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Before I begin my exploration on what I call, “Racism vs. Responsibility ”, let me assure the reader of a few things first. This is not an article dismissing White Racism. I repeat, this is not an article dismissing White Racism. This is also not an article demonizing Black people. This is an article demanding more Black action & more Black accountability. I’m very familiar with racial profiling, Stop & Frisk, 400 years of chattel slavery, 100 years of legal discrimination, 50 years of 2nd class citizenship, the Crack Epidemic, The War on Drugs, & the New Jim Crow. I’m hip to Redlining after World War 2, the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, COINTELPRO, the Move bombing in Philadelphia, & George Zimmerman’s acquittal. I’m a Black male living in the South. Experiencing Racism is as natural to me as gnats flying around my face during the summer time. I’ve marched for Mumia & protested for Trayvon. I can’t speak down on the people if I am one of the people. I’m not upper class nor do I drive a BMW. I enjoy Starbucks every other month & I do not watch Tyler Perry. I came from the same hood these people come from…my people come from. I’m simply a man tired of my culture going from one of revolution & progress, to one of stagnation & excuse making…a culture going from “yes we can” to “I cant do dis, I cant do dat”. Of course racism is real…but it is still no excuse for certain behaviors. Ants don’t whine & cry when their hill is destroyed. The ants fight, bite, unite, & get the hill back right no matter how many ants die in the process. This post is on what we can do as Black people, not what has been done to us by White people. With that being said, Revolutionary love.


“It’s not what they are doing to us, it’s what we’re not doing.”
-Bill Cosby

In the Black community, it seems as if one can’t speak about responsibility without being labeled. For instance, I was called a racist recently when I said, “Don’t invest hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes for a 7 year old, invest in some school supplies”. I wasn’t calling out Black folks specifically…but being Black, living in the Black community, & with a passion for uplifting my Black people, I just had to be honest. I was called a racist, a classist, out of touch, an Uncle Tom, & just plain ignorant. If being honest is being a racist, I guess I’ll gladly accept that title.

Two other men have taken a similar approach when it comes to “keeping it real” with the Black community & have been met with similar reactions: Bill Cosby & Don Lemon.

Bill Cosby
In 2004, Bill Cosby gave a speech during the NAACP’s 50-year celebration of Brown vs. the Board of Education. Cosby, as the younger generation would say, “went ham”. Cosby lashed out against “people he didn’t know”. Cosby spoke against out of wedlock births, incorrect English, dress, conduct, school attendance, & most importantly, the lack of good, solid parenting. Here are some excerpts from his talk comically named the “Pound Cake Speech” because of an example he used:

*No longer is a person embarrassed because they’re pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child.

*Ladies & gentlemen, the lower economic & lower middle economic people are not holding their end in this deal. In the neighborhoods that most of us grew up in, parenting is not going on.

*I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was twelve? Where were you when he was eighteen, & how come you don’t know he had a pistol? Where is his father & why don’t you know where he is? Why doesn’t the father show up to talk to this boy?

*Those of us sitting out here who have gone on to some college or whatever we’ve done, we still fear our parents & these people are not parenting. They’re buying things for the kid. $500 sneakers, for what? They won’t buy or spend $250 on Hooked on Phonics.

*But these people (Civil Rights Activists), the ones up here in the balcony fought so hard. Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out & are outraged, “The cops shouldn’t have shot him”. What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand? I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else. I looked at it & I had no money & something called parenting said if get caught with it you’re going to embarrass your mother. Not you’re going to get your butt kicked. No. You’re going to embarrass your mother. You’re going to embarrass your family.

*Are you not paying attention, people with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn’t that a sign of something, or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up. Isn’t it a sign of something when she’s got her dress all the way up to the crack…and got all kinds of needles & things going through her body? What part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans, they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed & all that crap & all of them are in jail. When we give these kinds names to our children, we give them the strength & inspiration in the meaning of those names. What’s the point of giving them strong names if there is not parenting & values backing it up?

*Brown vs. the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem. We’ve got to take the neighborhood back.

