The Face of Ugly

Late last night, long after most people were snoring and dreaming dreams of camels in the desert or picnics in the park, I had just finished responding to comments and preparing my music post for this morning.  I thought, since it was only 3:20 a.m., I would go ahead and get a start on trolling the news stories of the day, trying to find a focal point for my afternoon post.  And then I saw this headline …

Iowa Woman Admits to Hitting Children With Car Because of Their Ethnicity

And, as I have done so many times over the past few years, I felt tears well up, and then I cursed, slamming my fist into the table and saying, “F$&@ Y$#, B@#%*!”  No apologies for the language this time … this ‘woman’ deserves that and more.

Her name is Nicole Poole Franklin and she is 43 years old.

Look at the picture.  Look closely.  This bitch with the smirk on her mouth, the two-toned dyed hair, and the evil shining from her eyes thinks she is somehow better than me or you or anybody who doesn’t look like her.

From the official release by the Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, dated 22 April 2021 …

An Iowa woman pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to hate crime charges for attempting to kill two children because of their race and national origin.

According to admissions Nicole Poole Franklin, 42, made during the hearing, on the afternoon of Dec. 9, 2019, Poole Franklin was driving her Jeep Grand Cherokee on Creston Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, where the first child-victim was walking along the sidewalk with another young relative. Upon seeing the children and believing that the victim was of Middle Eastern or African descent, Poole Franklin drove her vehicle over the curb towards both children, striking one of them. Poole Franklin then drove away from the scene. The assault resulted in injury to the victim, including cuts, bruising, and swelling. Approximately 30 minutes later, Poole Franklin was driving her Jeep near Indian Hills Junior High School in Clive, Iowa, where the second child-victim was walking on the sidewalk. Poole Franklin, believing that the child was Mexican, drove her vehicle over the curb and struck the victim, causing serious injury, including a concussion, bruises, and cuts. Poole Franklin again drove away from the scene but was apprehended later that day.

This happened in December 2019 … 16 months ago … and she is just now being charged???  WHY???  If I ran down a child in the street, I would be shot by police, not sent home with a little pat on the wrist!  Oh, but she is a tighty whitey, deserving of special privileges, yes?  So, in February 2020 she was declared “unfit to stand trial” by a Polk County judge … no doubt a Trump appointee!

On that day in December, Franklin’s rampage began when she  intentionally jumped a curb in Des Moines and struck a Black 12-year-old boy, injuring one of his legs.  A witness told police the SUV “gunned its engine” before the driver struck the child. She later  said she thought the boy was of Middle Eastern descent and was a member of the Islamic State terrorist group.  At 12 years of age.  Next, Franklin proceeded to run down Natalia Miranda, who was 14 at the time, as she walked to a basketball game, leaving the young Hispanic girl lying unconscious in the snow.  Her excuse was she thought the girl was Mexican.  And then, an hour or so later, Franklin drove to a convenience store where she spewed hateful racist slurs toward a clerk and customers, then threw items at the clerk.

DAMMIT people!!!!!!!!!!  I don’t care … Republican or Democrat, white or Black, Christian, Jew or atheist, gay or straight … RIGHT IS RIGHT, AND WRONG IS WRONG.  And it is dead WRONG to try to kill children … children for Pete’s Sake … because you don’t like the colour of their skin!  Frankly, I don’t like the colour of Ms. Franklin’s skin, either!  It’s plumb ugly!

I have long been against the death penalty.  In my view, it is wrong, and the odds are that sooner or later we will execute an innocent person.  But, I’d just about be willing to make an exception in the case of Ms. Franklin, for I see no purpose in her continued existence on this planet.

What I don’t understand … this woman who attempted to murder children because she didn’t like the colour of their skin … is handled by law enforcement with kid gloves, while in North Carolina, a 68-year-old Black grandmother was dragged out of her car by her hair, slammed to the ground by police, stepped on, treated so brutally that she suffered a torn rotator cuff (part of the shoulder joint) … for exceeding the speed limit.

Just to be clear here … the white woman who attempted to murder two children because she didn’t like their skin colour is not even charged for 16 months after the fact, and a Black woman is brutalized for … driving too fast.  Tell me again that there is no racism in our police departments, no double standard based on the colour of your skin.

67 thoughts on “The Face of Ugly

  1. I’m late coming to this and perhaps that’s a good thing because there’s been an update on the situation. This woman had smoked meth beforehand and the judge was told that she had schizophrenia and PTSD. The judge ruled her mentally incompetent to stand trial then. However, it has been decided that she is now mentally competent and has been back at court where she’s pleaded guilty to both crimes. It looks as if she’s facing a minimum of 27 years. I suspect she must also be facing her demons…
    Regardless, there’s still horrific evidence of double standards at play in the world and we all need to stand together and condemn injustice when we see it. I can see how passionate you feel about this kind of injustice, Jill, and it’s good to know that you’re not prepared to turn a blind eye to it.

