The Court martial of Jackie Robinson.

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Jack Roosevelt Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American professional baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era.Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. The Dodgers, by signing Robinson, heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

In 1942, Robinson was drafted and assigned to a segregated Army cavalry unit in Fort Riley, Kansas.

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Having the requisite qualifications, Robinson and several other black soldiers applied for admission to an Officer Candidate School (OCS) then located at Fort Riley. Although the Army’s initial July 1941 guidelines for OCS had been drafted as race neutral, few black applicants were admitted into OCS until after subsequent directives by Army leadership. As a result, the applications of Robinson and his colleagues were delayed for several months. After protests by heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis (then stationed at Fort Riley) and the help of Truman Gibson (then an assistant civilian aide to the Secretary of War), the men were accepted into OCS.The experience led to a personal friendship between Robinson and Louis. Upon finishing OCS, Robinson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in January 1943. 

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Lt. Robinson was an officer with the 761st Tank Battalion.  That unit of African-American soldiers – later dubbed “The Black Panthers” (and “Patton’s Panthers”) – became famous when they fought for 183 straight days in Europe (including at the Battle of the Bulge).  Their motto was “Come Out Fighting.”

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If an eventful bus ride had not sidetracked Jack Robinson, during the summer of 1944, the 2nd Lieutenant could have been with his men when they shipped-out to Europe.  Instead, he faced charges of insubordination, resulting in a court-martial.

An event on July 6, 1944 derailed Robinson’s military career.While awaiting results of hospital tests on the ankle he had injured in junior college, Robinson boarded an Army bus with a fellow officer’s wife; although the Army had commissioned its own unsegregated bus line, the bus driver ordered Robinson to move to the back of the bus.Robinson refused.

The driver backed down, but after reaching the end of the line, summoned the military police, who took Robinson into custody.When Robinson later confronted the investigating duty officer about racist questioning by the officer and his assistant, the officer recommended Robinson be court-martialed. After Robinson’s commander in the 761st, Paul L. Bates, refused to authorize the legal action, Robinson was summarily transferred to the 758th Battalion—where the commander quickly consented to charge Robinson with multiple offenses, including, among other charges, public drunkenness, even though Robinson did not drink.

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By the time of the court-martial in August 1944, the charges against Robinson had been reduced to two counts of insubordination during questioning. Robinson was acquitted by an all-white panel of nine officers.

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The experiences Robinson was subjected to during the court proceedings would be remembered when he later joined MLB and was subjected to racist attacks.Although his former unit, the 761st Tank Battalion, became the first black tank unit to see combat in World War II, Robinson’s court-martial proceedings prohibited him from being deployed overseas; thus, he never saw combat action.

After his acquittal, he was transferred to Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky, where he served as a coach for army athletics until receiving an honorable discharge in November 1944.While there, Robinson met a former player for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League, who encouraged Robinson to write the Monarchs and ask for a tryout. Robinson took the former player’s advice and wrote to Monarchs’ co-owner Thomas Baird.

 

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The Battle of Bamber Bridge

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The Battle of Bamber Bridge was an outbreak of racial violence and mutiny that began in the evening of 24 June 1943 among American servicemen stationed in the British village of Bamber Bridge, Lancashire. Coming just days after the 1943 Detroit race riot.

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The incident was sparked by the attempted arrest by white Military Police (MPs) of several black soldiers from the racially segregated 1511th Quartermaster Truck regiment in the Ye Old Hob Inn public house.

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In the following hours, the situation was further inflamed by the arrival of more military police armed with machine guns, and the response of black soldiers who raided the armoury and armed themselves with rifles. A firefight broke out, and continued until the early hours of 25 June. The fight left one soldier dead and several MPs and soldiers injured. A court martial after the event convicted 32 soldiers of mutiny and related crimes, but put blame on poor leadership and racist attitudes among the MPs.

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On 20 June, 1943, an estimated 100,000 black civilians travelled from Detroit city to the Belle Isle on the Detroit river to relax in the 90 degree heat. Rumours began to spread of a black woman and her baby being murdered, which quickly led to tensions and later fighting on the way back to the city.

The rioting tragically resulted in 25 black people dead, 17 shot by the police, and riots quickly spread to Texas, Massa, Ohio, Harlem and 4,000 miles to North West England. Bamber Bridge had been the headquarters for the 1511th Quartermaster Truck regiment for several months, and many of the American black soldiers would socialise in Preston.

On the evening of Thursday, June 24 1943, several black GIs decided to stay in Bamber Bridge and drink in thatched pub the Olde Hob Inn. At 10 pm, the drinkers in the pub jeered as closing time was announced, the atmosphere already tense between the GIs from the news of the riots in Detroit. Military Police passing by attempted to arrest one GI in the pub, resulting in a backlash from other drinkers.

A British soldier asked: “Why do you want to arrest them? They are doing nothing wrong.” However, they then attempted to arrest several more GIs between the pub and Adams Hall, their base. The result ended up in a GI being shot and injured. Three Military Police vehicles set it off again at midnight after a brief calm period, by returning to the base armed with a machine gun. The word was spread from the gates to the several hundred soldiers inside, who broke into storerooms for weapons and ammunition.

