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  • Survival guide for young black men.....Really?

    http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/colu...cle619158.ece#


    Javon Dawson, 17, is dead. Terrence Nemeth, a 24-year-old St. Petersburg police officer, shot Dawson two times. Police reports state that Dawson, a sophomore at Gibbs High School, fired a gun into the air at a graduation party. After being ordered to drop the weapon, police say, Dawson turned and leveled it at Nemeth as he attempted to run. Nemeth fired.

    Some blacks, including Dawson's father, say the officer murdered the teen. I don't know all the details. I do know that each year, thousands of young black males nationwide have unnecessary, often fatal, confrontations with the police.

    The following is my short survival guide for black males. The guide is not intended to make you look weak or like a sellout. It's intended to help you be smart. It offers a few commonsense ways to stay out of trouble with the police. It's to help you stay alive.

    Some suggestions are intentionally redundant and in no particular order to help you pay attention and drive home the point. Nothing I write here is based on theory. It is based on time-tested truth.

    • Stay away from guns altogether. Don't own one, and don't hang out with anyone who does. Children have absolutely no reason to possess a gun. If, for some reason, you wind up with a gun in public, NEVER point it at a police officer.

    • If you're stopped or otherwise find yourself in the presence of an officer, obey every command. Don't talk trash. Don't show attitude. Don't make sudden motions. Never place your hands where they can't be seen. Never give a false name or any other false information. Memorize the officer's name and the vehicle number. Your ultimate goal is to get home alive so you can get a lawyer if you need one.

    • Never carry contraband of any kind on your person or in your vehicle.

    • Always carry proper ID on your person and proper documents in your vehicle.

    • Avoid riding a bicycle in the middle of the day in known drug hot spots.

    • Don't hang out where police regularly cruise. If you do, you're asking for trouble. Police cruise trouble spots.

    • Don't make yourself an object of suspicion. Don't, for example, stand on corners holding a brown bag. You make the police think you're carrying an open container of alcohol, which is illegal. Don't stand on corners drinking from brown bags. Don't drink from brown bags while you're walking on a public sidewalk or street.

    • Don't regularly hang out around abandoned buildings that have broken windows and busted doors and trashy yards.

    • Don't duck and hide when a police car appears.

    • If you're being arrested, don't resist and multiply your problems. You can't win by resisting.

    • Don't engage in unlawful behavior. For example, when you attend a party, don't join others in blocking city streets. You need a permit from the city to block a street. The city has a noise ordinance, meaning that you and fellow partygoers need to stop playing loud music and making other kinds of noise after a certain hour.

    • Put the names of your parents, an attorney, your principal, a teacher, a close friend, a role model, a mentor, a bail bondsman and others on speed dial in your cell phone.

    • Get to know at least one officer by name in the police department.

    • This may be difficult to swallow, but find a way to see the police as your protector, not your natural enemy. Your relationship with the police will change for the better. I promise.

    • Stay away from peers who hate the police. These trash-talking friends are nothing but trouble waiting to happen.

    • Don't listen to adults who paint the police as your mortal enemy. Such adults are irresponsible. They don't have your best interests at heart. They have wrong-headed personal agendas that will get them attention or money.

    Obviously, this list could go on and on. But I think the main points have been made: You have personal and civil rights, but you can't exercise those rights if you're dead. Only living persons can exercise their rights.

    When you leave your house and step into the public sphere, you have responsibilities for yourself and for others. Before you act, think about the undeserved pain and hurt and destruction you will leave behind because of your machismo, your stupidity, your selfishness and your desire to fit in.

    When all is said and done, you can take control of much of your fate. In large measure, your survival is in your hands.



    I think this could apply to all people not just black people.
    "Then there are sheepdogs," he went on, "and I'm a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf."

    People who love sausage and people who believe in justice should never watch either of them being made. ~Otto Bismarck

    "Don't put yourself in a position to investigate yourself" ~CommonSense

    "Now, what is the rule?" "Protect myself at all times."

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  • #2
    hmmm.....yawn

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    • #3
      Wow, what a smart guy who wrote this!

