Stand Your Ground, Malcolm and Me

Stand Your Ground, Malcolm and Me
Malcolm X

“… by any means necessary.”—(Malcolm X)


Its so much more than just a slogan on the back of a t-shirt. Its a proclamation of liberty and the reason why the stand your ground law empowers rather than threatens Afro Americans.

In the wake of the recent murder of another 17 year old Black male (Jordan Davis) in Florida the stand your ground law is once again under attack by the “miseducated Negro.” Following the murder of Treyvon Martin the miseducated Negros, through various media outlets and social networks, began their crusade to demonize the law by suggesting that the law somehow threatens the existence of Afro Americans in states that have adopted it but why? The author of the law, Sen Durell Peadon publicly announced that “He (Zimmerman) has no protection under my law..., When he said I’m following him, he lost his defense.”  A few days later then Gov. Jeb bush, who signed the bill making it the law, was quoted as saying  “This law does not apply to this particular circumstance,” ... “Stand your ground means stand your ground. It doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back.” So clearly the law was not intended to be used as a defense for murder by the George Zimmerman's and Michael Dunn's of Florida. So why is it under attack?

As I understand it the Sheriff, supported by the States Attorney in the Zimmerman case invoked or accepted the stand your ground defense on behalf of Zimmerman and it's the lawyer for the defense of Michael Dunn, the man accused of killing 17 year old Jordan Davis, that has chosen stand your ground as his defense. That being the case it would suggest that the real problem here is not the law but it's arbitrary, and even biased, interpretation by enforcement officials and unprincipled defense attorneys that should be the target of the attack. Jesse Jackson Sr. has chosen to use this as a platform to further his own political agenda. This is the same guy mind you that suggested marching on the gun manufacturers rather than the criminals misusing them. But how much more should we expect from these miseducated Negros?

There is a saying that goes, "there are no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests." It's been suggested that Marcus Garvey negotiated with the Klan to raise the funds he needed to accomplish his goal. Why wouldn't he? At that point in time the interest of the Klan aligned with what Marcus Garvey was trying to accomplish and they both wanted the same thing. We have to get beyond the thinking that suggest nothing good can come from the other side. Truth be told as human beings we all want and need the same things at various times and to varying degrees and sometimes those interests align toward a mutually beneficial end. If you follow your interests rather than your emotions they will lead you to your promised land.

As it regards stand your ground, it equips us with another means whereby which we can obtain our objective of safety and security in our communities and homes. When Brother Malcolm said "by any means necessary," that meant whatever options were available would be considered and potentially used to accomplish that end. We live in communities where murder, rape, and theft are rampant. We live in communities where the heroes of our children are felons, drug dealers, gang bangers and pimps. We live in communities that have become desensitized to violence and self hating goon music is the local anthem. We live in communities where our neighbors plot to take what we have and the code of criminals is accepted as normal. We have a right and a responsibility to defend ourselves and our homes from those who seek to deprive us of our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness locally, nationally or globally. Even if they look just like us.

Now that being said, if the problem is one of interpretation and application of stand your ground we have to attack it accordingly. Taking care not to injure our own self interest in the process. We've just come off the high of a hotly contested presidential election. You said you won, right? Now this is where you can put that win to use. How about calling on POTUS to order an investigation into the application and misuse of the stand your ground law from the Justice Department. That's not too much to ask from a lame duck politician you've overwhelmingly supported in two presidential elections, is it? As for me, Brother Malcolm said it best, “We declare our right on this earth to be men, to be human beings, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”


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