Earlier this week, I was watching the news while I was getting ready for work, as I would do any morning...
And it was reported that the Crai.glist Killer had been caught.
Now, if you haven't heard anything about this case, you have been living under a rock. In a nutshell, there was a guy going around to hotels attacking and robbing women. He found them on Crai.gslist. He even murdered one of them.
These women, it seems, from what I understand (correct me if I am wrong), were advertising erotic services on Craigslist.
Hmmm... Selling a$$ on Craigslist. Someone needs to explain that to me.
But that's a whole nother story.
Anyway, some savvy detective work pinpointed a fella who seem to be at those hotels at the time of the incidents. Match that up with the online Crai.gslist contacts that the women had and bingo... you have a computer ISP, i.e, you have the killer.
End of story.
What really really disturbed me about this whole thing were the news reports concerning the killer's capture.
And each report, at least on the four differnt channels I watch, started out the exact same way. Something to the effect of...
Breaking news... the police have a suspect in custody for the Craigli.sts murder and attacks. He is 22 year-old Philli.p Mark.off, of Boston.
Okay. That is cool. All your information there. I know they are breathing a sigh of relief. Whewww!!
Now, I can sell a$$ on Craigs.list without worrying about some fool trying to rob or kill me.
Can someone please enlighten me on that whole concept? And additionally, why there were 600 additional lists for these precarious "erotic services" DURING the time that this dude was running around attacking, killing, and robbing chicks?)
Anyway... that's not what deeply disturbed me. It was the pained and shocked looks on the newscasters faces when discussing this further.
"He's such a handsome young man! An All-American boy, a pre-med student, engaged to his beautiful fiance. Just a great guy, strapping good looks."
Oh my goodness. They went on and on. On and on and on about how "perfect" this dude was.
I lifted my hands towards my bedroom ceiling and exclaimed "Perfect White People!!!"
I sighed heavily. Then I went back to tugging on my socks, getting ready for work.
Perfect White People.
I once thought white people were perfect. That was before I got into my twenties and started forming friendships with them. I have a few who've known me since I was oh, I guess about 19 or 20. I look at them and think "That's my sista right there!" or "That's my brother!" I mean, we tight like that. They verbally chin-check an Oldgirl when she needs to be chin-checked. They also love me just as I am.
And I've always told them something that has left me in awe: Hell, they got more problems than I got! Cry like I cry. Tare up stuff like I do. They got bad habits. They fail at stuff just like me!
And how is that so? Their life is suppose to be perfect!
So when I see the "clutch the pearls" moanings of a newcaster decreeing how some gorgeous white boy who seems to have it all, doing something illegal, or God forbid, MURDERING people...
I hate to say it, but it just rubs this Oldgirl the WRONG way.
Now, uh, if it was one of "us" *Lee rubbing her brown skin on the back of her hand*who got caught, then it would've been different.
Don't look at me in that tone of voice.
Don't cuss me in the comment section. You KNOW I am right.
Stereotypes rule the world!!!
But, let me tell you something: there is ONE thing that trumps stereotypes.
And that is Heart Condition.
Me and my baby blog sista, that chicken[head] Serenity3-0 were scarfing HARD through the biblical Book of Proverbs back in March. We'd read a chapter a day and we'd discuss back and forth online all the stuff that really stuck with us. Those were some intense convos we had, hard examination of ourselves in light of what we were reading. (Ya'll know how talkative that doggone Serenity is, lol).
I like this type of thing. Grandmama has a degree in bible psychology. I've learned much in convos from her. I think looking at the bible from a psychological and human nature standpoint runs rampant in my genes, lol.
One of the major themes Serenity and I noticed woven tightly all throughout Proverbs was that of really taking personal stock and being intensely and critically aware of what is going on deep within your heart.
Hmm... there were a TON of scrips on that very issha. A couple of verses that I remembered while watching the newscasters moan and wail about how "perfect" this killer wers:
Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he...
Whatever you think about yourself, that's what you are, babes. You can't even fake the funk on that one, Boo. It's gonna ALL come out sooner or later. And it don't matter what other people think about you, it's what you think of yourself that is key.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
I ain't a fan of King James English. Nope. LadyLee is ebonically inclined, for the most part. I read about 6 different versions of the bible. So here are some translations of the prior verse that cleared things up from me.
Proverbs 4:23 Above everything else, guard your heart. It is where your life comes from.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that's where life starts.
Oh, and here's a translation that will make you see where I'm going with this!
Proverbs 4:23 Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.
Strong wording there like "be careful"... "keep vigilant watch", "above everything else, guard"...
Goodness. MUST be important, eh?
Your thoughts run your life.
You know, I don't see any caveats included there. Like, this doesn't apply if you's white. This is the case if you's black, though. Now, if you are Chinese, well, this don't apply.
Nope. None of that. This goes for EVERYONE breathing. Atheist, Christian, WHATEVER.
Heart Condition TRUMPS Stereotype
All day. Er'day. From the beginning of time. Until the end of time.
Yes, I perused this deliciously good looking white boy, all smiles standing there posing with his beautiful blonde fiance. She caught herself a future doctor! Good for her. Becky's life is SET.
Yet and still, there was stuff going on in this man's thought life, his heart.
Because, you see, you just don't up and go out and start robbing and killing folk. You been thinking about that ish for a minute. No, that's not possible. (Feel free to prove me wrong).
And get this: the pretty fiance is hollering along with everyone else how perfect and great this fella is.
(Girlfriend let me tell you something: it's a blessing that you found out your dude had isshas before you walked down the aisle. I suggest you go on with your life. You'll understand that when you get my age in 20 years).
No. Whether you are black, white, asian, indian, alien or martian. Whatever you are... whatever religiuos beliefs you hold (or not)...
You eventually end up bringing to past whatever you are meditating on in your heart.
I think this is why I get upset when I see weird newscasts like this. And we see it over and over ALL the time. (I know some of ya'll watch my favorite show Snapped. Let's not even talk about all the other shows, fiction or reality.)
No such thing as perfect people. Red, yellow, black, white, alien, Martian, whatever you are.
We are all under construction 'til the day we die.
Be careful what you are thinking about, what you are meditating on.
It will eventually come to past if you nuture that thing long enough
You WILL give birth to that thing.
Let all the peoples in the House of LadyLee grab their church fans and say "Amen".
And ladies... I'ma need ya'll not to even THINK about selling that a$$ on Crai.gslist.