End Race monitors the language news organizations and social media deploy to discuss ethnic origin and ethnic identity. This Facebook exchange is an example of a process employed to confront a source of racialized speech:
Witnessed by Dharma Addict – November 5 at 11:11pm
Kev Choice THE VERDICT IN THE JOHANNES MEHERSLE TRIAL FOR KILLING OSCAR GRANT IS A TRAVESTY AND A SLAP IN THE FACE TO OSCAR GRANT, HIS FAMILY, AND ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN, WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR…WE HAVE TO UNITE AS A PEOPLE AND START MAKING THESE PEOPLE TAKE ACCOUNTABILITY>>We can’t keep saying, “I’m not surprised”…”What did you expect” and just keep moving on….It’s time to RISE UP!!!
Discover the source behind the race speech
Directly under this post Dharma Addict witnessed:
Kev Choice – November 9 at 1:09pm
Research the topic. Use Wikipedia. It’s easy, open to everyone and well documented.
Example Research: BART Police shooting of Oscar GrantThe Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police shooting of Oscar Grant refers to the fatal shooting of unarmed civilian Oscar Grant by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, United States, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009. Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco. BART Police officers detained Oscar Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station. Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was prostrate and allegedly resisting arrest. Officer Mehserle stood, drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. Grant was unarmed. During his court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, “You shot me!” Grant was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
The events were captured on multiple digital video and cell phone cameras. The footage was disseminated to media outlets and to various websites, where it was watched hundreds of thousands of times. The following days saw both peaceful and violent protests.
The shooting has been variously labeled an involuntary manslaughter and a summary execution. On January 13, Alameda County prosecutors charged Mehserle with murder for the shooting. He resigned his position and pleaded not guilty. The trial began on June 10, 2010. Michael Rains, Mehserle’s criminal defense attorney, has claimed Mehserle intended to fire his Taser, but mistakenly shot Grant with a pistol when he thought Grant was reaching for a gun. Pretrial filings argue that his client did not commit first-degree murder and asked a Los Angeles judge to instruct the jury to limit its deliberations to either second-degree murder or acquittal.
On November 5, 2010 Mehserle was sentenced to two years, minus time served. He will be eligible for release after around a year.
This is merely a summation. Readers are encouraged to read the entire article if interested to know the full story.
Respond directly to the source and participants:
Example response sent by Dharma Addict – – November 8 at 8:27pm
I’m deeply troubled by your public response to the Grant-Mehserle case. Please look beyond your passions in the cause of peace and think before you speak next time. You can do so much good and bring so many people together. Why further the cause of race? Race is merely a socio-political construct. We are but one race: The Human Race. Dismantle the mental and social constructs drive oppression. End Race. If we don’t, who will? End Race Now!
Davey D’ responded:
Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook – November 9 at 1:09pm
What are u talking about fam? Speak before I think? A white officer that belonged to a group of kids called Nazi Boys shot an unarmed Black man.. and got off on a light sentence.. Are u defending this or pushing your own agenda at the expense of a brutal slaying..
Staying focused on the issue. Avoid personal concerns. Request more information:
Dharma Addict – November 10 at 6:29pm
Interesting… I can’t seem to find any mention of this Nazi Boys shooting or Mehserle’s connection to a group called the Nazi Boy or any information on any particular group called the Nazi Boys for that matter anywhere on the World Wide Web. None of my searches turned up anything like the story you are telling. Where did you get your information?
Davey D’ responded:
Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook – November 10 at 10:29pm Report
From his class mates.. It’ll be coming out soon.. u probably cant find kenneth currthers either even on the sites that initially ran story or Tony Pirone calling him nigger which was in transcripts during testamonies
Dharma Addict through research was familiar with the story of Tony Pirone calling Grant a ‘nigger’ and posted a link to the news article, acquired from the Reference section of the BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant article explaining the discrepancy.
End Race has issues with the Dharma Addict’s next action because the conversation ended unresolved.
Reflect understanding back to the source:
Dharma Addict – November 10 at 11:41pm
So you are saying that the Oscar Grant killing is some sort of Nazi plot, a conspiracy by a bunch of rogue cops to continue a spree of killing begun in high school. That’s your story.
Besides the obvious mistake in punctuation “That’s your story?” The tone condescends. The conversation ends.
For the Dharma Addict: End Race suggests personal reflection for the Dharma Addict. Perhaps a deeper understanding and acceptance of his own issues and attitudes might help smooth the conversation. There seems to be some emotive qualities to this issues that are expressed implicitly. Perhaps deeper understanding of why the issue of race is so emotionally resonant for the Dharma Addict may help.
For those who wish to continue Media Watch, End Race suggests a deep study of Non-Violent Communication.