The acquittal of Sean Bell's murderers is a reminder that African people must begin to adopt new paradigms in their lives or continue to suffer the consequences

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Sean Bell Murder = New Bachelor Party Paradigm For Blacks

by Djehuty Ma'at-Ra

April 25, 2008

Though I believe the murder of Sean Bell and the legal acquittal of his killers was a major travesty and miscarriage of justice, I can't help but think of the role Sean played in his own murder by being at a place that emitted such negative (low) energy - STRIP CLUB, and intoxicated by a beverage that has no place in the body of a sane human being!

I know Blacks collectively really want to do the same things as White people but the history and pattern are forever the same - Blacks can't do what whites do, and then again, why should Blacks want to do what Whites are doing in the first place? Especially things of a lower nature (I'm not saying that all Whites do things of a lower nature).

Sean was at a strip club for a last minute bachelor party. The American bachelor party is a White male invention. It has a soon-to-be husband (married man) spending the day before the establishment of his sacred union, out with strange women (strippers, prostitutes/call girls, sex dancers, etc.). A soon-to-be married man (in my opinion) should not be spending his last days of bachelorhood with strange women (that he really can't have, after all he's getting married). The only thing a strange woman can do for a married man, sexually, is pollute his sacred union. The American bachelor party is a gesture to a soon-to-be married man that he is formally saying goodbye to (1) his freedom (to be a dog/playboy), and (2) all that available 'ass' out there!

A bachelor party (to me) is the wrong foot to be starting a new life on. Time for a new bachelor party paradigm in my opinion! Perhaps an African centered one! But one that does not tempt the man with lustful thoughts from strange women (strippers, sex dancers). One whereby the setting is at a decent time of day (early afternoon or evening - ending by 9 p.m. ), in a good energy place (banquet hall, hotel ballroom, someone's home, church, Kemetic temple, in Nature, etc.), whereby a lecture is given by an elder, and good wholesome food and drink is served (certainly no alcohol).

Sean played a role in his demise by being at the wrong place (strip club), at the wrong time (4 a.m. - when melatonin is still being secreted by the pineal gland), and being inebriated off the White man's brew (liquor) and not in his right mind, etc.

I was just thinking to myself before I wrote this - what if Sean was at home that night or early morning? Being at the right place at the right time can make a world of a difference.

Black people have to stop setting themselves up as sitting ducks in the U.S. White people, those who are racist, are not going to change. The System is not going to change! Nothing is going to change until we ourselves change. Period!

We need to shut down many of these liquor stores in Black neighborhoods and open up banquet halls and ballrooms like these Armenians in Glendale, California do; whereby they have a place they can go to every weekend and also where they can have their cultural gatherings and celebrations. It's where our people can go to find prospective mates, to dance, be amongst ourselves, have a good time, etc. But no, Blacks don't have ballroom or banquet halls to go to. So instead, Blacks go to the night club and strip joints, and then we wonder why we have so many sexual hang-ups and negative statistics: one night stands, STD's, abortions, divorces, rapes, etc.

I am not blaming Sean for the actions of 3 errant cops. I am just pointing out the role he played in his own death pursuant to a poor choice he made.

I am not against bachelor parties for Black males, just how Black males copy their bachelor parties from White males. Black males need to create their own bachelor party ceremonies and they should be wholesome and give the soon-to-be married man something to look forward to with his wife, not lustful thoughts about women (he can't have except for one night) and how he's going to be missing out on sex.

It's time for Blacks to stop imitating White people. White people have their Gainesville, Florida and Mardi Gras (sex parties and Bacchanalias) and Blacks have (or had) their Freak Nik (Atlanta, GA). Whites have their 'Girls Gone Wild" and now Blacks have their 'Black Girls Gone Wild.' Everything Whites do we must do or must we?

When was the last time you heard of a soon-to-be married White male murdered by cops on the day of his wedding (despite being drunk, leaving a strip club, etc.)? Blacks must WAKE UP or keep suffering. It's that simple! It's time for a new Black (African-centered) paradigm pertaining to bachelor parties and other festivities and celebrations.

Imitating White people and their culture has and is still proving insalubrious and DEADLY! When will we as a collective people learn?


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Sean Bell verdict complicates things for Obama

Roberto Lovato

Friday, April 25, 2008.


