UNPARALELLED UNCOMPROMISED UNFORGIVEN UNSUNG
INSIDE SPORTS SCORE BOARD
WIZARDS TURN TABLES ON NETS BOUNCE BACK TO WIN 99-90
Guard Bradley Beal led 6 players in double figures with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assist.
Team basketball was the key to victory. There were 6 players scored in double figures led by center Marcin Gortar. He had 10 points and a season-high 16 rebounds as Wizards outrebounded the Nets, 49-38. Nene outmuscled Net defenders and finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Bradley Beal added 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and John Wall contributed 11 points, six assists and six rebounds.
THE WAY WE WHERE: HELLO TO AN OLD FRIEND!
DC Legendary playground, Notre Dame and NBA basketball great Austin Carr surprises his former high school coach Paul Furlong. Carr a native Washingtonian visits his former Mackin High School basketball coach Paul Furlong. Furlong now resides in a nursing home in New Jersey and had not seen his prize pupil in 47 years. Austin is the television analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers and he was traveling with the team for a game with the New York Knicks. He had some down time and made the trip to New Jersey for a long overdue visit.
HOORAY FOR OHIO STATE:
QB CARDALE JONES MAKES DECISION TO STAY IN SCHOOL!
The first ever Super Bowl Championship of college football was won by underdog Ohio State 42-20. That is just a portion of the story, the game was won with a 3rd string QB by the name of Cardale Jones. He replaced a two time player of the year and a Heisman Trophy candidate. Talking about stepping up to the plate in that is an understatement. In three straight outings Ohio State routed Wisconsin for the Big Ten Conference Championship 59-0. He completed 12-of-17 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Up next was Coach Lou Saban and the Alabama Crimson tide in the Sugar Bowl for the right to face No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks. No problem, he completed 18 passes in 35 attempts for 243 yards, one touchdown, one interception and he ran for 43 yards for a 42-35 win. He saved the best for last, the Oregon Ducks. In the 42-20 win over Oregon the Buckeyes spotted the Ducks 4 lost fumbles and it was still no-contest. Cardale completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards, one touchdown, he ran for one touchdown and one interception. He is 22 years old stands 6'5 and weighs 250 pounds. He is an NFL dream project with an arm only an NFL coach could dream. But it looks and sounds like the NFL will have to wait. He made the decision there is more to life then football.
OHIO STATE WINS FIRST SUPER BOWL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL OUTCLASS NO. 1 OREGON 42-20
WOODY HAYES, ARCHIE GRIFFIN, CORNELIUS GREEN, LENNY WILLIS, WOODROW ROACH THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!
OHIO STATE: THE WAY WE WERE 1976 IN WASHINGTON, DC
Photo No. 1 Coach Woody Hayes, Cornelius Green, Woodrow Roach, Archie Griffin, Lenny Willis and HB
Photo No. 2 Coach Hayes, HB, Lenny Willis and Jim Vance.
AFC NFL PLAY-OFFS
*NE PATRIOTS OUTCLASS COLTS 42-7
NFC NFL PLAY-OFFS
*SEATTLE MIRACLE OT COMEBACK SENT PACKERS HOME
SUPER BOWL / SEATTLE VS NE PATRIOTS
SONY'S RACIAL PROFILE ON DENZEL WASHINGTON WAS NOT RACIST: THE PRODUCER'S ASSESSMENT WAS WRONG BUT HE WAS ONLY PROTECTING HIS BOTTOM LINE!
An unknown producer send an e-mail to Sony CEO warning him not to star black actors like Denzel Washington in lead roles because their pictures are flops overseas. Denzel's latest movie "The Equalizer" gross 191 million dollars with almost half of it coming from overseas!
PAT MURPHY THE GODFATHER OF COMMUNITY POLICING IN AMERICA: PAT WHERE ARE YOU WHEN WE NEED YOU!
ACTOR SAM JACKSON PUTS HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS ON VIDEO "RACIST COPS IN AMERICA!"
"I CAN HEAR MY NEIGHBOR CRYING, I CAN'T BREATHE. CALLING OUT THE VIOLENCE OF THE RACIST POLICE. NOW I AM IN THE STRUGGLE I CAN'T LEAVE. WE AIN'T GONNA STOP UNTIL PEOPLE ARE FREE."
JAMES R. SPENCER:
HERE COMES THE JUDGE IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
HE PROVES IT WILL NEVE BE BEYOND THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN!
Page 1 headline story in the Washington Post on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 read, "A Federal judge sentenced former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell to two years in prison Tuesday--an unexpectedly lenient punishment for a man who was convicted of selling the influence of his office to a wealthy benefactor for sweetheart loans, luxury vacations and even a Rolex watch. Unless his case is overturned on appeal, McDonnell (R), who was once mentioned as a presidential contender, will become the first Virginia governor to go to prison."
Judge James R. Spencer was the presiding judge in the historical trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell was facing felony charges stemming from his misuse of office. He and his wife accepted bribes from a Virginia businessman Jonnie R. Williams a wealthy dietary supplement company executive. The loans totaled $177, 000 (depending on who was counting). Spencer sentenced McDonnell to 2 years, something is wrong with this picture.
"Here Comes the Judge" took on a whole new meaning in Richmond, Virginia on January 6, 2015. It was Comedian Pigmeat Markam who coined the phrase 'Here comes the Judge.' He used it in his comedy routine in the 50s, 60s and 70s. U. S. Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall, DC Superior Court Judge Luke C. Moore and the late "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry must have all turned over in their graves when they heard the sentence.
In the meantime, in Williamsburg, Virginia a black man was recently arrested after stealing 3 pairs of sunglasses. The store got its merchandise back. The man was convicted in a Circuit Court (state) and he is now awaiting a sentence of up to 20 years for the theft of 3 pairs of sunglasses.
