Sunday, July 11, 2010
(Shouts out to @MelodyAnnJones who already wrote an eloquent essay here about this case so in essence I’m just adding on to what she said already)
A few days ago, the verdict was handed down in the year-long Oscar Grant case in Oakland. The officer in question, Johannes Mehserle was given an involuntary manslaughter charge for murdering Oscar Grant in cold blood on a BART train in Oakland.
They really gave Johannes Mehserle an involuntary manslaughter charge? That’s kind of lenient, don’t you think?
The facts are Oscar Grant was a kid just going to a party on New Years Eve last year. Oscar Grant was killed by a police officer in Oakland.
I want you to dwell on that statement for a second.
He wasn’t breaking the law. He was already restrained and the officer says, he was reaching for his taser gun instead of his police-issued Beretta and he unloaded a single shot in the back of Oscar Grant and all he got was an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Involuntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought. Mehserle malicious killed Oscar Grant and he thought about it for sure.
How can I say that, you ask? Well, probably around the point when the police surrounding Grant yelled out “bitch-ass nigger” to him.
But in classic California fashion in dealing with law enforcement, he got a celebrity sentence (Well, actually no police in California has ever been convicted in a murder trial of a shooting of a Black man since well probably never according to Grant's lawyer).
This might as well have been the Lindsay Lohan trial.
But, you would have never known the true outrage because most of the world was focused on Lebron James move from Cleveland to Miami on the same day. The sad thing was the riots that got the most media coverage that day were from the people of Cleveland, not Oakland. The media (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox) did not cover the case at all.
I mean, did you really expect it?
Just another Black life lost at the hands of law enforcement. It actually seems to be something that is expected these days since Sean Bell and many other young Black men that have died at the hands of the police.
But all everybody else was worried about was Lebron.
All I want to say is that we all know that the verdict was bull and that the time Mehserle got was a joke but what’s going to change things? You will continue to see more things like this happening but the sad thing is, you’ll never know what time it really is. But, you can’t blame what is never covered.
This verdict seemed to conveniently been overlooked. But, gooooooo Lebron?
It kind of makes you think about the real life instead than what the idiot box WANTS to tell you.
My heart goes out the Grant family, the city of Oakland and all people (especially my Black & Latino families) that are feeling the pain from a racist police force in this country. I don’t care for ANY policeman (and this is in most cases and the minority is very small) & this does nothing to help the youth not only in Oakland, but in America.
But, I heard today Mehserle wrote an apology for what he has done.
Maybe if you ask the judge to take that time you should have gotten, you can really make your wrongs right. But, we all know how that’s going to play out.
But, to everybody…keep your heads and stay conscious of this impending police state that seems to be coming slowly into all of our communities. If police can shoot Oscar and get a reduced/near-none sentence, you are not exempt from these racist police polices.
Maybe the best thing we all can do as Black people is just lock the doors, stay in the house and never come back outside again. But I bet to differ.
Get your minds right. Get your grind tight. Get more knowledge and get a gun because I am. The Panthers wasn’t wrong when they did it and it seems like the minority communities can ALWAYS turn guns on themselves but never their oppressors.
Its time for that to change.
The Oscar Grant Video:
And just because I feel like it: