#MNR: THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST
“For some strange reason I foresee my outcome. Sorta like fate was foreseen by Malcom.”
I gotta keep it a buck. My mind is all over the place for this blog. First, it’s 11.22, a famous date in American history (IYKYK). Rittenhouse walked (as expected). A pilgrim in upstate NY was given NO jail time for raping multiple women. The pilgrims representing the crackers who assassinated Ahmaud Arbery have done everything except show up for court in the local grand wizard’s outfit. Memphis took one of its own out of the game. We’ve got a lot to unwrap, so I’ll put my news anchor hat on and give my best Chuck Scarborough impersonation. Here's the weekly rundown. Light it. Let’s levitate.
LONG LIVE TAMIR RICE
On this day in 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, an African American boy, was shot and killed in Cleveland, Ohio, by officers responding to a call of a male with a gun. Reports say that it was indicated that the gun was probably fake, but allegedly, this information was never given to the police who arrived on the scene. Initial reports also stated that Tamir was “possibly a juvenile,” leaving plenty of ambiguity regarding Tamir’s age. Timothy Loehmann was the PIG who pulled the trigger, having done so within seconds of arriving upon the scene with his partner Frank Garmback at the wheel. Loehmann was fired, but only because he lied on his application for employment. The city of Cleveland decided against indicting either officer, and the Justice Department ruled that the officers did not commit a criminal offense. It’s the wanton disregard for Black life that will forever make me want to go Larry Davis over this situation. I’ve looked at several pictures of Tamir; he looks like a boy in EVERY pic. The cops pulled up and began to fire within seconds. This was and still is a tragedy, make no mistake about it. But what hurts my heart to its core is reading responses (blogs, social media, comments) from “Americans” who looked at the situation with an “oh well” attitude. "He should of this," "he should of that." He was a boy, for heaven’s sake. A boy. Police (allegedly) are trained to deescalate a situation. Loehmann had it in his heart to shoot as soon as he pulled up, and he did. The boy was 12. It just goes to show how much Black lives are devalued. If a police killed a 12-year-old white boy that day we’d still be hearing about it to this very day. It’s just a microcosm of the country we live in. Black lives do not matter. They never have. Rest easy, kid. I’m a rep your name until the Lord calls me to join you.
RIP JFK BUT YOU AIN’T MY COUSIN. I’D RATHER SPEAK ON TAMIR’S LIFE. I HAVE NO INTEREST IN WHOMEVER ASSASSINATED YOU.
I tried to told y’all. I tried. I tried my best to paint the “not guilty” picture for y’all. I was correct. Kyle Rittenhouse, murderer of two, George Jefferson walked out of criminal court in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Scott free. It always helps to have the judge on your side, and Rittenhouse did. I chronicled the judge’s exploits in last week’s MNR. The prosecution was not allowed to refer to the victims as victims. The gun charge was thrown out of court ahead of the decision. Rittenhouse was allowed to pull the final jurors’ names out of a raffle, as if he were the BINGO guy at your great auntie’s senior night at the rec center. In all honesty, Rittenhouse deserved to be found not guilty as per the standards set forth by the charges and the way the judge ensured certain evidence was presented to the jury. There was no way he was going to be convicted of first-degree murder. The evidence just didn’t show it. And, as much as many hate to admit it, he WAS defending himself. It hurts (for some) to hear, but it is what it is. They were all on his punk ass. He had heat with him. He used it to get them up off his bitch ass. Personally, I felt he’d at least have to pay some time for the AR-15 he carried and killed with. As soon as that charge was tossed, I knew that he was good to go. I know, I know. I know exactly why you’re mad. You’re mad because a white BOY was able to (literally) get away with murder. Welp, I can’t help you on that one. If you open a book, you’ll learn that it’s the American way. Or, perhaps, you’re just mad because you knew what was coming – and it came. I don’t quite know what to tell you, other than stay your Black ass out of the state of Wisconsin unless you’re going to get up with Coo Coo Cal in his projects. It ‘tis what it ‘tis.
