How is it possible that a human being can be shot 6 times, two of those in the head, without justification? Oh yeah, because he’s a young Black man, a person of color and thus preconceived by so many in our society as already a threat. Something similar happened to my brother, a young Mexicano, his car shot at 7 times by an angry cop, while on his way to my mom’s house only half a block from the scene. This was a little over a year ago. But our family is fortunate because none of those bullets penetrated his body and he is still with us, left to deal with the aftermath of it all. It’s the dreaded curse of being a young man of color in this society and it doesn’t matter if you are educated or not, poor or not, causing trouble or not….they are already guilty. Guilty until (ever) proven innocent. The system has always worked backwards for us.
The people have every right to protest, to scream, to shout, to gather… because the people are rightfully mad and fed up with the continued hypocritical patting on our back telling us that everything is okay. Well it’s not, especially not when police are given the right to fire into crowds that include families and children.
I’ve gotten into these tense race conversations so many times – conversations that so many people, including our own, want to avoid at all costs. But when we continue to hear about acts such as the one of Mike Brown, it is our responsibility to talk about race even when folks don’t want to hear it or deal with it.
Race is simultaneously real and not real. Race is “real” because humans make it real, especially those who benefit greatly from its continued existence. As soon as we are born we are racialized and subsequently will be categorized by others and society. The whiter and lighter you are, the greater the benefits. There are always exceptions to the rule, but the rule always holds.
On August 9th this 18 year-old shot dead by police, left there for hours on the ground while his family gathered around watching their own flesh lying in cold blood before their eyes. Society is deteriorating, all of the incidents and inhumane treatment of people of color around the world and our own backyard loudly and clearly attesting to this fact.
Over 500 years post-conquest (aka genocide, forced colonization, and subjugation) and things are still far from being “equal” despite what the media, politicians, and schools (yes schools) are shoving down our throats. The stories they continue to tell us and our children aren’t working anymore.
Death is not a penalty for theft, but being Black is. That is the horrible truth that our society doesn’t want to talk about that it continues to sweep under their rug, not ours.
One day things will be made right…
#lablogadora #Ferguson #notpostracial