By Scotty Reid
What does it mean to be an “American” in the 21st Century? Absolutely nothing and especially so if you are non-white. Being an “American” has never meant anything in terms of the dominant white population respecting the human rights or so-called “Constitutional Rights” of Black people. There is plenty of case law in US history that makes this blatantly clear. Its made blatantly clear in the courtrooms of America every day as they sentence black bodies to prison slavery and clear cops for making dead black bodies pile up in the streets.
Now if you are Black and Muslim, well that is a double whammy in today’s American society. Sharif Mobley, who is a Black Muslim from New Jersey has known that and the family of the man who has been held for several months in a prison in Yemen are finding the US government to be of no help in obtaining his freedom. Now his family and attorneys fear he is among those killed in a Saudi Bombing of military base where is was believed to be held.
Considering that the US government has openly assassinated at least two of its own “citizens” by drones without any respect for their constitutional or civil rights, it is highly unlikely if they care if if another non-white “citizen” is abused or even killed in the middle east.
The UK based human rights organization Reprieve recently issued a press release concerning the New Jersey father of three.
“American feared dead after Saudi bombs hit Yemeni prison – family begs Obama for help
Urgent fears have been sounded for the life of an American father in a Yemeni prison today, after a Saudi strike reportedly killed dozens of people in the military compound where he is held.
Sharif Mobley, a father of three from New Jersey, has been held in a basement prison in Sana’a for several months. US and Yemeni officials have repeatedly refused to disclose his location to his family in the US, or his legal team at human rights organization Reprieve; however, in a dramatic recent phone call, Sharif told his lawyers that “I’m at the same prison that the American Embassy visited me at, that time they visited me I told them – it was in December, I told them how bad everything was but they didn’t do anything to get me out of here.” In another call to his family and lawyers days ago, Sharif can be heard screaming “they’re trying to kill me in this prison… they’re trying to kill me right now.”
The U.S. has made no contact with Sharif since December 2014, and has ignored a prior communication on his safety made by Reprieve lawyers on March 24th. On February 11th, the U.S. closed its embassy in Yemen and evacuated all staff. Sharif’s lawyers have written to the US State Department alerting them to Sharif’s calls, and asking for immediate action to save Sharif’s life – including sharing his location coordinates with the Saudi government, which is leading the bombing campaign in Yemen. The State Department has so far failed to give a substantive response.
Sharif’s lawyers at Reprieve have urgently requested that the US confirm whether he is alive after today’s attacks.
Commenting, Cori Crider, Sharif’s lawyer at Reprieve, said: “We have repeatedly warned the US that the life of an American is in grave danger – yet they haven’t seen fit even to tell the Saudis to spare him from bombs. Now it seems that the worst has happened. Sharif’s family are desperately worried, and can’t understand their government’s inaction. Instead of more stonewalling, the US must urgently confirm whether Sharif is still alive, and explain what steps it is taking to protect its citizen.”
As has been stated, irregardless that the CEO of the USA is a black man or not, Sharif Mobley is Black and he’s Muslim so the family should not expect a call or a meeting with the President about the welfare of their family member because he has too much melanin. New Jersey’s Governor, the racist suspect Chris Christie is too busy cleaning up his scandals to give a damn about a Jersey “citizen” You can read more about Mr. Mobley’s unfortunate case at Reprieve.