Maybe this is a stretch, or maybe it’s time to have a conversation many are afraid to have. Maybe it’s time to say those words that we have been avoiding for almost 400 years. It’s oppressive, hectic, tiresome, demanding, and borderline traumatizing being black in America. Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, Tanisha Anderson, Jerame Reid, Walter Scott all have two things in common. All have died unjustly at the hands of law enforcement and all were unarmed. Let that last fact settle in for one minute before we start using the “if you don’t commit a crime” excuse. We live in a country where a young man walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and opened fire killing nine individuals and was later able to let the justice system convict him of those crimes. Now, I’m not suggesting that this young man was afforded special privilege; however, it seems kind of weird that the names mention above were not allowed to appear in court to face charges, should any charges have been filed against them.
To add more to this, we can even go to St. Louis, where an off-duty black officer, was shot by a white officer who feared for his life. Yes, one officer “feared” for his life because he did not recognize the off-duty officer after two other officers had recognized the off-duty officer and told him to approach them.
Interesting to say the least.
Should you want to read the article yourself, here it is covered by Time.
Our communities are outraged because they have been demanding changes for years with little success. The only time change comes is when the anger comes from other communities. So now the question is how long do we have to suffer before we the change?
Until then, let’s stop being politically correct and finally recognize that being black in America is dangerous!
Johnny King is the current Attorney General for SWBLSA and a current 3L at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA. If you have any comments or would like to make a suggestion on topics you would like to see explored, he can reached at SWBLSA.AG@nblsa.org.