When Judges Cared:
L-R Luke C. Moore and Larry Wright (NBA), Eugene Hamilton and Adrian Dantley (NBA), Harry Alexander and Kermit Washington (NBA), Luke, HB and HB, Ted Newman, Harry T, Larry Brown (NFL) and Hamilton, Luke, HB, Roy Jefferson (NFL) Ted Newman, Henry Kennedy, Jr.
I first met The Honorable Rev. Judge R. Spencer in 1990 at The First Baptist Church of Arlington, Virginia. He was the pulpit guest speaker. His sermon, "Role Models and Heroes." This sermon came shortly after Marion was caught on tape smoking crack cocaine in a DC hotel room with a former girl friend. Much like the game of Monopoly, Marion went straight to jail. The sermon was one of the most powerful and inspiring I have ever heard coming out of a pulpit.
One weekend in 1991 while I was in Richmond attending the annual CIAA Basketball Tournament, I decided to take Rev. Spencer up on his invitation to have lunch and a game of tennis. He was also a competitor on the tennis court. I kept the game close like most competitive athletes I didn't want to bruise his ego so I won the only set we played 7-5. He walked away saying, "I will get you next time." I loved his dialogue during our lunch on what it meant to be a black man in America and the obstacles that lay ahead for us.
These two encounters left me totally confused and disappointed by the slap on the wrist he gave Gov. McDonnell. If you are asking the question "Why are you so confused?" First, the prosecutors recommended jail time of 10 to 12 years and I find it very puzzling how Judge Spencer's math and sentencing guild lines equaled 2 years?
Especially, after I had heard his "Brim and Fire Stone" sermon as it related to 'Heroes and Role Models.' My meeting with him the following year in Richmond convinced me he was the real deal.
When I heard that he was the presiding judge (a media best kept secret) I was convinced that Gov. McDonnell would serve at least 3-5 years. In my community there is an old saying, "If you cannot do the time don't do the crime." Evidently, Judge Spencer and I grew up on different sides of the tracks. I am sure you will also be confused once you hear his sermon in Arlington in 1990 (see link below).
Judge Spencer is not the only black Federal Judge I have seen and broken bread with Up Close and Personal. My former friend and associate Alex Williams a U. S. Federal Judge is another who forgot who he is and where he came from. His home base before he retired was the U. S. Federal Court in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Former Federal Judge Alex Williams (ret.) and H Bell at Kids In Trouble, Inc Youth Violence Forum back in the day. Alex standing at the piano 2nd from the right after accepting the Kids In Trouble, Inc Life Achievement Award.
Alex is another benefactor of Inside Sports and Kids In Trouble, Inc. and then there is former Judge William Missouri. He was the Chief Administrate Judge of the Upper Marlboro Courthouse in the 80s and 90s. He and I attended Spingarn High School and grew up in NE DC. He was known as "The Hanging Judge" in the black community in Prince Georges County. If you were black and appeared in his courtroom your goose was cooked. The two judges have served as panelist for several of my conferences on Youth Violence. Williams’ mentor was Judge Moore and Missouri worked at the U. S. Post office with Luke but the similarities end there. This is a sad commentary when you see black men who have become successful in the criminal justice system where they can make a difference. But suddenly have forget what it was once like to be black in America.
Today a Black man or woman who has to face a judge in Prince George’s County or in the DC Superior Court and the same probably holds true in Richmond, Virginia has the deck stacked against them. Every courtroom in America has a joker in a Black Robe and in Black Face.
Black faces may be out front in the Upper Marlboro, DC and Richmond courtrooms but there is a hint of who is in charge, the KKK aka the “Tea Party” still runs the court system in America.
How can we forget the law enforcement person or persons who murdered the black youth Ronnie White in his jail cell in Upper Marlboro in Prince Georges County, Maryland in 2008? This all happened on the watch of a Black State's Attorney, a Black Chief of Police and a Black Federal Judge? White was charged with murder for fleeing the scene in a stolen car and the hit and run death of a Prince Georges County police officer. He was being held in the Prince Georges County Upper Marlboro jail waiting for his day in court when he was found hung by his neck in his protected jail cell. This sounds like a scene out of a Mississippi jail or some backwoods city in the deep in the south in the early 1900s. But no this happen in the shadows of the Nation's Capitol in 2008.
It is now 6 years later and the FBI and the Justice Department on Civil Rights violations have not found the guilty party or guilty parties responsible for this hideous crime. But they have found a "Fall Guy and Scapegoat" in a black jail guard, Anthony McIntosh.
McIntosh was 48 years old at the time White was found hung in his jail cell on his watch. And according to the Washington Post in a published story written February 1, 2013, "McIntosh was charged with deprivation of rights under color of law, a civil rights violation, in connection with White’s death at the County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro.
McIntosh allegedly found White unresponsive and didn’t get him the proper care, the Justice Department said in a news release.
According to the Washington Post, "Ronnie White was found in his cell ASPHYXIATED (hung by his neck). The newspaper was hoping by using the word asphyxiated many black folks would not have a clue to how the young man died.
It has often been said "If you want to hide something from a black person put it in a book." Their thinking, a dictionary was out of the question or reading the Washington Post.
What is the difference in the 1955 lynching of 14 year old Emit Till in Mississippi and the 2008 lynching of 24 year old Ronnie White in a Prince George's County jail cell? Only the dates and ages have changed the color remains the same. Sixty-six years later blacks are still talking about marching? The new updated lynching in America--being killed by a white cop while walking or driving black and unarmed.
McIntosh was also charged with covering up his role in White’s death. He falsified an incident report and witness statement, according to the Justice Department.
The other charges include, two counts of destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation.
McIntosh faced life in prison for the civil rights offense, authorities said, and further prison time for the others."
On June 2, 2013 Justice & Just-Us raised its ugly head in another American courtroom------Greenbelt, Md.
Let me fast forward to an old friend and associate the presiding judge, U. S. District Court Judge Alex Williams Jr. I would like to focus on his comments during the sentencing of McIntosh. He said, "It remains unclear whether Ronnie White was murdered or took his own life."
