Friday, December 5, 2014

The story of Michael E. Bell, killed by Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Every 28 hours a person of color is murdered by a police officer.., this fact is startling and indeed an epidemic of monumental proportions. However, there are white persons who are killed as well, sometimes with impunity by out of control police officers., such is the horrible story of Michael E. Bell.  Does this mean that race should not be a factor in our movement of #BlacklivesMatter?, ofcourse not., as the stats I mentioned earlier eerily tell, black people are being murdered far more and much moreso without ANY justification and have been so for DECADES, systemically and historically.


Yes, there is good reason to think that many of these unjustifiable homicides by police across the country are racially motivated. But there is a lot more than that going on here. Our country is simply not paying enough attention to the terrible lack of accountability of police departments and the way it affects all of us—regardless of race or ethnicity. Because if a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy — that was my son, Michael — can be shot in the head under a street light with his hands cuffed behind his back, in front of five eyewitnesses (including his mother and sister), and his father was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who flew in three wars for his country — that’s me — and I still couldn’t get anything done about it, then Joe the plumber and Javier the roofer aren’t going to be able to do anything about it either.
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