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By Sabrina Rodriguez
By Michael E. Miller
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Luther Campbell
By Kyle Munzenrieder
By Sabrina Rodriguez
By Trevor Bach
By Kyle Munzenrieder
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke explains how the criminal justice system destroys young black men in Miami-Dade County.
A couple of major news organizations, CBS and Sports Illustrated, recently concluded a six-month investigation unearthing the criminal backgrounds of thousands of Division I college football players. The point was to show these programs do a lousy job discovering skeletons in kids' closets. Among the players the report cited is a young man I used to coach at Miami Central Senior High School. His name is Antwan Darling, and he's now a freshman at the University of Cincinnati.
Had the reporters done some research, they would have found he was never arrested in 2006 for firing a gun. They got that wrong. The report also made hay about Darling going to an intervention program on a burglary charge. Again, had the CBS/Sports Illustrated folks done some digging, they would have found police did not turn up his fingerprints at the crime scene and that the footprint inside the home was a size 7. Darling wears 11. The only reason he opted for the intervention program was to put the whole mess behind him. If he had fought the charges, he would have been under house arrest and would not have been able to travel. If he had waited the six months to go to trial, the school would have rescinded its scholarship offer. He took the plea deal so he could go to the University of Cincinnati.
I spoke last week with his mother, who is a full-time postal worker. She was very upset about the tone of this so-called exposé. It is easy to go out and publicize how many times a player got arrested to make the case he doesn't deserve a scholarship. After all, the sensationalism will get people to read the magazine or tune into the network's news programs.
But you don't read about that in the CBS/Sports Illustrated piece. The problem is the criminal justice system's approach to young African-American males, who are seen as money-making commodities. The system ropes off blacks and locks them up to make money for the corrections and justice systems. It also takes away their rights to work and vote.
The judicial process is set up to disenfranchise African-Americans, a majority of whom can't afford their own lawyer and then take guilty pleas to get on with their lives. One result is that ghettos look like Beirut. Another is that individuals with arrest records have a hard time getting legitimate jobs in corporate America.
Inner-city crime is a way for the government to make money. How else will places like Miami qualify for federal funding to beef up police forces? They need a parade of criminals to send to jail. It is a vicious circle that we need to stop rather than sensationalize for ratings and readership.
Since Florida easily has the most transparent Sunshine laws, why not turn the microscope on the folx who're calling themselves watchdogs -- the media. Start plugging reporters' and editors' names into the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's records search (first pay the $24), and see what comes up. I'd be more interested in what emerges from such an investigation as in hearing about college athletes getting in trouble.
They featured a young boy from Iowa in the article as well - the summer headed into his Senior year he and five other student athletes climbed the fence and went swimming in the public pool. Neighbors called the police - 2 of the five students were caught - the other three went down to the police station next day and took accountability - admitted to climbing the fence and swimming. He had just turned 18 - detective Thompson gave him a ticket for trespassing and wrote on the ticket how honest he was- the other boys received nothing - he and his mother went to court on the tresspassing charge and he was arrested for burglary in the 3rd degree- the rookie officer Frost and new county attorney Porter decided to trump the seasoned detective and up the charge - not bad for the state of Iowa - number one in the country for the number of black men incarcerated - not one local news journalist investigated the bogus charges - they failed to do their job - they failed to expose abuse of power. Then CBS/SportsIllustrated comes along their investigation was not founded in seeking truth - but HYPE to sell their story - Barbara Walters was right - American journalism lacks integrity and falls short of protecting the American public from the abuses of power. Even in Amercia citizens fear retaliation - therefore the only real hope of exposing abuse of power comes through the media - apparrently a young black boys life was not worthy of such an investigation and exposure of the abuse didn't seem news worthy - In the book The Elements of Journalism by by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel - Journalist are to follow these guidelines1. Journalism's first obligation is to the truth. 2. Its first loyalty is to the citizens. 3. Its essence is discipline of verification. 4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover. 5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power. 6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise. 7. It must strive to make the news significant, interesting, and relevant. 8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional. 9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.10. The rights and responsiblities of citizens
How far journalist have wandered from the integrity and purpose of their trade.
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
This is an excellent book to read for all of those think that Luke here has no point and that he's playing the race card. It's not all in your head Luke.
