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Black people and Chris Dorner

If you're not in the U.S., you may have still heard about this guy named Chris Dorner.  He's the guy who's declared war on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).  Now if you're not from the U.S., this fact alone may sound newsworthy to you.  Unfortunately for us here in the States, it isn't.  What makes it newsworthy is that he's former LAPD himself.  The other newsworthy bit about him is that the LAPD can't seem to find him even though he's hunting the LAPD and their families.  These are the newsworthy bits about Chris Dorner. 

Oh yeah, and he's Black, but that's not really important, is it?  After having read his manifesto, I found that Chris Dorner is targeting ALL of the LAPD, not just the White officers and not excluding the Black ones.  His claim is that the LAPD is an extremely racist and corrupt institution.  He claims that Whites discriminate against Blacks, Blacks discriminate against Whites, and Mexican officers persecute their own countrymen to impress the White officers.  Thus Chris Dorner is not killing cops to push some Black power objective.  He's trying to end racial prejudice in the LAPD.  So it doesn't matter if he's Black, White, Mexican, or Asian.  Racial prejudice is racial prejudice.  

Would you like to know whom also doesn't care about Chris Dorner's race?  The LAPD.  How do I know this?  Because they've been shooting at random motorists trying to find him. In two separate instances, police have fired 30+ bullets into vehicles simply because they matched the description of the vehicle Chris Dorner was driving.  Who was driving these vehicles?  Average folk.  One of them was filled with Korean women.  For those of you who have never seen a Black person before, I'll let you know that, for the most part, we don't look like Koreans.  We really, really don't look like Koreans, so much so that the LAPD could have easily distinguished these female drivers from their Black male adversary if they'd bothered to look in the car before opening fire.  Thus race doesn't seem to be a factor in determining which random civilians the LAPD open fire on.  

Yet even though race does not play a part in this scenario, Chris Dorner is a Black guy.  With that being said, people of all races are going to begin looking at Black people, Black Americans specifically, and ask "How do you feel about this development?"  Well, being a Black American who lives in America amongst other Black Americans that care deeply about our Black American people, I would judge myself a good source of info for the mood of Black Americans on this issue.  So I'll give you the answer as clearly as I can.  Here it is:

Unless we have a relative through blood or marriage who is an officer of the law, we're really excited!  We want to know how long he'll last until he gets killed.  We hope he has a good run and makes some positive changes in the LAPD with his high-profile actions.  Notice, I did not say we're waiting to see how long before he gets CAUGHT.  We know he's not going to get caught.  The LAPD, despite any protestations to the contrary, is trying to kill Mr. Dorner.  Otherwise, they would have tried to look inside the cars they've been recklessly shooting at.  Why would we have enthusiasm about a man gunning down cops and their families?  Well....

Although I've explained that the situation between Dorner and the LAPD isn't about Dorner's race, Black people have had serious problems with the LAPD for over 50 years.  Police brutality from the LAPD has sparked two different incidences within Black communities in the Los Angeles area: the Watts riot and the L.A. riots.  They're also suspected of being directly involved in the shooting of rappers Tupac Shakur and Christoper Wallace (2 Pac and the Notorious B.I.G.).  Honestly, the LAPD is the poster child for police corruption and racial discrimination in America.  Nope, not any police organization in the South.  The LAPD.  

Now we're not going to be TOO open about our excitement.  Black Americans like to publicly portray ourselves as loving creatures that sympathize with our White masters, but I'll just let you in on the secret because I like my fans.  We're psyched and that's why. 

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