Charleston’s Aftermath: Blaming a Flag and Ignoring Personal Responsibility

pledgeofallegiance…The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag. Do not look at me that way. It makes perfect sense. If you take a look at the timeline of progressive events, their speed and rapidity with which the left is conducting this assault on all of these American traditions and institutions, if you don’t think the American flag’s in their crosshairs down the road, you had better stop and reconsider.The American flag is what? It’s the symbol of America. The left what? Doesn’t like this country very much and never has and it’s getting angrier and angrier about it seemingly every day. The American flag stands for the United States of America and, as such, everything that’s wrong with it. And you wait. It isn’t gonna be long before the American flag is gonna cause chills, fear, scary thoughts, it’s gonna make me nervous, the American flag, when I see the American flag, it’s a symbol of hate.

You wait, folks. You wait. And then what are the Republicans gonna do? We’ll be the first among them to say yep, we need a redesign. Yep, we need to get into the twenty first. Just saying. I’m just saying. Hang in there, be tough.

…Can you just hear it now? I can hear it now. “The United States flag has flown over slavery and symbolized racism, discrimination, bigotry, homophobia for hundreds of years; the Confederate flag flew only four years, and we’re getting rid of the Confederate flag.” – Rush Limbaugh, 6/23/15

Outlandish? Nuts? Rush just trying to shock everyone For the purpose of increasing his ratings?

…Or, maybe he was right…again.

WMAL.com reports that

Louis Farrakhan addressed hundreds Wednesday at the Metropolitan AME Church in D.C. Religious leaders from various background joined Farrakhan to talk about the Millions for Justice Mobilization taking place in D.C. in October.

His speech took an angry turn when he said white people don’t care about the people who died in the South Carolina church shootings.

“White folks march with you because they don’t want you upsetting the city,” he said in reference to protesting against the South Carolina shootings.

His comments were met by cheers and applause.

He added his disdain for the North Carolina police who fed Dylann Roof, the Charleston church shooting suspect, Burger King after he was arrested.

Farrakhan also attacked the American flag, saying “What the hell is the use of us paying allegiance to a flag under which we get no justice?”

Good ol’ Calypso Louie.

Justice.

Uh huh.  First, it might help if America’s Black Leadership and what is left of the Family Unit, teach young black Americans how civilized citizens behave.

Not being ugly, but, there is a 2-ton elephant in the room that is being ignored in all this flap about a flag.

Let’s use the events of last weekend in the Memphis Area as an example.

Before he was shot and killed in a home-invasion robbery Friday night in Cordova, 26-year-old Jarmelle Jones was waiting to hear about a teaching job, his employer said.

“He was the type of person who could actually do anything,” Ching’s Hot Wings co-owner Stacey Jackson said.

Jones’ death was part of a weekend of violence in Memphis that included at least 14 other shooting victims.

Jackson saw Jones earlier in the day Friday when he came to pick up his paycheck, and he told her he was waiting to find out if he would be offered a job as a student teacher.

Jones was a University of Memphis graduate who went by “Jo Jo” and worked at the restaurant on Getwell Road near the university campus for at least six years.

Jones was killed and his girlfriend was injured when they were shot just before 8:15 p.m. Friday night at a home in the 600 block of North Walnut Bend. Police had not made the name of the girlfriend public, but said she was released from the hospital after a noncritical injury.

The 2006 Dodge Charger that was reported stolen during the robbery was found in Raleigh Saturday, 15 miles from the Cordova crime scene.

Jackson called Jones “magnetic” with an “infectious” personality and said he would request off work on Sundays to go to church, and was close with his family.

“If you were in his presence, you were uplifted,” Jackson said. “He was the life of the party.”

She said the restaurant will likely close for the services so staff can attend. “He will always be loved by many people,” she said.

Memphis Police were also investigating four shootings that injured five people within seven hours Sunday, plus two non-fatal shooting Saturday and five other shootings Friday.

Four of Sunday’s victims remained in critical condition Sunday night. Another suffered non-critical injuries.

The first shooting call came in at 1:03 a.m. in the 200 block of Radar. A 41-year-old man reported he was walking when he was approached by several male subjects. He said one of them shot him with a pistol but did not take or demand anything.

