Firstly, I would like to apologize to my readers for my absences. I haven’t been posting as regularly and will change that. I would like to thank everyone who visits my site. I appreciate all of the feedback and comments. I’ve tried not to speak on this topic but there’s absolutely no way around it. The media has drowned society with this topic and I’m glad that’s it’s starting a conversation in America about racial issues. However, I’ve to notice that some of the conversation aren’t honest. Many people tried and some just avoid. People do not know what to say and in the midst of that confusion, their tons of voices trying to make sense of these past events.
This past month has been heartbreaking for American Society. There’s been a lot of anger, sadness, as well as confusion.For those of you who have shut all media out like I’ve tried so many times, here is a synopsis of events.
On July 5, 2016, two police officers in Baton Rouge answered a 911 call describing a man who matched the description of Alton Sterling. According to sources, the man was had a gun.Officers Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni arrived in front of the Triple S Food Mart where the call came from and approached Alton Sterling. Graphic videos surfaced showing the police apprehending Sterling and then fatally shooting him in the chest. Out of rest for the Sterling family, I will not any of those videos on my blog. However, if you want to look at it, just do a ‘google’ search. But I would be careful, it is really traumatizing.
The video of Alton Sterling murder quickly spread and sparked outrage amongst everyone. He’s name quickly became a hashtag. In the video, you’ll see two officers holding Sterling on the ground. One pulled out his weapon and pointed it Sterling’s chest. You can hear what seems like 6 bullet shots being fired. When you watch it, it almost seems like the officer screamed himself firing the shots. And immediately after the shots were fired one of the officers yells out “shit.” The people of America quickly responded by setting up a peaceful protest. Celebrities from Jay-Z to Amandla Stenberg and even Lori Petty took to Twitter to respond to Sterling’s tragic death.
You’ll see in the video, Sterling has no gun, presents no threat, and yet he’s still gunned down. Why is that? Racism? Bad police work? Stereotypes? I think it’s a combination of things. Black men in America society has been stereotyped as thugs. We all know the history of Black people in America. In addition, there are countless cases where bad policing has destroyed the trust of people when it comes to police officers. Alton Sterling’s death is a pure example of bad policing.
On June 26, 2016, a week before Sterling’s death, Grey Anatomy star Jesse Williams spoke about the racial issues and divisions within America. Many thought he was exaggerating our that the racial issues in America somehow vanished. But once Sterling’s video surfaced, those who doubted what Williams’ was saying could not deny what was vividly begin show to them.
Only a day after Alton Sterling was killed, another Black man became a hashtag. Philando Castile was pulled over by police because he allegedly had a broken tail light. Philando is licensed to carry a firearm and told the police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, that he had a weapon in the car. The officer told Castile not to move as he was raising his hands in the air. Officer Jeronim Yanez shot Castile while his girlfriend and children were in the car. His girlfriend live streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. The shooting of Castile happened only one day after Sterling. Two Black men killed a day apart by police officers. These two presentations of policing have made everyone in American uncomfortable, disappointed, and afraid. In particular, Black men.
Some people have been complaining that Black people are “broken records.” That they keep complaining about the same things over and over. However, the only broken record that I see is the mistreatment of Black people by American society. If Black people sound like broken records, it’s because they have to keep repeating themselves. The revolution name changes but has the same motif: equal treatment.
The Black Lives matter movement has been going on since the death of Trayvon Martin. The title “Black Lives Matter” has made some people upset. Some people are under the assumption that the title is dismissing the lives of others. However, picture it this way. The title is saying that Black Lives Matter too. Black lives seem to be disposable to America society. There’s no justice. Journalist, if you want to call them that, like Tomi Lahren, are amongst those who seem to misunderstand this movement.
I hate hearing this woman’s voice. I understand everyone is entitled to their own opinions but she’s one of those people who reaches too far. Her “journalism” is bias. Those who are journalist know that you have to try to remain as unbias as possible. However, we know people cannot truly do that. One thing to note about Tomi. Some consider her a liberal who is aiming for a spot on Fox News. Now I’m not sure how Fox News feels about her, but I believe she is trying to hard to be seen and heard.
There’s so much information out there that it is overwhelming. It’s up to us as individuals to assess the information and thoughtful understand it. Honest conversation is needed in order for us to understand the past events of America. I’m not sure if that’ll ever happen, but I’m hoping that people awaken and realized that we are all humans and deserve a fair chance at life.