Who will save the babies—not the cops, politicians or the preachers!
Edward Matthew Glass again I want to thank you for that nugget of a phrase I found from you in my email. I could not have said it better—it was PRICELESS!
If you missed what he said about the worst kind of racism found in the black community. He said, “It is the kind of racism you have to fight off with one hand because the other hand is too busy writing trying to keep slave negroes (including family) from attacking me (behind my back) while I defend them.”
He hit a homerun with me. In 1970 on my successful sports talk show “Inside Sports” I coined a phrase I closed out my show every Saturday evening with. “Every black I saw was not my brother and every white face was not my enemy! I learned the hard way thanks to John Thompson, Sugar Ray Leonard, James Brown, Dave Bing, Adrian Dantley, Darryl Hill, Adrian Branch, Cathy Hughes, Chris Thomas, Cornelius Greene, Michael Wilbon, Jair Lynch, Kevin Blackistone, Bill Rhoden and Larry Fitzgerald, Sr. Each one of them came through Kids In Trouble and Inside Sports before their 15 minutes of fame. The common denominator after success, they all disappeared without a trace. And then there were the already made super-stars who faced racism despite their star-status and had to turn to me for help and support, they include, Jim Brown, Calvin Hill, Don King, and Doug Williams.
NFL runners Jim Brown and Calvin Hill smiling faces telling lies
What made me and Inside Sports different from today’s media personalities—I was a community personality and star all-around athlete when I hit the airwaves in 1965. It all started with radio talk show icon, Petey Greene. He was my partner and mentor. Petey gave me 5 minutes on his show, “Petey Greene’s Washington” every Sunday evening on W-O-L Radio to talk sports and the rest is sports talk radio history. Today’s black media personalities only become experts as it relates to the black experience after they are hired as a writer at the Washington Post, New York Times or become an reporter on one of the local TV channels. Check their backgrounds and track records for working in the war zones of the inner-city in the fight for civil and human rights before they became media personalities—you will come up with zero. Their only hands on black experience is walking and driving while black.
WR for the champion Virginia Sailors minor league affiliate Washingto Redskins
The real problem in the black community it is overrun with Player-Haters. They bring with them, envy and jealousy traits that run deep. Success of any kind experienced by another person of color whom does not sell-out and can think for one’s self are often seen as a “Trouble Makers!”
Far too many blacks think white folks hate them—the truth told is that white folks envy us and want to be like us! For example; the suntan lotion business is a trillion dollar industry and it is not because our cabinets and shelves are overrun with the product. Why do you thing big butts, big lips, big noses are the in-thing with white folks today? They take our soul and jazz music and claim it as their own. They even take our gestures, high fives, fist bumping, dance routines (NFL). Do you remember the big deal they made over The President and First Lady Fist Bumping on National television? They also take our radio sports talk formats “Inside Sports” aka Washington Post. Read below of how the Washington Post and its owner Katharine Graham stole Inside Sports while I was in studio doing my show. She liked the show so much she took it and I was only five minutes away with her sports editor George Solomon and Michael Wilbon, Dave Dupree, Donald Huff, Byron Rosen, Leonard Sharpiro in studio talking sports. No surprise this has been their mode of operation for over 400 years.
Washington Post sports editor George Solomon kneeling with sun glasses 2nd from right
This is letter I received from Katharine Graham’s son Donald as they were in the process of stealing my show tag Inside Sports asking for anonimity.
The problem is that we don’t like ourselves. When are we going to understand that the 1% are not going to volunteer to give their Power & Money to us (reparations or out of the realm of logical thinking in 2018). Those of you who think you have made it are in for a rude awaking. You can run, but you cannot hide behind those Gated Communities forever. It’s a given you will eventually have to come out and join “The Real World’ and when you do there is the possibility you or your children will encounter racism in the blink of an eye.
Racism comes in all sizes and colors the worst kind is an encounter with a white or black racist cop with a badge and gun on a lonely and dark road. The road can be in Rock Creek Park in the Nation’s Capitol, or a stretch on Lottsford Road in Prince Georges County or DaKalb County in Atlanta. When that scared cowardly cop gets out of his or her car and approaches your vehicle with their hand on their gun before he ask to see your driver’s license and registration the first thing he sees is your black face—you are guilty as charged with a DWB (driving while black).
You won’t have time to explain that you are from, Trinidad, Haiti, Jamaica or some other Caribbean Island and you are not black—too late. He has already determined who you are by your black skin (the big N). Racism/Police Brutality is American as Apple Pie. It is often said if you don’t know your history you are bound to repeat it. In 2018 we are repeating the 1800s. I am going to give you a quick History Lesson 101 as it relates to racism and police brutality in America. It all started during slavery when the slaves ran for their freedom and were chase by the slave owners with guns, dogs, whips, ropes and house nigras. Many slaves were caught and hung by their necks from the nearest tree. Today little has changed because the former slave owners became card carrying members of the KKK and they were the first to infiltrate today’s police departments all across the country. They found the FOP and the FOP is now the KKK.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser appointing troubled cop Peter Newsome as new DC Police Chief. His past history is of domestic violence and a known alcoholic. He was found in a DC street lying drunk with gun in hoster. Help is definitely not on the way in DC.
