I was scrolling through Facebook (sue me I don’t have a Twitter) and I saw yet another post about a young black boy that was shot and killed by a white police officer. A few things that stood out to me about this particular incident:
- The cop was off duty.
- The officer had already shot the boy in his legs when he delivered the fatal shots to the boy’s chest.
- The off duty officer then pursued the boy’s friends and shot but didn’t kill them.
- The boy’s friends are facing charges for the murder of their friend.
Why don’t all lives matter? Because all lives aren’t treated equally.
If you are offended by the Black Lives Matter movement, then you are probably one of the people that will turn your head in instances of prejudice and racism. You will ignore the fact that Hispanic people are constantly belittled and seen as ‘immigrants’ or ‘ignorant’; black people are ‘thugs’ who ‘only want trouble’; Islamic people are all ‘terrorists’. You give into these stereotypes.
But get this, those people are Americans too. Regardless of what they look like, they deserve the same rights, treatments, etc. that a white American would receive. They don’t deserve to be followed around in stores, greeted by racial slurs, or scrutinized wherever they go. They don’t deserve that. Period.
Black people are NOT treated the same in American society.
If you are offended by the Black Lives Matter movement, then you are probably one of those people who will look at the oppressed and blame them for their oppression. You will look at a black male and blame him for his poverty, not the system that continually makes it so black men have more difficulty establishing themselves in society. You take a practice like redlining and blame the black man for being susceptible to it, not the inherent racism of the practice. You look at the fact that the punishment for possession of marijuana is a longer sentence than rape for a white male swimmer from Stanford and say it’s the black man’s fault that this is so.
Black people are constantly criminalized.
Our justice system is as corrupt as can be. Some of that has to do with prejudice and racism, some of it has to do with money and power. But if you are offended by the Black Lives Matter movement, you will deny that a lot of what happens in the ‘justice’ system is a matter of race. But it is.
Why is it that a white male that shoots a young black boy walking home from the store with an Arizona and Skittles gets off free? If Trayvon Martin had been John Smith, he wouldn’t be seen as a ‘dangerous young male.’ Good ol’ John Smith would just be a white boy walking home from the store. Little black boy Trayvon Martin on the other hand, is up to no good and is a threat.
The portrayal of black men is as follows: they are the criminals. No matter what they are doing, no matter how they dress, speak, walk, etc., they are dangerous criminals. What’s more, you don’t even have to claim a gruesome crime like murder; they can be criminals because of drugs, a broken tail light, walking to store then going home. They are still criminals. The same isn’t said about John Smith. He’s at home right now, planning for his future.
But you deny it.
It always amazes me that people continually deny these things EVEN WHEN being guilty of viewing not only black people, but every non-white American by a stereotype.
If you are offended by Black Lives Matter, then you are probably the one that will look at this case, find a reason why this boy was guilty, and not even realize that you are condemning him just for being black.
You are quick to shoot a black man just for walking across the street, but never imprison a murdered for taking a life before it’s even started.
Even if Darius and the officer got into an argument, that 15 year old boy DID NOT deserve to die. He was just a boy, whether black or white, he was just a boy. And now he’s dead. And his killer is walking around with no penalty.
Rest Easy Darius.