Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

GEORGE LLOYD – RIP; 06/02/2020

Plain and simple, George Lloyd was murdered by white Minneapolis policemen simply because he was black. No question about it. He was arrested for a minor offense, never resisted, posed no threat to the officers or society, yet was brutally murdered.

As day follows night, protests sprang up throughout our land. The protests were, and are, fueled not just by the murder of George Lloyd, but the murders and suspicious deaths of more than just a few African-American men and women in recent years and the frustration of repeated incidents with no change.. I am struck by the diversity of the peaceful protesters as shown on TV – young and old, black, white and brown, men and women. Exercising their constitutional rights of free speech, peaceful assembly and petition of grievances. We must listen to them in order to stop once and for all the cycle of atrocity, protest, and platitudes without solution

Unfortunately, following on the heels of the protests were the riots and looting. And,as we know, those instigating the violence and doing the looting were not the protesters but persons who sought to gain personally by inciting clashes with the police or National Guard and/or using the violence as cover to loot and steal. These few bad apples seek to poison and obscure the real reasons for the protests for their own purposes unrelated to the murders. They should  be brought to justice but not the focal point of the response to the legitimate protests.

Three Points:

  1. I blame the mayors and governors for the weak and late response to the riots and looters. It doesn’t take a rocket science to know, based on repeated history, that a heinous murder such as took place in Minneapolis will lead to mass protests with the high probability of violence and looting. Every such incident since at least the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,in 1968 has followed the same pattern. There should have been contingency plans in place in each state and major municipality that could quickly be implemented to permit peaceful protests yet prevent violence and looting.Here in Texas we have lots of planning for hurricanes – why not peaceful protests.
  2. The cure for these events lies not exclusively with reforms in policing. There must be a true shift in our society from top to bottom. I an a 71 year old white male. I grew up in a blue collar family in Enid, Oklahoma. Not poor but certainly not rich. Just had enough to be comfortable. Went to college and, after the military and Foreign Service, law school. Worked hard and made a decent living and life as an attorney. Have more than I ever dreamed of back in Oklahoma. And every step of the way I benefited from, without knowing it, my skin color. Getting loans for school or house, job interviews, attracting clients, joining social groups, etc. Being white greased the skids, so to speak. I’m not saying I would not have succeeded if I had been black or brown, but it certainly would have been more difficult. Until recently, I did not see, or refused to acknowledge, the white privilege and advantage.I had enjoyed. In my own mind I had worked hard and earned all I had. Which is true. But, I had help.
  3. Until society – i.e., we –  accept and act to eliminate the unearned white privilege so there truly is a level playing field, we can bank on repeated outbreaks such we have witnessed the past week, and many times before. Do I have the magic formula? Heck, no! I look to our elected leaders to meaningful move toward eliminating the uneven playing field, to inspire us all to realize for all Americans the promises in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

STAY TUNED !

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POTPOURRI; 05/18/2020

Random thoughts while hunkering down and social distancing:  Give It A  Rest. Democratic members of the House of Representatives are petitioning the US Supreme Court to order the Trump Administration to turn over documentation so they can see if there were other “impeachment” offenses perpetrated. Isn’t one old-fashioned fanny kicking enough? Why don’t you turn… Continue Reading

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COVID 19;04/15/2020

We are now a nation deep in the throes of the pandemic. Every state has now issued some form of “shelter in place” order intended to keep people home and away from potential virus exposures. We have more confirmed cases than any other nation and the death toll continues to rise. We all would like… Continue Reading

2 responses to “COVID 19;04/15/2020”

  1. Bob Waller says:

    Fred
    I agree with your comments, but it is sounding as if the virus might have come from bad lab protocol, and could have remained in China’s borders if handled properly. I hope we have the ability to find out for sure, but the genie is out of the bottle and we need to pull together to help wind this down with as little new deaths as we can.
    Thanks for your insight and thoughts

    • Fred Henneke says:

      Thanks, Bob. My post was not intended to absolve the Chinese – I believe they intentionally concealed information on general principles – but to encourage a positive attitude and response more in keeping with our response to previous national crises. You-all take care’

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COVID 19; 03/23/2020

COVID 19 – a virus that is part of the Coronavirus family, is presently sweeping around the world like a California wild-fire. It is a natural disease, like the annual flu, albeit a new version. No one person or nation is responsible for COVID 19. It just happened to erupt first in China before spreading… Continue Reading

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“I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat”*; 03/09/2020

The Democrat party started this electoral season with 17 announced candidates, the most diverse slate ever. The last debate was winnowed to six candidates, including one late entry – four white men and two white women (one white woman did not qualify for the debate). Now, after Super Tuesday, the field consists of two, septuagenarian… Continue Reading

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IMPEACHMENT TAKEWAYS; 02/10/2020

FACT: Donald J. Trump is the third President of the United States to be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors”. FACT: Donald J. Trump is the third President of the United States to be impeached but not removed from office. TAKEAWAYS: Winners:  !.  President Donald J. Trump –  Acquitted on both Articles of Impeachment  by… Continue Reading

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BAD FORM; 02/06/2020

“Nancy and Donnie, you both have been very naughty in class today. Now go stand in the corner with your face to the wall until you can behave like proper children.” Here in Texas, we teach our children to shake hands firmly and look the other person in the eye while doing so. If your… Continue Reading

3 responses to “BAD FORM; 02/06/2020”

  1. Gerry gentry says:

    Hear, hear; well said.

  2. MLB says:

    Well said. I’m still stunned by their deplorable example of mis behaviour. In the military, we were always taught to respect the office of the Commander in Chief. Would never think otherwise!

    And that half time show was disgusting. I’m glad my two young granddaughters were not around to se it. Disgraceful! It sickens me to see national tv endorse that show. Thank you for speaking out.

  3. Bob Waller says:

    I agree. Very disrespectful and childish by both individuals. Well said.

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R.I.P. IMPEACHMENT; 02/03/2020

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Senators will have the opportunity to make speeches explaining their votes, which will actually be cast on Wednesday. Don’t expect a lot of honesty. Rather, what we will get are the justification for their decisions to remove or not, couched in terms that enhance their re-election chances (for those 35 up for re-election… Continue Reading

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  1. Harry says:

    Hey Fred, Thanks for the Blog. You can round out your discussion by reading 84 Yale Law Review 1419 on line. Hope see you soon. Harry

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SHIFTING FOCUS: 01/14/2020

The issue of the impeachment of President Trump having been determined, the attention now turns to the issue of removal from office. It appears that the House of Representatives will vote on appointing “Managers”, aka Prosecutors, to present the reasons for the impeachment of the President to the Senate, sitting as a jury. The Managers… Continue Reading

2 responses to “SHIFTING FOCUS: 01/14/2020”

  1. Ilza Chappins says:

    Thank you for the insight of how our government should work.

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IRAN; 01/06/2020

“What I perceive is their strategy is to goad the United States into a military confrontation that compels the other nations to intervene and is opposed by a large percentage of Congress and the Americans, resulting in negotiations with the Iranians as equal participants. Kinda like a Hail Mary pass in the last minute of… Continue Reading

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  1. Jody H says:

    I agree with your comments and concerns….with the exception of the last paragraph…it seems to me that Trump believes only he can “do this”. I am truly not sure how we got here and hope we can get out. I don’t remember any moment in our history that compares to this. We need our allies and Trump seems determined to blow them off. This is an ugly moment in our history.

    • Fred Henneke says:

      Thanks for your comment. I am not saying Trump alone can do whatever but that he believes and acts that way. He stated so many times at the 2016 Convention and since. The way he treats our allies, the way he uses the Justice Department as his personal law firm, etc. Rather than leading the free world, we seem to stand apart and even opposite it. He is in so far over his head that it will take years to recover.

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