Christopher Belter, a well-to-do pilgrim, will not serve ANY prison time after entering a 2019 plea deal to attempted first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape, and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. The charges stem from FOUR SEPARATE incidents in 2017 and 2018 in Lewiston, NY. He and all of the victims were under 18 at the time. Belter had been on interim probation the past two years, which he violated. And guess what? Judge Matthew J. Murphy STILL declined to imprison Belter, instead giving him a sentence of eight years of probation and ruled that he must register as a sex offender. The judge stated that prison time would be inappropriate. WHAT IN THE ENTIRE FUCK? The judge claims he prayed over the situation, and that it “seemed to him” that incarceration wasn’t appropriate. I don’t even need to pull a Monday Special on this one. This is the definition of egregious; it’s as flagrant as flagrant can be. Black folk and other POC get football numbers for far less, yet this privileged pilgrim gets to avoid prison time altogether, and he took all types of pussy. If it seems eerily familiar, it’s probably because you’re thinking about the Brock Turner case. He was the demon who was only given six months in prison for heinously raping a woman in broad daylight behind a dumpster in Santa Clara County, CA. In that case, the fact that he was a Stanford student on the swim team led Judge Aaron Persky to have sympathy for that savage piece of shit. White privilege is still undefeated in 2021. Lord help us all. My heart goes out to all the victims. I pray you ladies can rebound from this bullshit. Justice (in my mind) involves a 300-pound cellmate in Attica with a penchant for violating other men’s assholes, and Belter is his celly. Bend over, grab your ankles, and start singing “Ignition.” The remix, bitch. Die slow, MF.
JUSTICE FOR AHMAUD
Closing arguments have ended in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial, with the prosecution set to deliver its rebuttal tomorrow morning. In sharp contrast to the Rittenhouse trial, everything about this case leads me to believe that all three defendants will be convicted of malicious felony murder. All the testimony leads me in that direction. I’m not worried about the fact that 11 of the 12 jurors are white. I’m confident that they will yield guilty verdicts. That should make some of you who are on edge breathe a bit easier, especially if you know me personally. I’m almost always incredulous regarding Black justice, dating back to my youth after I witnessed the Anita Hill/Clarence the Coon Thomas Congressional hearings and the Rodney King trial. But, from a pure legal standpoint and with consideration to all the evidence presented, those three hateful pilgrims will never see freedom again. There are over 100 Black pastors down there in support of the family. Let’s pray that their prayers are fruitful. Even as a devout believer, I’m not big on pastors or their grandstanding, so my words are a bit tongue in cheek. Irrespective of my cynicism, I pray that the pastors are truly there to do the Lord’s work. I pray that justice is served to those three devils.
HOME IS WHERE THE HATE IS
South Memphis entrepreneur and rapper Young Dolph was assassinated in his own hood five days ago on 11.17.2021. Dolph was revered by many in the rap game. In addition, Dolph showed an acumen for business, as CEO/Artist of the successful independent label PRE (Paper Route Empire). He also reportedly owned scores of properties in the Memphis area. Like all the great ones of all walks of Black life, Dolph took care of plenty of people. He put his cousin Key Glock on, paving the way for him to be a successful rapper in his own right. He supported diverse Black businesses in Memphis. I don’t claim to be a Dolph fanatic, but I respect his work. “100 Shots” was crazy. I loved the “Large Amounts” video. The old school baby blue Benz was very, very fresh. I don’t want to speak on any rumors or speculation; none of it will bring Dolph back to his babies or his wife or his family. I’ll leave it at rest in paradise, young CEO. You are already missed.
GO STREAM/COP DOLPH’S WORK. HE OWNED HIS MASTERS. HIS FAMILY EATS OFF THAT ENTIRE PLATE.
There’s so much more to say but this is the outro. Stay dangerous.
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