|I thought that there was a typo or error this morning on CNN. I was in my office’s lobby and saw the headline “Minnesota Man killed by cops” and thought they had the location wrong. Not even a full day or barely a full day had passed since an African American man was killed outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, point blank range, while being wrestled to the ground by two murderers. So I was completely confused when I saw that the police had killed this gentleman from Minnesota, with his girlfriend recording the entire ordeal. Usually, we have to wait 3-4 months before the next black execution, so to have them back to back was shocking. By Alton Sterling’s death, I was hurt and very depressed but all of these emotions I felt, I felt with a glaze over my eyes. I’ve seen the movie too many times. I don’t think anyone has faith that those cops will be indicted. Which is sad because we have lost faith in the pursuit of justice which is the backbone of law enforcement and also government, I suppose. Our tears don’t even have a chance to stain before we have fresh ones to attend to.
Ironically, also in the news yesterday was news that the U.S. sanctioned North Korea over “human rights violations”. Meanwhile, many of our own homegrown terrorists are still at large and undisciplined in the slightest. I don’t believe every cop is bad. That would be a lazy thought. There are droves and droves of talented, honorable, courageous officers who truly want to protect our community and all citizens in them. But it is troubling and unnerving to think that the cops who have been executing these black citizens, not one has been held accountable. This is not a coincidence. The system is designed to protect these officers, officers who by this very same system practically have a right to kill. The system will often protect them and justify their own interests by not forcefully vetting these cops intentions.
Right now we have a couple hashtags floating around, praying for peace and justice, hashtags meant to mobilize a movement and honor the late. And unfortunately by the end of the year, I can’t with any confidence think that we won’t have a few more.