The acquittal, Friday, April 25th 2008, of the 3 police officers accused of killing Sean Bell in November of 2006 will complicate Barack Obama’s efforts to win the presidency in November 2008. His candidacy already mired in the racial machinations of his opponents, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Obama will find himself having to maneuver between the need to speak out on the most egregious, high profile example of institutional racism and police brutality since the Rodney King Incident and the need to deflect Clinton and McCain’s racialized attacks aimed at fomenting white fear of blacks and other non-whites. While it has helped him win white votes, Obama’s approach to dealing with such racism by pointing to the black and white pictures of the civil rights past will not help him with his base in the black community and other communities. With the 16th anniversary of the Rodney King incident looming on the horizon this August 29th, none of us will be in any mood to hear calls to “hope” or “change” without similar calls to “justice”.


Unfortunately for Obama’s presidential bid, calls to justice from African American and other groups often trigger fear among some (not all) white voters. The platechtonic political shifts brought on by the Republican party’s Southern Strategy were premised on precisely these racial and political calculations. With the help of political strategist Kevin Phillips, Richard Nixon pointed to black anger as a way to persuade white southern voters that the Republican Party could best represent their interests. At a time when blatant racial codes have given way to the subtler racism of a post-Southern Strategy era, Obama finds his historic presidential bid bogged down by the new racial codes being engineered by the Clinton and McCain campaigns- and the mainstream media. Responses to the Sean Bell verdict will surely provide new codes, more political and racial fodder to those who won’t let the Jeremiah Wright scandal rest; those who seem to make racialized remarks involving Obama right before big primary votes; those who appeal to white fear among voters by linking Obama to fabricated images of black anger.


Obama’s attempts to speak about real black anger during his Philadelphia speech appear to have been not well received if the media’s ongoing obsession with Jeremiah Wright is any indicator. Failure to use his rhetorical gifts to speak forcefully to and about real black and non-black anger about the Sean Bell verdict may re-animate doubts about commitment to that part of his base that is not white middle and working class. Beyond Obama, all of us need to raise our voices and point at the abyss of our country’s institutional racism as was painfully and transparently reflected in the Sean Bell verdict. We might want to start by pushing Obama, Clinton and McCain-and the mainstream media- to speak honestly and continually about what the 50 bullets in Sean Bell say about justice in the 50 states of our tattered and bloodied union.


Roberto Lovato is a contributing Associate Editor with New America Media

 The Black Panther‘s 10 point program explaining how to end police brutality in the black community (although written in 1966 remains valid today)

1. We Want Freedom. We Want Power To Determine The Destiny Of Our Black Community.

We believe that Black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.


2. We Want Full Employment For Our People.

We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the White American businessmen will not give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.


3. We Want An End To The Robbery By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community.

We believe that this racist government has robbed us, and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules were promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of Black people. We will accept the payment in currency which will be distributed to our many communities. The Germans are now aiding the Jews in Israel for the genocide of the Jewish people. The Germans murdered six million Jews. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of over fifty million Black people; therefore, we feel that this is a modest demand that we make.


4. We Want Decent Housing Fit For The Shelter Of Human Beings.

We believe that if the White Landlords will not give decent housing to our Black community, then the housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that our community, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for its people.


5. We Want Education For Our People That Exposes The True Nature Of This Decadent American Society.

6. We Want Education That Teaches Us Our True History And Our Role In The Present-Day Society.

We believe in an educational system that will give to our people a knowledge of self. If a man does not have knowledge of himself and his position in society and the world, then he has little chance to relate to anything else.


7. We Want All Black Men To Be Exempt From Military Service.

We believe that Black people should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that does not protect us. We will not fight and kill other people of color in the world who, like Black people, are being victimized by the White racist government of America. We will protect ourselves from the force and violence of the racist police and the racist military, by whatever means necessary.


8. We Want An Immediate End To Police Brutality And Murder Of Black People.

We believe we can end police brutality in our Black community by organizing Black self-defense groups that are dedicated to defending our Black community from racist police oppression and brutality. The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gives a right to bear arms. We therefore believe that all Black people should arm themselves for self- defense.


8. We Want Freedom For All Black Men Held In Federal, State, County,  City Prisons And Jails.

We believe that all Black people should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial.


9. We Want All Black People When Brought To Trial To Be Tried In Court By A Jury Of Their Peer Group Or People From Their Black Communities, As Defined By The Constitution Of The United States.

We believe that the courts should follow the United States Constitution so that Black people will receive fair trials. The Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives a man a right to be tried by his peer group. A peer is a person from a similar economic, social, religious, geographical, environmental, historical and racial background. To do this the court will be forced to select a jury from the Black community from which the Black defendant came. We have been, and are being, tried by all-White juries that have no understanding of the "average reasoning man" of the Black community.


