We are once again approaching that area where truth and racism collide and we grow farther apart as a society. As two families grieve the senseless loss of a young mother and father few words are written exposing the culture of drugs, violence and objectification now swept under the rug so African American pride can avoid responsibility for their collective future.
Javon Belcher was not a poorly educated urban black kid when he when he graduated from the University of Maine. By all reports, he was a model student graduating early with a degree in child development and family relations. Mr. Belcher had other vocational options, but chose football as a career path instead and who wouldn’t if given the same opportunity? Fame and 1.9 million dollars beats a social workers salary any day, right?
It is being suggested that Second Amendment freedoms played a role in Mr. Belcher’s impaired choice to commit homicide and then turn the gun on his self. Skillfully shaped arguments by professional sports journalists are attempting to blame a Constitutional right and/or head injuries for everything from domestic violence to parking lot rage. If it wasn’t so tragic, I would be tempted to laugh in the faces of these self-serving supporters of a culture that is indisputably responsible for the events of last weekend; a culture that molds young black men into thugs and treats firearms as a status symbol.
For the past twenty years, African American culture has wrapped their arms around a notorious side of human behavior. They have encouraged the marketing of inner city violence among their own communities through music lyrics and video game design. Killing cops, raping Ho’s and banging has becoming irreparably etched into the minds of young African American males. Call me racist, but I don’t allow this school of thought in my home although from time to time its ugly influence does rear its head when certain celebrities splash it across my living room.
From all reports, Mr. Belcher was raise by a hardworking single mom who pushed her son to succeed. With the help of American culture he overcame many obstacles to fulfill a desire to be educated and successful. So why does a University educated African American father choose to own a gun?
More than likely, because his culture, the African American culture, carries guns like they wear a Rolex or drive a Bentley: as a required symbol of success. Doubt me? Just ask former N.Y. Giant turned Pittsburgh Steeler, Plaxico Burress. The NFL star that today plays with a self-inflicted bullet hole in his leg and somehow managed to avoid the mandatory minimum three year state jail felony time a lesser known would have received for his gun crime. I didn’t hear much talk about his prior documented domestic violence problems when the media was covering his behavior, but then again he didn’t murder his girlfriend he just shot himself. So much for Jason Whitlock’s theories and lame attempts to hold all Americans responsible for gun violence in African American cultural circles.
Human insecurities can create many bad behaviors. Choosing to unlawfully carry and use a gun to solve any problem is more pervasive in African American culture than any other ethnic group in America.
Today, in certain neighborhoods, a child’s wardrobe selection can get them killed. Showing loyalty to your favorite professional sports team in public may inadvertently align you with a gang who hijacked certain colors to mark their territory. Possession of a new pair of coveted footwear can get you jacked and the person holding the gun in your face cares nothing about Second Amendment rights and constitutional guarantees. They just want you stuff and your dignity.
Before we turn gun ownership into another muddled racial issue and further this ridiculous debate designed to grow liberal guilt and create another false white male culprit, let us all examine the cause before recommending a cure. African American culture is responsible for the new modern obstacles faced by black families, not constitutional rights.
Here is an observation from this Second Amendment advocate: Treating women and children as door mats and obstacles to personal freedom instead of blessings deserving your protection is a flaw in today’s African American culture. Likewise, guns are not jewelry and irresponsible gun ownership doesn’t make your manliness larger, it just adds years to your prison sentence. Good luck sorting this one out.