Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Lives Matter

I am not a black man in America.

I am just a man in America who's tired of seeing black men gunned down in the streets because they were "in the wrong place at the wrong time" or they were 'walking while black."

I am tired of seeing people, and dare I say it, mostly white people shrug when they hear the news. When you shrug at the news that means you find it acceptable; it isn’t. Stop shrugging.

I am tired of The Conversation because every time this happens we have The Conversation and then we go right back to talking about the latest Kim Kardastrophe — that is NOT a misspelling — or whatever piece of fluff passes for news that day. Not having The Conversation is the same as shrugging; nothing is accomplished, nothing changes. Nothing is said until the next black man lies dead in the street.

It's time we stopped killing people in the streets, mostly black men, whether they be innocent or guilty. It's time to stop assuming that because a man is black he is automatically a threat, automatically guilty, automatically dead.

We cannot keep letting this happen, and keep talking about it, and then do nothing to stop it. That’s insane.

Racism is a problem in this country, even though we — well, some of us — pat ourselves on the back for electing a black president. We’ve seen how that’s played out over the last six years.

All I can think about is that if Michael Brown was a young white man shot by a black police officer, we’d be having a whole different reaction to this story.

That's not America, and that's not right.

Have the conversation. Do something. Black lives matter.

6 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

We don't have tutoring this week or I'd be spontaneously hugging all the little boys I come across.

Helen Lashbrook said...

And then there was the killing of a 12 year old child in Cleveland at the weekend; will it never end?

Mitchell is Moving said...

We've been shocked and angered, but not surprised, by the news here.

anne marie in philly said...

I was so pissed off last night I could hardly contain myself from going hulkamania asskicking. the guilty evidence is THERE!

those white MFing bigoted grand jurors are lower than a snake's belly. and wilson (like zimmerman) better watch his fat white ass lest he be lynched by some angry citizens. and I would not shed a single tear for either of their deaths.

Mark in DE said...

Despite the "physical evidence" and contradictory eye-witness accounts, I kept saying to myself: A trained police officer may fire 2 or 3 shots for self defense. 12 shots at an unarmed man is not self defense; its an intent to kill. Why did this "physical evidence" not count?? Oh yeah, it was because the cop, district attorney and 3/4 of the grand jury were all white and the dead man was black.

Biki Honko said...

Could it be that its time to re-think the idea that police carry loaded weapons?

Since Mr. Obama became our president, racism has surged to levels not seen since the grim days of the 50's and 60's. Which tells me that its been there all along, simmering, papered over to look nice.

You're right, its time to hash this out and demand a better future.