The Blackout Defense is soon to be a staple of defense attorneys everywhere, and will be coming to a courtroom near you soon. In Black Run America, criminality is but the logical outcome of years of pent-up aggression to an unjust system that mandated the persecution of Black people.
In London, England murder was once a rarity, but now a permanent fixture of life in the capital of the United Kingdom. The culprits aren’t the sons and daughters of Albion, though. Perhaps the Blackout Defense will be exported to England to help those unfairly indicted once they reach a criminal trial.
Donnell Buckner was just a mild-mannered Black guy who was traversing his kitchen with the final destination being his refrigerator and a plate of cold fried chicken. What happened next is still in dispute, though what is established is that Mr. Buckner never had the opportunity to consume the fried chicken:
The killing happened in an instant, according to Donnell Buckner: three, maybe four shots fired in a time warp forged by a momentary loss of consciousness.
One moment he argued with his estranged wife, Buckner testified last week, the next she lay dying – blood on the walls of their Lehigh Street, Wilkes-Barre home and a .357 Magnum in his hand.
“I panicked and I ran,” Buckner said, underscoring his contention that he blacked out just before last spring’s shooting and never intended to harm his wife, Kewaii Rogers-Buckner.
Buckner’s claim is a focal point of his defense and, according to psychiatric and legal experts, could mean the difference between guilt and innocence or 20 years in prison and a life sentence.
Attorney Elizabeth Kelley, of Cleveland, Ohio, said a “blackout” defense could insulate a defendant like Buckner from questions of pre-meditation and intent, undermining a prosecutor’s ability to secure a first-degree murder conviction and a life sentence or the death penalty.
“Most often it’s successful in terms of mitigation,” Kelley said. “You can not defend the indefensible, you have to acknowledge that there was a crime, that there was a victim.
By the same token, you have to acknowledge before the court that your client did what he or she did only because they functioned differently than other normal people.”
Buckner, 35, faces a mandatory life sentence if a Luzerne County judge convicts him of premeditated, first-degree murder.
He faces 20 to 40 years in prison if the judge, Tina Polachek Gartley, convicts him of third-degree murder. The trial is scheduled to resume today, with testimony from Dr. John O’Brien, a Philadelphia psychiatrist who examined Buckner for prosecutors, and closing arguments.
Gartley, who is sitting in place of a jury, could begin deliberating her verdict by mid-afternoon. Buckner’s attorneys, William Ruzzo and Mark Singer, and the prosecutors, Ferentino and Frank McCabe, are under an order from Gartley not to make statements to the media and were unable to comment for this story.
Dr. Richard Fischbein, a psychiatrist who evaluated Buckner for his attorneys, said Buckner had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but never reported blacking out until after the killing. Blackouts, Fischbein testified, are not usually associated with bipolar disorder.
Prosecutors are skeptical of Buckner’s blackout claim and the assistant district attorney who cross-examined him, Jarrett Ferentino, attempted several times to bridge his memory gap. “Who shot your wife?” Ferentino asked.
“That’s what happened that night,” Buckner responded. “You did it,” Ferentino said, incredulous at Buckner’s supposed blackout. “You shot her not once, not twice – three times. You don’t remember her pleading for her life, that her last words were ‘No, Smokey, stop!’?” “No, I don’t,” Buckner said. Stephen Dinwiddie, a forensic psychiatrist and professor at the University of Chicago, said blackouts like the one Buckner described are possible, but not necessarily linked to any specific psychiatric condition.
“It’s very common for murder defendants to report amnesia for some or all parts of the murder,” Dinwiddie said. “It’s very difficult to tell: is this completely legitimate? Is the defendant not telling the truth about his memory? Or is it something in the middle?”
Buckner’s supposed blackout could have been the loss of consciousness at the time of the incident, the path Bucker said his brain took, or a later loss of memory of the event because of head trauma or the excessive use of drugs or alcohol.
“You have to make the distinction between memory and awareness,” Dinwiddie said. “The more complex the behavior, the more it looks like it’s goal directed, the less plausible any argument that there was no awareness at the time is going to be.”
Rogers-Buckner obtained an emergency protection-from-abuse order four days before the shooting, prohibiting Buckner from having contact with her or entering their home. Buckner claimed he was not aware of the protection-from-abuse order when he entered the home, saying Rogers-Buckner invited him over to see their 9-year-old son.
