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The year was 2017. The month was May. Students were preparing for their graduations.
The state was Maryland. The country was the United States of America. Two Maryland college students’ paths would cross. One black, one white. One died because of the color of his skin.
The crime was the horrific murder of a Bowie State University student by the name of Richard Wilbur Collins III. He was allegedly stabbed to death by Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, a resident of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
The murder of Richard Collins, a promising student, whose life was apparently taken because he was black. The alleged assailant is a white supremacist.
Sean Christopher Urbanski, a 2013 graduate of Severna Park High School, was a member of a racist Facebook group called
“Alt: Reich Nation” where Anti-Semitic diatribes appeared on a regular basis.
Several weeks ago two young white Crofton men, hung nooses from a light fixture at Crofton Middle School, which is located in Anne Arundel County. They were not charged with a hate crime.
As of this writing, Councilman Michael Anthony Peroutka, who represents Severna Park and who himself has been associated with a white nationalist group, have not issued any statements.
No condolences to the family of the victim, no condemnation of the alleged act of hate. In fact, there has been a deafening silence among elected officials. Where is the outrage? Where are the voices condemning this senseless murder?
I am fully aware of what is happening in this country. I am cognizant that I do not hear black elected officials speak out forcefully on the death of Richard Collins either. Why have Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Congressman Anthony Brown and others not raised their voices?
I never met Richard Wilber Collins, III, but I know young men just like him. Seeking their place in the sun. Following the rules. Playing by those rules. He did everything right; Matriculated through college, planned to join the armed services to serve his nation. He was a son that any parent would be proud of.
Also, I know young men like Sean Christoper Urbanski, who believe that their white skin ordains them to be special, that they have privileges granted to them by virtue of their “whiteness.” I do not need an FBI investigation to let me know what a hate crime is.
I have seen too many racist acts in my life to be deluded by the silence of those in power, black and white, who are complicit in a system that undervalues black lives.
I am tired of the candlelight vigils, the empty gestures of politicians and their sycophants, who for a position and or a dollar keep their mouths shut. I am a father, grandfather and uncle. I am tired of seeing black men murdered and nothing being done.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that there comes a time when silence is betrayal. In the last few hours there has been far too much silence.
We must demand that our leaders speak and speak clearly. Enough. No more shuffling, no more jiving, no more complicity.
Take a stand or get out of the way.
A Luta Continua!
Carl Snowden is a political and civil rights leader in Annapolis.
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“There’s no problem on the planet that can’t be solved without violence. That’s the lesson of the civil rights movement.” – Andrew Young
Two stories hit my radar and make me wonder what people are thinking … if, indeed, they are thinking … and also make me wonder, as I have many a time in the past year-and-a-half, what has become of our society. 831 more words
BLACK POLITICIAN ‘THREATENED WITH LYNCHING’ AFTER CALLING FOR DONALD TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT
Al Green spoke out against US President, accusing him of ‘obstruction of justice’
By Lucy Pasha-Robinson@lucypashaDonald Trump supporters reportedly threatened to “lynch” an African-American politician who called for the US President to be impeached.
Democrat representative Al Green said he had been menaced with threatening phone calls after he took to the House floor to accuse Mr Trump of “obstruction of justice”.
He reportedly played a number of voicemails that had been left by supporters of the Republican leader at a town hall meeting in Houston, but told the crowd he would not be deterred by the messages.
“We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to allow this to cause us to deviate from what we believe to be the right thing to do and that is to proceed with the impeachment of President Trump,” he said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
One caller reportedly threatened him with a racial slur before saying he would be “hanging from a tree” if he continues to push for Mr Trump’s impeachment.
“When a person talks about lynching you, we think that’s a pretty serious threat,” Mr Green said.
Mr Green was the first member of congress to call for Mr Trump’s impeachment on the House floor earlier this, citing the Republican leader’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey as one of the primary reasons.
“The President fired the FBI Director who was investigating him and said he did it because of the investigation,” he said. “That’s pretty serious. That’s obstruction of justice. We believe no person is above the law, not even the President of the United States of America.”
It comes as a source close to Mr Comey said the former FBI director is now convinced Mr Trump was trying to influence his investigation into Russian collusion in his presidential campaign.