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Police Officer Throws Grandfather to the Ground-Paralyzing Him
By Rev. Jeff Hood
April 21, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "HP"
- The dirty secret about the attack on Sureshbhai Patel is that a homeowner
called in and reported him as, "...a skinny black guy, he's got a toboggan on,
he's really skinny."
The video is horrific. Madison, Alabama police officer Eric Parker slammed
Sureshbhai Patel into the ground hard enough to paralyze him. There was a time
when lynchings were carried out by mobs. Now, we have created a much more formal
process of carrying out violence against oppressed and marginalized people.
Badges and uniforms are handed out so that those we place in authority can
intimidate and repress those that we think are less worthy of life. The
temptation is to say that Eric Parker is an animal and dismiss the entire
situation. The truth is that Eric Parker was simply doing what we paid him to
Upon arrival, Officer Parker realized Patel did not speak English. Instead of
having patience, Officer Parker grew more aggressive. How many times does this
same situation play out over and over again throughout our nation? People who
are unable to understand and speak English are treated like shit. What makes us
think that our language is superior to every other language on earth? The truth
of the matter is that the only language that our whole nation is fluent in is
the language of violence and oppression. Officer Parker simply played out the
way that we treat immigrants all the time...we push them around, treat them with
suspicion and tell them to go home. What began as racism, turned into xenophobia
and ended up in a crime of hate.
Ever since I heard about the story, I have not stopped praying for Sureshbhai
Patel. When I told a religious friend of mine how concerned I was about this
story, I was chastised, "If he is Hindu, then you need to first and foremost
pray for his salvation." Who the hell is going to pray for our salvation? We are
an evil, intolerant and oppressive people in desperate need of an antidote. The
first step of recovery is admitting you have a problem. For the love of God, can
we please stop and admit that we need help?
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