Buckner said he entered the home through a back door and, before seeing his son, grabbed his .357 Magnum from a shelf behind a washing machine. He claimed he had heard investigators had obtained a search warrant for the home.
Buckner said he went to the refrigerator, pulled out leftover fried chicken, put it on a plate and into the microwave. As the food cooked, Buckner’s son walked into the kitchen.
The boy smelled the chicken and wanted something to eat, Buckner said. Rogers-Buckner wanted the boy to go back to bed, Buckner said. The boy returned to bed and Buckner said he and his wife argued.
Then, he said, he blacked out. Buckner’s stepdaughter testified last week that she heard her mother pleading for Buckner to stop after Buckner fired the first gunshot. The girl recalled running downstairs after the third shot and, from the edge of the kitchen, seeing Buckner standing over her mother in the adjacent living room.
“I think he’s trying to put the pieces together,” Fischbein, the defense psychiatrist, said. “Why it happened. How it happened. He takes responsibility for what happened, but he doesn’t know how it happened.”
“The Blackout Defense” – we shall keep a watchful eye on the proceedings of Mr. Buckner’s trial, for the legal precedent could be set with his case that forever exonerates future criminals from facing justice for their crimes. Already, we have seen one such intriguing
Though, fried chicken is once again seen as the catalyst for a harrowing scene that is being replicated all across America, confirming that this most disconcerting drama is becoming an alarming trend across the nation thanks to a fowl delicacy.
In France recently, a Black defendant attempted to utilize the burgeoning Righteous Black Anger defense for the crimes of raping numerous white women.
Well, criminals in America will soon embrace The Blackout Defense to ensure their absolution, though some could claim a Blackout is already occurring regarding criminal reporting.
The sins of the past come to haunt those in the present, even if those supplying the justice claim Blackout in their defense.
Sadly the color of crime is becoming more obvious by the day, but the efficacy of The Blackout Defense could make the new judges presiding over cases in America think twice before sentencing commences.
Michael Jackson famously bleached his skin in an all out effort to become white; had plastic surgery to replace his God-given looks with features that esthetically would be deemed white; and had his hair straightened in an attempt to undo nature, replicating the same techniques that millions of other Black people employ.
Though he ran away from his Black roots his entire life (attempting to have the outward appearance of a white person in the process), Jackson found a precious moment to acknowledge them with the 1992 music video to his song Remember the Time:
The video was set in ancient Egypt, and featured groundbreaking visual effects and appearances by Eddie Murphy, Iman, The Pharcyde, Magic Johnson, Tom “Tiny” Lister, Jr. and Wylie Draper.
Black people have long found Ancient Egypt a fascinating subject and source of pride, because Egypt is in Africa and logically must be an African nation. Just like the Black people populating Michael Jackson’s music video (an interview from Jet magazine with Michael Jackson about the music video can be found here), the Ancient Egyptians were Black people, and the intriguing erections that jettison into the barren desert are a constant reminder of the past glories of a people long since gone.
Those who believe some long dead ancient race built the pyramids are mistaken, as the long-standing monuments that still deliver awe-inspired looks of astonishment upon the faces who them in person were built by Black people.
Aliens had nothing to do with assembling and constructing the stones that comprise the pyramids or any of the trappings that make Ancient Egypt so intriguing and exotic. It was Black people.
Now, the question of where these intellectually-gifted and architecturally-minded geniuses drifted to is a question most Black people never pose nor consider answering: only the celebration of a long-dead civilization that has the geographic advantage of being on the African continent – thus making it Black in origin – is allowed.
Though scant evidence for inventions, metallurgy or descendants of this long dead Black civilization possessing similar intellect required for the creation of such an impressive civilization exist today, Black people still celebrate Ancient Egypt as their own.
In the seminal book, Not Out of Africa, the author provides mountains of evidence – all sourced – that helps to dynamite intellectually bankrupt ideas regarding Ancient Egypt that have spread throughout intellectual circles and infested the Ivory Halls of academia like Credit Default Swaps did in the 2008 financial markets:
Although I had been completely unaware of it, there was in existence a whole literature that denied that the ancient Greeks were the inventors of democracy, philosophy, and science. There were books in circulation that claimed that Socrates and Cleopatra were of African descent, and that Greek philosophy had actually been stolen from Egypt. Not only were these books being read and widely distributed; some of these ideas were being taught in schools and even in universities.
Ordinarily, if someone has a theory which involves a radical departure from what the experts have professed, he is expected to defend his position by providing evidence in its support. But no one seemed to think it was appropriate to ask for evidence from the instructors who claimed that the Greeks stole their philosophy from Egypt.
