the Reasons why

Mayweather:
He won, because he stuck to his game-plan, which went in his favor: Defense. Even when Pacquiao had landed a significantly crucial hit, it didn’t incapacitate Mayweather. He was able to stay true to his fighting objective, which was to win the Bout, and he did. He was able to use Intelligence & Defense, to counter Pacquiao’s Offense & Risky-Punches. Round after round, Mayweather out-boxed & out-scored Pacquiao.

Pacquiao:
He lost because he stuck to his game-plan of Offense, without Defense. He clearly had opportunities to out-box Mayweather, however, without enacting any Defense, he was too little too late, to catch-up. He was out punched, Mayweather had landed much more punches, he was out-scored on the Score-Cards, this was just not Pacquiao’s fight. Although, he’s a great fighter, he didn’t prove his point in terms of being able to defeat Mayweather.

Now, what does this mean for Boxing?

Mayweather, when interviewed about possibly fighting Pacquiao for a Rematch, had simply stated that he’s planning on focusing on his fight in September of 2015. This is probably going to be Mayweather’s final fight. As he makes yet another mark on the Boxing World, by coming even closer to Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 Record, Mayweather, now at 48-0, may want to tie and/or even break Marciano’s record. That’s not a definitive conclusion or determination. However, what is certain is that all of the critics of Mayweather not being able to go the Distance and/or defeat Pacquiao have clearly been proven wrong. As far as Pacquiao, what’s to become of the rest of his career? Will he learn from this defeat, and still make his marks in Boxing, or will he decide to bow-out and retire, who knows? Nobody knows. That’s his decision to make. But, for now, it seems that with the potential retirement of Mayweather on the horizon, and Pacquiao being a lone contender, will there be any more Boxing bouts which will acquire the same caliber of fanfare, publicity, monies, celebrity, or will Boxing begin to be a yesteryear Sport? Will this be the last great fight which will be commented on, criticized, contested, questioned, or will there be other great bouts which we can all look forward to in our respective lifetimes? We’ll just have to wait and see.