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This glorifying of Rayshard Brooks, a violent criminal, and apparent gang member, is going to do a lot of harm. Having a service for him in Martin Luther King’s home church and allowing him to desecrate Dr. King’s memory and legacy is beyond appalling.

As a result of this glorification of a life of crime, we are going to have more gang members of all races and ethnicities, and more crime. And, no honest person will enter law enforcement.

We have missed a precious opportunity to discuss the conditions, which create someone like Rayshard Brooks.

We should be glorifying the mothers and fathers working two or three honest jobs to provide for their children. Instead, we are glorifying a violent criminal, who was cruel to children and violent within his family.

We should be glorifying those – of all races – who, like Officer Rolfe, worked at Burger King and went to College to become police officers, instead of glorifying someone who chose the easy and more glamorous path of violence and crime.

Neither Jesus nor Martin Luther King resisted arrest like Rayshard Brooks did. Violently resisting arrest, alone, makes Rayshard Brooks unworthy of Dr. King and Ebenezer or any other Christian Church. However, Rayshard is also a violent criminal and apparent gangster.

Rayshard Brooks started his life of crime in a city with a black mayor and a country with a black president, who promised hope. Atlanta was known as “the city too busy to hate”.

When he was barely 17 years old, Rayshard Brooks was arrested for armed robbery; and kidnapping with bodily injury. Later in the year (2010), he was already obstructing an officer – probably resisting arrest, as he did the night he died. He seems to have gotten off due to being a juvenile. Rayshard’s career of crime continued until recently.

For reasons which aren’t clear, he was never adequately punished for his crimes. If he had been properly punished, he would have still been in jail and not out and about as a public danger. He would also still be alive. His apparent brother, Larry Barbine Jr, was convicted of murder in 1990 at age 15, and they haven’t gone easy on him, despite his supposed efforts at self-improvement, while imprisoned. His apparent uncle, Arthur Barbine, is still in jail for repeated robberies, in Iowa, even though the robberies seem to have been non-violent. Violent crime seems to pay in Georgia, in more ways than one.

In 2011, Rayshard was charged with Battery-Family violence, not having a license on his person. In 2012, he was charged with identity fraud, and having marijuana while possessing a weapon. In 2013 he was charged with theft by receiving stolen goods, and felony cruelty to children, and interfering with custody, and false imprisonment, and obstructing an officer (probably lying and/or resisting arrest). Again in 2014, we see what appears to be new charges of felony cruelty, false imprisonment, theft by receiving stolen goods, interference with custody, obstructing an officer, family battery. There was also speeding. He should have spent seven to 20 years or more in jail, but instead they sent him to jail for one year and six years out on parole. So, he was caught stealing (“theft by taking”) in 2015 and in July of 2016 credit card fraud-theft. He seems to have spent only a couple of years max in jail and when he wasn’t in jail he was back to a life of crime. What happened to three strikes and you are out?

Whoever did his obituary intentionally, or unintentinally , made his gang affiliation more clear. This, along with the previous hand signs, seems to support that he was a member of a Vice Lords gang: http://archive.vn/nUH9R The V can represent Vice Lords. No mention is made of his alleged wife, Tamika Miller, and alleged children. Nor of his girlfriend, Natalie White. Nor is there discussion of his mother, nor of his siblings, nor of his father. Certainly it’s not a normal obituary. Rather, it symbolically joins the Vice Lords and Ebenezer Church together. We suspect that the felony cruelty to children and family violence involved a third relationship or possibly his mother and younger sibling.



In the late 1960s and early 70s, after violently taking control of a lot of Chicago neighborhoods, the original Vice Lords temporarily appeared to reject violence and attempt to go legitimate. When he stayed in Chicago, Martin Luther King, Jr., met with them, and they marched with him. By incorporating as CVL, Inc, the Vice Lords were able to obtain both private and federal government monies – what would be millions of dollars today. This period has allowed them to be lionized. However, a non-gang related organization could have done the same things (or more), if given these large amounts of money – close to what would be $10 million in 2020. The Vice Lords seem to have been operating like mafia families, which, after violently taking control, reduce violence and move into legal legitimate business.


