The Blackman’s Story: Part Two


The Black mans Story: Part Two


“The Central Park Five”


In 2012 Sarah Burns and her husband David Mc Mahon released a documentary “The Central Park Five”. The content of this film focuses on racism in the media and how being black can be a strong factor for public opinion. Often one is judged guilty before proven innocent based on one’s skin color and gender. According to The New York Times, the attacks on the Central Park jogger and others in the park on April 19, 1989 were “the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s.”

An important aspect of this case is that all five of the accused confessed to a number of crimes that had been committed that night, but none admitted to raping the jogger. However, four out of the five confessed to being an accomplice to rape…

They retracted their statement of guilt claiming that they had been intimidated, lied to and coerced into making false confessions.

Needless to say

They were convinced of most charges based on discrimination the case was headed by a malicious prosecutor. In 2003 the five convicted juveniles sued New York City for emotional distress caused by years of wrongful imprisonment.


In Plain Sight

Eric Garner

Surrounded by a sea of white officers and outnumbered, on July 17, 2014 Eric Garner was taken down by Officer Daniel Pantaleo in an illegal choke hold prohibited by the New York City Police Department.

“I can’t Breathe”

While lying face down on the sidewalk four officers restrained Garner, and he repeated “I can’t Breathe” eleven times. He lay unconscious on the side-walk surrounded by officers who did nothing to assist him. In addition, upon arrival on the scene the EMT failed to carry out their duties because it was their judgement that Garner was still breathing.

A Death Sentence

The medical examiners final report on cause of death: the result of a choke hold compression of the neck, compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restrained by police.

The outcome: nevertheless there was no indictment of officer Pantaleo.

Being a black male seems to be reasonable cause for white officers to intimidate, harass, humiliate and arrest. Case in point, Officer Daniel Pantaleo is the subject of two civil rights suits. Pantaleo is accused of falsely arresting two black men in 2013 and order them to strip naked on the streets for a search. Police all over the country feel entitled to routinely stereotype and discriminate against Black men. They have been accused of being insensitive and too quick to use militarized tactics in response when dealing with the black communities.

There is no end in sight. Since the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo, 76 men and women of color were killed while in police custody. As long as injustice prevails against people of color… acting peacefully is impossible-we must continue to rise up.

What Say You?


Peace, Tolerance or Justice


Chants at corner of 5th and Pike St during the Black Lives Matter protest, in Seattle, WA, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.  (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Chants at corner of 5th and Pike St during the Black Lives Matter protest, in Seattle, WA, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.
(Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Dear Readers,

Across the country much is being said about the wave of police shootings. Protesters are taking to the streets, and city leaders are asking for patients, peace, tolerance and unity. Yet, the violence against black men continues, and rascal tension persist between white officers in the African-American communities. While addressing an audience at St. Patrick Cathedral, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, ” We’re far, far from perfect but we’ve come a long way.” I say, ” We are moving back wards.”

They say, ” Black Lives Matter.” I say, ” All life Matter”

In the words of Rodney King, a black male who was violently beaten by L. A. officers in 1992, at a press conference he asked, ” Can we all get along? Can we stop making it horrible for the older people and kids?… It’s just not right. We are all stuck here for a while. Lets try to work it out.”

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The Black Man’s Story: Nothing Has Changed

Part 1-Then

“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” These words uttered by Johnnie Cochran in the Simpson trial, referring to a piece of evidence that a white officer purposely planted in order to trap Simpson. The Black man’s fight for equal recognition under an unjust judicial system is a long and deplorable history. In addition, in total violation of a black man human rights is the decision that “A black man has no rights a white man is bound to respect”, as stated by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney in the Scott V. Sanford case (1857).

In each case of white mans’ justice, and black man’s denial people of color took to the streets in protest for justice.

In 1997, Officer Justin Volpe sodomized Abner Louima with a broomstick. This assault on a Black man led to “A Day of Outrage” march headed by Rev. Al Sharpton. At that time I was a freelance reporter for Street News, here is an account of what I witnessed.


The black community was once again out-raged by the crimes that were committed by the NYPD against Abner Louima. Like so many people of color, I missed other rallies always intending to go but could never find myself there.

No one could seem to fathom what happened to Abner Louima. What I can tell you is that August 29, 1997 was not a day of outrage. The real day of outrage was when Abner Louima was arrested and brutally violated. This was a day that changed his life.

The marchers were young, old, white, Black, Spanish and Asian. This was a day for strength, love and unity. A day to rise up to cry out and to allow Abner Louima’s voice to be heard through the masses.

While we were walking I heard a voice from the crowd shout, “We are a powerful, peaceful, God-loving and God-fearing people. We shall continue to march again and again until the unjust white walls of Jericho come tumbling down. There were many people carrying signs. One of them read “Volpe admitted murder” Another said, “Justice time no Bargain, “and “Dishonest cops make dishonest arrest.”

Another Case of Justice gone wrong.

