The Blog About Nothing 12/5 Edition

BaN BrooklynWhat up world? This Earl back with another edition of The Blog About Nothing. A week ago I wasn’t sure I’d even do this again. That sounds funny now, but it really is true. Calling a blog “The End?” with a question mark, did leave me an out but I didn’t think I’d be doing this again. That’s what happens when you do something, anything, off of emotion. It can cloud your judgement. Don’t get me wrong: I meant every single word that was posted last week. Every single word. However, I shouldn’t stop doing what I like to do based off of some disagreements. I recently saw a post on Instagram that said “December, a time to finish what you started.” That’s what I’ll do, finish what I started. Welcome to December and welcome to The Blog About Nothing.

Although, as I sit here listening to the rapper Charles Hamilton, I wonder if it’s too soon for me to do this. The blog series will continue, no doubt, but I’m struggling for words at the moment. I have to be honest, and admit that the anger I felt in last week’s blog came from a picture I posted about the reaction of the no indictment verdict for Ferguson, Missouri Police Office Darren Wilson. The picture I posted on Facebook was a picture of a protester in 1964 holding a sign that said killer cops. Alongside of it was a picture of a protester in Ferguson holding a sign that said killer cops. I captioned it with the simple words “the more things change, the more things stay the same”. I only said those words in relation to the picture, and not making some grand statement that the situation for the black man in America hasn’t changed since 1964. I’m not some race card playing rabble rouser. It’s not in my D.N.A. to do so.

I’m a first generation American. The son of immigrants. My parents taught me to work hard in school, and to view myself the equal to any man. I’m proud to say I heeded those lessons well. I earned a Master’s Degree, and honestly I take shit from no one. However, incidents like the non-indictment for Michael Brown’s murder, and now Eric Garner’s leave me reeling from time to time.

Incidents like this often leaving me questioning the worth of a black man in America. I know that sounds weird from someone who just said he doesn’t think of himself a lesser, but incidents like this really do trouble my soul. However, I don’t live in some world where I should be afraid to live. I’m far from afraid nor do I prescribe to that bullshit hashtag on Twitter #alivewhileblack. All lives matter, and anyone who can make it through a day in this world safely should feel relieved to be alive. It’s that reason why I’ve taken a step away from social media the past few days. I’ll check in, like a post or two, but I have little to no words of my own.

For the first time in my life, I think I’m speechless. The non-indictment of the officers involved in the killing of New York City resident Eric Garner has me shaken. I’m sad, I’m angry, and I don’t really understand how the video of the incident, and medical report, which corroborates that Garner lost his life via an illegal chokehold from an NYPD officer, and yet there was no grand jury indictment. Here we had something that was different from Michael Brown, or Trayvon Martin. We had actual video proof of the incident, and there was no indictment. I’m surprised, stunned, and honestly I need someone to explain this to me.

Rest In Peace Eric Garner. My heart goes out to his family, and I pray that those who choose to protest this decision, do so peacefully.

So in the words of Charles Hamilton on his track Charles Hamilton Is Speechless, which comes from one of his last mixtapes StHZERO: The Death of Charles Hamilton, I’ll end this blog with the following words: I got nothing more to say, I got nothing more to say, I got nothing more to say, so let me shut the fuck up.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting The Blog About Nothing. Peace.

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About Earl (EJ) Brewster 284 Articles
Born, raised, and still reside in Brooklyn, New York. I'm in my mid 30's, and I love sports, music, politics, and blogging about real life. You can find me on Twitter at @EJ_Brooklyn_Own

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  1. I am pretty sure you have read the Chris Rock interview in New York Magazine… it’s Rock once again doing what he does best… talking poignantly, irreverevently and very seriously, all while making you smile… and, hopefully, think.

    For those that have not read it… go online, or, somehow, find a copy of New York Magazine and read it… please…

    Any way.. one of the points he makes in that magazine… is that we all hear about the progress that blacks have made in America… he says it isn’t about the progresss that blacks have made at all.. they essentially are what they have been for the last few hundred years or so… rather it’s the progress that white people have made. Then he says they have gotten nicer and that he hopes they keep getter nicer.

    Its an interesting point. And, and one I tend to agree with.

    Now… about what you say… I saw the post you made and you know what? It is true… We have yet to
    progress as far as we think we have. It’s sad that for all the so-called advacnements we have made, the fact is, we still don’t respect one another as much as we should. And, its not just black and white… its a societal problem for all people.

    Right now, however, with Ferguson… and, now New York… its is unfortunately a question that there really does seem to be two justice systems in America… That’s gotta change.

  2. Considering Chris is someone I look up to, yeah I read his New York Magazine interview. I agree with a lot of the points he made. He’s someone who really has a finger on the pulse, and his opinions and views are typically well thought out and well constructed.

    At the end of the day I don’t think I was really going to stop blogging. With that said, I doubt I’ll be able to contribute much to the site this month. I’m going to take a much needed R and R break in a few weeks so after this blog I’ll likely post only two more from now until mid January.

  3. There was an experiment done at Stanford University in August of 1971 that was funded by the US Office of Naval Research to investigate the conflict between military guards and prisoners. 24 students were selected out of 75 with half becoming the prisoners and the other half prison guards. The 24 selected had been psychologically tested and found to be good-natured and nonviolent, the only difference was the 12 selected to be prisoners were given nightshirts to be wore with out anything underneath and the guards were given khaki uniforms, whistles, wraparound sunglasses and nightsticks.
    At the beginning the 12 prisoners laughed about their participation in the study and then the study began. The prison guards swiftly put an end to the laughter, placed the prisoners in individual cells, deprived them of sleep, threatened them with violence, became physically aggressive to the point where one prisoner went on a hunger strike.
    This experiment/study was to have lasted 2 weeks but was ended after 6 days. The people monitoring the 24 admitted they should have ended things sooner.
    When asked about their behavior, the student prisoners said they felt helpless and vulnerable and powerless. The guards on the other hand felt Godlike even as they abused their power. None could believe how swiftly things deteriorated.
    The only real difference between the two groups was the clothing each was assigned to wear.
    I’m telling you about this study because I think we are seeing this play out on the streets of America every time a uniform (symbol of authority) comes across a nightshirt (symbol of helpless vulnerability).
    What’s a cop got to do to be indicted when he causes the death of suspect in this country? Beats the hell out of me…..

  4. I remember learning about this experiment when I was in grad school. One of my professors was almost fanatic in breaking down his views on the experiment.

    As far as what a cop has to do to get an indictment, I guess we’ll see. There’s an officer in South Carolina who recently was indicted for shooting an unarmed black man, and in New York we will likely have another officer go to a grand jury for shooting an unarmed man in a stairwell. There’s also the officer who shot Tamir Rice in Cleveland so we got some high profile incidents to keep our eyes on.

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