They smashed through the gates and headed into Bamber Bridge, where they launched an attack on all Military Police and vehicles. British civilians watched as their quiet town erupted in violence and gunfire, forcing many to hide indoors away from the chaos. The Military Police set up a road block and again tried to arrest the disorderly GIs. Local policeman alleged that the Military Police ambushed the GIs by trapping them in the road with machine guns. One GI was shot and died several days later. More than 20 men were found guilty and charges included resisting arrest and illegal possession of rifles. Sentences ranged from three months to 15 years, but most soldiers had these reduced and were serving again within a year.
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Dallas Shootings

I am deviating from my usual blogs and I always try to stay out of the Political arena, but I felt compelled to voice my observation and that is all they are , my observations.

It is truly awful what happened in Dallas but also what happened in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.

Why did this happen, why are Police officers shooting innocent black men?

The easy answer would “It’s because they are racists” and no doubt, there are some racists cops but any grouping will have racists elements in its midst, because it usually is a reflection of society as a whole. Of course I am excluding the groups who base their existence on racism, but in general any group or organisation will be a scaled reflection of society.

However these shootings are not fueled by racism but by paranoia. Paranoia which has been created by liberal PC lobby groups.

If a Police officer stops anyone, all they have to do is play the race or ethnic minority card, even when they have committed a crime there is a good chance they will get away with it, but this is not a black or white thing. It is a black.white,lgbt,traveller thing. All because we can no longer call people for what they are.

I do not envy any law enforcement officer in any part of the world because this is a global thing. The only thing we can turn this around is by acknowledging that with human rights also come human responsibilities and accountability.

Going back to the shootings,lets not forget that some leaders of the African- American community encourage and endorse the shooting of law enforcement officers. Below are some examples, and before you say it “these are songs” they are not just songs. Every song is an opinion and a message from the artist. In fact that’s why in many countries you don’t need any license to sell music albums/singles or books because they are not seen as products but opinions. I am not saying this is the only reason cops get killed but it doesn’t help.

Bone Thugs-N-HarmonyFuck the police, fuck the police, fuck ’em!!!
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Fuck the police, fuck the police, fuck ’em!!!
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Fuck the police, fuck the police, fuck ’em!!!
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Fuck the police!!!
(You muthafuckin’ right)

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Eeney meeney miney mo
Catch a piggy by the toe
Click clack pow, officer down

 

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This pig he is the chief,
Got a brother pig, Captain O’Malley.
He’s got a son that’a a pig too,
He’s collectin’ pay-offs from a dark alley.

 

 

Cop Killer (Single Bootleg)

I’m a cop killer, better you than me
Cop killer, fuck police brutality!
Cop killer, I know your family’s grieving
(Fuck ’em!)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even, ha ha

 

 

 

The last example is a song called “99 problems” by Jay z,  the second verse was about a time he was pulled over by a cop while he was in possession of cocaine. The verse is really stating how he got away with it.

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“The year is ’94 and in my trunk is raw
In my rear view mirror is the mother fucking law
I got two choices yall pull over the car or
bounce on the double put the pedal to the floor
Now I ain’t trying to see no highway chase with jake
Plus I got a few dollars I can fight the case
So I…pull over to the side of the road
And I heard “Son do you know why I’m stopping you for?”
Cause I’m young and I’m black and my hat’s real low
Do I look like a mind reader sir, I don’t know
Am I under arrest or should I guess some mo?
“Well you was doing fifty five in a fifty four”
“License and registration and step out of the car”
“Are you carrying a weapon on you I know a lot of you are”
I ain’t stepping out of shit all my papers legit
“Do you mind if I look round the car a little bit?”
Well my glove compartment is locked so is the trunk and the back
And I know my rights so you gon’ need a warrant for that
“Aren’t you sharp as a tack are some type of lawyer or something?”
“Or somebody important or something?”
Nah I ain’t passed the bar but I know a little bit
Enough that you won’t illegally search my shit
“Well see how smart you are when the K-9’s come”
I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one
Hit me”

It is not only black artists who sing about killing or harming cops there are plenty of white ones to, but even the majority of those white artists are from the Hip Hop scene, which is part of Mobo and is more popular with black kids then white kids.

Combine a liberal(no responsibility required) agenda, with a PC lobby fueled by incitement of hate and ridicule old traditions and values and you have the perfect cocktail for disaster.

Racism is not black or white it is universal.

People have been allowed to disrespect cultural values for decades now, and those who scream “I am a victim ” the hardest are being heard and believed the most often without any real basis or facts to back it up.

Racism is created when people are perceiving something to be unjust and it is not addressed properly by the state by either change that perception or deal with it in a just way, and if that means you will have to offend some people well then so be it. But just ignoring it, which is happening all over the world at the moment.it will create and is currently creating the return of Fascism and Nazism.