*It’s right around the corner. It’s standing on the corner. It can’t speak English. It doesn’t want to speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk. “Why you ain’t where you is go, uhh,” I don’t know who these people are & I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. Then I heard the father talk. This is all in the house. You used to talk a certain way on the corner & you got into the house & switched to English. Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t land a plane with “why you ain’t is…” You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.

*Where did these people get the idea that they’re moving ahead on this? Well, they know they’re not, they’re just hanging out in the same place, five or six generations sitting in the projects when you’re just supposed to stay there long enough to get a job & move out.

*Now look, I’m telling you. It’s not what they’re doing to us. It’s what we’re not doing. Fifty percent drop out. Look, we’re raising our own ingrown immigrants. These people are fighting hard to be ignorant. There’s no English being spoken & they’re walking & they’re angry. Oh God, they’re angry & they have pistols & they shoot & they do stupid things & after they kill somebody, they don’t have a plan. Just murder somebody. Boom. Over what? A pizza?

*It’s time for you to not accept the language that these people are speaking, which will take them nowhere. What the hell good is Brown V. Board of Education if nobody wants it?

*And then they stand there in an orange suit & you drop to your knees, “He didn’t do anything, he didn’t do anything.” Yes, he did do it & you need to have an orange suit on too.

*All of these people who lined up & done…they’ve got to be wondering what the hell happened. Brown V. Board of Education, these people who marched & were hit in the face with rocks & punched in the face to get an education & we got these knuckleheads walking around who don’t want to learn English. I know that you all know it. I just want to get you as angry that you ought to be. When you walk around the neighborhood & you see this stuff, that stuff’s not funny. These people are not funny anymore & that ‘s not brother & that’s not my sister. They’re faking & they’re dragging me way down because the state, the city & all these people have to pick up the tab on them because they don’t want to accept that they have to study to get an education.

*We have to begin to build in the neighborhood, have restaurants, have cleaners, have pharmacies, have real estate, have medical buildings instead of trying to rob them all.

*Basketball players, multimillionaires can’t write a paragraph. Football players, multimillionaires, can’t read. Yes. Multimillionaires. Well, Brown vs. Board of Education, where are we today? It’s there. They paved the way. What did we do with it? The white man, he’s laughing, got to be laughing. Fifty percent drop out, rest of them in prison.

*You got to tell me that if there was parenting, help me, if there was parenting, he wouldn’t have picked up the Coca Cola bottle & walked out with it to get shot in the back of the head. He wouldn’t have. Not if he loved his parents & not if they were parenting!

*When you go to the church, look at the stained glass things of Jesus. Look at them. Is Jesus smiling? Not in one picture. So, tell your friends. Let’s try to do something. Let’s try to make Jesus smile. Let’s start parenting. Thank you, thank you.

At that, Cosby left the stage with many an opened mouth & nervous people clapping. Had this Negro gone mad? Telling Black people what to do…who does he think he is? Cosby’s list could be summed up as followed:

5) Pull up your pants
4) Speak proper English
3) Don’t forget the sacrifices of our elders
2) Go to school
1) Be a parent

Most met Cosby with anger towards his speech, some even going as far as to write a book asking has he & the Black middle class “lost their damn minds”. People said, “Cosby is out of touch”, “Cosby is just a grumpy old man”, “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about”, & some other things I won’t slander the man with. Don Lemon was met with a similar reaction for his “No Talking Points” segment earlier this week.

Don Lemon
Don Lemon, a Black male commentator for CNN, came under fire lately for his “self improvement talk” to the Black community. Lemon has run multiple specials on race in America since the George Zimmerman trial started & didn’t receive much backlash until this segment, one he called “Tough Love for the Black Community”. Lemon started out by agreeing with the following comments belonging to Bill O’Reilly:

“The reason there is so much violence & chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African- American family. Raised without much structure, young black men often reject education & gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, & gangs. Nobody forces them to do that, again, it is a personal decision”.

Not only did Lemon say he agreed with O’Reilly’s comments, he said, “He doesn’t go far enough”. Lemon then gave the following speech, basically a 5 item recommendation list:

*Sagging pants, whether Justin Bieber or no-name Derek around the way, walking around with your ass & your underwear showing is not OK.

*Stop using the N word. Promoting the use of that word when it’s not germane to the conversation, have you ever considered that you may be just perpetuating the stereotype the master intended…you know, “acting like a nigger”?

