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They. It is an interesting word.

Webster's Dictionary defines it as meaning "those ones - used as third person pronoun serving as the plural of he, she, or it or referring to a group of two or more individuals." It is used to point out people and their actions... They are going to the store or they are working really hard.

It is also used as a way for people to pass the responsibility for their actions on to someone else.

Take the current situation in Cincinnati, Ohio. A 350-pound crack head named Nathaniel Jones who was drunk and hopped up on PCP died while being placed in police custody. This guy took a swing at one of the cops and it took six cops using their nightsticks to get him down on the ground and handcuffed. While he was down, he had a heart attack. People are coming out and saying that the reason that he died was that "they" were out to get him. Who? The white cops, of course. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that Nathaniel Jones was black.

So, what the lawyers, the NAACP and the dead guys family is saying is that it really wasn't Jones' fault. It was the police officer's fault that he weighed 350 pounds and had an enlarged heart. It was the cops fault that he was drunk and on drugs. The officers must have baited him into taking a swing at them. And, of course, Jones had nothing to do with the fact that that he kept swinging after they tried to restrain him.

Folks, get over yourself. Nobody was out to get him. There may be some training issues that have to be resolved with the cops, but when you see a ham-sized fist coming at your head, you do what you have to do. Jones was obviously self destructive and he finally imploded. I'm sorry that he died, but he did it to himself. Yes, the coroner says that he wouldn't have died if he hadn't been in the fight, but he wouldn't have been in the fight if he hadn't placed himself in that position.

"We've gotten to the point where everybody's got a right and nobody's got a responsibility." - Newton Minow