July 24, 2005
Gonna Make My Brown Eyes Blue...
Sundayís Sermon from the United Church of Bitchitude + Latter Day Drunks
Iím saying a prayer today for all the brown eyed, dark haired people in this world (especially in London) who are living their lives in fear. Police are shooting men in the head because they look Middle Eastern, when, in actuality, theyíre South American.
When I first heard about how the police were profiling suspects in London, I thought of my own family. My brother is tan, has a beard and looks very Middle Eastern Ė pitch black hair, dark brown eyes and coppery skin. Kinda like Omar Sharif, if Omar Sharif were into rebuilding motorcycles and electric guitar. Heís a hardworking man, with a wife and kids and I count on him to help my mom take care of our family farm.
The police execution of Jean Charles de Menezes (pictured, above) made me think of other peopleís families today. None of us will ever get to know what Jean Charles did for fun, what his passions were, if he enjoyed being an electrician, if he liked Omar Shaif's movies, if he played electric guitar, if he liked Crystal Gayle. Heís dead because of the way he looks and his grieving family will find no solace that he was killed for being born with brown eyes and black hair. Would you?
I take my leave of you with one more question:
What has this world come to when tall, dark and handsome will get your ass shot and killed, instead of getting your ass laid?
If history teaches us a lesson, which it is supposed to, arbitrarily killing folks with dark hair and brown eyes isnít about protecting the motherland. It isnít about homeland security.
Itís simply cold blooded murder incited by racism, intolerance and fear. That, my dears, is what I call terrorism.
Posted July 24, 2005 04:09 PM
I don't think it is a racist issue. It is about overly zealous, ill informed, poorly trained but well equipped undercover police who assassinated an innocent person. He was HELD down and shot not once, not twice, not three times, not four, not five, ...EIGHT bullets were fired. Seven of them into his head!
Ö.give me liberty or give me death! It appears freedom isnít the choice du jour over in London. Letís hope it doesnít start happening here.
-- posted by: michael on July 25, 2005 07:27 PM
It's true that the issue isn't as easy to analyze as you have presented it. The guy was wearing a heavy coat in the middle of summer, and he ran towards the subway when told to stop. The cops had to make a decision in milliseconds whether or not this guy carried a bomb and would set it off and kill people in the subway. Then there's the visa issue that might explain his running away, but the police couldn't have known that. There's really no way for us to know if the police could have handled it differently or not.
You can read a comment on it from a blogger in Scotland who is closer to the action and more familiar, through personal experience, with the methods of the plainclothes policemen.
-- posted by: Elizabeth on July 25, 2005 05:44 PM
uh, CC..... try reading the news yourself. the guy most likely ran because his visa had expired. maybe a really bizarre reason like he was afraid of being deported. running is not an admission of guilt. i suspect you wouldn't be outraged under the same circumstances unless it was perky, 19 year-old white girl who was gunned down. the issue, dear, *is* black and white -- or should i say, "dark and light?"
-- posted by: ali on July 25, 2005 05:07 PM
OK, no links or hyperlinks here evidently. Let's try copy & paste!
Pop singer Ricky Martin on his first ever visit to the Middle East, pledged Monday that he would try to change negative perceptions of Arab youth in the West.
"I promise I will become a spokesperson, if you allow me to, a spokesperson on your behalf. I will defend you and try to get rid of any stereotypes," he told youngsters from 16 mainly Arab countries attending a youth conference. The children, aged 14 to 16, expressed concern about being labeled as "terrorists" by the West.
"I have been a victim of stereotypes. I come from Latin America and to some countries, we are considered 'losers,' drug traffickers, and that is not fair because that is generalizing," said Martin, sporting a black tee-shirt and jeans.
They didn't say what brand though.
-- posted by: Kelly on July 25, 2005 09:37 AM
-- posted by: Kelly on July 25, 2005 09:33 AM
Thankfully he has the answers to the problem...
-- posted by: Kelly on July 25, 2005 09:30 AM
This guy wasn't shot just because he has brown eyes, brown hair, and because he resembles a middle eastern. He was shot because he was not obeying the police who wanted to stop and question him not to mention being under investigation before the incident. He was trying to run away and get on an underground train for whatever bizarre reason (it could have been to blow it up or who knows). Read the news and stop making the issue seem so black and white because it wasn't.
-- posted by: CC on July 25, 2005 02:55 AM