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    • While I have the utmost empathy for those with mental illness … my best friend has a mental illness … in my book, if she was mentally competent enough to drive a car, then she was competent to stand trial.

      That said, I’m pleased that she has pleaded guilty and will pay for what she did. Perhaps she’ll find the time to think about humanity and compassion while she’s spending time in prison.

      Thank you … yes, this is something I am passionate about … I do not understand how anyone can feel themselves superior to another based on skin colour, race, religion, gender orientation, or any of the other bigotries humans routinely engage in. If we are to have a better world, we MUST learn to accept everyone for what they are, not to make superficial judgements. Sigh. After nearly 70 years on this earth, I’m beginning to think I’m fighting a losing battle, but I will keep fighting it until my last breath!

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  2. This is so, so sad. I used to tell my staff and students, “If you see something and say or do nothing, then you condone it.” I agree with Pete above, it is not just police, every profession has good and bad and we need to weed out the bad and stop making excuses for them.

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    • You are exactly right! Or, as the immortal Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

      Yes, every profession has those who believe in the superiority of a race, religion, gender, etc., but perhaps none hold the same power over so many as the police departments around the nation. Still, I agree, we need to weed out those who engage in the many forms of bigotry, especially from our Courts and government. Thank you, Carla, for stopping by … I hope you’ll visit again soon!

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  4. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”― Edmund Burke – I think that sums it up.. I had a very lucky childhood where I was treated with great kindness within other cultures and could never understand growing up why people were so racist. Fundamentally as a human we are identical beneath the skin, and whilst our genetic make-up might offer some differences, it is those differences as we became nomadic and moved through the world that has made a stronger humankind. I did an indepth DNA test 20 years ago and it is clear that my origins are from Africa… and whether 100,000 years ago or yesterday.. that makes us all family under the skin. This woman is clearly mentally impaired but I don’t think it took 16 months to determine that.. considering her actions I would that thought it was a foregone conclusion and she should have been locked up for life in one institution or another. Great post Jill..will share in a Blogger Daily in the week. Sally

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    • Burke’s saying is especially meaningful today, when far too many are being worn down and stepping back, saying they can’t deal with it all anymore. In part, this is why I keep doing what I do here on Filosofa’s Word, for to be silent is not an option in my book.

      I am 100% with you in your view of humans … differences in skin colour, gender identity, religion, should not matter, for we are all humans. But, for some reason, too many have a superiority complex these days, believe they are somehow better because they are pale-skinned, Christian, straight, etc. One day I think we are making progress, moving beyond the bigotry, but then the next I realize we have not moved forward a single inch.

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and for sharing my work! I appreciate it more than words can express!

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  5. Those who don’t respond to incidents like this are part of the problem. I refuse to live in a world where this is accepted. I am not anti-police—far from it—but if we can’t admit that this is something we need to reform, I don’t know what to say. By the way, I’m a retired educator who feels the same way about bad teachers as I do about bad police officers. As Jill says, we all know what right and wrong are.

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    • I wholeheartedly agree with you, Pete. My pet peeve … well, one of them … is people who can don their rose-coloured glasses, turn a blind eye, and say, “Well, it doesn’t affect ME”. I see this attitude over and over when it comes to racism, guns, religion, and climate change. People are shallow … if it isn’t affecting them today, they don’t care. About 10% of us are the exception, but waking the other 90% is an impossible task. Still, we try. I am not anti-police, either, and I believe the majority of those who go into law enforcement do so because they want to make a difference, want to be a part of making the world a little bit better place. Unfortunately, officers like Chauvin give them all a black eye. Sigh. Thanks for stopping by, Pete … I hope you’ll drop in again soon, for I value your opinions.

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      • If we all lived by the “well, it doesn’t affect me” attitude, the world would be a selfish place. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a Pollyanna, but I think that most people are kind and decent.

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        • So true. Until recently, I was considered a Pollyanna, with some friends telling me I was too optimistic. But, in the last few years I’ve seen the darker side of human nature in ways I never saw it before, and I’m not so sure anymore that there is hope for the human species. I like to think most people are basically good, but … I’m less certain these days.

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  6. I read this on Andrea’s blog and replied there, but the main part of what I said was: ‘I’m more inclined to put this down to tribalism, which seems so hardwired into us as a species. We must have spent a lot of our evolution living in tribes, distrustful of anyone who wasn’t part of ‘our’ tribe. Seems we just can’t get rid of that instinct.’

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    • I’ve had other readers, on different but similar posts, speak of tribalism, but … I’m always left confused, for I have no feelings of belonging to one ‘tribe’ or ethnicity, and never have. In fact, I had not heard the term ‘tribalism’ used in this context until a few years ago. Perhaps my ancient ancestors were thrown out of their tribe centuries ago and became nomads? Sigh.