*A lot of African-Americans took offense to that, too. I wonder if I gave the right advice, I really did. But confirmation came the very next day on my way home when I exited the subway in 125th Street in Harlem. This little kid in a school uniform no older than seven years old, he was crying his eyes out as he walked down the sidewalk with his mother. I’m going to be honest here, she turned to me & she said, “I’m sick of you. You act like an old ass man, stop all that crying, nigger.” Is that taking the word back? Think about that.

*Respect where you live. Start small by not dropping trash, littering in your own communities.

*You want to break the cycle of poverty? Stop telling kids they’re acting white because they go to school or they speak proper English. A high school dropout makes on average $19,000 a year, a high school graduate makes $28,000 a year, a college graduate makes $51,000 a year.

*Probably the most important…just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should. Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers & the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison & the cycle continues.

Here is Lemon’s list:
5) Stop drooping.
4) Stop using the term Nigger/Nigga.
3) Stop trashing the neighborhood.
2) Stop dropping out of school.
1) Stop having children before you’re ready.

Lemon concluded with this:

*So, please, black folks, as I said if this doesn’t apply to you, I’m not talking to you. Pay attention to & think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior. Pay close attention to the hip-hop & rap culture that many of you embrace. A culture that glorifies everything I just mentioned: thug & reprehensible behavior. A culture that is making a lot of people rich…just not you…& it’s not going to.

Lemon ended with a clip affirming to his viewers that he hasn’t let the Right off the hook, showing a commentator saying the only time Republicans bring up Black on Black violence is to “stick it” to the Black community. After commercial break, the Internet caught fire. HOW DARE HE, A BLACK MAN, SPEAK ON THE BLACK COMMUNITY!!?? HOW DARE HE!!?? RACIST!!! UNCLE TOM!!!! RACIST!!! BOYCOTT LEMON!!! BOYCOTT CNN!! BOYCOTT TV!!! BOYCOTT CABLE!!!! I might have made up the last two parts but it was simply for theatrical effect. Like Cosby, Lemon was labeled an Uncle Tom & a racist for simply giving advice on how to fix their people’s communities. Well, were they right or wrong? Here’s my opinion.

My Take On Lemon & Cosby
After studying these two men’s recommendations, I don’t see them as racists or Uncle Toms, I see them as moral revolutionaries. Cosby & Lemon are not saying act White or that White people are off the hook, they are simply saying act with dignity & self-respect. These are the topics & issues people should discuss with their community if they want it to succeed. If what they recommended is wrong, I guess what we are doing is right? The slow & deliberate destruction of the Black community is a positive thing? We in the Black community have been sold a myth of Black inferiority & self-hate…& oddly enough, some of us seem to derive some form of pride from it, glorifying it in our thoughts, words, & deeds. You have young men & women so brainwashed in myth of Black inferiority that they have inked their flesh with the term “nigger”…their own unbeknownst slave brand. These people who accept the myth of Black inferiority are the TRUE indoor slaves people, not the people who are saying get out of that mindset. Think about it…would Malcolm X say dressing with your underwear exposed to others is acceptable…would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most powerful Black men to ever step foot on Earth, describe himself as a “real nigga”…would Mumia Abu Jamal say dropping out of school is very positive behavior…would Dr. Huey P. Newton say speak in a language reminiscent to enslaved Africans on a plantation…would Angela Davis say the more kids born to teenagers the better? No…no, no, no, & no.

I believe what people misunderstand the most about Bill Cosby & Don Lemon is that they think they are telling Black people to “behave for Massa & racism will be over”. Speaking clear English & getting a high school diploma won’t end racism, but it will improve a community because the more educated the residents the better. How many Harvard educated lawyers or Hampton educated doctors go around trashing their neighborhoods, calling little kids niggas? Being better parents & telling the kids to pull up their clothes wont end discrimination, but it will lead to less crime & more self-respect on account of a proper upbringing. If one is raised in a healthy environment with two loving parents with jobs & goals, odds are the child wont disrespect his family & community by running away from a store with his pants falling down with stolen pound cake & a Coca-Cola.