My question, where is the video that was suppose be on and running in facilities like these---suddenly Big Brother is no longer watching? First, White's death was correctly ruled a homicide. Later “The Good Old Boys” got their heads together and convinced the coroner to change his mind to say it also could have been suicide!
I had to take a deep breath and my heart sunk after reading Alex's statement. The Alex Williams I once knew knows better, but I am willing to conceive this is not the same Alex Williams I once knew (a member of the Board of Directors of Kids In Trouble, Inc). He used my Inside Sports radio talk show to campaign for office.
I have to agree with the legendary neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson when he spoke several years ago at a National Prayer Breakfast with President Barack Obama in attendance, he said "Whatever happen to common sense?" I would like to ask Judge Alex Williams the exact same question.
During the trial the jail guard McIntosh spoke for the first time on the White hanging. He said, "I often think of how I should have done things differently, I should have been honest...no excuses." He left little doubt he was a part of the conspiracy in the murder of Ronnie White.
Alex tried to clean up his act later when he said, "In a county with a long history of corruption, your awful lie did broader damage, furthering a perception that there is cause for residents to be distrustful of authorities. “Law enforcement officers and correctional officers are the glue that holds society together. What has happened here is this lie. . . has inflamed and fueled the skepticism of the public that something fishy took place.”
Alex, too late the damage has already been done.
My Interpretation of McIntosh's response to Judge Williams; “With this payout I can do 2 years standing on my head.” Checkout his release in 2015 and follow the Yellow Brick Road to a life of leisure and comfort.
White’s family members to their credit used the courtroom to go further, White’s mother and stepfather said in court that they did not accept the explanation that White committed suicide. Lonnie Gray, White’s stepfather, said, "I think the county police killed Ronnie." He called McIntosh a “scapegoat” in a larger conspiracy.
Alex countered with, "I cannot blame Mr. Gray for the accusation."
“The father, the family, is expressing the view that is out there that something occurred that has never been resolved." He added, 'I not sure. No one clearly knows whether the death was a suicide or a homicide.'
Alex sounds like the Trayvon Martin jury "The killer was only standing his ground."
The family has been paid off, McIntosh was paid off and Alex??? This is a very scary situation for Prince Georges County residents in 2015 and beyond. The county has fast become a "Police State." Alex and his neighbors don’t have to live in fear so far, but it is coming to his neighborhood sooner than he thinks.
According to the Justice Department the Ronnie White case is now closed and they will not look any further for his murders. When is a murder case ever closed, what ever happen to "The Cold Case File?"
Add to Alex's slap on the wrist to McIntosh, this now means that Prince Georges County residents are playing Russian roulette with their lives every time they leave home. You will never know when the next Prince Georges County cop car pulls you over and behind the wheel, sits one of Ronnie White's killers.
There are police officers in PG County who will say that Ronnie White was murdered, but only off the record.
My brother Earl and I talked about this case before he died and he said, "The cops hung that brother." As we read the outcome and verdict in the Washington Post, he said 'What did you expect?' I expected better because my friend Alex Williams was the judge on record---but what did I know and when did I not know it?
Remember, the Washington Post in an early report said, "McIntosh faces additional charges for the civil rights offense, and can get life in prison, authorities said." How did we get life in prison down to 2 years? Alex missed an opportunity to send a message to the Fraternal Order of Police and their kind but instead he went along to get along.
The same Justice and vigilante acts that have been a part of Prince Georges County for decades are still in play and now with black faces in leadership positions it has gotten worst instead of better (Plantation Mentality).
If you don't think the Plantation Mentality still exist, just ask Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and the residents living in the Nation's Capitol of Washington, DC. They still have no rights that a white man has to respect!
Clarence Thomas, Spencer, Williams and Missouri all benefited from the Civil Rights movement but it seems like they have forgotten.
The Prince George’s County Police Chief Melvin High retired during the murder investigation but re-surfaced as a candidate for the Prince Georges’ County Sheriff’s Office! He runs away from doing his job as the Chief of Police but is voted back into a similar job as Chief in the Sheriff's Office in the same county. His PR person Barbra Hamm saw what was happening, County Executive and his cronies were running the department. She left the department before total chaos erupted and went back home to Norfolk, Virginia. We cannot blame Chief High on white folks in what is now called the most affluent black county in the United States. Once again, "What ever happen to common sense?"
Glenn Ivey the State's Attorney didn't have a clue when he took the office. I met Ivey at a Minister's Prayer Breakfast shortly after I had written a column in the Washington Post questioning his and Chief High's investigation tactics and lack of involvement into youth violence at nearby Suitland High School. The school was then known as "The Black Board Jungle" of the school system.
Ivey took offense to my commentary but agreed to meet with me and other community advocates in his Upper Marlboro Office to discuss solutions. I invited members of the clergy, ex-law enforcement officers, ex-cons and other well known community advocates to the meeting. We tried to come up with some solutions to youth violence in our community. To make a long story short, the meeting was a waste of our time. Ivey had surrounded himself with a staff that was as clueless as himself---it was the blind leading the blind. There have been several senseless murders at Suitland High School since I last met with Glenn Ivey. He was a total disaster and has since retired but thanks to him and his kind the beat goes on. The violence continues in our schools and community.
Kids In Trouble,Inc. Youth Violence Conference in Washington, DC in 1995. Co-Chairs, Jim Brown (NFL) and Congressman Tom Davis (R-Vir). Gang members and crews from the east coast and as far away as the west coast were in attendance. Davis was just another politician looking for a photo opportunity with Jim Brown. After the forum Davis disappeared without a trace.
