From CNN Monday, September 16, 2013
(CNN) -- Police in North Carolina shot and killed a man running toward them Saturday morning -- but he may have just been looking for help after a car wreck.
Officers responded to a "breaking and entering" 911 call at a home in Charlotte. The homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly.
Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them.
One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was "unsuccessful." Another officer then opened fire, police said.
Jonathan Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times.
He was unarmed.
Police now believe Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car.
Ferrell was 24 and a former football player at Florida A&M University (a historically black public university in Tallahassee)..
Officer Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of Jonathan Ferrell
(CNN) -- No sooner had the tiara been placed atop her head than a barrage of racist tweets flooded the Internet.
"If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one.
"WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" screamed another.
Nina Davuluri is American. She just happens to be of Indian descent. In fact, she's the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America.
RECIPE – Suffering Soufflé (an all-time American favorite)
Take one culture rooted in Calvinist depravity.
Add convenient scapegoats designated by race. Wipe away any residual traces of the image of G-d from the formerly human faces.
Stir in a full measuring cup of deep denial about inveterate racism.
Add a media whose primary intent is to whip up and maintain fear in order to sell consumer goods
(Best if you use the Murdoch brand which deliberately confuses fear-mongering chatter for news.)
Stir in an antiquated amendment to the Constitution which has lost all of its contextual grounding and become idolatrized.
Now add unlimited weapons from the world’s largest arms industry with its inexhaustible lobbying funds.
Add a sprinkle of misanthropic “entertainment” featuring criminal activity (bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do?) to provide a blank check for whatever comes next.
Mix in unlimited and unquestioned police discretion with little citizen oversight
Now add four human beings, three white and armed, one black and unarmed.
Mop up any excess blood.
Pour into a baking dish greased with denial.
Bake for 237 years on low to medium heat.
Let cool and serve cold-blooded.
The Rev. Harry Scott Coverston, J.D., Ph.D.
Member, Florida Bar (inactive status)
Priest, Episcopal Church (Diocese of El Camino Real, CA)
Instructor: Humanities, Religion, Philosophy of Law
University of Central Florida, Orlando
If the unexamined life is not worth living, surely an unexamined belief system, be it religious or political, is not worth holding.
Most things of value do not lend themselves to production in sound bytes. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++