Racism is a factor in the ills of the Black community & must be discussed or else I would look like a fool. Yes cops target Black kids for drug arrests more often than Whites…but what if the Black kid didn’t have drugs on him in the first place? That’s racism vs. responsibility. Yes schools in lower economic areas suffer from underfunding…but if the parents can keep up with the NBA, they can keep up with the PTA, demanding changes & staying involved. That’s racism vs. responsibility. Yes Black unemployment is twice that of Whites…but if more Blacks made businesses for employment instead of relying on someone else’s businesses for employment, more of us would most likely be hired. We can’t control White racism but what we can control Black action.  There is a White Power structure…but killing each other in the name of Waka Flocka Flame’s gang affiliation isn’t going to defeat it…it isn’t going to erect a Black Power structure.  Only powerful Black communities can erect Black Power structures.  Strong, revolutionary, non excuse making Black communities.

In closing, if we truly are in the midst of a race war my people, it’s not a smart idea to complain & wait for the “enemy” to lay down the sword…we must ready our troops & form alliances. We must sharpen our weapons…our body, our intellect, & our tongue. We must secure our fortresses…our communities, churches, & families. I assure you, in a war to end racism, a bunch of non-English speaking knuckleheads with pants below their kneecaps & blunts hanging out of their mouths aren’t going to make the best soldiers. The way to create the best soldiers is through discipline & accountability, responsibility & sacrifice. There must come a point in the evolution of the African American people that we switch the blame from Jim Crow & simply just focus more on Jim from across the corner. My challenge to my fellow brothers & sisters in the Black communities is this:

Let’s blame the man less & do for us more…

We need less “Lemon & Pound Cake” speeches & more “Lemon & Pound Cake” action. OUR FUTURE is in OUR HANDS.

All Power To The People

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*Before one reads this article, turn the television to an episode of “First 48”.  Listen carefully to how the show describes the suspects. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the suspects are African American.

Mass Murders, Mass Excuses

It’s been fourteen years since Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold murdered thirteen human beings & injured twenty-four at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado.  It’s been eight months since James Holmes killed twelve human beings & injured fifty-eight at Century 16 Multiplex Movie Theater in Aurora, Colorado.  It’s been three months since Adam Lanza killed twenty-seven human beings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  It’s time to move on.  It’s time to talk about more important issues plaguing America…Kristen Stewart’s emotionless expressions, Nikki Minaj’s latest hair color, & Chuck Hagel not loving Israel enough.  Though its miniscule in statue compared to the before mentioned subjects, I have an issue America can discuss:  when it comes to murder, mass murder in particular, why do White people always receive a “get out of jail free” card?  No matter if a White brother kills one person or forty, it’s never their fault.  When it comes to African American killers though, the treatment is totally reversed.  Black killers are lynched in the media before ever making it to trial to be legally lynched by a supposed “jury of their own peers”.  I have compiled a few articles for comparisons in media coverage between White killers & African American killers to prove my point.  At the end of each article, I will give my opinion of them in the commentary section below it.

Connecticut School Massacre:  Adam Lanza “spent hours playing Call of Duty

It has emerged that Lanza spent his time in the basement of the family’s four-bedroom home in Newtown playing video games, such as Call of Duty and obsessing over guns and military equipment, according to an interview in The Sun with plumber Peter Wlasuk.

Commentary: Video games.  Blame video games.  Its not Lanza’s fault, its those darn video games!

Adam Lanza and Asperger’s syndrome: Sandy Hook massacre puts mental health in the national spotlight

Asperger’s syndrome is a neurological condition that, while incurable, can be managed if treated. Sufferers of this autism spectrum disorder often experience difficulty with emotional connection, engage in ritualistic behaviors, and become isolated from peers. These symptoms plagued Lanza, who many in his town have described as an intelligent, but extremely awkward, loner.

Commentary:  Must be a mental disorder.  Normal middle class White children don’t kill people.  Right?

James Eagan Holmes Psychiatrist, Not Politicians, Could Have Prevented Aurora Tragedy

Any law enforcement entering James Holmes’ apartment in the weeks prior to the massacre could have seen that “something was wrong,” and that wrong thing, which included guns, large stashes of ammunition, incendiary devices and flammable liquids, would have had nothing to do with society-wide gun control or the Tea Party. It would have everything to do with the responsibility of those in authority to take action to protect innocent life from someone who’s got the materials, means, and motive to do something very bad.