One of the reasons Justice has become so elusive and its Just-Us in America’s courtrooms, it is because the Black jurist sitting on the bench have forgotten who they are and where they came from. Judge James R. Spencer is just the latest. They are so busy trying to play fair but fail to realize that black folks are the only ones playing fair. The wake-up call should have been when the Supreme Court passed a bill saying, "Donors to political campaigns can give unlimited amounts of cash to their favorite politicians." Does that Supreme Court act sound like or spell F-A-I-R? How can that be fair when 1% of the country controls all the wealth and now they will continue to control the office of the President and the House and the Senate.
Before his appointment to the bench Judge Luke C. Moore was the first black since Reconstruction to head the U. S. Marshall Service (President Lyndon Baines Johnson). Shakespeare once said “Kill all the lawyers,” I now understand his shout out, but Judge Luke Moore and Thurgood Marshall were keepers.
Justice in most American courts and Grand Jury rooms still seem to lean in the direction of Just-Us when it comes to people of color. Most of the good lawyers/jurist I know are dead, Thurgood Marshall, Johnnie Cochran, Luke C. Moore, Harry T. Alexander, Kenneth Munday, Warren Copeland and Charlie Schultz. Mr. Schultz drowned in a swimming accident in Florida several years ago trying to save a child. He died trying to help someone else, which was reflective of his courtroom demeanor.
Despite Barack Obama residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as the country's first Black President racism is alive and well in America. The American Court system is still one of racism’s main thoroughfares. Black men are being jailed and murdered in record numbers. America houses more prisoners then anyone else in the world. Prisons are big business and are on the Wall Street stock market--men of color are it biggest commodity.
The latest outcry in police departments around this country of "Us Against Them" is ridiculous. Blaming New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for the death of 2 New York City police officers ambushed in their patrol car is a cope out. This is nothing but a smoke screen for the embedded racism found in departments across America. They are hiding behind a Code of Silence and The Blue Wall that protects crooked and corrupt cops.
Eric Holder the U. S. Attorney General was right on the one when he said, "We have become a country of cowards!"
I am out of a cop family, 2 of 3 of my brothers served. My older brother Bobby was a U. S. Marshall for 20 years and my younger brother Earl was a DC cop for 13 years before he became a victim of The Code of Silence! I have spent 50 years working in the inner-city with youth gangs and at-risk children and I have seen the Good, Bad and Ugly when it comes to law enforcement.
Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Raspberry examines Police Community Relations efforts in DC. He takes a look at the non-profit organization Kids In Trouble, Inc. in the Cardozo U Street corridor in the 60s and 70s. He found it was the police that strayed and not the community.
There are some good cops out there trying to do the right thing but they are outnumbered by the cowards and bullies. Cameras are just a part of the answer. They will only slow down the corrupt and crooked cops for a minute.
The answer, change the mentality of law enforcement, especially, Dave Clark the black Chief of the Wisconsin, Milwaukee Sheriff's Department. He is in need of a crash course not only in Black History but American History. I found his interview with CNN's Brooks Baldwin on Tuesday January 6, 2015 not only disturbing but also embarrassing and offensive.
In 1967 President Lyndon Johnson commissioned a panel to study racism in America. The panel's conclusion, "The country was headed in the direction of two Americas, one Black and one White."
In 2015 the Republicans and Democrats with a little help from the likes of David Clark have made that prediction a reality.
In 1970 I found the first ever half-way house established for juvenile delinquents on a military installation on Bolling Air Force Base in DC. Chief Judge Harold Green and Judges Harry T. Alexander and Luke C. Moore were in attendance to cut the ribbon for this historical moment. Judges putting their mouths where their money was, back in the community.
One of the most impressive things to me about the judges of the DC Superior Court back in the day was when they gave you their word, you could carry it to the bank.
Judges Moore and Alexander's community involvement attracted other judges, athletes and media personalities to encourage the growth of inner-city children .
This is a sad commentary because Black Judges like James Spencer and Alex Williams stand on the shoulders of men like Thurgood Marshall and Luke C. Moore. If I had to walk down a dark alley in one of the worst crime ridden sections of DC, it would be NE Trinidad. And I needed someone to protect my back and I had my choices Judges to select between, Spencer, Missouri, Williams and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. My choice would be Thomas. At least he has been honest and up front as it relates to his position on his racial preferences and his state of mind as it relates to racial progress in America . The others have played both sides of the fence, jumping to one side or the other when it enhanced their agendas. They have gone along to get along and that is the problem in our community--no one takes a stand for what is right.
Can you imagine what the black man sitting in that jail cell in Williamsburg is saying to himself while awaiting a sentence of up to 20 years for stealing 3 pairs of sunglasses? How about "Judge Spencer can you give a brother a little help?"
Pastor John Jenkins and First Baptist Church of Glenn Arden, Maryland are scheduled to have a Town Hall Meeting titled "Beyond the Color of Our Skin." They must be kidding, it is never going to be beyond the color of our skin in America--not in our life time. It is often said, "Justice is Blind" so is the leadership in our courtrooms Monday through Friday, in our Pulpits on Sunday mornings to the close of business on Capitol Hill on Sunday nights. The problem--we are still looking for love in all the wrong places.
Governor McDonnell will be home for the 2016 New Year but the black man sitting in a jail cell in Williamsburg facing 20 years has little hope of seeing a New Year anytime soon in the near future. The more things change the more they remain the same.
The link below is for the folks who are always asking "Why don't you get over it?"
The staff tried in vain to have his daughter to give them permission to administer a drug that would make him sleep much of the time—she said, “No.” I have been trying for 2 years for them to get him a new wheel chair. They claimed his insurance does not cover a new wheelchair.
In the meantime, they are taking his checks from his Army pension, checks from the DC Police Department, Social Security and Medicare benefits and claiming they cannot afford to buy him a wheelchair? Something is wrong with this picture.
When I was first introduced to “The Wound Doctor” Dr. Ernest Scroggins he was seeing my brother weekly and it has since changed to bi-weekly. My brother’s bed sores have taken a turn for the worst. It looks like they are rarely clean. Dr. Scroggins had to remind the Unit Manager Oloue and his assistant Mariann in my presence that the patient’s wounds needed to be clean regularly.
