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Certain things will not be forgiven, or forgotten

Popularity 7Viewed 6290 times 2014-3-3 10:45 |System category:Life| Andrew, Young, Lewis, Gill, Sherron

A few days ago, there was a verdict in the British Courts that stunned a few people, but disgusted many.  A judge gave Lewis Gill a four year sentence killing Andrew Young with a ‘single, unprovoked blow to the face’.  While the British press was mulling the issues involved with the incident – ranging from the racial (Young was white, Gill is black) to the judicial (Gill was a ‘career criminal’ who in the process of another court proceeding when he committed this act), another incident caused even more disgust.  Lewis Gill’s mother, Sherron O'Hagan, who could be the stereotypical portrait of everything that is wrong with a ‘welfare state’, told the London Daily Mail, with a remarkable degree of callousness for the memory of Andrew Young and his family, or just outright stupidity (given there is a possibility her son’s case could get appealed for a much longer sentence):


“It was just an accident. It’s not a big deal. This will all be forgotten tomorrow. He’s my son, what do you want me to say? He didn’t mean to kill him and that’s that. […]  This story will be the lining of chips tomorrow. I just don’t understand what all the fuss is about.”


Not going to lie, depending on the year and the location in world history, she would be most likely pleading for her and her family’s life before she because ‘strange fruit hanging from a tree’ with her son.  Various ‘Blood Feuds’ in places like Albania and elsewhere has started for much, much less, yet they have spanned the centuries and haunted generations.  Yet, for all of the seething, she does have a point.  In a week or two, depending of the ‘news of the day’, this story will be nothing more than ‘archives on the Internet’, given the current state of the ‘civilized world’.  Between the overload of information that we are bombarded with every day, and the need to maintain levels of ‘harmony’, we have come accustomed to playing a very macabre game of percentages.  ‘As long as the majority is safe’, and only a very small few are really affected, then the status quo’ is maintained.  In my mind, that has been the mindset in P.R. China for more than a few years.  Lord knows, I have time and time again in the China Daily, People’s Daily, ChinaSMACK, and so on of individuals attacked on the streets – but I would hard to remember individual details.  Kind of reminded of a quote from Joseph Stalin, “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.”


Yet, given the incident that has recently occurred in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, with death of dozens of people in a crowded train station, we are reminded that just playing the odds with ‘harmony’ is a ‘sucker’s bet’.  While we like to think that people like Lewis Gill and Sherron O’Hagan are ‘small in number’ and cannot the effect the overall whole – they can, when it is realized that their numbers are more legion that first expected.  However, there is something that folks like Lewis Gill and Sherron O’Hagan, along with the folks that commit these sorts of acts around the world.  If a society is pushed hard and long enough, then the ancient, Imperial Chinese practice of zú zhū (or a variation of it that has been practiced throughout world history) will be enacted.  Maybe, just maybe, people like Sherron O’Hagan will realize why it is truly important to ‘give a damn’.

Sherron O'Hagan - "What is All the Fuss About?"

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Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-3-3 16:54
Good article. Yes in any death, even if the guilty claim it was an accident surely they should show remorse for it and sympathy to those who lost the loved ones? That is clearly missing in Sherron O' Hagan's reactions. As for punishment, it is of course in Britain and most western nations where 1st degree murder through manslaughter to accidental death come into it. Yes X caused the death of Y, but the law allows for premeditation,  intent, guilty mind.  Sentencing is pretty erratic. I don't know really about playing the odds with harmony. I still like harmony over the alternatives!
Reply Report tradervic 2014-3-4 14:29
ColinSpeakman: Good article. Yes in any death, even if the guilty claim it was an accident surely they should show remorse for it and sympathy to those who lost the  ...
Trouble is "Harmony" is not Harmony, not by a wide measure.
Reply Report voice_cd 2014-3-4 17:04
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Reply Report KIyer 2014-3-5 01:35
This seems a bit like the role reversal of the Trayvon Martin case in the US.. and also one in which a white man shot dead a black teenager in a car for the 'thug music' coming from it.... I wonder how the justice system is different between the US and UK on racial lines..
Reply Report craig32935 2014-3-5 11:43
It's getting ridiculous in America. Now when a crime is committed by a black person the black community gets upset if the description given to the public includes the fact the person was black! Then there are the three hypocrite leaders (losers) that the black community looks to. Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and Louis Farakon. The moment anything happens to a black person by a white person they are all over the media screaming about racism, but when it's black on white or black on black they crawl into their holes and hide.

Even when the crime has nothing to do with a white person they still want to blame it on whites and will lie to do it. Whatever you might think about the Trayvon Martin case one indisputable fact remains. George Zimmerman is NOT a white person. He is Hispanic and even self identifies as such. Why does everything always have to be a race issue? White crime against a black! Racism is to blame. Black crime against a white? Suddenly racism is the justification for it! It seems racism is being use as both a cause and a justification depending on the color of the victim. How absurd is that?

How about the person committing the crime is just a piece of human garbage? White? Black? Does not matter. No using race as an excuse or a blame. Want to blame someone for your ills? Blame your parents. Garbage in equals garbage out.
Reply Report tradervic 2014-3-5 14:51
KIyer, looks like my initial response to you post did not take.  Let me try again - "Justice" is no more Justice, than "Harmony" is Harmony.
Reply Report KIyer 2014-3-5 17:51
tradervic: KIyer, looks like my initial response to you post did not take.  Let me try again - "Justice" is no more Justice, than "Harmony" i ...
well said!

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