For those of you folks who do not have the fortune of living in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, there is a black news anchor from WXII News 12 in Winston-Salem who has been charged with driving while impaired in a March accident that left a man dead and his passenger injured. http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070330/NEWSREC0101/70330023
Now that you're caught up, you know that we (black folks) have a tendency to run to three places when we're in trouble. We go to MamaNem's, church and to see a lawyer.
Well, the defendant has lawyered up and clung closely to his family and last week, he ran to church. This dude stood up in front of the church and proceeded to ask the congregation to pray for the "family who's lost a loved one."
If you got to http://www.news-record.com/, there is a link about midway the page for a link to the video of him speaking at the church.
Until you see it, he said that the family has to go through that "phase" of being angry with him for the death of their loved one which he killed while driving impaired. This man proceeded to go on to ask the congregation to pray for his family because they need "love, support and money."
You read that right, he asked for money. Now I'm about to go off in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1.
Where does he get off asking his congregation and the community for money to help with his legal fees to help him beat a charge from he broke the law not once, but twice.
He has managed to play on the sympathy of so many people in this community who feel pity for him because he is a black man who's being "picked on."
I say he's not getting enough. I have no sympathy for an idiot who gets behind the wheel after they've had too much to drink. As far as I'm concerned, he should be charged with first degree murder because that is what it was.
While he did not know the man he killed, he did get behind the wheel while he was impaired and he did kill a man. Anytime you drive a vehicle while impaired, you know that there is the potential to kill someone.
I'll keep you guys posted, but I am hoping they throw the book at this dude - black or not.
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