After his children had abandoned him in September 2012 I applied for Power of Attorney for his Health. This meant that with his permission I was to be notified on all health issues pertaining to him. The facility has not had a “Family Meeting” since October 2012 to update me on my brother’s progress or lack of progress on any of his health issues.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was when I attended “The First Family Meeting” since October 2012 with 3 witnesses. The meeting was held Wed February 6, 2013. For some reason his son Kenny was in the meeting (remember this date). I suspect they called him even though he gave them notice to never call him again. Their main objective was for him to counter-act any position I took or complain I made (divide and conquer).
It was in the meeting on February 6, 2013 we found out that they had my brother “Declared Incompetent” in October 2012?
The last ‘Family Meeting’ was in October 2012. This meant that no one from the Administration or staff had made me or his son and daughter aware that my brother and their father had been declared Incompetent. This leads me to believe that they had the paper work forged and backtracked to the October date to make my Power of Attorney void! This is criminal negligence.
The following Wednesday February 13, 2013 I returned to the hospital to see if the “Wound Doctor” Dr. Ernest Scroggins would be making his rounds (his visits have become like Russian roulette). The doctor made his way to my brother’s room at exactly 2:30 pm but could not examine him right away because his wounds had not been cleaned. The unit nurse Marriann followed the doctor into the room to clean his wounds. This was supposed to be done before the arrival of the doctor.
What I witness next made me sick to my stomach. The bandages removed by the nurse were filthy. The 2 open wounds on his buttocks were the size of quarters (I remember when they could hardly be seen). I watched as the nurse put her finger into one of his wounds and pulled out a piece of gauze. Dr. Scroggins asked “What was that” and response was ‘nothing!”
The open wounds if left open will surely become infected because his urine and feces will eventually find their way into the open spaces. Patuxent River is a dangerous place to live!
I knew this was a dangerous place for my brother but when they recently declared him incompetent made me realized how corrupt and dangerous they really are. It reminds me of the NRA and how they have the politicians in their pockets it looks like the nursing home industry may also maybe in the same politician’s pockets. Mr. President I have heard you and others say, “I am the President of all the people!” What about senior citizens?
I have contacted your Vice-President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and their only response has been e-mails asking for a monetary donation or soliciting some type of support against the Republican Party! I have written Rep. Steny Hoyer, Congressman Ben Cardin and Congresswoman Donna Edwards and there has been no response from neither??? Do you only care when we go to the polls to vote?
Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Steny Hoyer, U. S. Senator Ben Cardin
Anytime, the Nursing Home industry as reported in USA Today Newspaper offers cash incentives on top of the salaries already paid to nursing home staffs to treat the residents fairly---you know you really have a problem!
Mr. President I never dreamed in 2010 I would go from working with at-risk youth to fighting for at-risk seniors like my brother. We fought our way out of a single parent household in a NE housing project and pulled ourselves up by our boots with no straps. We did this without the baggage of drug addiction, police records and academic inferiority to be all that we could be! We didn’t earn our way through this Game Called Life for him or me to be mistreated and disrespected in the twilight of our lives. The Patuxent River Nursing Home mentality reminds me of what the Plantation Mentality must have been like in the 1800s. This nursing home experience reminds me of something right out of the Twilight Zone.
Mr. President, has integrity, honesty and fair play become a lost art among politicians in America.
I now think back to 1978 when I received an early morning phone call from my brother’s son saying that I needed to go to the SE Community Hospital right away. He was calling to tell me that his father had been in a bad automobile accident. My brother a DC cop was on his way to work and hit some “Black ice” and skidded into a 16 wheeler truck. The accident ended his 13 year police career.
Sgt. Earl K. Bell had been re-assigned and was headed to his new assignment when the accident occurred. His re-assignment was the result of him turning in 2 rogue DC Cops who were physically abusing prisoners in their jail cells on his watch. He first warned them to back off from the abuse. Despite his warnings they continued to abuse black prisoners only. When he turned to me for advice I told him to write them up and turn them into their superiors. His superiors tried to sweep the incident under the rug. He then turned the abusive cops into the U. S. Attorney’s Office.
The indicted officers Tommy Musgrove and his partner (ID unknown) were convicted but won on appeal 5 years later. Musgrove was given 5 years back pay and obtained the rank of Inspector before he retired, proving that crime does pay at least in the DC police department.
When I arrived at the SE Community Hospital the doctors told me they were not expecting him to live but they didn’t know “Bull Bell!” He was a former heavyweight boxing champion during his military stint in the U. S. Army he fought racism head on. He returned home to discover racism didn’t end when he left Germany.
Sgt. Bell (MP U. S. Army) Heavyweight boxing champion U. S. Army
In the meantime, my brother faced “The Code Blue and silent treatment” for turning in 2 ‘Rogue Cops.’ I met with two guys that I knew from the neighborhood to get an update on my brother’s status; they were Assistant Chiefs, Marty Tapscott and Ike Fullwood (soon to be named Chief). Marty ran for cover and Ike told me, “Harold, Bull is okay I got his back,” famous last words. Two months later Fullwood took my brother off the beat and assigned him to the Police & Fire Clinic it was payback time for Musgrove and the department. It was his first day on his new assignment when the accident occurred.
During my work in the streets and courthouses I encountered some good cops and some bad cops. One of the Good Cops was an FBI agent by the name of Wayne Davis. We had a common thread. We both were trying to save young black men. Wayne would later become the first black to head the Detroit Office of the FBI. He never forgot who he was and where he came from!
