A juxtaposition between the recent ISIS beheadings and unjustified police killings. I was amazed by the similarities of the two topics and how no one seems to be picking up on how equal the severity of both can potentially be. I’m not necessarily equating the two because they both have their own factors that set them apart, I’m just saying that if you were to make a venn diagram of the two, the middle might be more packed than you would think. It will get a lot worse before it gets better. Stay aware. 

Shot on 35mm b&w film by Dustin Dacier.

RIP to the countless innocent people killed each day regardless of by who’s hand, my deepest condolences go out to all the families affected.

Stop Saying "Unarmed Black Man"

I know this stopped being relevant to people’s interests about two weeks ago, but it wasn’t until now that I realized this was a problem.

Very frequently, when a cop perforates some innocent black kid and the media decides to actually care, the victim’s family and friends and anybody else who cares will say, “He was a good boy, he wasn’t armed, he was shot in cold blood.” And the cop will always say something like “I thought he had a weapon.” when it was just a wallet or a cell phone or whatever. But this should stop.

I am an armed black male. Pretty much everywhere I go that isn’t a public school, I carry weapons because I do not plan on engaging any assailant in unarmed melee combat. Even though I’m 6’5” and 290 lbs, and could probably beat down anybody who hasn’t actually been trained to fight in some way. But I’m not going to risk that. If someone attacks me, I have the right to end the threat in the most efficient way possible. But since I can’t carry a gun (lol NY), I carry knives.

That is not a crime.

That is not an excuse to shoot me.

My life does not lose value because I took measures to protect it.

When a cop says “I thought he had a knife” or “I thought he had a gun”, yet is absent of injuries while the victim has been shot 22 times, the answer should not immediately be “Well it was just a cell phone” or “If you can’t tell the difference between a wallet and a Glock you should find a different job.”

Not because those responses aren’t true. They are. But the other question should be “Why does a person having a knife give you the right to harrass, assault, and/or kill them?” Because the cop always starts it. No black teen (or anybody, really) with a weapon approaches a cop to chat and then decides to assaults him.

The cop is always the aggressor who decided that they were going to ruin some kid’s day. The cop makes the decision to harass somebody, and then the cop gets panicked enough to kill the person they themselves were harassing. But even when a cop is right, he is wrong.

Because if I got shot at the trains station tomorrow, I wouldn’t be an unarmed black male. 

But I’d still be innocent, and that should be all that matters.