Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Reginald Denny lesson...

During the 1992 LA riots, Mr. Denny was yanked from his truck in the middle of an intersection by a group of black men. They set upon him and smashed a cinderblock (seen in the photo right below the gas tank) into his face, leaving him for dead, and DANCED and CHEERED.

Why? Because he was white.

Reginald Denny, after many painful surgeries and months of rehabilitation, went to the jail where his assailants were serving time and FORGAVE them to their faces.

Reverend Jackson and the rest of the Black Community would be better served by teaching their children THIS lesson.

12 comments:

  1. Can I get an Amen!!

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  2. What a surprise, a racist comment on a conservative website. You guys don't do yourselves any favors.

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  3. What was racist about that article? The message here is forgiveness and the lack of that virtue by people like Jesse Jackson who does more to stir the pot and plays the race card at every opportunity. That sir is pure RACISM and the liberals wallow in it.

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    1. Your comment has clear undertones of racism too. Do you assume people are too stupid to understand that? You would be better served to be upfront about your beliefs rather than playing games and skirting around the issues...but I understand why you skirt around the issues...so it's kind of a catch-22 for you, isn't it?

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  4. Once again the word "racist" has lost a little more of it's meaning. If you ever point out the wrongdoings of anyone black or hispanic then you're racist. Who cares what they had done...you're racist for noticing they did something wrong. You don't have to be racist or make racist comments. You just have to dislike an action made by a minority and you're racist.

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  5. If you have read my previous post, you will understand my take on race...there is only one, the human race. My point was that there is a greater good within us all that only rarely shows itself...

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    1. Complete nonsense. There are many races; what do you think started this whole riot?

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  6. Why does it say (seen in the photo right below the gas tank)...isn't that a drawing or painting? Really weird lighting if that's a photo...

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  7. You know, Russ... I wish it was that simple. If you look at the years, decades, centuries of white on black violence - from the obvious (Rodney King) to the easy to miss (like how I was taught that a peach colored pencil crayon was 'skin' color when the color of my skin is a shade of brown) - it's difficult to just blanket it all with 'forgiveness'. I believe in forgiveness. I also believe in standing up for yourself when someone is bullying you. I don't support acts of violence, for or against racism and believe me, violence is not the solution Africans prefer but before you make such absolute conclusions, consider that there is a lot of hurt and pain in the world. Maybe if Rodney King had seen justice, Reginald Denny would not had suffered at the hands of these angry men. In an ideal world, Rev Jackson would spend his day preaching about peace and the love of a God. We live in a world made up of systems that do not work in favor of Black people. Barack Obama is the president of the United States but before anything else, he's Black. Do you think anyone ever lets him forget that? Do you think he is not acutely aware that, that is the one thing that will always be "wrong" with him and so he can't afford to have any skeletons in closets. He has to be on his toes all the time because they want him to fail so they can prove the point that a black man could never effectively run a super power. And what's interesting about that (to me, a South African black female) is that America chose a black man over a white woman. Now... Imagine what it's like to be a black woman. Put the shoe on the other foot and consider simple, daily challenges. Things you take for granted like the general support of society and its belief in your capabilities as a professional dancer (you don't even have to be a lawyer). It's a raw deal and we can never just go around simply forgiving people when they call you names and abuse you and constantly remind you that you don't deserve better because of the color of you skin and the fact that you have breasts.

    We want to forgive and we do... More often than you realize... And you can't keep pissing people off and expecting hugs and kisses in reaction to kicks and punches.

    Try not to judge so harshly. Black people are not hateful. No-one is. Hate is taught and with every action, there is a reaction.

    Reginald Denny did not deserve what happened to him. Neither did Rodney King. And unfortunately, Rodney King represented the whole race and the injustice was a slap in the face for all of us. White supremacy is what we hate. White supremacy is what dealt Reginald Denny that misfortune. White supremacy has never created a space safe enough for Rodney King to forgive it because it does not apologize for what it stands for - White. Supremacy.

    Until there are no more standards (good hair = straight and silky; bad hair = course and curly), until we are just people in each others eyes, don't expect the good Reverend and the rest of us to be singing Kumbaya while we are punished for our own kind of being. All people are born equal, right? And in the image of God? When he's portrayed as a black man to a predominantly white congregation, we'll be getting somewhere. There is no forgiveness with-out remorse. Cause and effect.

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    1. "We live in a world made up of systems that do not work in favor of Black people." I'm throwing the Bullshit flag there. The system has been geared to put everyone who is NOT black down a notch ever since LBJ signed "The Great Society" legislation of the 1960s.

      It's not the color of your skin, it's the content of your character that should define you. Do you think Oprah sat back and cried "white supremacy" when she was declined a job as a news anchor? Do you think Congressman JC Watts would have been elected had he NOT been black? How about Allen West...the Army doesn't promote based on skin color...they promote on getting the job done.

      You say that Rodney King "represented the whole race" and that is the entire problem with race relations in the country today. You pick a convicted crackhead with no driver's license who led po-po on a 100-MPH chase through several counties to "represent the entire race" and wonder why you get no respect.

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  8. What happened to Rodney King was horrible and discusting. But Russ has a point, and if Rodney hadn't been doing that that would have never happened. I'm not saying that it's his fault, but he shouldn't have been doing what he was. He was also driving drunk.

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