There’s an old saying that “one cannot plant corn in the spring and expect to harvest wheat in the fall.”
The meaning is very simple: You get what you plant, and you get what you raise.
Recently Juror 8 stepped forward. She was one of the jurors in the Jordan Davis murder case.
Davis was the young teenager who was in an SUV blasting loud music in a convenience store parking lot when Michael Dunn pulled up and parked next to the vehicle.
In a nutshell, Dunn and the teens in the car got into an argument over their loud music and Dunn ended up pumping 10 bullets into the car, killing Davis in the process. Dunn was found guilty of attempted murder against the three teens who lived, but there was a “hung jury” regarding the first-degree murder charges against Dunn for killing Davis.
So when Juror 8 spoke out, many black people criticized her. Why? Because she said that in the deliberation of the charges, race didn’t play a factor. Michael Dunn, the shooter, is white. Jordan Davis, the victim, is black. Juror 8, whose name is Creshuna Miles is black.
On Facebook and all over the Internet, many blacks have attacked the juror for her honesty in stating that her job was to find justice for the defendant Dunn or justice for the victim Davis.
Now I know for myself that race would have been a major factor had I been in the jury deliberation room. But as a community, black folks all over this country haven’t been raising young Malcolm Xs, Muhammad Alis, Winnie Mandelas or even Fred Hamptons.
So if we get a young 21-year-old female juror who wears her hair in a natural style yet cannot see race, whose fault is it? Have we planted corn in the spring and now are expecting wheat in the fall?
Have we allowed the white educational system where we readily send our children to shape their mindsets and then are now upset when they think the way they do?
This column comes at the tail end of Black History Month. How many of you have offered or gone to any events celebrating this month?
How many of the armchair activists on Facebook have done anything more than run their mouths and post attacks while not getting off their butts to do a thing?
How many who criticize the young jurist have put themselves on their local school councils and PTAs to make sure that the next generation of young black children are educated to think and not just be puppets of the instruction they received?
I want to thank a local school for inviting me to their Black History Celebration assembly.
I won’t name the school because as I sat in the middle of the gym, I was aghast at the mumbling that came out of those students’ mouths as they took to the microphone.
To those young men I say this: Enunciation and pronunciation are what every last one of those leaders, of whom you spoke, did.
They spoke loudly, clearly and precisely.
They didn’t say “mo” instead of “more”; “stoe” instead of “store”; “fo” instead of “four.”
I was dismayed to see those young men sitting in the stands being silly as they awaited their turn onstage.
When parents and the public are invited to see them shine, they should excel like the future stars they are.
To their administrators and parents, I say this: You harvest what you plant. You get what you raise.
Expect little and get just that.
Demand excellence and accept nothing less.