If this kid was going to school, staying out of trouble and doing what he needed to do for football, I can't imagine somebody just pulled his name out of the air to make him look bad. My guess is he might not have been arrested or charged with anything but he got himself involved in something he shouldn't have.
I think college should be like employement, arrest record no entry or specialized programs to keep those law abiding citzens safe. When will the black community realize the race card no longer works. People (all colors of people) are sick of the cries and screams from the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and yes Barack Obama. We are all judged the same if we have an arrest record so leave your pathetic race card at home.
Angry black man, being held down by the system...haven't heard this argument before! Get a life and make a difference in your own community, until then, quit writing because your arguments are just as corrupt as you claim "the system" is.
Yes, and they also need to get Government training is shooting. They need to shoot, and hit their rival Gang Banger targets better, not some kid doing homework while sitting on their front porch.
As you serious? CBS and SI wrote an incorrect statement. Big deal, ALL news forms (including Miami New Times) gets things wrong. Why does this particular instance have to be about black vs any other race? What do you call a Hispanic? Some look white, some black, some brown, some yellow. What do you call an Asian? What do you call a Caribbean? Most Caribbeans have "black" characteristics, yet have zero in common when it comes to the approach on life as Mr. Campbell portrays.Instead of pleading for the poor black kid who committed a small crime, why not embrace the clean black kid that never did anything wrong to begin with? There are hundreds of gifted blacks that did not have run-ins with the law. Why aren't there more programs to help them? These are the same kids from the same background, yet if they did not break the law, then no one would feel bad for them enough to care for their needs.Open your eyes to other kids - forget color - focus on the kid.
There's several things wrong with this article. One, it asserts these media outlets lie, because according to the author, they got information wrong about one athlete. He has no other examples to substantiate his claims. The worst case scenario is that the media outlets missed one. But to assert they lie is biased and irresponsible when he has no other proof to back up his claims. He them turns this article into a reason to complain about police forces and completely abandons his original point. The article is amateurish at best. But I guess Campbell doesn't get paid unless he's making someone angry. That's the point of these columns. Sensationalism. The black community deserves better.
Who knew Luke Skywalker could write a coherent sentence. What happened to the Two Live Crew anyways?
again, you make everything about race. it's ridiculous that you have a job. you write like a five year old.
He is an adult now. It won't go so easy next time. It's time to be an adult, accept responsibility and stop rationalizing his problems away. No one went after the kid because he was black. They went after him because he was probably guilty. He pleaded out because he was probably guilty.
The US has about 3% of the world's population yet have 25% of the world's incarcerated. 1 out of 30 people in the US are confined in some way within the criminal justice system(prison, jail, house arrest, parole, probation). There are literally thousands of non-violent crimes that can land you in prison or jail. The police treat the populace as if they were in Fallujah, rather than people that pay their salaries and go to work. Unfortunately, human warehousing is a big business. And to those who are critical to the behavior and act as if everything is fine the way things are....just wait until YOU make that mistake and wind up within that criminal justice system.
Luther said...The judicial process is set up to disenfranchise African-Americans, a majority of whom can't afford their own lawyer and then take guilty pleas to get on with their lives.What he meant was the system disenfranchise's crooks theives and gansters, and when they get caught they plea so their rocords are sealed. no one know what was at the scene,
The system ropes off black people, what in the heck is he talking about? That is an out of line comment and a slander against the Miami-Dade police force, and an apology is due especially to those officers who are black americans.
Granted the news media tends to lie quite often, but to use ones race as a crutch, or to blame others for ones situation in life is wrong. It encourages people to give up and not try to improve their situation. Social welfare programs do the same thing. People need to take responsibility for the way they live their lives and for how hard they are willing to work at improving their lives. I don't care if you are a green martian with purple spots, if you let others tell you that you will have a miserable life because of your color, and that you can't do without someone else helping you and taking care of you, you will never progress or change your situation. If you work hard and strive for the best you can be and can have then your situation will change. Just ask the president, Jesse Jackson, Clarence Thomas, et al.
How long until the African American community stops using the "racial profiling" card?? Seriously, its getting OLD. Look at the prison system's demographics and you will notice one thing: African Americans top the charts. How long until the African American community looks at its neighborhoods and begins to address its problems properly?? Do Jewish people allow anti-Semitism to keep them down or in slums? Hell no! They emphasize education and financial responsibility. The same can go with Asian Americans. We can acknowledge only many cases of racial profiling by police enough times until we realize like any person with common sense that not all stereotypes are inaccurate. Stop acting like a victim and man up!
