Being a white person in America is pretty easy. You don’t have to worry about being shot by cops. You don’t really have to worry about being shot by anyone, but you are. So you buy as many guns as possible and then itch for an opportunity to use them.
If you are black, you have a very good reason to be worried. If the black people won’t kill you, the police will. Here is an exerpt in a recent article about the killing in St. Louis.
If this can happen in St. Louis, it can happen in any city.”
It does. On August 5 in Beavercreek, Ohio, 22-year-old John Crawford was killed in a Walmart when a toy gun he had picked up from inside the store was apparently mistaken for a real gun. LeeCee Johnson, who had two children with Crawford, said that she was on the phone with him, and that his last words
before she heard gunshots from police officers were, “It’s not real.”
On July 17 in Staten Island, New York, 43-year-old Eric Garner, a well-known presence in the neighborhood who sold illicit cigarettes and kept an eye on the block, was killed after breaking up a fight when NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo used an illegal chokehold
on the asthmatic man. “I can’t breathe,” he said, before he died. “I can’t breathe.”On the night of September 14, 2013 in Charlotte, N.C., 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell was killed after getting into a car accident. He climbed out of the rear window of the car, stumbled to the nearest house, and banged on the door for help. The homeowner notified the police, who showed up to the house. Ferrell was tased, and then an officer named Randall Kerrick shot and struck Ferrell 10 times.
There was Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and Oscar Grant in Oakland, Calif., and so many more. Michael Brown’s death wasn’t shocking at all. All over the country, unarmed black men are being killed by the very people who have sworn to protect them, as has been going on for a very long time now. It would appear that cops are not for black people, either.”
To think that our society is so deranged that killing after killing we do nothing. Then again, when our kids go to school and never come back and we do nothing because we assume it won’t happen to ours and instead of making mental care we slash mental care budgets. Instead of making gun laws tougher we make them looser. And instead of putting more limits on the cops when the crime rate is at an all time low we make them better armed and with fewer limits.. what do we expect?
At some point society must take responsibility and change, but at what cost? I guess so long as it is not old white men dying, no one cares and no one does anything.