The recent murder of Stephon Clark has become a frequent occurrence in the black community. An unarmed black man gunned down by the police. Believed to be a suspect for breaking into parked cars the police chased him and shot him dead in his backyard. I heard his brother state that Stephen name will be revered or is added to a list of names that include Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and Michael Brown. For me the most disturbing thing about this list is that is forever growing, there are countless names that we do not know about who should be on this list. With deaths of these black people, we have not move one step in the right directions. When reading some of the comments on social media it seems that we are moving further in the wrong direction.
Social media allows people to voice their opinion without dealing with the pain of the other people and basing their position on little to no knowledge of the person or the individual. Most of the misinformation or lack of information falls on the lap of the media. The media creates a narrative and then push that narrative, the narrative is based on what will garner the most attention. Not what is the truth, not will be better for society, not what shows the most respect for the family. People look at Ancient Rome and how the Coliseum was used to put on fights to the death for the entertainment of the people. My question is are we different from those days of watching the Gladiators kill each other for the people entertainment.
One of the arguments I see presented on social media is that he should not have run from the police, only guilty people run. Many black people know this not to be true. Running from the police is built on a history of distrust an unfair treatment. One must remember the creation of the police stems from the slave patrol, therefore it may be an innate response to run from the police. Black people have wrongfully imprisoned and beaten by police. Recent reporting by Shaun King has shown the corruption surrounding the police with regards to imprisoning people of color falsely. Everyone knows someone wrongfully arrested or someone who was abused by the police. Sometimes running seems like the best option. A friend of mines brother was wrongfully accused and arrested. My friend brother’s wife had just past, he worked at night as a security guard, so during his lunch break, he decides to take a walk because this is something he would do after the death of his wife. While walking he was stopped and arrested for robbing a woman, he was given a high bail. When the robbery took place he was at work, so he was in jail for weeks while the family got enough money together to bail him out, then paid a lawyer who easily able to prove his innocence. But because he was in jail for so long and he was going to court to prove his innocence he lost his job, therefore unable to provide for his kids and pay rent. One of the things he said is I should have run.
People have to understand that the police have destroyed many of our lives in different ways, some of the killings of the police are just more known but the impact of the misconduct of police has a wide For those who believe that it is the victims fault the police killed them, I have one question would you feel the same if it was your child?