Where Did You Get That Thought “From”?

Happy Hump Day, All!

Once again, we have arrived at mid-week. How is your week looking? I hope there are some bright spots and moments of tranquility amidst the confusion and turmoil in our world today. I manage to take a little time each day just to contemplate the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees and the many parts of the human family . . .

Yet, when you hear a Fire Captain talking about how he thinks an unarmed teen was chased, thrown to the ground, then shot and killed being the result of sh_t bag parents and a hoodie, I have a difficult time coming to grips where he might’ve gotten that thought! I mean, it is almost like the halogram of Tupac Shakur that was shown in the midst of a West Coast rap concert . . . am I really seeing this? The difference is simple, however. Tupac’s halogram does not ride around a city populated with many African Americans whom Beckmann and his cronies say are on welfare while his salary comes from the very same tax paying population. Beckmann says he has the right to say whatever he wants . . . dangerous words included, even lies, if you will . . . because he is a private citizen. His unbridled rant is EXACTLY the attitude of “racial profiling” that probably caused Trayvon Martin to be chased, attacked and shot. It is the same attitude that fuels the racial profiling that is omnipresent in The United States of America today amongst law enforcement personnel, both official and fabricated.

Now, the worst part is, he even goes on to talk about black “parents” and compares them to “sh_tbags”! I feel like Trayvon’s uncle does – he should not be allowed to come to my home in a city paid vehicle and his salary coming from the same city to put out not even a camp fire! While some Miami politicians of color feel he should be reprimanded, I would suggest he be transferred to a village where only non-African American’s live so he doesn’t endanger their lives any further . . . or simply FIRED. I mean, Captain Beckmann, “Where did you get that thought from?”

“Free man is by necessity insecure; thinking man by necessity uncertain.” – Eric Fromm

May I have the serenity to accept the process and the courage to be true to my part. Outcomes I will leave for the future. (TOUCHSTONES April 18th)

Peace, all!

John I. Cook, Director

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