Yesterday, an Ohio grand jury refused to charge two police officers who shot and killed an innocent man who was in a Walmart, talking on his cell phone as he absently picked up an unloaded Walmart airgun and walked around aisles with it. However, he did violate one major prohibition in society, he did all of this while being black.
A white man who saw this black man in Walmart called 911 and was whipped up in racial fear, lied to 911 and claimed that this man was pointing a rifle at people in the store. The police arrived and within moments, shot him dead.
So that it’s clear how the Open Carry Law works, walking around a store with an unloaded air gun that’s for sale at that store when you’re black allows police to legally murder you. Walking around a store with real and loaded weapons when you’re white is exercising your 2nd Amendment rights.
Cause For Justifiable Murder
Ohio is an Open Carry state…for white people that is. If black people want to Open Carry weapons, well, it is understandable that they may deserve being shot by police after all, the supporters of Open Carry didn’t plan on black people carrying rifles too.
It is a painful reminder that Americans continue living in a delusion over the nature of their own society. It would be absurdly funny if it wasn’t so horrible, the belief that America is in a post-racial era.
Throughout America’s existence, racism has never been absent and has always been blatant. It is true that the generations coming up are more colorblind when it comes to race but to think racism is over would require wearing a blindfold and earplugs throughout one’s daily life.
All Americans should be outraged at the exposure of their nation as still being deeply infecyed with racism. One wonders though if the need to view America as better than that, convincing oneself of that delusion, encourages such denial over this reality.
Consider just the last several months, Marlene Pinnock thrown down and brutally beaten by a CHP officer, Eric Garner strangled to death by NYPD officers, Michael Brown shot in cold blood while surrendering by a Ferguson Police officer and now John Crawford III shot dead in a Walmart by Ohio police.
And those are just the most publicized assaults and murders of black people by police in the last several months that we’ve heard of, how many others have happened that haven’t been publicized?
And consider how often the courts decide that white people murdering black people because they’re afraid of them are justifiable homicides…despite the innocence of the victims.
Let’s look at this logically.
a. Racists are afraid of black people.
b. Courts allow the perception of fear as a justification for wrongly shooting someone.
c. Being white and racist justifies the murder of a black person.
If you’re American, it’s high time you accepted this reality: “We regularly kill innocent black people in our country because they are black and find ways to justify their murders.”
It’s a cliche now but can anyone imagine a blonde teenage girl carrying that same air rifle through a Walmart and having 911 called on her, describing her as threatening others then being shot dead almost instantly by police?
Of course not because white people holding guns isn’t as scary as black people holding guns. And why is that? Hmm…well it can’t be because of race since racism in the US is over (SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts told me so…as did every right winger on tv and radio). There must be another reason…I’ll figure it out…let me get back to you on that).
Where do we go from here? Just push it out of our minds and allow racism to continue to haunt the lives of black Americans (especially young black men) while touting how wonderful America is? How can America be wonderful when its people just allow the murder of a specific segment of its citizens to continue?
When can we start to see America for what it really is and respond as responsible conscientious people should?
We allow ourselves to be distracted by entertainment and buy into delusions about “America!” while corporations and the wealthy buy off our democracy, while our federal government is ground to a destructive halt, while our incomes and standard of living decline, while our public schools are overcrowded and descend in quality, while our fellow citizens are attacked and murdered just because of their skin color…this is the real America we live in.
The questions are, can we accept seeing our nation for what it really is? And can we rally ourselves out of distraction and apathy to do something profound about confronting and destroying these injustices.
As we plunge deeper into a war to fight ISIS because we see them as a threat to the security and future of the American People, do we have the same resolve to fight the threats to Americans that are right here in our nation and killing our people day after day?
How is racism not the biggest terrorist threat Americans live with day to day? When the odds of innocent Americans being killed by this kind of terrorism are far greater than by ISIS or Al Qaeda, shouldn’t we be making this our greatest priority?
Unfortunately, it is historically the case that Americans don’t deal with problems until they boil over from neglect. By then however, how many more innocent Americans will have their lives taken by police “justifiably” because their skin color was just too dark and scary to allow them to live?