10. We Want Land, Bread, Housing, Education,Clothing, Justice And Peace.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect of the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

Further reading on police brutality and the African community

Race, rights and police brutality in the US

Fiancee says justice system let her down after NYPD shooting


Associated Press


The fiancee of an unarmed man shot to death by police on his wedding day said Saturday that "the justice system let me down" when the three detectives were acquitted of all charges in his killing."April 25, 2008: They killed Sean all over again," Nicole Paultre Bell softly told hundreds of people gathered at the headquarters of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. "That's what it felt like to us." Paultre Bell, in her first public remarks since storming out of a courtroom Friday after the NYPD detectives were cleared in 23-year-old Sean Bell's killing, said she would seek another decision in the case."I'm still praying for justice because it's not over," she said.


Joseph Guzman, who was wounded in the barrage of 50 police gunshots outside a Queens strip club on Bell's wedding day in 2006, also spoke for the first time since Friday's verdict to supporters at Sharpton's Harlem offices. "We've got a long fight," he said. "We're still in it. ... We're going to struggle. We're going to get through."Later, Bell's family, Guzman and Sharpton joined more than 300 people marching through more than 20 blocks in Harlem. Fifty demonstrators carried white placards bearing numbers for the shots fired at Bell and his friends.


Sharpton lambasted the judge who acquitted the detectives, saying a jury should been seated to decide guilt or innocence. Sharpton has threatened to "shut the city down" with organized civil disobedience. In his ruling Friday, Justice Arthur Cooperman said inconsistent testimony, courtroom demeanor and rap sheets of the prosecution witnesses — mainly Bell's friends — "had the effect of eviscerating" their credibility."At times, the testimony just didn't make sense," the judge said. The verdict elicited gasps as well as tears of joy and sorrow. Detective Michael Oliver, who fired 31 of the shots, wept at the defense table, while Bell's mother cried in the packed courtroom. Shouts of "Murderers! Murderers!" and "KKK!" rang out outside the courthouse. Protests followed later Friday, and police said two demonstrators were arrested near the shooting site. One was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, the other on a charge of obstructing governmental administration, police said.


Oliver and Gescard Isnora were acquitted of charges that included manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment. The third officer, Marc Cooper, faced lesser charges.After the verdict, the officers gave brief statements without taking questions. "I'd like to say sorry to the Bell family for the tragedy," an emotional Cooper said. Bell was killed outside the strip club as he was leaving his bachelor party. The officers — undercover detectives who were investigating reports of prostitution at the club — said they thought one of the men had a gun.


The slaying heightened tensions in the city and stoked long-standing allegations of racism and excessive use of force by police, even though two of the officers charged are black.The officers complained that pretrial publicity had unfairly painted them as cold-blooded killers.After the verdict, the U.S. attorney's office said it would look into the case and "take appropriate action if the evidence indicates a prosecutable violation of federal criminal civil rights statutes." In addition, relatives of the victims have sued the city. The officers, who had been on paid leave, also face possible departmental charges that could result in their firing.


The case brought back painful memories of other New York police shootings, such as the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo, an African immigrant who was gunned down in a barrage of 41 bullets by officers who mistook his wallet for a gun. The acquittal of the officers in that case led to days of protests, with hundreds arrested. The defense in the two-month trial painted the victims as drunken thugs who the officers believed were armed and dangerous. Prosecutors sought to convince the judge that the victims had been minding their own business, and that the officers were inept, trigger-happy cowboys. Bell's wounded companions — Guzman and Trent Benefield — both testified. Guzman, a burly ex-convict who still has four police bullets lodged in his body, grew combative during cross-examination and said of Isnora: "This dude is shooting like he's crazy, like he's out of his mind."


None of the officers took the stand. Instead, the judge heard transcripts of the officers telling a grand jury that they believed they had good reason to use deadly force. The officers said that when the club closed around 4 a.m., they heard Guzman say "Yo, go get my gun" — something Bell's friends denied. Isnora claimed that after he warned the men to halt, Bell pulled away in his car, bumped him and rammed an unmarked police van. The detective also said Guzman made a sudden move as if he were reaching for a gun. Benefield and Guzman testified that there were no orders from the police.

No weapon was found in Bell's blood-splattered, bullet-riddled car.

UNARMED SEAN BELL SHOT AT 50 TIMES AND KILLED: Oliver squeezed off 31 shots; Isnora fired 11 rounds; and Cooper shot four. Justice for Sean Bell website :

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