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      • Even nomads would have been a tribe, Jill. I think of a tribe (in the traditional sense) as a large extended family, because that’s largely what they would have been. It’s something that I’m sure is still ‘hardwired’ into us, that we have to learn to overcome.

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    I am not often moved to reblog posts of blatant racism…This has appalled and scared me that the society that I thought was made up of people who were mainly kind and caring seems not to be the case …this is endemic and carried out because they can knowing that most of the time no action will be taken…They were children and an elderly lady both of whom society should be nurturing and respecting…A sad day for me as I have finally realised the truth….

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  8. Oh, Jill…I am not often rendered speechless and feeling so much anger… the only thing I am not feeling is surprised. I also do not think that we hear about everything which goes on and why because it is seen as normal behaviour by the police force and worse are the people who know and watch as they are also complicit in my book…A truly broken system…x

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    • You are not alone … several readers were left speechless. No, we don’t hear about everything, but with the expansion of social media, we are hearing more and more. This type of racism has always existed … ask any Black person … we just didn’t know about it. We blindly thought the Civil Rights movement of the 60s had changed things, and perhaps it did … a little, for a time. Thanks again, Carol!

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          • I fear that the people who hear us are the ones who already care, but perhaps they need to hear that compassion and tolerance are good things.
            Did you know that a few years ago, gamers who tried to stand up for decent behaviour were dismissed as ‘Care Bears’?
            Gaming is a microcosm of the real world. You know you’re in trouble when being a bastard is viewed as a good thing, an admirable thing. 😦

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            • You are mostly right about that … as my friend Hugh tells me, I am “spitting in the wind”, or “preaching to the choir”, but every now and then, perhaps somebody sees it and something we’ve said makes them stop … just for a minute … and think about things in a different way. Maybe.

              No, I hadn’t heard of them being called “Care Bears”, but I suppose it’s no worse than me being called a ‘snowflake’ … which, by the way, I tell them I take as a compliment, for snowflakes are beautiful and unique!

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              • That’s my hope too, Jill. Every time I go head to head with someone on Twitter, it’s because I do hope to change a mind. There is another reason as well though – staying silent is a form of validation. If none of us from the silent majority ever speak up, we’ll be validating every hateful word and deed perpetuated by others. Can’t do that. Won’t do that.

                And yes, snowflakes are beautiful. 🙂

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                • You are so right, my friend. Silence on issues that matter is contributing to the crime. I couldn’t stay silent if I tried, but I just wish it didn’t all eat at me so much that I cannot sleep or eat. Sigh.

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                    • Yes, I hear you! When my temper starts to flair, I make myself get out of Twitterdom for the rest of the day … I’ll be damned if I’m going to let Twitter and the ignorant fools there drive me into an early grave/urn. 🙃

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                    • The same can be said for me and American politics. I think it’s sad that politics has to be in absolutely everything. Gone are the days when you could go to a sporting event or to a movie without feeling like you were being lectured by the moralists about an issue. What happened to the notion of escaping reality to enjoy yourself for at least a couple of hours/

                      It’s totally gone now. Politics doesn’t have to be everywhere, no wonder so many people are so miserable all the time?

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                    • Politics is being reported more on everything from newspapers to social media, which is probably why it feels so all pervasive. Trouble is, it’s the same news, most of it partisan. The days of honest, investigative journalism seem to be over. I guess none of them are game to lift their heads about the parapet in case they get shot off. Instead we get ‘infotainment’. May as well watch commercials instead.

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                    • As someone famous once said (I forget who, and I’m too tired to look it up), “These are the times that try men’s (and women’s) souls”. I expect the same is true in both our countries, and others. Sigh. Hugs, my friend.

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                    • Yes. 😦 The Offspring and I had a long discussion in the car today, and the disillusionment isn’t restricted to us ‘older’ folks. Politicians and Big Media in kahoots. The Offspring is particularly down on the main stream media. Not much moral high ground going these days.

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                    • and rightly so regarding the distrust of the mainstream media. they have been working in conjunction with the politicians for decades to spread their selected narratives, scare and divide the people.

                      I don’t know which body of people I have more contempt and distrust of, the media or our government but I have confidence that neither will fairly tell the truth about the events at hand or fairly represent the people who got those congressional representatives in those cozy posh offices in the first place..

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                    • Journalism was once called the ‘Fourth Estate’ because it was vital to good governance. Now the Fourth Estate is concentrated in a few very large corporations, some of which like to take a very hands-on approach indeed. I’m thinking of NewsCorpse here.
                      I believe that representational democracy has been subverted at all levels by corporatism. Money speaks, and it’s the only voice being heard.

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  10. this is horrible and I hope she gets the maximum punishment for this crap. Maybe someone should run her stupid ass over with a car. What a totally horrible individual. I’m not a violent person either but some people, like in her case, deserve to have her teeth kicked in at the very least. I totally agree, the justice should have been swift and fitting but it wasn’t and that pisses me off.

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