There are 350 million guns owned by citizens in America, and the majority of the owners are white. This figure is a statistical fact. The majority of police in America are white, and they carry guns every day. Last week was a bad week in the courts for Black men, because two policemen, one in North Carolina and one in South Carolina, will probably not be charged for killing Black men.
There is nothing new in the court system, because the majority of police get off when a Black man is killed in the line of duty. In Charlotte, N.C., Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot by officer Brentley Vinson for stepping out of his SUV, allegedly with a gun in his hand. The Mecklenburg district attorney, Andrew Murray, said, “I’m extremely convinced that Mr. Vinson’s use of deadly force was lawful.”
There was no video from the police that corroborated this allegation, and Scott’s mother and wife claim that he was reading a book. Murray said that Scott bought the stolen gun 18 days before the confrontation with police. The case has been thrown out of court, and the policeman is a free man.
In Charleston, S.C., Officer Michael Slager was charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott, when Scott fled after a traffic stop. In this case there was a cellphone video from an individual going to work. Based on the cellphone video, it appeared that the officer shot Scott in his back as he was fleeing.
Last Friday, the jury (11 whites and 1 Black man) told Judge Clifton Newman that they could not come to a unanimous decision. The judge asked the jury to go back and deliberate further. A mistrial was declared Monday, Dec. 5. To many Blacks, according to the video, it appeared that the officer shot this Black man in cold blood, but the story has been enhanced.
It now appears that Scott was fighting Slager for his Taser, got control of it and pointed it at Slager. At this point, Slager feared for his life and he began shooting, and Scott was killed.
“Every 28 hours, a Black or minority individual is shot by the police or someone in a uniform with a gun,” says the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. There are many political experts who believe the study is not accurate, but no organization or political group has done research on the subject.
Last week, ex-NFL running back Joe McKnight was shot by Ronald Gasser, a 54-year-old white man, in a road rage incident. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand told reporters that Gasser admitted he shot McKnight and has been released and not charged.
According to Normand, there were no indications the shooting was a hate crime. “Everyone wants to make this about race,” said Normand. “This is not about race.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center has recorded more than 400 incidents of harassment and hate in the first six days since Donald Trump won the election. The American justice system has failed the Black community with President Obama in the White House. With President Trump in the White House, Black men will be killed on the streets.
Because the Republicans control the power in the federal government and 33 state governorships, the conservatives on the right make the laws and decisions. America has made a right turn and there is no turning back.
There is an implosion in the Black community, and there will be a systemic criminalization of all Black men. With the right in power, the inner cities will become police states and more Gestapo tactics will be enforced.
There is a need for more police accountability and community police boards in our communities. The right can abuse our community with police brutality because we have no plan, we are are not organized and we refuse to challenge the systematic failure of America.