We killed him for “the fun of it”//Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech
~~~By Frosty Wooldridge~~~
This past Tuesday night, I sat in my chair watching NBC’s Lester Holt report on two black kids, 15 and 16, along with a bi-racial kid shoot and kill a 22 year old Australian college kid on a training run past their house in Duncan, Oklahoma.
When asked why they did it. They responded, “For the fun of it.”
The news reported, “Twenty-two-year-old Chris Lane of Melbourne, Australia, was killed for no reason while out running in the town of Duncan, Oklahoma. Police arrested Chancey Luna, 16, James Edwards, 15 and Michael Jones, 17, on first degree murder charges.”
Duncan Police Chief Dan Ford said the boys gave the simplest of motives, “Overcoming a boring end to their summer vacation.”
The 16 year-old Luna said they were bored and killed Lane for "the fun of it."
"Violence against women is pervasive throughout the United States. One in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. On average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner."~ National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse or girlfriend to three million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend annually.
According to a study conducted by the , between 1976 and 2011 there were 279,384 black murder victims, which means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks, resulting in the 94 percent figure. While blacks make-up only 13 percent of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims.
So what’s the source of the problem? As Publius notes, “The problem is not among the black population as a whole; rather, it is due to a “small sub-culture that glorifies violence and lives and dies by the gun.” It is the gang culture, characterized by widespread criminality, tribalistic warfare, through-the-roof unemployment, extremely high rates of out-of-wedlock births (72.1 percent among blacks in 2010), widespread welfare dependency, and nihilistic art typified by “gangster rap.”
Black on White killings in America
· In 2011, of the 12,664 murder victims in America, 50% were Black and 46% were white.
· In 2011, 52% of the offenders in these murders were Black and 45% were white.
· One other stat: 90% of perpetrators were men.
White on Black killings in America
Intra-racial violence holds for whites. Eight-three percent of white murders in 2011 were within-race killings. This data tells us that murder, for the most part, in America does not come from racial hatred. Most killers kill within their race.
Suicide Among the Young in America
· Among persons aged 15 to 24, suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death in America. About 18 teens kill themselves daily or one Columbine High School rampage 24/7.
· In 2000, over three million youth seriously considered suicide in the USA and over one million attempted suicides. That equates to over 2,700 attempts daily or two attempts every 60 seconds.
As a nation, as a civilization, as a culture and as a multicultural society—we desperately need leadership that focuses on funding for thorough and successful education for whites, blacks, browns and all other children. We need to create jobs for our teens to give them worth, financial energy and moral direction. We need to stop the 71 percent of out-of-wedlock birth rates for African-Americans and white Americans if we hope to bring any kind of reasonable male-female balance to the rearing of our children.
As it stands, those children face being brought up as savages rather than human beings. Right now, two black kids and a bi-racial kid face the rest of their lives behind bars. Right now, an entire community in Australia faces life without their outstanding son who trusted America enough to come and play baseball.
As a culture, and a country, America needs to stop wasting money, military and brute power in hundreds of countries around the world. We need to elect representatives who focus on making our country a place where teens grow up with ethics, morals, direction, homes, jobs and purpose—to live a fruitful and positive life. As it stands today with those three kids and hundreds of thousands like them, the violence toward women, the suicides and the crime rates—we fail miserably.
I think I am going to have a sickening gut ache for a very long time.
Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech
By Frosty Wooldridge
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, I lived in Albany, Georgia with my U.S. Marine Corps father at the Marine Corps Supply Center. I can’t remember which dates, but King spoke in Albany.
Having been integrated all my life as a service brat, I didn’t think segregation made any sense. To this day, I enjoy African-American friends, Hispanic friends and several other friends of different races. I taught school in the inner city for two years and I attend a church in Denver with many races represented. I continue to teach as a 23 year volunteer at the National Sports Center for the Disabled where I teach all races, creeds and colors—how to ski.
To this day, King’s “I have a dream” speech continues to inspire. However, it didn’t change America at that moment. It took armed National Guard troops to push for blacks to attend colleges in Alabama and Mississippi. It took bussing to bring blacks into white schools and whites into black schools.
Still, age old racism, which still continues around the world in China, Japan, Africa, Mexico, South America, Europe, Canada and many, many other countries—maintains a vice-like grip on most civilizations. Unfortunately, in my world travels, I discovered that it remains biological and tribal. Virtually all races practice racism to some degree or other. At some point, all races must come to respect one another’s right to live a decent life on this planet.