FBI Director Wayne Davis
DC Chief Burtell Jefferson (Good Cop) / DC Chief Ike Fullwood (Bad cop)
In the 70s my brother teamed up with me, DC Superior Court Judges, and pro athletes to help save at-risk youth from the mean streets of the Nation’s Capitol. My work as a Roving Leader (Youth Gang Unit) for the DC Recreation Department combined with my work with the Department of Defense and my non-profit organization Kids In Trouble means I have spend the last 4 decades working in the war zones of the inner-city which included the streets, alleys, playgrounds, schools, courtrooms and jail facilities in the Nation’s Capitol.
The late Judges Luke Moore & Gene Hamilton/(Redskins) Dave Robinson, Roy Jefferson, Harold McLinton, Dave Bing (NBA).
Judge Moore was appointed head of the U. S. Marshall Service by President Nixon. We walked arm and arm during the 1968 riots in the 14th Street NW corridor trying to save lives.
We tried to save at-risk children from gun violence. It was a hit and miss proposition much like you we could not be everywhere. In the 70s as a Presidential appointee working for the Department of defense (Domestic Actions) I found Bolling Youth Base.
Secretary of State William Rogers and President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office 1969 Strom Thurmond during his 95th birthday celebration.
The program was located on the Air Force Base at Bolling Field in the Nation’s Capitol. The facility housed juvenile delinquents from overcrowded DC facilities. The Youth Base was the first of its kind on a military installation in America.
Bolling Girl’s Base???
Yes I agree, Gabby Gifford, Newtown, Denver and Chicago school children should all have a vote, but so should the thousands of victims like my brother in nursing homes across America. They should also have a vote asking to abolish nursing home abuse. It will be easier to clean up these corrupt nursing homes then to wipe out gun violence in America, but both deserve your undivided attention.
Mr. President this is one of those times when silence is not “Golden.” This is definitely not the America we grew up in and definitely not the America we have known and loved. I was reminded of that fact this morning when I woke up to discover that a 15 year old child was found murdered on the streets in my community on Monday evening. He attended high school in walking distance of my residence and the church I worship is next door to his high school. There is a rumor that he was murdered over a pair of Timberlake boots.
It got worst a second 18 year old student from the same school was shot and killed on Tuesday evening making him the 6th student and on Wednesday his friend and former Suitland student died of his wounds. His death marked the 7th student to be murdered in the Prince Georges County School system this year. A third victim in less than 24 hours was shot and killed in a attemped robbery at a nearby gas station in the same community.
Mr. President as my day moved forwarded it took another turn for the worst. Kids In Trouble, Inc uses Black History Month to enlighten as many students as possible as it relates to our proud past. I often remind young people that our ancestors were Kings and Queens and not hoodlums and thugs as portrayed though the narrow eyes of the media.
We had coordinated a field trip to the Verizon Center and XM Sirrius Satellite Radio for honor students for the upcoming week. I was visiting one of our Middle Schools to confirm the outing. I walked in on a counselor who had a student in distress. The 12 year old child was threatening to commit suicide. I was blown away by this revelation. I have worked with at-risk for a long time and I don’t ever remember a child I have worked with threaten to commit suicide. I have had several threaten to kill me but that was all part of the territory.
The counselor got the child’s mother on the telephone to talk to him but once the child heard his mother’s voice he began crying hysterically. I quietly excused myself from the room because I knew I was in over my head. The counselor followed me out of the room while the child talked with his mother.
I looked at the counselor bewildered and I said “I have never had that kind of experience.” He looked at me and his departing words were ‘Mr. Bell, welcome to my world’ and he disappeared behind his office door.
The murder rate last year for example, in your hometown of Chicago there were 512 homicides; Detroit had 411; Philadelphia had 331; and Baltimore had 215.
Mr. President, those cities are joined by other dangerous cities---such as St. Louis, Memphis, Tenn., Flint, Mich., and Camden, N. J.---and they also lead the nation in shootings, assaults, rapes and robberies.
Both the populations of those cities and their crime victims are predominantly black. Each year more than 7,000 blacks are murdered. Close to 100% of the time, the murderer is another black person.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. We are only 13% of the nation’s population, we account for more than 50% of the homicide victims.
Nationally, the black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites and in some cities 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation’s homicide victims, blacks are also of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery. Yes, the debate and issue of gun control is long overdue in my community.
Mr. President, with all due respect someone has completely dropped the ball. You can start with your Democrat colleagues (Donna Edwards, Steny Hoyer and Ben Cardin) in my Maryland District.
This is not a Democrat or a Republic thing and it is not a black or white thing, it is a people thing. You all have all dropped the ball with our senior citizens and it has spilled over to our children. You never see the likes of Edwards, Hoyer and Cardin until they are looking for a vote.
Something is wrong with this picture and if you don’t think so---we really have a problem.
In closing, we didn’t live to get this old by being stupid! I am looking forward to a response.
IS IT BARACK OBAMA OR BUST FOR AMERICA???
CIVIL RIGHTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN BLACK & WHITE
For all most 4 years we have heard over and over again President Barack Obama say “I am the President of all the people” that would be great if everyone was playing on an “Even Playing field.”
His supporters have become his echo and can be heard saying the exact same thing! Therefore, they claim he cannot be seen publicly making life better for the poor, the down trodden and people of color in America. Why should he be any different from any other President? Especially, with 1% of the population controlling all the wealth in America and in 2012 a white man’s salary still doubles that of a black man.
Listed below are some Presidents who blazed a Civil Rights trail while in office to improve the lives of black people while white.
It has been often been said “If you want to hide something from a black person put it in a book.” We can now add the World Wide Internet. The information gathered in this blog can be found there.
President Harry Truman
A 1947 report by the Truman administration titled To Secure These Rights presented a detailed ten-point agenda of civil rights reforms. In February 1948, the president submitted a civil rights agenda to Congress that proposed creating several federal offices devoted to issues such as voting rights and fair employment practices.
This provoked a storm of criticism from Southern Democrats in the run up to the national nominating convention, but Truman refused to compromise, saying: "My forebears were Confederates ... but my very stomach turned over when I had learned that Negro soldiers, just back from overseas, were being dumped out of Army trucks in Mississippi and beaten."
