In a preacher’s cadence and with his two Super Bowl trophies behind him, Ray Lewis released a video on his Facebook page decrying black men killing other black men. Ignoring repeated attempts from Black Lives Matter sympathizers to clarify misconceptions about “black-on-black crime,” Lewis condemns Black Lives Matter for not caring, really, about black lives.
Why do we always find ourselves half the victims, and now we have the separation once again that we’re being victimized because of one bad white cop, two bad white cops, three bad white cops, killing a young black brother. But every day we have black-on-black crime, killing each other?
During his sermonette, Ray Lewis does not mention that on February 21, 2000, he, along with two friends, was indicted on two counts each of felony murder, malice murder, and aggravated assault. He struck a deal with the prosecution and pled guilty to a misdemeanor in exchange for his testimony against said friends.
We will never know exactly what happened the night of January 31, 2000, when Lewis and his entourage got into a fight outside an Atlanta nightclub. We don’t know exactly how the two black men, Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, the kind of men we might hope Lewis needs to know we care about, were killed.
What we do know is that the knife believed to be the murder weapon was traced to a sporting goods store where Lewis was signing autographs a day before. We know that Lewis, according to the testimony of a family friend and witness, possessed the receipt to that knife. We know Lewis’ signature was found on the receipt. We know that Ray Lewis told various misleading and knowingly deceitful claims to the police about key facts concerning that fateful night.
We know that since his trial, Lewis has defended his innocence by pointing to his wealth and subsequent success, summarized with indemonstrable statements like “if you knew — if you really knew — the way God works, He don’t use people who commits anything like that for His glory.”
We know that Ray believes we have no reason to believe he could involve himself in such violence because “I was dressed out, had my jewelry on, my fine mink coat…The nicer you’re dressed, the less inclined you are to get in a fight.”
And we know that activist Tamika D. Mallory responded over Instagram, saying “Someone please tell Ray Lewis that while I appreciate the fact that he wanted to preach today, many of us have been dealing with violence in our communities for a long time. Where has HE been when orgs needed help getting the message out. Ask him ppl working with our youth can’t get funding and support from ppl like him.”
At the end of the video, Ray Lewis reminds his viewers that “for everyone you hurt, you will be held accounted for.” Ray wants you to believe in him. Do you?
You can watch the full video here:
We Must Change What We Are Doing my heart is hurting – we must do better
Posted by Ray Lewis on Saturday, April 2, 2016
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