      I'm sure he has some Al Sharpton influences making him think this only applies to black people.

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      • #4
        Javon Dawson, 17, is dead. Terrence Nemeth, a 24-year-old St. Petersburg police officer, shot Dawson two times. Police reports state that Dawson, a sophomore at Gibbs High School, fired a gun into the air at a graduation party. After being ordered to drop the weapon, police say, Dawson turned and leveled it at Nemeth as he attempted to run. Nemeth fired.

        Some blacks, including Dawson's father, say the officer murdered the teen.
        That is the kind of thing that really bothers me. The teen did something stupid, and now they want to lay the blame on someone else. Why did a 17-year-old even have a gun? Why was he firing it into the air? Why did he point it at police? Does anyone with even half a brain think that any of this teens actions were ok? The father needs to look in the mirror if he wants someone to blame, his irresponsible parenting resulted in his son's death.
        What is Perseverance?
        -Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance.
        -Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
        -PERSEVERANCE IS TRYING AGAIN AND AGAIN.


        BOP - BPA - ICE

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        • #5
          someone has seen the chris rock video...


          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8
          In the end we're all just chalk lines on the concrete drawn only to be washed away, for the time that I've been given, I am what I am. I'd rather you hate me for everything I am, Than have you love me for being something that Im not

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TheKansan View Post
            That is the kind of thing that really bothers me. The teen did something stupid, and now they want to lay the blame on someone else. Why did a 17-year-old even have a gun? Why was he firing it into the air? Why did he point it at police? Does anyone with even half a brain think that any of this teens actions were ok? The father needs to look in the mirror if he wants someone to blame, his irresponsible parenting resulted in his son's death.

            exactly. you know what really gets me is when a gang member is killed by a police officer. the gang member is portrayed in the media as Jesus himself who never did anything wrong and was the perfect person. hard not to go on a rant tangent right now, these are one of the things that really get under my skin. also gotta love all the little gang members on the corner of the street waving signs and having a car wash for their fallen gang member. why cant we just gather all the little gang members up, drop them off in death valley, give them all guns, and let them have their own little war. OK sorry I'm done ranting now. thanks for listening..err..reading
            This is my Glock, there are many like it, but this one is mine

            "Anything is possible to he who dares" A.G. Spalding

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            • #7
              At least Chris Rock still blames the idiots.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TheKansan View Post
                The father needs to look in the mirror if he wants someone to blame, his irresponsible parenting resulted in his son's death.
                Parents will never take responsibility, that's why their kids are like that in the first place. Charged a kid for ccw with a gang enhancement tagged on. Mother came at me saying her son was not in a gang. the PO-lice just stuck him in the gang file cause he's black and from the hood.

                I informed her that he was in the gang file due to his wearing all red in a blood neighborhood, having the gang of that neighborhood tatted all over his body and a "roll call" of the other gang members on his back.... and his own admission.

                The mother replied that "he was just reppin the neighborhood like all the other kids in the hood." but no way did that make him a gang member.

                I then said even if you refuse to believe that he is a gang member why was your 16yr old carrying a gun. her reply was "He won't carrying no gun, even if he was it's the hood you gotta do what it takes."

                Parents are the root of it all, and with most 16-20yr old kids in the low income areas having kids of their own it'll never change.
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                maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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                • #9
                  Ahh the everlasting "tricks" to avoid any confrontation with the Police.

                  "How do I avoid getting speeding tickets?"
                  "There's a secret that all Police know. If you do this, all the Cops will leave you alone."
                  "What is it?!"
                  "Don't speed."
                  "If you have to justify to yourself, or others why what you're doing isn't wrong; it is."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lawless One View Post
                    Ahh the everlasting "tricks" to avoid any confrontation with the Police.

