Do you think we would have heard about Mike Brown if citizens of Ferguson weren’t rioting? Do you remember Javier Payne? No? He’s a 14 year old boy whose head was shoved through a plate-glass window by NYPD officers this March. (While handcuffed. Please explain to me what threat an 89 pound 8th grader really posed.) John Crawford? He was the 22-year old shot and killed last week inside of an Ohio Walmart for holding a toy bb gun available for purchase in the same store. Ezell Ford? He was an unarmed 25 year old killed yesterday by the LAPD. These are only a few of many…and if you are shocked by this, you haven’t been paying attention.
You can do better, WE can do better. Honest conversations have to happen before anything can change. Let’s stop pretending like this is a fluke, or one tragic and unfortunate case. This is a pattern of behavior, a real, prove-able, and unfair stigma. If we allow this to continue, we are just as guilty as the people pulling the trigger for not being willing to stand up and say, “This is wrong, and we need to make a change.”
You’re lying to yourself if you believe that you are a good person but consider this to be “someone else’s problem.” United we stand, divided we fall, and right now we’re falling fast.