It is a disturbing truth to recognize that the deaths of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner weren’t just tragic incidents, but wake up calls. We despise George Zimmerman and now Darren Wilson for what they’ve done, but they are just following the trend that has been plaguing black men specifically for a long time now. It’s a shame that it’s taken everyone this long to open eyes…Police are killing unarmed black men approximately every 36 hours.
Every day and a half, a black man is murdered by the police for no reason. They kill us when they’re supposed to be protecting us. Somewhere in the midst of it all, there has been some sort of false justification for police to abuse their power, and we’ve accepted it until now.
According to the “Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 120 Black People” by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in 2012, black men as well as women are getting killed regardless of age. “Many of the 120 killed were young. About 11% were children under 18 years old, 18% were 18 to 21, 40% were 22 to 31, 17% were 32 to 41, 8% were 42 to 51, 4% were over 52, and 2% were of undetermined age. This means that more than two-thirds of those killed were below the age of 31.” The report states.
The Grassroots Movement also described the situation perfectly: “They use the stories of “officer-involved killings” to reinforce a stereotypical, but strategic depiction of the most dispossessed sectors of the Black working class as criminal commodities, fit for disposal.”
That’s why every black man slain by the police has been affiliated with crime in some kind of way (Trayvon’s hoodie, etc). That’s why they tried justifying Mike Brown’s death by associating him with strong arm robbery, or why they tried to utilize negative images of Brown for justification. Racism is utilized through the police force in order to kill us under the false pretense that we are all criminals.
But we’re not. We’re starting to see that now, and that’s why they’re hiding Darren Wilson as we speak. That’s why they’re fumbling in the media through the false accusations of Brown being a bank robbing suspect, or that he resisted the police in any way. Without the imagery of being criminals, police officers have no idea what to do with black people.
Police have been killing black people for too long. It’s time that we as black people unite and stand up for what is right. Comment and share below.