Instead of addressing civil rights on a case-by-case need, Truman wanted to address civil rights on a national level. He made three executive orders that eventually became a structure for future civil rights legislation.
The first Executive Order 9981 came in 1948, is generally understood to be the act that desegregated the armed services. This was a milestone on a long road to desegregation of the Armed Forces. After several years of planning, recommendations and revisions between Truman, the Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity and the various branches of the military, Army units became racially integrated. This process was also helped by the pressure of manpower shortages during the Korean War as replacements to previously segregated units could now be of any race.
The second order, also in 1948, made it illegal to discriminate against persons applying for civil service positions based on race. The third executive order, in 1951, established Committee on Government Contract Compliance (CGCC). This committee ensured that defense contractors to the armed forces could not discriminate against a person because of their race.
In retirement however, Truman was less progressive on the issue of race. He described the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches as silly, stating that the marches would not "accomplish a darn thing."
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The New Deal was a series of economic programs implemented in the United States between 1933 and 1936. They were passed by the U.S. Congress during the first term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The programs were responses to the Great Depression, and focused on what historians call the "3 Rs": Relief, Recovery, and Reform. That is, Relief for the unemployed and poor; Recovery of the economy to normal levels; and Reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression.
His wife Eleanor became an important connection for his administration to the African-American population during the segregation era. During Franklin's terms as President, despite his need to placate southern sentiment, she was vocal in her support of the African-American civil rights movement.
Mrs. Roosevelt was outspoken in her support of Marian Anderson in 1939 when the black singer was denied the use of Washington's Constitution Hall and was instrumental in the subsequent concert held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The first lady played a role in racial affairs when she appointed Mary McLeod Bethune as head of the Division of Negro Affairs
President John F. Kennedy
The turbulent end of state-sanctioned racial discrimination was one of the most pressing domestic issues of the 1960s. The Supreme Court of the United States had ruled in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Many schools, especially in southern states, did not obey the Supreme Court's decision. Segregation had also been prohibited by the Court at other public facilities (e.g. buses, restaurants, theaters, courtrooms, bathrooms, and beaches) but continued nonetheless.
Kennedy verbally supported racial integration and civil rights; during the 1960 campaign he telephoned Coretta Scott King, wife of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who had been jailed while demonstrating for equal access of African Americans; Kennedy secured the early release of King, which drew additional black support to his candidacy.
Nevertheless President Kennedy believed the grass roots movement for civil rights would anger many Southern whites and make it more difficult to pass civil rights laws in Congress, which was dominated by conservative Southern Democrats, and he distanced himself from it. He also was more concerned with other issues early in his presidency, e.g. the "Bay of Pigs" fiasco and Southeast Asia. As articulated by brother Robert, the administration's early priority was to "keep the president out of this civil rights mess".
As a result, many civil rights leaders viewed Kennedy as lukewarm, especially concerning the Freedom Riders who organized an integrated public transportation effort in the south, and who were repeatedly met with violence by whites, including law enforcement both federal and state.
Kennedy assigned federal marshals to protect the Freedom Riders as an alternative to using federal troops or uncooperative FBI agents. Robert Kennedy, speaking for the president, urged the Freedom Riders to "get off the buses and leave the matter to a peaceful settlement in the courts.
In September 1962, James Meredith enrolled at the University of Mississippi, but was prevented from entering. Attorney General Robert Kennedy responded by sending some 400 U. S. Marshall while President Kennedy reluctantly federalized and sent 3,000 troops after the situation on campus turned violent. Campus Riots left two dead and dozens injured, but Meredith did finally enroll in his first class. On November 20, 1962, Kennedy signed Executive Order 11063, prohibiting racial discrimination in federally supported housing or "related facilities."
In early 1963, Kennedy related to Martin Luther King, Jr., about the prospects for civil rights legislation: "If we get into a long fight over this in Congress, it will bottleneck everything else, and we will still get no bill." However, civil rights clashes were very much on the rise that year.
His brother Robert and Ted Sorenson pressed Kennedy to take more initiative on the legislative front. On June 11, 1963, President Kennedy intervened when Alabama Governor George Wallace blocked the doorway to the University of Alabama to stop two African American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending. Wallace moved aside only after being confronted by Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach and the Alabama National Guard, which had just been federalized by order of the President, and which had hours earlier been under Wallace's command.
That evening Kennedy gave his famous civil rights address on national television and radio, launching his initiative for civil rights legislation - to provide equal access to public schools and other facilities, and greater protection of voting rights. His proposals became part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The day ended with the murder of N.A.A.C.P. leader, Megar Evers, at his home in Mississippi. As the president had predicted, the day after his TV speech, and in reaction to it, House Majority leader Carl Albert called to advise him that his two year signature effort in Congress to combat poverty in Appalachia (Area Redevelopment Administration) had been defeated, primarily by the votes of Southern Democrats and Republicans.
Kennedy signed the executive order creating the Presidential Commission on the status of Women on December 14, 1961. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt led the commission. The Commission statistics revealed that women were also experiencing discrimination; their final report documenting legal and cultural barriers was issued in October 1963. Earlier, on June 10, 1963, Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, a federal law amending the Fair Labor Standards Act, aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex.
Over a hundred thousand, predominantly African Americans gathered in Washington for the civil rights March on Washington for jobs and freedom on August 28, 1963. Kennedy feared the March would have a negative effect on the prospects for the civil rights bills in Congress, and declined an invitation to speak. He turned over some of the details of the government's involvement to the Dept. of Justice, which channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars to the six sponsors of the March, including the N.A.A.C.P. and Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
To ensure a peaceful demonstration, the organizers and the President personally edited speeches which were inflammatory and agreed the March would be held on a Wednesday and would be over at 4:00 pm Thousands of troops were placed on standby.
Kennedy watched King's speech on TV and was very impressed. The March was considered a "triumph of managed protest", and not one arrest relating to the demonstration occurred.