Normally, if one has a question about a text that another instructor is using, one simply asks why he or she is using that book. But since this conventional line of inquiry was closed to me, I had to wait till I could raise my questions in a more public context. That opportunity came in February 1993, when Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan was invited to give Wellesley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial lecture. Posters described Dr. ben-Jochannan as a “distinguished Egyptologist,” and indeed that is how he was introduced by the then President of Wellesley College. But I knew from my research in Afrocentric literature that he was not what scholars would ordinarily describe as an Egyptologist, that is a scholar of Egyptian language and civilization. Rather, he was an extreme Afrocentrist, author of many books describing how Greek civilization was stolen from Africa, how Aristotle robbed the library of Alexandria, and how the true Jews are Africans like himself.
After Dr. ben-Jochannan made these same assertions once again in his lecture, I asked him during the question period why he said that Aristotle had come to Egypt with Alexander, and had stolen his philosophy from the Library at Alexandria, when that Library had only been built after his death. Dr. ben-Jochannan was unable to answer the question, and said that he resented the tone of the inquiry. Several students came up to me after the lecture and accused me of racism, suggesting that I had been brainwashed by white historians. But others stayed to hear me out, and I assured Dr. ben-Jochannan that I simply wanted to know what his evidence was: so far as I knew, and I had studied the subject, Aristotle never went to Egypt, and while the date of the Library of Alexandria is not known precisely, it was certainly only built some years after the city was founded, which was after both Aristotle’s and Alexander’s deaths.
Black people profess a belief in Afrocentrism, the belief that all that is good and great in the world comes from the supple and capable hands of Black people and that all evil and maliciousness is the hallmark of white hands only. The existence of Ancient Egypt as a Black civilization rests at the pinnacle of the theory of Afrocentrism, and no matter what scientific discoveries might uncover, Black people cling to the idyllic and romantic notion of a long-lost advanced society that was distinctly Black.
Michael Jackson’s music video provided all the evidence Black people needed to support the supposition that Ancient Egypt was Black, and should have closed the lid on such a superfluous argument once and for all.
It has not as contrary to the claims of Black people everywhere, Hollywood is prepared to make yet another film without a Black leading actress. However, the affront this time is too great as Angelina Jolie has been cast as Cleopatra:
Angelina Jolie is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but her “perfect” looks have some critics complaining she’s all wrong for her latest role.
Earlier this month producer Scott Rudin got the Internet buzzing with his announcement that he was developing a Cleopatra biopic “for and with Jolie” based on Stacy Schiff‘s book “Cleopatra: A Life.”
Schiff raved about the choice, telling USA Today, “Physically, she’s the perfect look.”
But some members of the African American community beg to differ — they are outraged by the casting decision and say Jolie is “too white” to play the Egyptian Queen.
“I don’t care how full Angelina Jolie’s lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film,” Shirea Carroll wrote in an editorial for Essence.com.
“I firmly believe this role should have gone to a Black woman…What’s next? A biopic on Sojourner Truth played by Betty White?”
This isn’t the first time Jolie has found herself at the center of a debate about race in Hollywood.
In 2007, she sparked serious controversy when she wore tinted make-up to play the role of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl‘s wife Marian, who is partly of African descent. Pearl herself took to the press to defend Jolie, telling Time Magazine, “It is not about the color of your skin. It is about who you are.”
While experts can’t say with certainty what Cleopatra looked like, physically speaking, Jolie is probably not the most historically accurate choice. For starters, she’s probably too tall, beautiful and skinny, according to what historians now know.
“Sadly for those who seek the secret of her personal allure, the more we study Cleopatra’s surviving images, the less certain we may be of her [allegedly gorgeous] looks,” Susan Walker, a senior curator at the British Museum, told the British Sunday Times.
In fact, according to ABC News, Egyptologists insist that the legendary temptress, known for having used her beauty to seduce Roman Emperor Julius Caesar and general Mark Anthony, was actually “short, fat and plain.”
Black people being forced to suffer the indignity of watching a film that contradicts the Michael Jackson music video Remember the Time and the learned teachings of Afrocentrism is a horrendous offense that no amount of Black actors being cast as Nordic Gods can bring atonement too.
