Thursday, July 8, 2010

Oscar Grant Trial and Possible Riots!

The Oscar Grant trial has concluded. Well, technically, it's the Johannes Mehserle Trial, since he is the accused. But most people refer to this trial as the Oscar Grant Trial, because he is the focus on the case. 22 year old Oscar Grant was penned down and shot to death by two white BART police Officer in the Oakland area. The entire incident was captured on video by several bystanders and the images of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shooting an unarmed black man has sparked fears that Oakland could erupt in violence if he is acquitted or given a favorable verdict of involuntary manslaughter. The Oakland police is rallying law enforcement from as far away as 100 miles to deal with a possible riot.

When I uploaded a video discussing the case, a viewer commented:

"Maybe because it's not a diversity committee in an elementary school, it's a jury. It's kind of racist to think that the racial composition of the jury matters in the outcome of the trial. If that's the case, then we should have white people try white people and black people try black people."

According to the U.S. Census, 10.6% of the population in the city of Los Angeles is black.

9.6% of the population in Los Angeles County are black. How you can have a juror that represents the LA population with having one black person on the jury is beyond me. But let's get real.

Perception matters!

Fair or not, how people perceive situations matter. If a white cop is caught on camera shooting and killing an unarmed (and penned down) black male in Oakland, CA, it's not going to look good when you have a jury of 12 and not one of them is black. It's bad enough that the officer shot a man in the Oakland community and didn't have to face a jury from that area, but now the trial is being held in Los Angeles and somehow not one jury (or alternate) is black. There are usually 12 jurors and 4 alternates. That's 16 people who will judge Johannes Mehserle.

I strongly believe that there needed to be some black jurors on this trial for one simple and obvious reason. If this man doesn't receive a verdict of second degree murder and there no black people on the jury, most black people in Oakland probably won't view the decision as legitimate. And that is a huge political and security problem. Obviously, most blacks in Oakland won't riot, but there is a fear that many young people will go on the offensive. I'm not encouraging violence in any way, but I have to say that not having one black juror was an unwise decision.

Originally, I didn't think there would be a riot, but then I spoke with a fellow Youtuber pdlumina on the phone and he said that he spoke with several black friends about the situation. Frankly, he seemed worried to me. He told me that they believed that there were a lot of young people gearing up for something. His black friends expressed fears that things may get out of control.

You can view pdlumina's "Summer of Terror, riots could pop off soon. LA, Oakland set for anarchy this week" below.

Now, I know that some people are going to read this and say that "Oh, but things have changed since the 1992 riots." Yeah, the president is now black and the overall situation for blacks (and virtually everybody else) is worse. Regardless of who's to blame, things are worse. And people are on edge.

In closing, I don't know if there will be riots in Oakland, but I believe that there is something brewing in this country. People (black, white or everybody else) are getting sick and tired of being bullied. They don't want the government running their lives. They don't want to be taxed more while the Democrats and Republicans give their money away to the criminals on Wall Street. They're sick of the shady deals in Washington, the lies of the corporate-owned mainstream media, the continuous bailouts of the so called too-big-to-fails, the government's cohesion with the villainous BP, the severely depressing job market, the reckless payday-in-the-strip-club deficit spending, the unnecessary wars and the overall situation in this country.

The people are sick of it.

And now the people of Oakland have this cop who shoots an unarmed man in their community. People have lose their jobs, homes, lifestyles, families with little hope for the future and now they have to tolerate what appears to be bullying by the police. People may say, "Enough is enough."

I hope we have peace, but this may push people to the breaking point. I'm not saying that there will be riots, but you should at least prepare just in case.

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  1. Reg, Your absolutely right, perception does matter. Too many people feel disenfranchised and getting the short end of the stick for far too long. This feeling is spreading very quickly to the middle class and white community. I personally feel this is the major reason why separate cultures have formed between many races is because of the lack of the perception of belonging and feeling included. Perception, especially of justice is extremely important in maintaining social order.

  2. I just think that one black juror could have gone a long way. Just a thought.

    I don't want to see another riot. This country is depressing enough.

  3. Then that black juror will be biased and it will deadlock. And it will continually deadlock forever. LOL By demanding blacks in the juror you are making it a race crime instead of shooting crime. There is no proof of racism on the shooters part so you can't do that.