What happened to Amanda Blackburn?
Your guess is as good as mine, however, there are _____ facts involving this case:
- Emergency crews arrived at the Blackburn residence in the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court around 8:30 a.m. the day of the shooting.
- Amanda Was shot in the head; in the past 48 hours it was announced that she was also raped.
- No one has been arrested in connection with the crime. But police did say neighborhood surveillance footage captured images of the person they believe was responsible.
- Two people have been arrested and three have been questioned but on different charges. The image of one man prompted his sister to immediately go to his defense. I suspect she fears that it might be pinned on him. He is short and he is Black but he is also very dark……. that might not matter when people are out for “blood”.
- Stories of a “short, light complexioned Black man” have been circulated for the consumption of the media. The surveillance camera shows none of this meme. It simply shows a person (no gender/complexion or height), with pants and a hooded sweater. Where did the other info come from?
- There was no forced entry to the home. No broken glass, no broken locks, however, the police is still looking for someone who “broke in”.
- Also circulated was the idea that the tragic young woman was trying to protect her young son. The child was upstairs.
- The husband was cleared “100 percent” within a very short time. Despite local media reports, police say they did not find a gun near the home of Amanda Blackburn.
- The family lived on a cul-de-sac, and the shooter would have had to drive all the way up and down a long street with houses jammed closely together.
- Given the modest income, modest home and modest means, what could the invader hope to gain? At morning rush hour, in the light of day?
So Angela, why are you writing about this? Well, I am on my way to walking up the stairs to get ready for church. I am hoping that my favorite Pastor is speaking today. That being said, I am concerned at the level of racial hatred on all sides. Right, left and in-between. I wonder why this has become such a “fevered pitch”.
Not too long ago I thought that this generation had reached the “non-racial” era. Inter-racial relationships and marriages are at an all time high and my children never seemed to address the issue of race in their school lives.
BUT when I read the ugly comments along with the decades old racial epithets, I lose hope. I think that it is not only irresponsible for the officials investigating this case to allow racial craziness to foment, it is injurious to the relationship between the non-whites and the police.
By allowing the rumors and suppositions regarding Black males to permeate the argument, now nation-wide, when the case is solved and it is not attributed to the nefarious, white-woman-sex hungry-Black-Male theme…….. will an apology be issued…… or will this just be swept under the rug?
Pastor Blackburn has been very out-spoken and voluble regarding the immense love he had for his wife and the wonderful relationship they shared on the internet almost immediately after his wife’s demise. A family member wrote that she has even spoken to Amanda in Heaven. Perhaps that task will be up to them….. to make amends once the case is solved, that is…..
I don’t know what happened, but I feel that in so many cases — even unlikely scenarios, Black men tend to get the “shaft”. People tend to be drawn into cases like this, the pretty young blonde wife who is pregnant for the second time having already produced a beautiful toddler. The handsome husband is a pastor to boot……..
The Blackburns were a three person Hallmark card advertisement before the tragedy. This lands in stark contrast to the pictures circulated about one of the “suspects”. He has a “long record” and is not part of anything that we would assume to be ‘good and pious”.
That does not make him guilty, though.
God deals each and every one of us a set of “cards”. How we play them is a measure of our own “free will”. Some of us are pretty, some ugly, some dark, some light. Many are smarter than others and some of us have handicaps or other things to attend to. But at the end of the day, in God’s eyes, none is more precious than the other.
One last note, Ted Bundy was a handsome “devil”. Literally a “handsome devil”. That was how he attracted and disarmed his prey. He was the product of his mother, who he believed to be his sister and his maternal grandfather who he believed to be his father. Handsome and charismatic, he did charity work and even volunteered at a suicide hotline. He used his physical appearance to approach women in public places, feigning injury or disability, or impersonating an authority figure, before overpowering and assaulting them at more secluded locations. There, he tortured and killed them.
Things are not always what they seem….. In fact they never are. So “cool it” with the racial stuff….. Because, most of what you have heard about this case, so far, is NOT true.