School administrators, psychiatrists, and others in leadership roles have too often acted less like leaders, and more like members of Tony Soprano’s “family” covering up for enforcement actions in the alley back of the Bada Bing club. Thirteen people might still be alive, and 59 others might be healthy and uninjured, if Dr. Lynne Fenton had made a few phone calls, raised her voice, and insisted that James Holmes receive a law enforcement visit — or even contacted her school’s own violence prevention task force.

Commentary:  Poor James Holmes…its not his fault he shot up a movie theater, its his university’s psychiatrists.  SHAME ON YOU SCHOOL PSYCHIATRISTS!!

Colo. suspect James Holmes “smart” but “quiet,” teachers and neighbors say

Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes left different impressions on people he encountered in life. At the University of California, Riverside, where he graduated with honors in neuroscience in 2010, he’s remembered as brilliant.

“He was an honor student, so academically he was at the top of the top,” University Chancellor Tim White said at a press conference. “He really distinguished himself from an academic point of view during his four years with us, graduating with highest honors.”

Julie Adams lived around the corner. Her son played soccer with James. She says his intelligence was obvious early on.

“People come here because of the school district,” Adams said, “so there’s lots and lots of kids because of that and obviously his parents wanted to give him the best and that’s why they lived here.”

In high school, Holmes won a competitive position at a rigorous science boot camp and an internship in neurobiology at the prestigious Salk Institute.

Tom Mai, who lived next door with his family for a decade, remembers James as smart, quiet, polite.

Commentary:  Oh my God…he is so smart…how could this happen?  Did I mention he was smart?  Never mind the fact he is on trial for murdering thirteen human beings, he is so polite.
The following articles are on an African American killer.

Judge Sentences Atlanta Courthouse Shooter Brian Nichols To Life Without Parole,2933,466586,00.html

A judge on Saturday sentenced the man who killed four people in a brazen courthouse escape to several terms of life in prison without parole on more than fifty charges.

Superior Court Judge James Bodiford was required by law to sentence Brian Nichols to life in prison with or without chance of parole after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on a death sentence.

On Saturday, Bodiford gave Nichols, 37, consecutive maximum sentences on every charge, meaning he will likely die in prison.

“If there was any more I could give you, I would,” Bodiford said. “I intended to and did give the maximum sentence. It’s a large number of years.”

Among the sentences were four of life without parole, plus hundreds of additional years behind bars.

“Life with the possibility of parole is not an appropriate sentence,” Bodiford said in explaining his decision. “It’s not in the ballpark.”

Nichols was on trial for rape in 2005 when he grabbed a guard’s gun and fatally shot the judge, a court reporter and a sheriff’s deputy in the courthouse. He fled and killed a federal agent in an Atlanta neighborhood.

Nichols, who did not take the stand in his own defense, spoke in court for the first time on Saturday.

“I just wanted to say that I know that the things I’ve done caused a lot of pain and I’m sorry,” he said. “And I just wanted to say that I will not bring dishonor to the decision to spare my life. That’s it.”

The judge declared a deadlock in the sentencing phase of the trial against Nichols Friday after jurors couldn’t agree on whether to give him the death penalty. Death sentences in Georgia require a unanimous jury decision, so Nichols automatically got life in prison. State law required Bodiford to decide which life prison sentence to give Nichols.

“This is not a criticism of the jury,” Bodiford said. “They did everything they could to come up with a unanimous decision. Sometimes it’s impossible to do.”

Prosecutors had urged jurors to sentence Nichols to death after he was convicted last month of murder and dozens of other counts in the killings.

The sentence caps more than three years of efforts to bring Nichols to justice since his arrest that were repeatedly bogged down by legal complications, frustrating victims’ relatives and angering state legislators over the costs.

Nichols was being escorted to his trial for rape when he beat a deputy guarding him and stole her gun. He burst into the courtroom and shot and killed Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Ann Brandau and Deputy Hoyt Teasley.