I guess Yahoo will soon be carrying "STAR" for it's news. This free rag isn't even worthy of the bottom of the bird cage. Time to find a new home page
And you want to run for Mayor? Who in their right mind would vote for an idiot like you? Race card. That's all you're throwing out with this article. From your words Uncle poop, all one can see is that the racist here is not SI nor CBS but rather you sir.Blacks arent the only poor people in this or any other city. Crime is not commited by the color of a person. Crimes are commited by low-lifes. The fact that the inner city is where the majority of those doing the crimes live, is no ones fault but their own.
OK, so 1 case in the CBS report MIGHT not be as strong as it would appear. However, what about the hundreds of other infractions? What about Cam Newton? What's his excuse?
What a crock. You don't need a parade of criminals to get more funding - just a parade of victims. He's excusing criminal behavior by pulling the race card when the streets of Miami are littered with victims, black, white, or other. BS article.
Luke you were doing fine up to the point when you switched from stating the facts that may not have been published, and were providing some insight from a personal standpoint. Then you switched to your opinion, Luke you are predictable in placing the blame for the inner city dwellers problems on anyone or anything else, perhaps maybe, just maybe, they might have some responsibility in the predicament they are in, and I am not speaking of the boy the article began about.
what a stupid conclusion !!!- "The judicial process is set up to disenfranchise African-Americans, a majority of whom can't afford their own lawyer and then take guilty pleas to get on with their lives".... They shouldn't be breaking the law in the first place ... Look at Obama - there is no more excuses ..... the white man BS again ... Boo Hoo friggin babies
Granted the case of Darling is a sack of garbage. Its sad that this young man had to take a plea so he wouldnt lose his scholarship. But Uncle poop, such is not the case with the majority of these cases. You managed to isolate this one case and base your rants about African Americans being singled out. Calling it a money making commodity is as foolish as you are. Our prisons are overcrowded of innocent people. Just ask any prisoner and they'll say they are innocent.Get a life somewhere else please!! We dont need another Al Sharpton talking garbage and blowing smoke up our asses.
So from this article it seems that the judicial system is at fault for all these Ghetto Delinquents, really? Its our fault that the guy who went on a shooting rampage and shot to death two officers for trying to serve an arrest warrant for a previous crime really? or how about the other Ghetto rat who shot up his neighborhood in a drive by and killed a little girl, that is not his fault either huh? The truth hurts in many ways but sometimes we all need to hear the real truth about things in order to see the reality of it all, these are the facts and these are the ways that these individuals live, by their own choice no doubt, no one is making them go out and rob or kill people, its the lifestyle that they all choose to live by it is seen in the music, the clothes and not to mention their tattoo's it is really sad but it is what it is
People it is well past the time to quit playing the race card. Nothing or nobody can stop you from achieving your dreams. It is much easier to cast blame than accept responsibility. You keep doing what your doing you'll keep getting what you've got. A black man is the leader of the united states of america, enough said.
Should have know it would be your column when I saw the tag line. I agree with the others, time to stop playing the race card. It is a little like using profanity when you don't know enough descriptive words to complete a coherent sentence!
So why isn't focus on Florida's prejudice judicial system.The U.S. tax payer has to bail out their police force so millionares like Limbaugh sit on their a$$es in their mansions without a care.It's a tax haven for the rich.No wonder there so much senseless crime there.
Ask black people to stop using the race card?...lol. Never happen, they would never give up their meal ticket. It's always someone else's fault. They are never to blame. Gimme gimme because I am black, I commit a crime but it is discrimination I am held accountable, etc. You would think they would want their people to quit acting like the animals they are (in their music their woman are hos, their brothers are niggers, gold teeth, pantts falling down, etc.) but it is easier to just keep playing the race card and taking the government support,
Also Luke you only point out one case that CBS/SI brought up what about all the other case's they are all wrongfully prosecuted? Luke you ever hear that you hang around the wrong crowd you may get into trouble why don't you investigate who this kid hung around with I bet it was a stellar crowd of people, A students and such. Anyways Luke stop playing the race card we are getting tired of hearing it ok enough is enough. Oh luke just to remind you, you are an AMERICAN and so is the said athlete not an AFRICAN-AMERICAN.
the article says he explains how the police ruin young black athletes lives, but he fails to say exactly how. On top of all that half of the miami dade and surrounding police force is black also the arresting office of said athlete was that is right you guessed it folks BLACK! So lets stop all the black card playing I am sick of it. That said athlete was arrested for a reason he must of been there just because one foot print did not match his or no finger prints found is a load of crap. Also AFRICAN-AMERICANS CUBAN-AMERICANS ETC. HAS TO STOP you are either American or not. They where not born in Africa then moved here but even if that where the case you are now an AMERICAN! AMERICAN one more time AMERICAN!