This glorification of this apparent gang member by Atlanta raises the question of if gangs infiltrate Atlanta institutions, and to what extent. Because of the airport, it’s a major drug nexus. It raises the question of if Mayor Bottoms’ father, Major Lance – a famous singer, became a gang member in Chicago. Or if she simply has a tender heart for criminals, since her father served jail time for cocaine possession. And, have we been told the true story of her nephew’s murder by gang members?

The main difference between gangs and organized crime is supposed to be the extent to which they engage in public corruption. Have Atlanta’s gangs jumped to the level of organized crime? Have they corrupted public officials or become public officials?

Martin Luther King, Jr., had a white girlfriend, when he first went to theology school at Crozer in Pennsylvania. However, she was the daughter of a cafeteria worker, and was apparently below his social status. Such a marriage would have surely been illegal in Georgia at the time. He might have stayed up north and married her, but it was thought that a black church wouldn’t accept her, and the relationship was discouraged. Martin Luther King was humiliated because, due to segregation, he often had trouble finding a place to sleep while driving to and from school up north. Poor whites and blacks slept in the trains or buses, while traveling, and well-off blacks, like Martin Luther King, had to sometimes sleep in their cars, due to segregation. After Crozer, Daddy King sent Martin Luther King to Boston University in style, whereas poor white theology students at BU worked multiple jobs to make it through. While poor students worked, and their spouses worked, Martin Luther King didn’t need to work and spent his spare time seeking an appropriate black middle-class wife. Thus, he married Coretta Scott King.

Despite allegedly having a black wife, Rayshard Brooks had a white girlfriend named Natalie White. Her name was bleeped out of the original video, but has now been made public. In 2020 he was staying in a hotel that, of course, allows whites and blacks. Will future generations think that this is all that Martin Luther King was about? The right of a black man to stay in a hotel with a white girlfriend in Georgia? These relationships have always existed for 400 years, they were historically illicit, however. When the mother was white and the father was black, then the children were considered white, and vice versa. There is no evidence that Rayshard intended to marry Natalie White. President Obama’s mother married a black man in the 1960s, when this was a radical thing to do. There’s nothing revolutionary about this today.

Will future generations think that Dr. King was a gangster? What is the lesson here?

There is actually something arguably worse than being black in America and that’s being poor white. They are despised by all. Denzel Washington and music made being black “sexy” when Rayshard was born in the 90s. Being poor white, like Garrett Rolfe appears to be, has never been “sexy”, apart from Elvis.

There are plenty of white gang members who look like Garrett Rolfe, and plenty of honest black Americans who worked and attended school and became police officers. This could easily be the story of an honest black police officer killing a white gang member, who was resisting arrest, and tried to shoot or tase him.

While Atlanta and America glorify a violent criminal, Rayshard Brooks, no one glorifies those who work at Burger King or Wendy’s or McDonalds; nor Walmart. Wendy’s workers lost their jobs, after Wendy’s was burned down – apparently by Rayshard’s girlfriend. Will they go back to honest, but low-paying, work or aspire to be criminals like Rayshard?

The damage done by Rayshard may be worse and last longer than that done by Trump. At least the majority recognize Trump for the criminal gangster that he is – not so with Rayshard Brooks.

Rayshard Brooks was a blight upon the world when alive and a bigger blight in death.

While God damns Rayshard’s soul, who will save us from his legacy?

Throughout its long history, Ebenezer Baptist Church, located in Atlanta, Georgia, has been a spiritual home to many citizens of the “Sweet Auburn” community. Its most famous member, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was baptized as a child in the church. After giving a trial sermon to the congregation at Ebenezer at the age of 19 Martin was ordained as a minister. In 1960 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became a co-pastor of Ebenezer with his father, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., known as “Daddy” King. He remained in that position until his death in 1968. As a final farewell to his spiritual home Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral was held in the church.” https://www.nps.gov/malu/planyourvisit/ebenezer_baptist_church.htm

The large boyhood home of Martin Luther King, Jr., below, reminds us of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s boyhood home. Such a nice home appears conducive to pontificating upon theoretical theological questions. What sort of home did Rayshard Brooks grow up in? He only met his biological father, Larry Barbine, a year ago. Did he have a step-father? What sort of home did Garrett Rolfe grow up in? We know he worked at Burger King, so he almost certainly didn’t come from an affluent family. These are questions that could represent the beginning of a useful conversation, but no one wants to discuss.