He fled downtown Atlanta and managed to evade hundreds of police officers searching for him overnight. In Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood, he shot and killed federal agent David Wilhelm at a house the agent was renovating.

Nichols was captured the next day in suburban Gwinnett County after a woman he took hostage, Ashley Smith Robinson, alerted police to his whereabouts. Smith Robinson was credited with bringing a peaceful ending to the rampage by appealing to Nichols’ religious beliefs and giving him illegal drugs.

Nichols, who was raised in Baltimore, confessed to the killings but claimed he was legally insane and that he believed he was a slave rebelling against his masters. Prosecutors argued that he concocted the delusions to avoid the death penalty.

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors asked the jury for a death sentence while defense lawyers urged jurors to avoid vengeance.

“That’s the kind of vengeful, recriminative response that begets more violence,” defense attorney Henderson Hill said.

Prosecutor Clint Rucker called Nichols an “extremely dangerous” killer who would try to escape again if sent to prison for life.

Nichols’ rampage prompted attorneys and judges to question their safety and law enforcement around the state to re-examine courthouse security measures.

Commentary:  This article could be summed up in the following:  “If it was up to me, this Black rapist son of a b*tch would be strapped to a gurney and executed tomorrow!!  Did I mention he was on trial for rape?  He is a rapist.  All Black men are sexual beasts.”

Judge, Two Others Killed in Courthouse Shooting,2933,150119,00.html#ixzz2FQGfON3z

Atlantans were on edge Friday after a rape suspect allegedly shot and killed three people in a downtown courthouse and made a desperate escape, sparking a citywide manhunt.

“We recognize this is a very scary situation,” said Mayor Shirley Franklin, who assured citizens that city, state and federal authorities were concentrating their resources on capturing the fugitive, Brian Nichols.

Nichols was at the Fulton County Courthouse in downtown Atlanta to face charges of raping and holding his girlfriend prisoner. But before entering the courtroom, police say he grabbed a sheriff’s deputy’s gun and used it to kill three people, including Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes

The deputy was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her head, a doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital said. She was expected to survive.

Nichols also allegedly carjacked a series of vehicles following the 9 a.m. EST shooting. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office most recently sent out an alert for a green 1997 green Honda Accord, license plate 658-4YN.

“He already showed that he doesn’t care about taking lives,” said Harold Copus, a former FBI special agent in Atlanta. “We have to be very concerned about a hostage situation. If that gets in the way of him and … another car, he will take a hostage.

“We have to find him.”

An emergency command post was set up in the city. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department was leading the investigation. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Georgia Bureau of Investigation were contributing their efforts, along with about 100 state troopers and officers from surrounding counties.

Nichols, 33, is described as a black male, 6’1″ who weigh 200 pounds, and has a medium complexion. Authorities asked people to call 404-730-5129 if they had information about his whereabouts.

Judge Barnes, who died from a gunshot wound to the head, was overseeing Nichols’ case. An initial trial ended in a hung jury last week and a retrial was under way.

Atlanta, famous for its traffic, was in a virtual lockdown following the shootings. Police were out in force, setting up roadblocks at major intersections in downtown and midtown. State police cast a net outside the city, and patrol cars were being positioned on median strips along I-75 and I-285.

The courthouse, located in the heart of the city near major tourist destinations, remained closed. Investigators were still poring over the crime scene, and it was not clear if the bodies of the judge and a court stenographer who was also killed had been removed from the building.

Nichols was charged with raping and holding his girlfriend prisoner last August. Other charges he faced were sodomy and possession of a machine gun, a handgun and a large quantity of marijuana. His second trial began on Monday.

Deputies said they found two hand-made knives, or shanks, hidden in Nichols’ shoe on Wednesday, an indication he may have been plotting his bid for freedom.

That discovery, along with what they described as unusual behavior, worried prosecutors

The deputy, who is being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and has not yet been questioned, was injured, though Dreher would not say how. Earlier, a doctor at Grady said she was shot through the mouth and was in critical condition.

Apparently armed with the deputy’s gun, Nichols allegedly entered the courtroom and held law enforcement officers there at bay. He then shot Barnes and the clerk, both of whom died in the courtroom, Dreher said.

