darryl james

Darryl James

*Currently, Christopher Dorner has everyone spooked, including the LAPD.

So spooked, that many are willing to ignore the statements Dorner has made about the police force he was once a member of.

In the search for Dorner, the LAPD has already shot at three innocent citizens.

But while the average citizen is outraged over Dorner’s alleged actions, what we must remember is that he has not been convicted of ANYTHING.

We must also remember that LAPD has a history of racism, brutality and lies that must be taken into account before simply accepting their version of anything.

And, we must remember that the LAPD never been a friend of the Black community.

Am I saying that Dorner is innocent?

No, because, just like everyone else, I have no idea.

Am I saying that he is justified in whatever actions he is taking?

No, because, again, I do not have all the facts of the case.

But I do have the facts of the history between the LAPD and Black citizens.

It has been more than twenty years since the now infamous riots that ripped the City of Angels apart over a serious incident that revealed problems with police and the people that were felt across the entire nation.

Sad, but even though cops have historically been at odds with African Americans, people try to pretend that there is something else going on in a so-called justice system that sometimes seems like it persecutes just us.

Anyone who has lived in a poor neighborhood with their eyes and mind open realizes that the “Thin Blue Line,” is typically erected between the “haves” and the “have nots,” frequently doling out abuse to the “have nots.”

And, the “have nots” don’t always get their day in court when there is abuse, which is why periodically, the people speak in the loudest voice possible—riots.

Perhaps no city has the reputation for rioting that Los Angeles has earned.

Henry “Kee Kee” Watson, one of a group now known as The LA Four in the beating of Reginald Denny, said that people might act shocked, but “it’s no secret that Black people have no love for police. People try to act like it’s a secret that police have no love for poor people, especially poor Blacks.

“People also tried to say that King’s beating was an isolated incident,” Watson added.  ”The only thing isolated was that it was caught on tape.  But we know that in South Central, that’s business as usual.”

According to former mayor James Hahn, “We must build a police department that not only protects, but also respects every community in Los Angeles led by a Police Commission that understands its role as an overseer of the Department.”

But twenty years after the infamous Riots, none of that exists.

Black History is not just the identification of a few inventors, it is also the acknowledgement of our ugly relationship with the government and with the police.

Perhaps we should keep that history in mind before jumping on the bandwagon with LAPD in condemning Christopher Dorner for actions we have no proof he took.

Darryl James is an award-winning author of the powerful new anthology “Notes From The Edge.”  James’ stage play, “Love In A Day,” opened in Los Angeles in 2001 and will become a feature film in 2012. View previous installments of this column at www.bridgecolumn.proboards36.com. Reach James at djames@theblackgendergap.com.