I spent 50+ years working in the streets in the District, Maryland and Virginia with police officers in each jurisdiction. I have seen “The Good, Bad and Ugly when it comes to cops”. My two brothers were law-enforcement officers. I was up close and personal as they experienced “The Thin Blue line and the Code of Silence” from their fellow officers while trying to be ‘Good Cops in the hood’ in corrupt departments (U. S. Marshall & DC cop). My best friend Andrew Johnson was a DC cop and homicide detective and he retired as a Supervisor with the DEA. My mentor Luke C. Moore the first modern day U. S. Marshall appointed by the President of the United States. We walked arm and arm with Willie Wood (NFL) during the 1968 riots on the U Street corridor.
Judge Luke Moore and Redskins LB Harold McLinton (Santa), WR Roy Jefferson and Hall of Fame LB Dave Robinson play Santa’s Helpers for needy children.
DC’s first black chief Burtell Jefferson meets Top Cop Sgt Earl ‘Bull’ Bell
Luke was later appointed as a judge for the DC Superior Court and maintained his relationship with Kids In Trouble and Inside Sports. During the late 60s I was a youth gang task force member with the DC Department of Recreation and Parks Roving Leader Program. DC’s first Black Mayor Walter Washington appointed former New York City Police Chief Patrick Murphy as his Public Safety Director. I was one of the Roving Leaders assigned to meet with Mr. Murphy once a month to discuss a strategy to overcome our gang problem. Patrick Murphy later became known as the “Godfather” of Police Community Relations in America.
Politico Magazine in 2014 published an article titled “PG County the Ferguson Next Door.” The article is about the lessons we should have learned from PG County’s History of Police Brutality (one of the worst in the country). In 2007 a young black man who was arrested for the hit and run death of a PG cop was found hung in his cell in a Upper Marlboro jail (on Chief Melvin High’s watch). A jail security guard was charged with conspiracy in his death.
I was overjoyed that my friend Federal Judge Alex Williams a regular on Inside Sports and a member of the Board of Directors of KIT was the sitting judge. He sentenced the jail guard to a year in jail for conspiracy. The real killers are still on the loose. Last year two cops from the PG County Police Department on appeared on Fox 5 News wearing a hood talking about the rampant racism in the PG County Police Department. Several months later another PG County cop appeared on NBC TV 4 news echoing the same concerns.
Former Federal Judge Alex Williams participant in a KIT Forum
The Chief Hank Stawinski claims “There are no racial problems in his department and requested the two officers to bring their complaints to him!” Fat chance, if these officers are scared of their own colleagues what chance do we have as black residents in the county and in this country? In 2016 I wrote an open letter and send it Priority Mail requesting a signature to Gov. Larry Hogan. My complain “Cowboy Cops” patrolling the streets harassing residents in packs of threes. I also challenged him to go to the Upper Marlboro Court House on any given Monday morning (Under Cover Boss). I suggested he sit in traffic court and count the number of blacks vs whites (8-1). I never received a response. His office confirmed he had received my letter.
Governor Larry Hogan–the buck stops at the top. No light at the end of the tunnel.
I also emailed Pastor John Jenkins of First Baptist Church of Glen Arden and asked him for his support, his response, “Dear Brother Bell, I feel your frustration, but I am in contact with our Chief of Police and our States Attorney and we are going to work through this. We must pray and keep the faith.” Recently two poorly trained cops were shot by a resident while trying to serve a warrant on the wrong home. Have we forgotten this same scenario took place in Tennessee several years ago where a husband and wife were watching the evening news on television in their home when police broke down the door in a raid of their home only to discover too late they had the wrong apartment! They were met with gun fire from the husband John Adams who was shot and killed. The white officers were 24 and 25 years old. Mr. Adams was 61 and black. A jury not representing the black community consisted of eleven whites and one black. No surprise they acquitted the white Lt. Steve Nokes who led the raid and the two white cops walked away free men to kill again.
Lets fast forward to Dallas, Texas and Renee Hall the black chief of police who claims she cannot fire officer Amber Guyger after she shot and killed 26 year old Botham Jean in his own apartment. He was unarmed—I will bet you Chief Hall has been brain washed with “It’s us against them” mentality. The next time a cop tells how dangerous their job is remind him or her they volunteered and they were not drafted.
It is amazing how silent the politicians, ministers and community advocates have become during these tubulent times of police shootings of unarmed black men in our community. It makes you wonder what Pastor Jenkins is talking about with the Governor, Chief and States Attorney? We can measure if a change is going to come when our New County Executive takes office in November. Her top priority should be change at the top of the PG County police department. If there is no change–things will remain the same and the cops will keep shooting and we will keep ducking!
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