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Who Killed Delthea Bryson?

August 4th, 2009

On November 11, 2008 a Ford Mustang traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour collided with Delthea Bryson’s vehicle, killing the 56-year old Detroit schoolteacher. The Mustang was street-racing a dark-colored Corvette. Troy McRae, the alleged driver of the Mustang, has since been arraigned on murder charges. Unfortunately, the Corvette driver’s identity is still unknown.

One theory is that the blacks-vs-cops “don’t snitch” mentality has effectively silenced any member of the public at-large who might know something about the driver of the other vehicle.

Three victims of police brutality, 1967 Detroit As background, Detroit has a rich history, so-to-speak, of racial tension, segregation, police brutality, etc., like the infamous riot of 1967 (picture gallery) and the related Algiers Motel Incident (where a number of people were severely beaten or outright murdered by police officers and national guardsmen).

Especially in cities like circumstances like these, a history like this, I can sympathize with “don’t snitch” to an extent. Don’t snitch on the guy who sells your weeds. I get it. I wouldn’t “snitch” on him, either, and anybody who would is a rat-bastard.

But failing to make a distinction between “snitching” on the dude who sells you your weeds and “snitching” on a murderer requires a level of cognitive dissonance that I can’t even begin to fathom. As one Detroit-based blogger opined, the “don’t snitch” mentality quite literally offers “silent haven to those among us who are killing us.”

…buying into this lie that we’re better off letting murderers that look like us go free — even when they murder those who look like us — because in some perverse distortion of Black Pride, this is now considered the proper way to show that you’re supporting your people.

Very well said, indeed!

By all accounts, Bryson continues to be sorely missed by her community, many of whom have volunteered their time and money to help bring her killers to justice. Employees of the local Faygo bottling plant (where Bryson’s husband works) have contributed $5,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the identity of the driver.

Even in these trying times I have not lost all faith in humanity — the solidarity (bittersweet as it may be) expressed by the Faygo employees and friends of Delthea Bryson and her husband, offers a glimmer of hope; somewhere in this world there are still people who care about their neighbors and their communities.

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