Khaya Dlanga

I hope Lolly's killer isn't black

2010-05-04 10:32

I have a confession to make. When I heard that Lolly Jackson had been shot dead I hoped the killer wasn’t black. The notion that murder and crime are a black affair does not please me in the least. In fact murder and crime don’t please me at all.

When I read in the news that someone was murdered, and not by a black man a sense of relief usually falls over me. I view it as the affirmative actionisation of crime, if you wish. When the said criminal isn’t black I am tempted to do air punches. The only thing that prevents me from an air punch is the possibility of Louis Gossett Junior appearing out of nowhere and asking, “What are you doing Khaya? We don’t do air punches.”
 
Before I get any sanctimonious comments repulsed by what I have written, I would appreciate it if the readers try to put aside their emotions and just read this for what it is and not turn it into things I didn’t say. So read before you comment.

I have seen some tweets on Twitter with people already saying this is a sad country and others even saying that it is time to leave. And those were the polite ones. Deny it as some will, those comments are based on the assumption that the killers are black. What I know is that everybody’s mama taught them better than to be criminals. No matter where they come from.

I remember reading a few years ago about a tourist that was raped in PE. As I read the article I discovered that the names of the rapists were Afrikaans. As mortified as I was at the rape, I was relieved that the perpetrators of the crime were not black. I know I’m not the only one who thinks that way. Unfortunately it appears that everywhere you go the face of crime is made black.

I am not justifying anything. I wish there were no crime. I wish was there were no murder. I wish we didn’t live in a black and white world. I wish we didn’t live in fear. I wish we didn’t make assumptions about each other based on the colour of our skins. But that is wishful thinking at this stage even for an optimist like me.

I must admit I was not entirely surprised to hear that Lolly Jackson had been killed. He seemed to have a talent for making enemies as much as he had for making money. I was surprised he was shot that many times. Tupac and Notorious B.I.G didn’t have as many bullets in their bodies as this man did. Perhaps the shooter heard that Curtis Jackson (no relation to Lolly and otherwise known as 50 cent) was shot nine times but survived. He wanted to make sure he was dead.

I have another confession to make. I have never been to a strip club. The closest I have ever been to one has been through the television set. The death of Lolly Jackson has probably considerably reduced the possibilities of me going to one. This is not an invitation for my friends to send me to one. I have always found it a little unnecessary to pay to see a naked woman; worse, you’re not even allowed to touch.

Who is Lolly Jackson?

He is of no relation to the late Michael Jackson, who despite being black was in fact whiter than Lolly. However he is in fact related to a Michael Jackson, his brother who was co-owner of Teazers strip club. Lolly’s brother, Michael, was convicted in 2006 for shooting and killing a street child.

Did he deserve to die?

This is not to say that this man deserved to die. It is not up to us. Life is precious, even for those who don’t treat other people’s lives as precious.

I have seen comments on a blog saying that these “black monkeys” are trying to get rid of us. First it was Eugene, now it is Lolly. The assumption is that it was a black person who killed Lolly even before we have any evidence. The colour of the murderer shouldn’t matter, what should matter is that a murder that shouldn't have taken place took place.

Condolences go to Mr Jackson and his family. It is hard to live with death. It is even more difficult to accept murder. My own father is dead. He was murdered. It shouldn't matter whether he was murdered by a black person or a white person. What should matter is the fact that he, like Lolly Jackson, was killed by a criminal.

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