RAT IN A HOLE

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There is an African proverb that says….He that beats the drum for the Madman to dance is no better than the Madman himself.

These images are viral coming out of the verdict of #AmberGuyer the policewoman that shot #JeanBotham , a young Lucian in his home as she said she thought he was in HER apartment when in fact Jean was at home in HIS apartment.

The case sparked racial tensions in an already racial hotbed in the United States. White police officer kills black man, no surprises there, and the guilty verdict was in itself a surprise, no , not a surprise, more like a cultural shock as it is rare police officers , especially white police officers, are  convicted of any thing when clothed in their hallowed Police Blue.

The image of Jean Botham’s brother embracing Ms.Guyer rubbed many people the wrong way. At first it disturbed me as well but I remembered something that Dr King said about forgiveness.

He said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

RIP Dr. King. We haven’t seen anyone like you since they took you away from this World.

Lets face it.
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound suffered to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. Let me stress this again.

There is no peace without forgiveness.

Jean Botham’s brother act of embrace is another powerful reminder of how you forgive in order to find your peace. It is difficult but in this case forgiveness is not really for her as is it more for him. I hope he finds peace. His mother, on the other hand, said she has not reached that place as yet. No kumbaya for her.

What is confusing however are the actions of the judge, who is colored and a police officer in court, who also happens to be colored. Why are they displaying such empathy to the Ms.Guyer? When these two officers of the law openly display empathy it makes you question the System they have sworn to uphold.

The keystone to justice is the belief that the legal system treats all fairly but we know Justice is broken and weighed heavily against people of color in the US #JusticeSystem so it boggles the mind when we see this outward embrace of emotional support. Is this support outreach designed for the institution she represents or for her personally?

In either case this was inappropriate and frankly demoralizing as the optics glaring in the face of witnesses is that #WhiteSupremacy reigns despite the guilty verdict. White supremacy is not just a social arrangement, it is a race-based faith.

Any self-respecting institution should seek to have its officers display impartiality especially in the execution of The Law. That embrace of the judge and the gentle touch of the officer will have consequences that will continue to support and prop up an already broken System. In the execution of this judgement the System seems to breed a Rat. No self respecting black person can ever embrace a Rat after catching it in its filthy hole.

Kwesi. © 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Quick thoughts on Jamaica

I recently read an article written by a blogger with the heading Jamaica…mad to rasa. Fr the benefit of my foreign readers RAAS is a Jamaican patois slang that is used to emphasize the seriousness of a situation. Here is the link to the article. Below is my response.
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Einstein once said – Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. As a returning resident I have witnessed Jamaicans becoming insular – well to do people cloak themselves in their own world with a sense of belonging, the not so well off constantly creating their own war amongst themselves, the church preaching to their own choir, the business people delivering service under heavy taxes, the tourist industry an insular institution unto itself and I can go on. You notice I left the Govt. out of the equation. I respectfully ask – What government? This country is a rudderless ship. I say all this to invoke that when we begin to restore Jamaica as a country of laws, a country of tolerance, a country that has a mission and goal , a country whose government believes that all Jamaicans are equal and that everyone must have the same opportunity to succeed, a country that supports entrepreneurship, until we as a country know who we are and what we stand for then Jamaica will continue to be a mad man walking in the wilderness of time, with her people behaving like savages.

Big boys playing cowboys and crook

 

A  verdict  was finally reached in the Apple-Samsung law suit on who took whose ‘patent’ and made billions from the copy. Apple is crying that Samsung used at least 10 patent in their phone and tablet technology and Samsung counter claiming that Apple stole one or two of theirs. Seems like 2 spoilt kids at each other’s throat and we the consumer is in the middle trying to keep these two from hitting each other . As parents we know all too well this scenario.

I for one appreciate and respect a patent and for a company that spends millions of dollars developing patent I can understand their hound dog attitude. However patent is also the symbol of the capitalist to extend their profits just like a child who started to use a play station first will have a fit when the other child takes it from him.

The situation becomes even more family orientated as both Apple and Samsung are ‘family’ in the tech business. One cannot do without the other. They sells products and parts to each other, They know each others product. So both Samsung and Apple are bedfellows, strange as it may be , and they both use technology to advance  their product base, resulting in making human kind a little better.

 

A design or idea that takes the world to another level should not be allowed to have a patent infinitum. I can think of many ideas that are earth moving and humankind astounding. Can you imagine a patent on the wheel that cars drive or the telephone that we use to communicate? Can Alexander Bell now sue both Apple and Samsung for ‘stealing’ his ‘patent’ or ‘idea’?  Hell no. Apple nor Samsung does not have exclusivity to human development .

The Iphone is not the saviour of humankind neither is the Ipad. Similarly Samsung doesn’t have it either. In the end it is us the consumer that decides who wins this case. It is us who has to tell these 2 companies to remember who make them who they are – not any patent but simply us, the consumer who buys these products because it makes our lives a bit easier. So go to the corner of the room both of you  and I don’t want to hear a peep out of you both!  The same way they spend millions trying to protect their product and patent they should spend it on simple customer service which both Apple and Samsung still do not have the patent on just yet .