The suspect ordered bailiffs to handcuff everyone else before running out of the courtroom, located on the eighth floor, and out through a stairwell.

Nichols somehow managed to flee the courthouse, where he ran into another sheriff’s deputy whom he shot and killed, according to multiple descriptions of the events from authorities and witnesses.

Nichols scrambled for an escape vehicle, eventually happening upon O’Briant, the AJC reporter and police said. The AJC reporter said Nichols pistol-whipped him, breaking his wrist and requiring him to get 15 stitches above his eye.

Speaking to reporters after being treated for his injuries, O’Briant said he hoped the reason he hadn’t been shot was because Nichols was out of bullets.

It was not known if Nichols is only carrying the first firearm he stole or if he managed to collect more, Dreher said. Officers at the scene were working to account for all the deputies’ weapons.

“This guy has nothing else to lose — he’s facing life in prison,” said Renee Rockwell, a prosecutor familiar with the case and a witness to the shooting aftermath inside the courthouse.

Commentary:  Oh my God, a big scary Black man is on the loose!  RUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!!!!!!  He is on trial for rape also so be careful!

Notice the inequalities in reporting?  Coined by writer & media critic Earl Ofari Hutchinson, the media’s main goal is the “Destruction the Black Male Image”.  Why is it that White killers with substantial more amounts of blood on their hands get painted as brilliant, intelligent, shy, or quiet, while African American killers are simply labeled ghetto, thugs, or products of a broken home?  Don’t forget about rapist!  One doesn’t need a PhD in Family Counseling & Media Studies to understand why citizens react the way they do during mass murders.  It’s unfathomable to believe perfect little White boys from perfect little homes with perfect little parents with perfect little dogs with a perfect little school with perfect little lives can murder twenty children, execute classmates in cafeterias, or blow away Christmas time shoppers.  Instead of the media admitting that “things aren’t all well in Rancho Cucamonga”, they formulate well-construed explanations…excuses would be the better word.  It’s not Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold’s fault they murdered thirteen human beings, its Marylyn Manson’s music & bullies.  Its not James Holmes’ fault he murdered twelve human beings, it’s the movie theater’s lack of an armed guard & his college counselor for not letting the authorities know sooner. It’s not Adam Lanza’s fault for slaughtering twenty-seven human beings, its lax gun laws & Asperger’s Syndrome.  But when it comes to Brian Nichols, no psychological examinations, no family history…he is just a rapist, a sodomizer…a simple drug dealer.  People just can’t accept the fact that products of the American dream can sometimes become defective.

One of my favorite poems I learned while pledging my beloved fraternity Omega Psi Phi was “Excuses”.  It goes as following:
Excuses are tools of the incompetent.
They build monuments of nothingness.
Those who specialize in them seldom accomplish anything.
Therefore I shall have no excuses.

If America wants progress towards safer schools, safer workplaces, safer cities, & safer streets, it must stop making excuses.  More gun laws aren’t the answer because:
A.  Criminals don’t abide by them.
B.  It’s the normal seeming people who are perpetrating these atrocities.
The answer is a thorough examination of the home & American society in general.  After that, anything is fair game.

It doesn’t matter how many cars are in the driveway or spelling bee trophies are on the wall, some children will kill.  America isn’t ready to accept that fact & is investing its money not on the next mass murder prevention, but the previous mass murder explanation.  I expect more mass murders in the near future because of that idiocy & with those mass murders will come mass excuses.  Hence the title, “Mass Murders, Mass Excuses”…

*I advised the reader to turn the television to an episode of “First 48” before reading this article.   Does one remember the treatment & descriptions of the suspect?  Did the police investigators say how brilliant or intelligent the accused killer was? Did the news run any stories on how the suspect behaved at school & why the school board didn’t tip authorities off sooner? Did any of the police investigators ask the suspect’s friends & family what type of video games the suspect played or what kind of music the suspect listened to?   Was the suspect’s Dr. called in to talk about any personality disorders/mental imbalances the suspect might possess? Why not?  Wouldn’t years in a gun infested, drug filled, non-opportunity giving, 3rd world like environment create the very monster they paint the suspect as?  Nope…African American killers get no special treatment…at the end of the day they are, as rapper Big Krit says “just another nigga”…