In the past, I’ve commented on the plight of black teens and men with invisible bullseyes on their bodies; targets crying out for acquisition that seemingly only the police can see. But I don’t know if I can keep doing so.
That’s because there are two worlds existing simultaneously in the black community; the world of the predator and the world of prey. And like all humans, blacks are no different in that they exist in both of those environments, at times performing the functions of one or reconciling the actions of the other. Continue reading
February 26 marked the 5th anniversary of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. It left its mark on American society; a chronic irritation still uncured. Some think that perceptions about African-American men deepened on that rainy evening as citizens began to see them as deadly assailants, even unarmed, and worthy of the use of deadly force.
Afterwards, that same cavalier and justified attitude about such use infiltrated communities and police departments across the country. From that point on, it seemed that young men and women of color had targets on them saying, shoot to kill, regardless! I ask you; do you think the killing of young Martin made such shootings easier for some officers and private citizens? And then, did subsequent police shootings empower further civilian armed attacks against young black men? I think they possibly did. Continue reading