Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of
the young would-be black man.” So wrote current U.S.
president Barack Obama about his youth.
May 2009, Jabrai Jordan Copney, a black man, allegedly shot Justin
Cosby, a black man, inside a Harvard University dormitory. Cosby
fled, collapsed a block away, and later died. Harvard banned from
campus student Chanequa Campbell, also black, who said she had nothing
to do with the killing. She knew Copney only through Harvard student
Brittany Smith, Copney’s “longtime girlfriend,” who, America
being America, is probably also
claimed $1,000 in cash and a pound of marijuana (both green) were
near the scene of the shooting.
still do not know what happened - all four people may be innocent
- but there has been too much glamorization of “thug life” in black
America. I need a soldier, sings the never-poor
Beyoncé Knowles, as
an orangutan ambles up behind her: Gotta know to get dough
/ And he betta be street. This glamorization has led to disingenuous
double-dealing about drugs and criminality in the black community.
if a white man had shot Cosby, but Harvard had refused to act against
students connected with the shooter. Preacher Al Sharpton would
now be hosting press conferences in front of the Statue of Three
Sharpton, who was caught
on videotape discussing a major cocaine deal with a man he did
not realize was an undercover cop; but he still enjoys enormous
support amongst African-Americans.
Jealous has brought up the double-standard in sentencing for those
convicted of possessing powder cocaine, who are typically white,
and those convicted of possessing crack cocaine, who are typically
black. Entertainment mogul Bill Cosby asks, Why are these
blacks dealing drugs in the first place? America’s
prison moloch is indeed bloated with a million black bodies,
Cosby, “These are not political criminals”; and I say, we
do have political prisoners - such as H.
Rap Brown - but the
black community is silent about their plight. The majority
of middle-class African-Americans have no problem defending common
criminals, but are deathly afraid of being associated with law-abiding
former Black Panthers.
meeting organized by Harvard
Law professor Charles
Ogletree about reducing the number of young black men in prison,
the 1,000-person, mostly black audience convulsed with laughter
when black Harvard professor Roland Fryer joked about his drug-dealing
past - his
family sold crack, and he personally stole money and sold marijuana
- saying he once thought of going into the pharmaceutical industry,
street-side. Everyone errs, but Fryer is unrepentant: “I don’t know if I need to be forgiven for anything,” he told McLean’s. Certainly not for poisoning black children.
lambasted George W. Bush for years when rumors
swirled that the former U.S. president may have used cocaine,
but black Americans cheer for Barack Obama, who freely
admits to using “blow”.
America’s double-dealing on drugs and criminality must end. The
descendants of slaves and sharecroppers, who fought terrorists in
South Carolina and South Boston, who scrimped and saved so that
today’s black youth could become astrophysicists, did not bleed
and sweat so that, instead, those youth could “get rich
or die tryin’” selling drugs.
us articulate a new model for black America, taking the best and
rejecting the worst of Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. DuBois, Marcus
Garvey, the Nation of Islam, the Black Panthers, and, yes, The
Cosby Show: Black Americans must develop skills the world needs,
create a political phalanx, renew our race pride and links with
the Continent, understand that, if God has eyes, they are not blue,
realize that a
well regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state,
and campaign to get Keshia
Knight Pulliam her own TV show.
else leave black America
to die, bleeding, in the street.
Dr. Jonathan David Farley, is the 2004 Harvard Foundation Distinguished
Scientist of the Year. He is currently Teaching and Research
Fellow teaching mathematics at the Institut für Algebra Johannes
Kepler Universität Linz, Linz Österreich Click here
to contact Dr. Farley.