If I were to cover and title weekly articles about people killed under very interesting and unusual circumstances, the title would look like this: “What happened to” or “Justice for” (and then I would fill in the name here), i.e.: Trayvon Martin, Rodney Johnson, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Laquan McDonald, Mike Brown, Omar Grant III, Corey Jackson, the list seems endless.
Terrorism is alive and well in the black community.
In America, cops, mainly white, shoot and kill unarmed black people with no expectation of punishment. Matter of fact, in the murder of Laquan McDonald, 5 police officers witnessed the murder and told a story other than the truth, to cover it up.
Terrorism is also well-defined and top-of-mind in the black community. White America goes to bed worrying about the terrible tragedies that did and could happen at the hands of foreign terrorists, while black people go to bed praying that our children never have to cross paths with a white domestic officer. We feel this way because if we call the police, for any reason, our chances of being shot and killed increases exponentially.
Even if we discuss our history to some of those of another race, try to explain why we fear the police, even if we mention slavery and the wounds that black people feel from our battered history, we are told to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and continue on. To forget about what happened but to look forward to a brighter day.
Now, turn the tables and mention the tragedy on September 11th, 2001 to those same naysayers and their response would be to “never forget”. What most black people are trying to say, is, “we get it”. We understand why the majority of America fears foreign terrorists because we are a part of it, but we also have a fear of domestic terrorists on a daily basis, too.
We care about what happened on 9-11, in San Bernardino and many other places in America and we want white America to care about our youth enough to change the laws so that we are protected against trigger-happy officers, who are sworn to protect and serve us. We can forget about those officers and many Americans outright caring that black lives matter. It’s evident they don’t share our reality or passion.
Therefore, changing the laws to attract equality for black people is the only thing we have to hold on to. It pains us to see our fellow Americans be killed in attacks like 9/11. We pray for our country just as hard and frequent as any loving, God-fearing, red-blooded, American would.
However, when asked to put the burden of Isis on the front burner, emotionally, it is more than difficult for us to do. The terrorism the country feels from these foreign terror groups or the wanna-be terrorists, like the San Bernardino killers, is not something we fear as much as we fear cops and racist individuals like Michael Dunn.
So there. I’ve said it. I’ve combined my thoughts with the opinions of several other black people and whipped them out on paper here. Go ahead, throw your tomatoes. Post your comments. Yell, scream, tell me I’m wrong.
Then get over it and realize, I’m right.
Jordan Davis’ life was taken by what we consider a domestic terrorist who was ready to so very easily murder someone he hated with each passing swig of liquor he drank.
When Jordan Davis’ killer was taken into custody, he even asked the police as to what his own motive was. As if he was looking for guidance on how to wiggle his way through the system without being incarcerated for his crime. Makes one think whether or not he has done something like this before. Thank God, Jacksonville Police did not allow or provide him a way out.
However, even in a Florida courtroom, being tried on the charges in which he should have been, Jordan Davis’ killer, Michael Dunn, was not initially convicted of murdering Jordan Davis. In a nutshell, Dunn was initially convicted of attempting to murder the other young men in the car. In Florida, once Davis was dead, his life mattered not, to the system we claim upholds justice.
Unfortunately, America in general, all to often allow cruel and unusual punishment on black Americans making it quite difficult for black people to see any other threats to black lives beyond what’s closest to the human eye; and heart. It is also very difficult to push our fears to the background and replace those with the fears of people who may kill us, wound us and/or support those and the laws that continue the cycle of the legal killing of black America.