Another week, another two black lives taken (Alton Sterling and Philando Castile) at the hands of the authority. Another two lives to an ever increasing list including; Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Walter Scott and Laquan McDonald.
I know I am not American, but I feel that this country holds a lot of criticism for being a complete let down. I have always been led to believe that America is the land of the free world and the land of opportunity and so on and so forth. However, recently as more and more stories of gun violence and killings come to light, I am seeing right through the land of America.
On Tuesday night, someone bitterly lost their daddy, someone lost their husband, their brother, uncle and friend. As much as I want to go into detail on what happened to these two black men, I won’t, as I am sure that many of you already know the story of their deaths especially if you are on any social media site. Also providing links to the videos, to be brutally honest, is complete and utter torture.
Sterling is the 558th person to be killed at the hands of the police in just 2016. With two murders every week, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s names could have been wiped and left unheard of. It makes me question how many cases are there that don’t hit the headlines? The only real reason why these two made headlines was because of the witnesses around the incident at the time. Can you even believe that the United States of America does not keep or maintain ANY official record of extra-judicial killings at the hands of the Police – even though thousands of people, mostly men of colour, and mostly unarmed are killed by the police every year?! NO OFFICIAL RECORD!!! I am sure that we can agree that this is just unacceptable behaviour. What on earth is going on? The system needs to change!
Do you remember when I wrote about Jesse Williams speech? Since that speech has gone viral, some fans have felt that the actor should be fired! I completely disagree, he should not be fired! Time and time again I stress that more needs to be done! By this I mean more speeches, more protests, a change in the constitution that was written by slave owners!
It tortures my soul to know that Alton Sterling won’t get the chance to say he was just selling CDs or that he had just bought a drink in the convenience store and was joking around with the owner. He won’t ever see a police warrant; he won’t get the chance to say goodbye to his family, nor will he be able to comfort his son who now cries “I want my daddy”. What makes matters worse is that I am convinced that none of us would ever get an answer as to what he did wrong – if it was carrying a gun in a state where it is legal to do so, then that is not an answer I am willing to take and neither should you!
How unforgettable the videos are of the two black men that were killed! We are left with one even more haunting question: what about all those cases of police murders, violence and aggression against black people, other people of colour, anybody – which were not caught on camera, or which go unreported?! Better yet when will there be another black life that becomes another hashtag?