In 1989 they were called the” Juvenile five, 4 black males and one of Latin decent, and were accused of assault, robbery, riot, rape and the attempted murder, of a white female jogger in Central Park. They are now known as the Central Park Five.


To be continued….

In Her Absence.


Dear Readers,

I write to you with a heavy heart.

Today, I grieve, but I shall not mourn, yet, another sibling gone. She led me to know great literature, and her smile shan’t fade. I will dine on her favorite meal, Mac and Cheese, with stewed black-eyed peas. To her I lift my glass cheers, peace at last. She lived her life with laughter and wit, these things I will never forget.

My sister Alisa Floyd Lambert

For you were made from dust, and dust you will return~Genesis 3:19

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Will the real home wrecker, please stand up.

Greeting from the mad Dater,

It has  been a while since I’ve updated my readers about my journey to find the one that is just right for me. In my quest for my soul mate mostly online, I’ve learned some do’s and don’ts for online dating. One requirements should be that the people posting  profiles should not be married.

How you ask me have I come to this conclusion? Well,  here is a part of a confession printed in a magazine about a married man and his heavy phone sex activities,and the advice that was given to the person feeling guilty.

Confessor: I don’t feel guilty about having phone sex with a married man. Should I?

The Adviser: ….. In a perfect world, no one would hook up with taken or married people, but I’m also sick of seeing women labeled as ” the other women and ” home wrecker” when they’re not the ones who looked a human they’re suppose to love in the eyes and pledged fidelity. Ultimately , the married dude should be feeling guilty, and this is his cross to bear.

oops. I went over my promised 100 word.

What Say You?



A Hand shake or a Hug?

Dear readers,

It’s shameful that we live in a society where physical contact such as, a handshake or a meaningful hug is fading. Nowadays, people are formal and considered not to offend anyone least they cry sexual harassment. When I was growing up, my teachers hugged me when I was feeling sad, for performing well in school, before leaving on summer break, and to welcome me back to a new school year.

Now, assumptions are when teachers are observed hugging their students; or if two men hug, instead of shaking hands. Young ladies are warned not to get too close to a man when hugging him; and that men should wait until a women offers her hand before he extend his hand for a handshake.

There are guide lines for handshakes, for example, a firm handshake is significant, or if a person doesn’t extend  their hand, this is considered an offensive gesture. In some cultures fathers don’t hug their sons. Mature children push away their parents when they attempt to hug them. Elderly people don’t receive as many hugs as they should.

Hugs between intimate couples have become routine and lack true emotional value. Some people hug their pets with more tenderness than they do humans. We are getting further away from staying connected physically because we over look the small important gestures like, holding hands, hugs, or a smile. Yet, we will text or email an emoji  to express how we feel.



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Saying less to say More

Dear readers,

Its turning out to be a hot summer thus far,and I am getting ready for the release of my first book ” The Waiting Game” (my writing name J. R. Floyd available on Amazon). You can read a chapter from my book by clicking on the category chapters from my book.



Anyway, I’ve decided to keep my posting, rants and ideas to 100 words, leaving more time for book signings, the beach, sitting pool side, and outdoor concerts.

Stay tune……….

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What Say You?

Greetings readers,

I am back, did  you enjoyed your Independence day celebration?….Speaking of Independence

Some people  say, times have changed. I say, people have changed.

Flashback… to the days when wives stayed at home while husbands worked to support their families.

Moving forward to the birth of the women’s movement and feminist ideology causing women to leave their homes, and join the work force. However, women are still expected to come home and perform their domestic duties.  Most of the women I spoke to about women working outside of the home, said they felt that ” society and their families are punishing them for wanting to be recognized for more them just a stay at home house wife.”

The punishment these women are referring to is the labels given to “women who want have it all. They are called Superwoman or Ms. Independent, High maintain, and because they have a job, they don’t need a man. Women in the work force are belittled and told that they are trying to compete with men. So, chivalry is dead, because women raised their voices and want to have a say, instead of being dictated to by a cultural belief that “a women’s place is in the home.”

Back to the matter of women who feel they are being punished for wanting to earn a pay check, obtain an education and explore their creative abilities. Husbands are demanding that their wives  give of their earnings and contribute to the household expenses; as away of a wife ” doing her part.”

When referring to the financial situation in a relationship, I hear this phrase ” Whats mine is mine and whats hers is hers.” Gone are the days of what we earn is ours. Husbands are hiding money, wives have to conceal the fact that they have back account.  This why I say, people have changed.


What say you?




Marriage Advice from 1886

Dears readers,

Let your love be stronger than your hate.

Learn the wisdom of compromise for it is better to bend a little than to break.

Believe the best rather then the worst.

People have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them.

Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship. The person you choose to marry is deserving of the courtesies kindnesses you bestow on your friends.

Please hand this down to your children and your children’s children: The more things change the more they are the same.


Jane Wells ( 1886)

Submitted by Carol Abbs