Despite the progress made in civil rights by people of color and women in America, we still have those that are wishing to return to the past. IE: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, one wonders…………
I was assigned to Victorville in 1978 as a young deputy sheriff against my will but, it turned out to have been the best thing that happened to me for the sake of my kids. They missed the gang rise in the valley areas. I was one of two black officers assigned to Victorville due to the request from the NAACP President, the late Rev. Nathaniel Ruffin. There were issues of race with the sheriff’s department and claims of police brutality.
You see back then Victorville was much smaller and most businesses were family owned and operated. As a 39-year resident of the city of Victorville I have seen things grow to where they are today. I have since retired and have continued to be very active in my community. I have seen and experienced the feeling of what it means to be black in America. I remember attending a conference years ago and going to a class regarding the double consciousness of a black peace officer. A black officer goes to work and has to adapt to the white world. A white officer goes to work and nothing changes. This is where stress comes in where the black officer is concerned. I will talk more about this in a future article.
My Point In an article published in our July 13, 2017 edition, I wrote an article for our readers regarding ‘Racial Profiling against African American customers at Rancho Motor Co. Rancho Motor Company in Victorville should be stripped of its franchise by General Motors for participating in the many crimes against the customers who in good faith came to their dealership to purchase a vehicle and its racist behavior that has been exposed towards employees and customers in court filings.
As I sat in court on Friday, July 28, 2017, to hear the proceedings regarding a former employee Christopher White who is being sued by Rancho Motor Company, I could not believe what I was hearing from the Rancho Motor Company Attorney. The motion filed in court by the Rancho Motor Attorneys seeking a gag order against Mr. Pelayes the attorney for Mr. White. There were a variety of issues that they wanted the Judge to rule on and gag Mr. Pelayes such as a recording made during a Rancho Motor Company Sales meeting where the N word is used, they were seeking to gag the speaking to the press about the case, along with other issues. The one item that stood out to me was when the Rancho Motor Attorney from the Scali Law Firm in Los Angeles began to question why an African American was in the court room. It was as though I did not have the right to be in court to hear this case. Then to add that to the list of sanctions because I was in court was just stunning. I looked up the gag rule from 1836 called Pinckney Resolution 3 (1836) Gag Rule/Pinckney Resolution 3 Resolved, that all petitions, memorials, resolutions, propositions, or papers, relating in any way or to any extent whatever to the subject of slavery, or the abolition of slavery, shall, without being either printed or referred, be laid upon the table, and that no further action whatever shall be had thereon.
For more information and history on the case see the links below from the Sun News Paper
Judge ruled against all gagged requests.