The truth always hurts and people like you cover your eyes as not to see. However it is written the point was well made.
PROBABLY????? You ruin a persons life based on probably? This is exactly what Luther is talking about. Did you not understand what was said? There was no evedience linking the kid to the crime, nothing matched up not even the footprint, do you get it? No you don't and neither does most in Miami as well as other big cities. Someone has to make the payroll so why not Black youth who seem to be mindless of what is happening to them. What ever happend to innocent until proven guilty? I guest that applies to a particular class of people as always.
Carlos you are right, because the CUBANS look out for one and other. When they steal or cheat they dont tell on each other because a Cuban will steal the sugar out of Ginger bread. And when a Cuban officer kills a black man, he wants to be accepted by the whiteswho in return can not stand CuBANS BECUASE THEY smell like PIGS.
j4real- what world are you living in? Every race and nationality plays that 'card'. Jews do it. Hispanics do it. Blacks and whites do it. Hell, even genders do it now. It is a sad case but it is true. If a white man gets the job over a black man then the black says that it is because he is black. If a black man get the job over a white man, then it is because of affirmative action. If a man gets the job over a woman, it is because the woman is looked at as an inferior choice to the man. If a straight person gets the job over a gay person, then it was because he/she is gay. It is a cycle that needs to stop. Just because there is a black man in the white house doesn't change that fact that this still happens. Look at how Obama is being treated by both blacks and whites.
I do agree with you when you state that no one can stop you from achieving your dreams but it can be very disheartning when there are constant obstacles in your way.
Paul, you are true but a bit misguided. I am black but I do not expect anyone to give me anything. I work hard (2 jobs) for a living to support my family. Not EVERY black person falls into the category that you've described but I will admit that there a quite a few that do. Keep in mind, what you are saying is the equivalent to saying that all white people live in trailer parks, are missing teeth, are inbred and drive pick-up trucks and we all know that is not true. Be careful how you generalize
I do not call myself African-American. I am American. Tell your counterparts to stop calling our President African American or even non-American. I am sick of THAT!! A great deal of blacks are of African ancestry but were not born in Africa. The only way to be called African-American is if you were BORN in Africa and then MOVED to the US. I was born here so I am an AMERICAN!!
Now, I am in total agreement with you - the race card needs to stop being played BY ALL RACES. It is extremely counter-productive and quite honestly just not true. I believe that if you mess up, it is YOUR fault, not your race or someone else's race or who is in office at the time. We as AMERICANS have to start owning up to our mistakes so that they can be corrected (if you so desire). This goes for everyone
No Wayne, we eat pigs just like Blacks and Whites. However, when we first arrived in this Country back in 62 with nothing but the clothes on our backs, we went to work hard to better ourselves. Most of us did not turn to stealing or robbing others. Dont blame the Cubans, whites or anyone else for your misdoings. You have no one to blame but yourselves!!
I agree with much of what you said and you have valid points. Really what it boils down to is people need to take responsibility for themselves...life isn't fair..obstacles are in everyone's way at some point...of course some people have it easier than others..and some people have it harder than others. People really need to put things in perspective and realize no matter how hard you think you have it, there are people overseas in situations that they will never ever be able to change...they have ZERO oppportunity..some have NO RIGHTS at all...just for talking negatively about a political party will get you killed. There is suffering that goes on for children who are born into societies that have NO OPTIONS and likely will never have any in the near future. So when people b*tch and complain about the "obstacles" and "unfair treatment" and especially racial bullsh*t....get the f*ck over it!! Life isn't fair..it never will be...do the best you can with what you have...treat people how you want to be treated..love your family and friends and that's how you will change the future. b*tching and complaining has never gotten anyone anywhere..unless you're a hot chick with a sugar daddy. just saying!