Ray Lewis appeals for focus on black-on-black crime

Cites ‘first-hand experience’ with one of America’s gravest problems.

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(Note: in a way, I understand Lewis’ words.  If you have something on your conscience, then you have the need to do the good that you can.  What Lewis says should not be disregarded.  However, his past hurts his standing on this issue.)

 

Ray Lewis was one of the best defensive linebackers in the last two decades. A now-legendary football player, his on-field skill is matched only by his devotion as a family man.

With his attention-grabbing share of a Black Lives Matter video, add devoted social activist to that list.

Lewis raised the troubling issue of black-on-black violence, criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement for the narrowness of its focus. The movement, he said, misses the reality that most black men are killed by other black men.

“Now we have the separation once again that we’re being victimized because of bad white cops, killing a young black brother,” Lewis said, addressing the nation.  “The March murder rate rose by 29 percent, but we’re not rioting in the streets about black on black killing each other.”

“I know firsthand,” he added, “that sometimes devoted black cops, white cops – are no match for the code of the street.”

Lewis elaborated that his experience in murder trials adds to his credibility as a spokesman.

“Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar were black men,” he said.  “Those two brothers were killed by other black men.”

The most difficult aspect, Lewis said, is breaching the code of silence and standing up to the fear of retaliation.

“The ghetto code, you know, is you don’t help cops find your friends,” he said.  “I call on black folks all over America to find the courage to help with investigations and break the silence.  If the silence had been broken, maybe there would be justice for Jacinth and Richard.”

“If only I could have identified the guilty party,” Lewis added. “Criminal justice just isn’t my strong suit. ”

“I would urge them to come forward and advance the cause of justice.”

 

  1. Slayings not forgotten, Ray Lewis not forgiven

    ‘   Cindy Lollar-Owensays she doesn’t know if Lewis did or didn’t stab anybody — just that Lewis was there and that evidence suggests he was involved…Lollar also was ready to have a family. His fiancé, Kellye Smith, was pregnant with his daughter, born about a month after his murder.
    The daughter is now 12 and attends a private school near Atlanta. The family says it tries to shield her from the details of her father’s death.”His attitude during the deposition and everything wasn’t that great,” Katheryn Smith says of Lewis. “He disappointed me in the things he said. But I decided I wasn’t the one (to judge). You have to leave that up to God, you know? He was there when it happened. I think they all got off fairly easy, but I don’t have any hard feelings. I think he had a bad choice of friends.”   ‘

  2. Cognac, knives and fists

    ‘Lewis admitted lying to police when they came to interview him later that day. He said he doesn’t know what became of the cream-colored suit he had on that night. He left his clothes with a friend because he had to go to Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl. Prosecutors contend the clothes and other evidence was dumped in a fast-food restaurant’s trash container.Though several witnesses had testified that Lewis was involved in the fight, the player said yesterday: “It’s something I don’t do. I don’t fight, period.” ‘

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