…case in point, the case of Renato Hughes Here are some excerpts from the story, feel free to ignore my added commentary:
“Three young black men break into a white man's home in rural Northern California. The homeowner shoots two of them to death but it's the surviving black man who is charged with murder.”
O.K., why should I give a damn here? Really, if three young men of ANY color break into my house and I can shoot them, I would. If the state has a law that can be used to charge the survivor, oh well. Further:
“In a case that has brought cries of racism from civil rights groups, Renato Hughes Jr., 22, was charged by prosecutors in this overwhelmingly white county under a rarely invoked legal doctrine that could make him responsible for the bloodshed.”
Again, Why should I care? If he decided to break into a house and got his friends to come along and they got killed, he is as responsible if he had them in a car when if he was drunk and the friends died in an accident. Further:
“Prosecutors said homeowner Shannon Edmonds opened fire Dec. 7 after three young men rampaged through the Clearlake house demanding marijuana and brutally beat his stepson. Rashad Williams, 21, and Christian Foster, 22, were shot in the back. Hughes fled. Hughes was charged with first-degree murder under California's Provocative Act doctrine, versions of which have been on the books in many states for generations but are rarely used.”
Again, why the hell should I care? Because this idiot criminal is Black am I supposed to care just because we share a skin color? It is sad that two brothers are dead and another young brother is going to jail, BUT, they decided to commit a crime, and there are consequences when you do that. Simple as that. Here is the part that really pisses me off:
“The NAACP complained that prosecutors came down too hard on Hughes, who also faces robbery, burglary and assault charges. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. The Rev. Amos Brown, head of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP and pastor at Hughes' church, said the case demonstrates the legal system is racist in remote Lake County, aspiring wine country 100 miles north of San Francisco. The sparsely populated county of 13,000 people is 91 percent white and 2 percent black. Brown and other NAACP officials are asking why the homeowner is walking free. Tests showed Edmonds had marijuana and prescription medication in his system the night of the shooting. Edmonds had a prescription for both the pot and the medication to treat depression”
Will somebody tell the NAACP to shut the hell up? First off I like how they point out that Hughes was a member of a church, I hope that he repents then and changes his life. The kid is probably being charged with 2nd degree manslaughter and unlike his FRIENDS, he will live and may get out of jail at some point.
The NAACP here again is championing someone who IS guilty of a crime and yet the NAACP has not taken on the issues of VICTIMS of Black on Black crime (such as Dunbar, but I digress), the horrible education systems in Black inner city and rural areas, rampant misogyny and woman hatred in the Black community and the distorted contorted imagery of Black males forwarded by media.
Again, I am not saying throw criminals to the wolves; I am saying that the NAACP should pick their battles a wee bit better.