Yesterday I woke up and watched the video of the Alton Sterling shooting. I don’t believe for a second that shooting him was remotely justified.
A little little more than 12 hours later, I watched the Facebook live video of the immediate aftermath of a cop shooting Philando Castile–still sitting in his car during a traffic stop for a broken tail light.
His girlfriend says, repeatedly and consistently, that he told police he had a licensed firearm, and he was only getting his license and registration, and the cop shot him.
Even if you want to believe he was somehow threatening (I don’t), they leave the guy sitting there bleeding out when he couldn’t possibly be a threat.
“Why would she open up her phone and start videoing something like that? Why wouldn’t she be more upset?”
I don’t know, maybe she understood that her phone was her only viable defense against men with guns and badges. Maybe she realized that being “emotional” might get her shot, too. There’s no “maybe” about the fact that she had more courage and stronger nerves than the cop who just shot her boyfriend.
This has to stop. This had to stop a long, long time ago.
When people say “save the rainforests,” nobody interprets that to mean, “screw the redwoods.” Yet people get upset when they hear Black Lives Matter and want to argue about the message.
I’m so sick of living under words like “all men are created equal” and “liberty and justice for all” when the reality is that doesn’t really apply to everyone.
Black Lives Matter.
EDIT: As usual, I absolutely will delete inflammatory or racist comments.