                    "How do I avoid getting speeding tickets?"
                    "There's a secret that all Police know. If you do this, all the Cops will leave you alone."
                    "What is it?!"
                    "Don't speed."
                    haha gotta love it
                    This is my Glock, there are many like it, but this one is mine

                    "Anything is possible to he who dares" A.G. Spalding

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                    • #11
                      It's ok to ask, "why did the police shoot my son"?. But you have to be prepared for the answer, "because your 17 year old son had a gun pointed at me in an area that we received a 'shots fired' call".

                      In my youth, I've seen people who have carried who probably deserved whatever was coming for them. But parents, and society continue to remain incredulous of the possible consequences. I have, as I'm sure many of you have, seen, read, heard about "black" neighborhoods tearing themselves up over drugs, gangs, violence, and crime. But why is the media not addressing this issue on a daily basis? I personally believe that this is more important than whether Anna Nicole Smith's child is going to dad#1, or if Brittney Spears is wearing draws or not.

                      We can't wait for another fatal officer/suspect shooting before we address the problems in our neighborhoods. If we continue to do this, we're just going to continue to inflame the distrust between police and its citizens that we're sworn to protect.

                      Instead of the investigation (by the media and citizens) focusing on the outcome, the genesis should be addressed:
                      • what is a 17 yr old doing with a gun?
                      • why is a 17 yr old shooting a gun in the air
                      • why is a 17 yr old ignoring commands from the police
                      • would the media have taken up this story if the 17 yr old shot a fellow partygoer?
                      • Legally, he's still a minor. Where are his parents?
                      • Did alcohol play a role


                      Ok, fantasy is over......Why did the police shoot an innocent 17 yr old?

                      A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

                      It's only a conspiracy when your party is not in power.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mtxpro752 View Post
                        Parents will never take responsibility, that's why their kids are like that in the first place. Charged a kid for ccw with a gang enhancement tagged on. Mother came at me saying her son was not in a gang. the PO-lice just stuck him in the gang file cause he's black and from the hood.

                        I informed her that he was in the gang file due to his wearing all red in a blood neighborhood, having the gang of that neighborhood tatted all over his body and a "roll call" of the other gang members on his back.... and his own admission.

                        The mother replied that "he was just reppin the neighborhood like all the other kids in the hood." but no way did that make him a gang member.

                        I then said even if you refuse to believe that he is a gang member why was your 16yr old carrying a gun. her reply was "He won't carrying no gun, even if he was it's the hood you gotta do what it takes."

                        Parents are the root of it all, and with most 16-20yr old kids in the low income areas having kids of their own it'll never change.

                        People like that are evil, next time they're in trouble, they shouldn't call the POLEASE, they should just call a crackhead or a gang-banger .


                        And that Dawson case annoys me, you seriously have to be mentally handicapped to think that "poor 17 year old boy" was innocent.
                        Last edited by Sarkis; 06-16-2008, 08:04 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mstangfk View Post
                          someone has seen the chris rock video...


                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8

                          That is funny, Chris Rock is hilarious.
                          "Then there are sheepdogs," he went on, "and I'm a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf."

                          People who love sausage and people who believe in justice should never watch either of them being made. ~Otto Bismarck

                          "Don't put yourself in a position to investigate yourself" ~CommonSense

                          "Now, what is the rule?" "Protect myself at all times."

                          sigpic

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CommonGoal View Post
                            • If, for some reason, you wind up with a gun in public, NEVER point it at a police officer.
                            Someone is smart...
                            If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

                            "The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -Thomas Jefferson

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                            • #15
                              I have to agree with a few postings on this board.

                              I think that sometimes, unforuntately, people put themselves at high risk TO be shot at by police.

                              You all must understand something, police officers get nervous too. They're not some supercops with superhuman reflexes and mutant ability. These are people that have families, friends and a life outside of uniform. When a police officer confronts you, he/she is just as nervous as you are. So if you make sudden moves or began acting irrationally... THEY'RE GOING TO REACT.

                              I don't think parents are really educating their children about dealing with the Police. Then the media gets involved, construde facts and the story gets twisted around to draw more heat and shame toward Law Enforcement.

                              This scenario unfortunately is a prime example.
                              "The only people you need in your life are the one's who can show you how much they need you in theirs."

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