A pyramid can be found in the great Black city of Memphis, Tennessee… exactly as pyramids can be found in the great ancient Black civilization of Egypt. That should be all the evidence necessary to warrant Black people’s claim that Ancient Egypt was a Black civilization and that Jolie should thus be barred from portraying Cleopatra.
A land of eternal mystery, Ancient Egypt is a Black civilization that has been lost to the sands of time and the memory of this Nubian land is corrupted by nefarious white people bent on removing any shred of evidence that connects Black people to their rightful heritage:
This “celebration” marked the high-water mark of Afrocentrism, a movement that had begun in the academy in the 1980s and gained astonishing momentum with the publication of Martin Bernal’s “Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization” (1989). According to various Afrocentric books and popular assertions, ancient Egypt invaded ancient Greece, Plato and Herodotus somehow picked up their ideas in travels along the Nile, and Aristotle stole his philosophy from the library at Alexandria. Though the arguments were contradictory and scattered, the point was that Western civilization had been founded on materials and discoveries borrowed or stolen from black Egyptians.
During this whirlwind of dubious scholarship, the academic world mostly remained mum, hiding behind the curtain of academic freedom and withholding its criticism lest a statement of simple truth be branded “racist.” For a 1991 column in U.S. News & World Report, I phoned seven Egyptologists and asked whether the ancient Egyptian population had been “black.” Of course not, they all responded, but not for attribution, since, as one said, “this subject is just too hot.”
Truth is no ally of those who desire to win a debate with one who promotes theories populated with Afrocentrism.
Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes Angelina Jolie portraying Cleopatra, a casting move that contradicts the historical reality of Ancient Egypt and dares to question the validity of Michael Jackson’s most important contribution to contemporary Black history.
Remember the Time? Attempts to Black-wash Egyptian history fail historical reality, as the attempts to white-wash Michael Jackson’s body in life finally helped bring about his untimely demise.
A Vuvuzela-induced media blackout on crime in South Africa has thus far occurred during the 2010 World Cup. Though a nation perennially awash in a poisonous amalgamation of both petty and appalling crime (boasting one of the highest murder rates in the world) the inhabitants of South Africa have been disinclined to acquiesce to the normal predilections that govern their behavior.
It appears that South Africans are exercising restraint in dealing with the 300,000 visitors from across the world who ventured to watch their teams play soccer. It would appear that way, but the image of a united South Africa disengaging themselves from wanton criminality for the duration of the World Cup is slipping as the façade of harmony is fading (this story took place on June 27th):
Five Australian football fans were among nine people tied up and robbed at gunpoint in a terrifying hold-up in their hotel room following the Australia-Serbia World Cup match in South Africa.
The Nine Network said that one of the female victims was sexually assaulted during the robbery, staged by four armed men at the hotel in Nelspruit.
They were found by another Australian guest, Steve Gaynor, who told Nine that one of the victims, believed to be a member of the Australian Federal Police, had kept the others calm during the nightmare ordeal on Thursday.
Mr Gaynor had found his room had been robbed with about $10,000 worth of equipment, including his laptop and passport, stolen.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had confirmed the incident, News Limited reported.
The robbery and assault occurred after the group had returned in the early hours of Thursday morning after watching the Socceroos beat Serbia 2-1.
Only highlights from “the pitch” (what Europeans call a field) make it out of South Africa, though six of the seven African teams have been eliminated (France is an African team masquerading as a European team), with only Ghana caring the Black Flag for those of African descent everywhere.
Ghana – nicknamed the Black Stars for the maritime company Marcus Garvey created to transport Black people back to Africa – has an entire continent supporting them. Indeed, African Pride is alive and well thanks to the Black Stars, though enthusiasm for teams that fail to have Black athletes appears nonexistent:
Last week, the parks boasting massive screens showing matches across South Africa’s largest city were heaving with fans some of whom had travelled up to eight hours to “feel it,” partying all night with vuvuzela horns blasting and testing the nerves of nearby residents.
But one week into the tournament, a cold spell of weather added to a disappointing defeat by South Africa to Uruguay on Wednesday have left only a few dozen die-hard believers, wrapped up warm and huddled together braving the outdoor parks where temperatures have hovered around zero degrees.
“South Africa is not doing so well, nor are the other African teams,” said Ndumiso Mdlongwa, a 28-year-old waiter.
“This is why there’s less people.”
In 2006 when the finals were held in Germany, tens of thousands of fans partied deep into the night throughout the country in the fanzones which proved massively popular and an enduring memory from the tournament.