At my Dougherty High School, Albany, Georgia, where it once sustained mostly white students, in 2013, African-Americans dominate the school nearly 100 percent. Whites attend private schools and/or they moved to other towns. My own younger brother John suffered so much physical and verbal abuse at school for his excellence in the classroom that my mother moved him to a private school so he wouldn’t get beat up every day or shaken down for his lunch money. Racism reversed itself to make whites at Dougherty High School the same victims that blacks once experienced. My brother graduated as Salutatorian and Star Student of his class at Dawson Private High School.
March 7, 1965, Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama: that freedom march started on "Bloody Sunday," when 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with Billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma. Two days later on March 9, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a "symbolic" march to the bridge. Then civil rights leaders sought court protection for a third, full-scale march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery.
In 2012, I rode my bicycle across the United States from San Francisco, California to Savannah, Georgia. I pedaled the entire march route and stayed at one of the campgrounds. Tremendous history of which I participated by virtue of my dad’s military duty station!
This past weekend, over 100,000 Americans honored King at the Lincoln Memorial. I’ve actually stood where King made his speech on the steps of the memorial.
Since 1965, Blacks enjoyed the Voting Rights Bill passed. They enjoyed Affirmative Action that places them ahead of the line as to jobs over whites and they enjoy quotas for jobs over whites. The Great Society from 1965 spent over $1 trillion of American taxpayer dollars to give Blacks a leg up into the Middle Class. They enjoy massive food stamp, Aid to Dependent Children, and assisted housing welfare. They enjoy college scholarships. They enjoy the Black Caucus in Congress, Black Entertainment Television; they dominate much of professional sports, unlimited access to education and much more.
But in 2013, a huge percentage of Black America suffers horrific crime, illiteracy, cyclical poverty, 71 percent out-of-wedlock births, 68 percent of children growing up with only their mother, 30 to 40 percent joblessness, accelerating drug use, hopelessness and high school dropout/flunkout rates from 50 to 76 percent in places like Detroit, Michigan. (Source: Brian Williams, NBC News) They participate in endless drug distribution in cities across America, shop lifting, rapes and murders so much so that nearly half of all the 2.3 million male prisoners in America’s correctional facilities end up being African-Americans.
Even in my own town of Denver, our famous black Broncos linebacker Von Miller, a man who makes $7 million annually, spent four years in college, with all the perks of a superstar, delved into drugs even in the face of certain testing and suspension—but got caught and the NFL commissioner suspended him for six games into the season. How could he be THAT stupid? Why?
Additionally, in places like Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, New York City and other big cities, “Black Flash Mobs” run around attacking and killing white people. Two blacks in Oklahoma killed an Australian college kid named Chris Lane last week because they were bored with the end of summer vacation and they killed him as they said, “For the fun of it.”
While millions of blacks screamed about Trayvon Martin’s death at the hands of Latino George Zimmerman, a full 1,300 blacks suffered death at the hands of another 1,300 blacks between Martin’s death and Zimmerman’s trial. None of those black demonstrators whispered a word at the killing of one white boy by two “bored” black kids in Oklahoma.
At some point, Black America, given incredible benefits of freedom, money, jobs, schooling, Affirmative Action, Aid to Dependent Children, free breakfast and lunches for their children and a plethora of advantages—needs to take personal accountability and personal responsibility for living, educating and participating in the American Way of Life. Few other countries on Earth give black people and all other races SO MUCH advantage to succeed.
Black leaders need to take action at every level. In the end, education stands as the ultimate and only key for a positive future for Black America.
1. Mandate supervised public education for every Black child until graduation from high school. All male prep schools from K-12. All female prep schools from K-12. Mandate parent-teacher education to educate parents as to responsibilities and how to raise responsible kids who choose to succeed in school by investing in class work, homework and school activities.
2. Mandate job training throughout high school. Test and discovered each child’s talents, skills and/or limitations intellectually and move them into a job that suits their particular talents. Follow up with counselors, advisors and supervisors. Keep those kids on the path toward success.
3. We must stop paying minority women to birth as many kids as they can to gain money. We need to monitor the EBT cards (Electronic Benefit Transfer) that give free money without responsibility.
4. We need to move welfare to workfare. We cannot hope that Black America will ever pull out of its cyclical welfare, poverty and illiteracy if “given” a free ride. Black America has come to expect a free ride. They cannot continue and American working taxpayers cannot afford to keep paying the bills.
5. Better to build a contributing human being from K-12 than deal with the disaster now manifesting throughout too much of Black America.