Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins, on Sunday came out before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals wearing a t-shirt in support of two innocent Afrikan males, one a 12 year old boy, Tamir Rice and the other 22 year old John Crawford, who were both murdered by police in the state of Ohio. Just as a couple of St Louis Rams football player did in showing their support and indignation with the travesty in Ferguson and Mike Browns own murder, Hawkins quite declaration of support, was met with outrage and demands of apologies by the teams, from the police union and chiefs respectively of each department.
After the game, Hawkins addressed the media without notes and spoke without taking questions, out of consideration, he said, for the “predicament” that the Browns were in. He spoke directly and emotionally as he talked about his 2-year-old son Austin.
“As you all know,” Hawkins said, “and it’s well documented, I have a 2-year-old little boy. … That little boy is my entire world. The No. 1 reason for me wearing the T-shirt was the thought of what happened to Tamir Rice happening to my little Austin scares the living hell out of me.”
“And my heart was broken for the parents of Tamir [Rice] and John Crawford, knowing they had to live that nightmare of a reality,” he said. “So like I said, I made the conscious decision to wear the T-shirt. I felt like my heart was in the right place. I’m at peace with it. And those who disagree with me, this is America. That’s the point. Everyone has the right to their First Amendment rights.”
Hawkins began by saying justice is “a right that every American should have, and also justice should be the goal for every American.” “Ultimately,” he said, “it means fair treatment.” He stressed his T-shirt was not directed at every police officer.
“I utterly respect and appreciate every police office that protects and serves all of us with honesty, integrity and [acts] the right way,” he said. “And I don’t think those kind of officers should be offended by what I did.”
He said his stance was against “wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons to innocent people” and those who should be offended by his shirt are those who “would assume the worst in me without knowing anything about me for reasons I can’t control.”
On ESPN sports blog, Hawkins actions and subsequent addressing of the matter, was met with a small support from some, but mostly deflections and derision from many others, who eventually threw in the false statistics and claims that Afrikans kill each other or commit more crimes than any other ethnic group. The reactions were not as vile on the sports blog., as it was on other sites, regarding Mike Brown and Eric Garner, among others. But I only said that because I chose not to read too much of the shit that was spewed.
What I do know though is that when it come to Afrikan people, nothing yurugu does surprises me. Correction…if a yurugu attempts to do something remotely selfless and unselfish for Afrikan people…Afrikan men specifically..I would have to check to see if a hidden camera was around and some joker was gonna jump out of the bush and yell “you’ve been punked!” Or better still, I would look wearily up in the sky waiting for lightening, a Russian satellite or something really heavy to fall form the sky. So when I hear knee-grows talk about yurugu fearing us, it drives me nuts, because it seems some are trying to bolster their confidence into believing that their is something about us that the majority of yurugu fear. I am not even talking about the people with guns, i am talking about the regular ones.
Folks we must really delve into this notion that we are feared by a set that has ravished and damaged our culture and people for over 500 years, in a way unprecedented in the annals of man and mankind.
1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc.,whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
Synonyms: foreboding, apprehension, consternation, dismay, dread,terror, fright, panic, horror, trepidation, qualm.
2. a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling:
3. concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone’s safety.
5. something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of: Cancer is a common fear.
6. anticipation of the possibility that something unpleasant will occur: Having grown up during the Great Depression, he had a constant fear of running out of money.
How Fear Works
When we sense danger, the brain reacts instantly, sending signals that activate the nervous system. This causes physical responses, such as a faster heartbeat, rapid breathing, and an increase in blood pressure. Blood pumps to muscle groups to prepare the body for physical action (such as running or fighting). Skin sweats to keep the body cool. Some people might notice sensations in the stomach, head, chest, legs, or hands. These physical sensations of fear can be mild or strong.
This response is known as “fight or flight” because that is exactly what the body is preparing itself to do: fight off the danger or run fast to get away. The body stays in this state of fight-flight until the brain receives an “all clear” message and turns off the response.
Sometimes fear is triggered by something that is startling or unexpected (like a loud noise), even if it’s not actually dangerous. That’s because the fear reaction is activated instantly — a few seconds faster than the thinking part of the brain can process or evaluate what’s happening. As soon as the brain gets enough information to realize there’s no danger (“Oh, it’s just a balloon bursting — whew!”), it turns off the fear reaction. All this can happen in seconds.
The fight or flight reasoning is what many of us and even the police use to excuse their murdering of Afrikan people. But based on proximity and repetition it is safe to say fear is and never was the reason why we are killed more than anybody else by them. Nor was it ever was when we were routinely strung up by ropes as a daily spectacle
2. to be unwilling; dislike: I hate to do it. verb (used without object), hated, hating.
3. to feel intense dislike, or extreme aversion or hostility.
4. intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.
5. the object of extreme aversion or hostility.