Afterwards, the March leaders accepted an invitation to the White House to meet with Kennedy and photos were taken. Kennedy felt the March was a victory for him as well and bolstered the chances for his civil rights bill.
Nevertheless, the struggle was far from over. Three weeks later, a bomb exploded on a Sunday at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham; at the end of the day six children had died in the explosion and aftermath.
As a result of this resurgent violence, the civil rights legislation underwent some drastic amendments that critically endangered any prospects for passage of the bill, to the outrage of the President.
He called the congressional leaders to the White House and by the following day the original bill, without the additions, had enough votes to get it out of the House committee.
In 1963, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover who hated civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and viewed him as an upstart troublemaker, presented the Kennedy Administration with allegations that some of King's close confidants and advisers were communists.
The President concerned that the allegations, if made public, would derail the Administration's civil rights initiatives. Robert Kennedy and the President both warned King to discontinue the suspect associations. But after the associations continued, Robert Kennedy felt compelled to issue a written directive authorizing the FBI to wiretap King and other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King's civil rights organization.
Although Kennedy only gave written approval for limited wiretapping of King's phones "on a trial basis, for a month or so," Hoover extended the clearance so his men were "unshackled" to look for evidence in any areas of King's life they deemed worthy.
The wire tapping continued through June 1966 and was revealed in 1968.
President Lyndon B. Johnson
In conjunction with the civil rights movement, Johnson overcame southern resistance and convinced Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed most forms of racial segregation. John F. Kennedy originally proposed the civil rights bill in June 1963.
He called the congressional leaders to the White House in late October 1963 to line up the necessary votes in the House for passage. After Kennedy's death, it was Johnson who picked up the torch and pushed the bill through the Senate. Johnson signed the revised and stronger bill into law on July 2, 1964. Legend has it that, as he put down his pen, Johnson told an aide, "We have lost the South for a generation", anticipating a coming backlash from Southern whites against Johnson's Democratic Party.
In 1965, he achieved passage of a second civil rights bill, the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination in voting, thus allowing millions of southern blacks to vote for the first time. In accordance with the act, several states, "seven of the eleven southern states of the former confederacy" - Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia — were subjected to the procedure of pre-clearance in 1965, while Texas, home to the majority of the African American population at the time, followed in 1975.
After the murder of civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo, Johnson went on television to announce the arrest of four Ku Klux Klansmen implicated in her death. He angrily denounced the Klan as a "hooded society of bigots," and warned them to "return to a decent society before it's too late." Johnson was the first President to arrest and prosecute members of the Klan since Ulysses S. Grant about 93 years earlier. He turned the themes of Christian redemption to push for civil rights, thereby mobilizing support from churches North and South.
During a Howard University commencement address on June 4, 1965, he said that both the government and the nation needed to help achieve those goals:
“We have to shatter forever not only the barriers of law and public practice, but the walls which bound the condition of many by the color of his skin. To dissolve, as best we can, the antique enmities of the heart which diminish the holder, divide the great democracy, and do wrong — great wrong — to the children of God.”
In 1967, Johnson nominated civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall to be the first African American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
President Richard M. Nixon
The Nixon years witnessed the first large-scale integration of public schools in the South. Nixon sought a middle way between the segregationist Wallace and liberal Democrats, whose support of integration was alienating some Southern whites. Hopeful of doing well in the South in 1972, he sought to dispose of desegregation as a political issue before then. Soon after his inauguration, he appointed Vice President Agnew to lead a task force, which worked with local leaders—both white and black—to determine how to integrate local schools.
Vice-President Spiro Agnew had little interest in the work, and most of it was done by Labor Secretary George Shultz. Federal aid was available, and a meeting with President Nixon was a possible reward for compliant committees. By September 1970, fewer than ten percent of black children were attending segregated schools. But by 1971, however, tensions over desegregation surfaced in Northern cities, with angry protests over the busing of children to schools outside their neighborhood to achieve racial balance. Nixon opposed busing personally but did not subvert court orders requiring its use.
In addition to desegregating public schools, Nixon implemented the Philadelphia Plan in 1970—the first significant federal affirmative action program. He also endorsed the Equal Rights Amendment after it passed both houses of Congress in 1972 and went to the states for ratification. Nixon had campaigned as an ERA supporter in 1968, though feminists criticized him for doing little to help the ERA or their cause after his election, though he appointed more women to administration positions than Lyndon Johnson had.
In summarizing what has gone wrong in our community I always refer back to a 60 minute interview with the founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Arthur Mitchell. In the interview about the financial struggles of his theatre and a lack of support from blacks, Morley Safer asked him if he was angry!
Mitchell did not miss a beat, he responded, “You show me a black person who is not angry about the status of black America and I will show you a black man and woman who need to see a psychiatrist.”
Our problems run deep and we have to look no further then the mirror on the wall.
In November 2012 as we head to the polls to elect a President for the next term we must remember that the poor state of America does not fall all on the shoulders of Barack Obama.
According to a published story in USA Today dated August 15, 2012 “Just 61 bills have become law to date in 2012 out of 3,914 bills that have been introduced by lawmakers, or less than 2% of all proposed laws, according to a USA analysis of records since 1947 kept by the U. S. House Clerk’s office.
In 2011, after Republicans took control of the House, Congress passed just 90 bills into law. The only other year in which Congress failed to pass at least 125 laws was 1995.
These stats make the 112th Congress, covering 2011-2012 the least productive two-year gathering on Capitol Hill since the end of World War II. Not even the 80th Congress, which President Truman called the “Do nothing Congress in 1948, passed as few laws as the current one, records show.”
In 2012 Minority American voters are caught between a rock and hard place, a do nothing Congress on both sides of the aisle and what too many consider a “Do nothing President!”
It does not matter your feelings as it relates to President Barack Obama, the bottom line---the answer is definitely not Mitt Romney in November.