“If only he woulda…”

When you’re white, it takes a lot of effort and honest self-reflection to acknowledge all the ways that you are racist. Even if you are so-called “woke” there is a myriad of behaviors that feed the white is superior narrative.

Small things like checking your wallet when you see a black person nearby. Or crossing the street to distance yourself. Or seeing a black kid in a bike and wondering if it’s his?

The one that I used to do a lot (and the one that is bothering me most right now) is the “police violence justification”. Asking the question “Why didn’t he just obey the officers?” when there is another instance of white cops shooting an unarmed black man. Or saying “How were the police to know his intentions? He could have been going for a weapon. They had to defend themselves.”

This is smoke and mirrors. And it is indeed racially driven. The hidden narrative is that black people are thugs. Violent. Criminals. And they can’t be trusted. So it’s ok for the police to assume the worst and be prepared to take out the threat.

The most recent episode involved Jacob Blake who was shot seven times in the back by police. In front of his three children.

From witness accounts, Jacob was trying to break up a fight between two women. The officers arrived. As Jacob walked to his car the two officers followed him, guns drawn. Jacob didn’t stop ans when he opened his car door he was subsequently shot 7 times in the back.

“But why didn’t he just stop? None of this would have happened if he’d just….”. Ok. That’s where you need to stop and ask yourself one question:

Is it okay for the police to shoot an unarmed citizen?

Don’t play the “what if” game. What if he was going for a gun? Or a knife? What if he was going to confront the officers? The thing is— he didn’t. He didn’t have a weapon. He wasn’t menacing or threatening the cops. He wasn’t rushing them. He wasn’t “crazy on drugs” or something. What he was doing was opening the car door where his 3 children were (ages 8, 5, and 3 I believe).

Why were the cops following him, guns drawn? What prompted them to see Jacob and think “this is a deadly threat”? Why didn’t they have tasers or other non-lethal weapons out? Why weren’t they de-escalating the situation?

Hell, I’ll even play devils advocate and say “the cops were telling him to stop and he didn’t comply”. Okay, so here’s the next question:

Does failure to comply with a police directive mean they get a free pass to shoot you ?

As far as I know, Mr Blake wasn’t being arrested. He wasn’t charged with a crime. So, what were the intentions of the police? Anymore, police are picking people (protesters) up and charging them with “resisting arrest”- even though they weren’t being arrested for anything to begin with. How does THAT work?

Those are the actions of a militarized police state. It’s justification for the police to do whatever they want. And heaven help you if you try to fight back.

And even if -IF- Jacob was going for a weapon, he never even had the chance to threaten these officers before they fired on him. These officers who are trained. These officers with guns already drawn. These officers in body armor. These officers were so fearful of a “what if” that they shot him 7 times.

In the back.

Leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

When you’re white, it’s hard to put yourself in Mr Blake’s shoes. Because you don’t experience the same bias from the police. You aren’t followed or harassed by cops because you “look like a suspect”. Because you’re white you get the benefit of the doubt when arguing with the cops. Or when reaching for a glove compartment.

So you gotta work and ask yourselves the hard questions like: if I’ve done nothing wrong and the police come after me and I confront them, am I ok being executed on the spot?

Because that’s in effect what the police are doing. They are using lethal force in confrontational situations with unarmed civilians.

And when your eyes open and you see this, then you really start queStioning the other situations like Breyonna Taylor who was innocent and shot in her own bed when the police raided the wrong house. The deeper question here is “Even if the police had raided the right house, what gave them the right to execute the sleeping individual inside?”

Or Botham Jean- watching tv in his own apartment when an off duty cop went to the wrong apartment, burst in on him, and shot him without first questioning the situation.

Or Philando Castile who was complying with the officer and even told the cop he had a conceal carry permit and a gun in the vehicle. It didn’t matter as he was shot anyway and bled out in front of his girlfriend and child.

Or the black therapist that was helping his autistic patient who had his hands up in the air and was still shot by the cops.

All these instances raise a lot of questions. The only answer that you need to concern yourself with is this:

No. It is not ok for the police to shoot an unarmed citizen of the United States.

Period.

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3 Responses to “If only he woulda…”

  1. anne marie in philly says:

    fuck! yeah! fuck da police! #BLACKLIVESMATTER

  2. Jason says:

    I never comment on anything, but I love this post. Very well written, I applaud you.

  3. truthspew says:

    I’ve spoken with a few cops and explained to them that two trends are going to mean we need fewer police. 1st i drugs – if you weren’t aware Portugal legalized all illicit drugs a few years ago. And the net result drug usage declined severely. 2nd as vehicles are adding more autonomous features less need for traffic enforcement cops. Take those two way and what’s left but murder police and domestic violence. Sure there’d still be theft to account too.

    But the other thing violent crimes have been declining over the last few decades. So even that comes to question.

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