Hatred is a special type of attitude. It is a deep aversion or revulsion. In this sense, it is a running away from something in a very profound way. It is also an ego trait that is very common in human beings.
Hatred is a way to shut down the mind to a degree, in order to handle overwhelming stress or trauma. One simply says “No” to the situation or person, and this revulsion or rejection is called hatred. In this regard, hatred is always a generalization and a false conclusion.
Another word for it may be prejudice, which takes a few incidents or qualities or a person or group or something else and then generalizes from it. Hatred is of this nature.
Our minds are designed to reason inductively. This means we can take a few facts, and we can generalize and draw conclusions based upon them. This is an important mental faculty. However, if the faculty is not well balanced with deductive reasoning and wisdom, which is a quality of doubting, confirming and re-affirming our conclusions, we often end up with judgment and then it turns easily to strong aversion and hatred.
Hatred is therefore a hardening of the mind and spirit in a direction of revulsion.
In one sense, the opposite of hatred is not love. It is mental and emotional detachment. Hatred attaches you to the thing or person you hate. This is a very important principle of hatred. Hatred is so strong an aversion that it creates a rebound effect in the person in some sense that attracts the person back to the thing or item hated in order to be averse to it over and over. In this sense, it is like resentment – to feel again and again – from the Latin root of the word.This is why they keep following us, profiling us, stopping and frisking us, imprisoning us at a disproportionate rate, raping, assaulting and murdering us, more than every other ethnic groups
According tot the source I dug this information from ….. ALL HATRED IS MENTAL ILLNESS AND HAS VERY BAD CONSEQUENCES
Hatred is a form of neurosis, fixation, reversal and judgment. All of these words describe a type of mental illness that is always harmful for oneself and for others. If persisted in, it always leads to war with others and to disease in the body.
The ego and hatred. Hatred, like resentment, can feel like candy in the mouth. It has a sweetness about it because it builds up the ego and makes you feel very superior to the thing or one that is hated. After all, you would never do or be like that which you hate, so you are therefore superior. This is the way the ego puffs itself up with hatred, as it does with resentment.
The only difference is that resentment is more of a feeling inside, as is anger, whereas hatred is more of a mental attitude rather than an emotional feeling. Indeed, hatred is devoid of feeling, often. It is just a silent undercurrent, often a sullen, depressed, withdrawn aspect of the self that one carries around all the time, no matter what. This is the nature of hatred.
HOW IS HATRED DIFFERENT FROM DISLIKING SOMEONE OR SOMETHING?
Dislike is a preference. Hatred is a fixed aversion or attitude that is a final judgment, as it were, upon someone else or some-thing. Dislike is often the result of discernment, (a very necessary thinking process), while hatred is a judgment. Dislike is okay and does not cause disease and projection. Hatred always involves some projection of guilt, and always causes disease in oneself and war with others.
I would say that when we espouse a dislike for yurugu it is that. A dislike that we rationally judge is based on a viable and sensible view. However, to HATE someone, one becomes fixated and thinks about the object of their hatred to the point that they go out of their way to eliminate this fixation. Yurugu in general doe snot fear us, as much as they hate and despise us. Now the question to ask is why? many learned scholars from among us have produced wonderful research detailing the whys of their hatred, so i need not go there. The question I would ask though is how do we as Afrikans turn these hatred into a genuine fear.
Lets be real…yurugu hates everybody and everything. If you follow the legend of yurugu from the Dogon tales, this is he in a nutshell. unadulterated and bottom less hate. But there are certain situations and groups that often checks the hatred from spilling over into violent actions. For instance…Yurugu hates an Islamic fundamentalist. But he also fears the potential repercussion of his ass getting blown up or murdered himself. So he cleverly gets some self hating Muslim to act as his proxy so that he can murder Muslims en-mass through the proxies or through diabolical politics. This doesn’t negate my point, it just shows you , one can never relax around this beast.
Yurugu hates the Asians. But currently the Asians own half of amurdikkka, Canada and probably several countries in Europe. They certainly are buying the shit up and every thing that moves in Afrika and the Caribbean. Yes..Yurugu hates him, but also fears him from both an economic position and the very real position that despite their multitude of weaponry, just North Korea alone can give them pause in their saber rattling, and Korea is not even on the scale militarily as China. Imagine if China, Japan and North Korea, get together? Many a yurugu politicians are hoping that regionalism would keep such a pact from developing. But again, they use self hate to keep that group fractured. It doesn’t negate the fact that they both fear and hate the Asians
This brings us back to Afrikan people on a whole. We know that yurugu hates us. How can we make them fear us? is it easier to use the fundamentalists Muslim way? Or the Asian economic way? Each comes with its own peril, that cannot be sustainable if there is no unity of purpose and goals. One definite purpose is to realize they ALL hate us. They ALL despise us. And will ALL use us. once we agree on this, based on historical and ourstorical evidence, then we have to have a unified goal. I think we don’t have to go too far to figure that out. Do we have the conviction though?