No, the only stories that matter emanating from South Africa deal with soccer, or as The New York Times would have you believe the shocking number of white coaches for Black teams:
This is supposed to be Africa’s World Cup, but Africa’s teams, many on the verge of elimination, are still not entirely Africa’s teams.
Not with Sven-Goran Eriksson, the Swede who spawned a thousand tabloid headlines in England, coaching Ivory Coast despite not speaking French or any of the country’s indigenous languages.
Not with Lars Lagerback, another late recruit from Sweden, coaching Nigeria. Not with the French former star Paul Le Guen coaching Cameroon, and not with Carlos Alberto Parreira, the classy Brazilian, back in charge of South Africa.
Foreign coaches have been a fixture in African soccer since the beginning at the World Cup. In 1934, when Egypt became the first African nation to participate in the tournament, James McRae of Scotland was the manager. It took 36 years for another African team to participate, and when Morocco managed it, in 1970, the coach was Blagoje Vidinic of Yugoslavia.
But this is a deeply symbolic year and occasion, one that was supposed to underscore the possibilities of Africa and its present-day qualities. How inconvenient, then, that of the six African teams in the tournament, only Algeria is coached by one of its own: the 64-year-old Rabah Saadane.
“For my country, it’s symbolic, because Mr. Saadane is the man who qualified us for the World Cup,” said Madjid Bougherra, an Algerian defender. “It’s been 24 years since we qualified, and Mr. Saadane was the coach then, too. He is very respected in Algeria, and I think it gives a good image, the right image for Algeria to have an Algerian coach.”
For the other five African teams, it looks very much like a missed opportunity, and the situation, although more nuanced than it first appears and hardly new, remains a wellspring of continental angst.
“Let me put it this way,” Simaata Simaata, general secretary of the Zambia Football Coaches Association, told the BBC this year, “it’s like saying David Livingstone discovered the Victoria Falls. No, David Livingstone was the first European to see the Victoria Falls. There were already local people who knew where the mighty wonder of the world existed, and they were the local scouts who knew the terrain. That’s the way we view the contribution of foreign coaches.”
South African officials have been critical of the coverage journalists have been providing for those interested in what is transpiring in South Africa besides soccer. Once again, The New York Times believes soccer is the ultimate weapon for bringing harmony to the nations of the world and bridging racial gaps:
South Africa is a country where race is not the subtext of existence. It’s the text.
I was at dinner the other night with my cousins, white South Africans divided as to whether they still have prospects here. The elder men said things like, “I now feel like a visitor,” or “The future is for the blacks.” They see race relations worsening, corruption spreading and inefficiency rampant.
Not the youngest among them, a law student in his mid-20s, proud African, brimming with indignation at his elders’ perceived conceits: “Is it race or is it class?” he asked. “What is freedom to them?” he demanded, voice rising. “They want houses, schools, sewage. They want justice.”
Conversation turned to this tidbit: Under apartheid, blacks could not be bricklayers because the job was classified as whites-only skilled labor. The student’s mother expressed anger, prompting a furious rebuke from him: “Why are you angry now when you weren’t 30 years ago? Your anger’s useless now. Drop it. When it would have been useful you didn’t have it. Now it’s payback time for them.”
“They” are the eternal other, of course, the blacks in this white conversation, the whites in mirror-image black conversations.
There are plenty of iterations of “they” in a land where the 1950 Population Registration Act (evil legislation is always innocuously named) ran a fine comb through types of inferior being, among them Indians and mixed-race “coloreds.” Almost a generation from apartheid’s end, South Africa is struggling to compose these differences into something foreign to nature: a sustainable rainbow.
Rainbows are impermanent, optical phenomenons and are hardly sustainable even in the most extreme controlled experiment.
Well, that’s what SBPDL is for as criminals in South Africa have apparently no regard for the aphorism “everything but the kitchen sink”:
South Africa’s police are investigating after thieves stripped a police station of all its contents, down to the kitchen sink.
The office was under renovations and ready for re-occupation when the thieves hit, reports South Africa’s Times Newspaper.
The robbers helped themselves to everything of value – including doors, cupboards, basins, cutlery, tiles, furniture, electrical equipment and mortuary fridges.
Officers from the Carletonville police station, west of Johannesburg, have had to cram into three small rooms.
The world will little remember nor long forgot what is transpiring in South Africa this 2010 World Cup.
All that matters in South Africa is that their class of criminals has little regard for leaving kitchen sinks unmolested, a common courtesy in the Western world.