At 1:52 a.m. in the 4400 block of Sunny Slope, two victims were standing in front of a house when a white Ford Explorer came down the street and the occupants started shooting, according to police. One victim was transported to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition. The second victim received non-critical injuries.

At 2:45 a.m., on I-40 over Dunlap, a shooting victim was found in a Pontiac GT in the westbound lane. The 26-year-old male victim was a passenger in the car and had been shot several times. The driver was not injured. The two reported they were driving westbound on 240 between Airways and Nonconnah when bullets began to strike the rear of the vehicle. The driver sped away and pulled over near Dunlap and called 911.

Just after 7:30 a.m., at Horn Lake Road and Fairway Road, a woman was found lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. A caller reported the victim said she was walking north on Horn Lake Road when a white Chevrolet Impala, possibly a 2006 model, pulled up next to her. One person jumped out of the car and demanded her wallet. When she tried to run away, the suspect fired six or seven shots, and struck her at least five times, according to police. A second suspect remained in the vehicle.

On Saturday, a 15-year-old boy suffered non-critical injuries when he was shot in the 3400 block of Providence near Memphis International Airport. The same day, a 17-year-old boy was critically injured in a drive-by shooting around 4:10 a.m. in the 6600 block of Chauncey. Also Saturday morning, a man was robbed and shot in the foot on Knight Road near Scottsdale.

On Friday afternoon, a man was shot and killed in the 3200 block of Powell Avenue. And about 4 a.m. Friday, four men were shot in the parking lot of Pure Passion at 1849 E. Brooks.

No arrests had been made in any of the cases. While there were some similarities in some of the shootings, police spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph said police had not found a connection between any of the crimes.

But wait…there’s more…

Two of six people questioned about a birthday bash outside a popular Cordova restaurant are now behind bars. 

Memphis police arrived at Logan’s Roadhouse at Wolfchase Galleria Saturday night because a group of about 25 adults and teens had been kicked out of the restaurant.

Restaurant managers asked the group to leave, because they were being rowdy and shooting dice.

Managers said that set the group off even more. They started vandalizing the restaurant by throwing buckets of peanuts, slinging steak sauce, and pushing things off of tables.

Once outside, Memphis police said several members of the group started jumping on and damaging cars in the parking lot.

“I was in disbelief,” said the mother of a teenager involved in the fight. “You see it on the news, but you don’t expect it to happen to your child, in your neighborhood, at a family restaurant.”

The mother, who did not want her identity revealed, said the group turned on her 15-year-old daughter and started beating her up.

“She had a swollen eye,” the mother explained. “She had a busted lip and a few scrapes on her arm.”

Police arrested Kadijah Crawley, 21, and Darius Terry, 21, after investigators identified them in cellphone footage of the incident.

Crawley faces robbery, aggravated assault, and inciting a riot charges. Terry is booked on robbery and theft charges.

Police said Terry admitted his four sisters started beating up another woman in the parking lot. He said they then stole her purse, cellphone, and cash.

Terry then drove them all away from the restaurant.

The mother said she is disappointed in everyone involved, including her daughter.

“My most frustration with her is knowing that they were out of hand, and she didn’t do something to get out of there,” she added.

The mother said from here on out, her daughter will not attend any events without adult supervision. She added that other parents should follow suit before situations like this one get out of control.

“A lot is going to change. There needs to be a level of supervision. I think parents play a big role in how these children meet up and get together. Parents are the number one people to blame.”

Terry and Crawley are the only two booked into 201 Poplar, but more arrests may be coming.

My goodness.

What made these young people lash out so violently in what used to be called “the City of Good Abode”?

I know. It was that darned Confederacy.

Oh, wait.

On February 6, 2013, the Majority-Black-Democrat Memphis City Council renamed three Confederate-themed parks, including one named after the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, to prevent some State legislators from blocking such name changes.

The council passed a resolution to immediately rename Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park in downtown Memphis and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, which lies just a few miles away. The vote was 9-0 with three members abstaining.

Well, gosh, perhaps there’s still a Confederate Flag waving somewhere in Memphis.

There has to be. Otherwise, these people, who acted like animals last weekend in the Bluff City, would have to be  held responsible for their own actions.

And we can’t have that, now.

Can we?

Until He Comes.

KJ

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One Response to “Charleston’s Aftermath: Blaming a Flag and Ignoring Personal Responsibility”

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