Regarding the incident in the killing of Stephon Clark: OK, enough is enough. Impeding basketball patrons, blocking traffic and disorderly conduct at Sacramento City Hall meetings has to stop.

It’s time to resolve this problem sensibly with communication that leads to positive action. The real problem is a case of “Excessive Force,” that is the first issue.

The second issue is what does the black community of Sacramento need to be validated as an inclusive group in Sacramento? It appears that the Stephon Clark shooting is now more about the black community of Sacramento and which has somehow been overlooked or isolated economically and that their deprivation is somehow laid at the feet of city government as being the blame.

I’m sorry, but as a person who grew up in a segregated society of America, the community I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a self-reliant community. Was there substandard housing ? Yes. Were there restricted areas of employment? Yes. Were there substandard levels of living? Yes.

But out of necessity, we had our own grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, clothing stores and recreational venues. We never had our hands out as if we were entitled, we took care of our community in spite of the circumstances. We knew that the Lord, not the government, would make a way somehow.

We never asked the city, state or the nation for assistance other than to be treated like human beings as “created equal” as our Constitution stated. Our marches for equal rights were peaceful and showed the violent nature of those who oppressed us. We showcased the mindset that drove the use of “Excessive Force.”

Those who are perceived as black community leaders in the Sacramento area need to lead, and that leadership should be without the instigation of “poverty pimps” like Al Sharpton, who will come into town to exacerbate the pain of a grieving community.

Question: When did the black community of Sacramento lose its “feeling” of inclusion? While Sacramento has seen fit to declare itself as a “Sanctuary City” for illegal entrants, the legal citizens of the black community seem to have fallen by the wayside. How did that happen? And now after angry actions over the killing of a young man, there is this urgency to fix something that both parties allowed to happen over a period of time?

Let's talk solutions and not act on feelings but facts. Fact: a young man lost his life due to “Excessive Force" of law enforcement personnel. Why? What emotional mindsets caused them to shoot 20 rounds of ammunition in such a rapid movement at a person who did not return fire after they fired the first shot? Why weren’t they aware of the lack of return fire until after expending 20 or so rounds? This is the real issue.

To my brothers with the “Do Rags” and sagging pants, act like you have some sense and home training. Understand that the methods of H. Rap. Brown and Stokely Carmichael did not move the nation toward respect of their fellow man, but strategic planning and self determination did.

Morris A. Curry, Jr.


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