As we bring in 2016 and post about all of our goals for the new year and all of the wonderful accomplishments for the previous year, I think its very important that we stay focused during this election season. The past few years have proven tremendously how sick and unjust our justice system is, particularly for people of color. It’s amazing how that last sentence is being written in the year 2016. Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice; these are a just a few of the many black lives who were unarmed and lost their life to police officers who were not indicted. I do not believe this is a coincidence. As a black male who blogs and lives in America, it is my absolute duty to chime in on these issues, because it can affect me and all the black men and woman I know and care about. The verdict in these cases is a slap in the face and lets us all know, just how much the system feels about black lives. Their’s a wonderful quote by W.E.B Dubois which says “A system cannot fail those it was not built to protect.”
Voting is so powerful. Changes must be made in how the judicial system works. Im no genius when it comes to politics, how court systems works, etc. and everyday I learn something new in the chaos of all this, but I do know that the overall SYSTEM is not intricately designed for people of color. Lets forget some things for a moment. Lets forget about race, the judicial system, politics, whatever.
- A 12 year old was playing in the park with a toy gun.
- A 12 year old was shot by police within TWO SECONDS of arriving.
The question that circulates in my head is how does an officer sworn to “protect and serve” when you shoot to kill? He didn’t get shot in the leg, he didn’t get shot in the foot. No “Put your hands in the air” no “Drop the weapon” nothing. How would you morally feel based on the facts of the two bullet points above? Do you feel the officer should suffer consequences? Tamir didn’t get the chance to explain, or better yet, show to explain himself. I’ve listened to the phone call in which the person called to report Tamir, and the person that reported him to Cleveland police said that he was “pointing it at everybody.”
My question is for those parents out there who let their children play with toy guns, who are they suppose to point it at? Children have imaginations and thats what they do, point it at people. Thats kids being kids. Now grant it, Tamir was probably old enough to know that pointing a toy gun at random people isn’t a good idea. But shooting someone within 2 seconds of arriving at the scene as a police officer is crazy and beyond my imagination and does not excuse it. One would argue that he “reached for the gun” when the officer arrived but I don’t believe it because we don’t see it in the video. Plus, “…he reached for a gun.” is the oldest excuse in the book. Even so, as an officer you don’t SHOOT TO KILL and thats what the officer did.
I in no form or fashion like toy guns to be played with by kids. I don’t see myself allowing my children some day to play with them, but toy guns do exist and are legal. If there were no toy guns for children to play with, Tamir would still be here and we wouldn’t be here reading this post. I think we all can agree that guns lately have been the center of attention in the media. The very last people we should worry about (In fact they shouldn’t even be on a list) using weapons irresponsibly, are the ones that are suppose to serve and protect us. What is it? Is it race? Is it perception and stereotype? What are your thoughts on this?