Several lawmakers took to the House floor Monday evening to make the “Hands up, don’t shoot,” gesture to protest the police shooting of the unarmed Ferguson teen, Michael Brown.
“Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said as he took the floor. “In community, after community, after community, fed up with police violence in Ferguson, in Brooklyn, in Cleveland, in Oakland, in cities and counties and rural communities all across America.”
Jeffries added that people are fed up with injustice, a broken criminal justice system and “continuing to see young, unarmed African-American men killed as a result of a gunshot fired by a law enforcement officer.”
What about white folks getting shot by cops?
Once again, the very people that scream the loudest about racial polarization are doing their best to make sure that it stays that way.
And then there’s this:
Rangel went on to address the idea of reparations for slavery, suggesting that it goes beyond money. “Some people may talk about payment for restitution for past crimes committed against human beings,” he said. “But that restitution could be the ability to say that we’re going to make certain that people of color in this country would be able to have access to the same type of education, live where they want to live, compete against anybody for the job, and not feeling that they’re inferior because people have been taught that just because they have a different complexion that they are superior.”
Mr. Rangel, your people are held down because they allow themselves to be held down. They’re taught from one generation to the next to let the government take care of them without contributing a damned thing.
One of my favorite sayings, and it’s a widely spread sentiment, is that I’m willing to help anybody that’s willing to help themselves. But when your ‘Congressional Black Caucus’ starts demanding more from folks that have worked to get where they are to give to those that have spent their entire lives with their hands out for their free shit, then you can kiss my lily white ass.