My Voice is a section on this blog where Gideon will put out his opinion on current affairs and other events in his life.
As you all may know, there has been two prominent shootings of black men in the past two days. I am aware of two more but for the purposes of this post, I will focus on the shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
First, let’s look at Alton Sterling’s case. In this case, someone called the police claiming that a black man, with a red shirt selling CDs in front of a convenience store was acting threatening with a gun. The police then came and tried to apprehend him. That’s where the issues started. The police eventually restrained Sterling (one sitting on one arm, one holding the other) and still shot him! Multiple times! They could’ve handcuffed him, but no, he must die. To those saying, “He had a gun,” the video, and the shopkeeper’s eyewitness report that he told the media, show that Sterling was in fact not reaching for his gun and was restrained to a point where handcuffing him was possible.
With that said, let’s look at Philando Castile’s case. According to Castile’s girlfriend, he was pulled over for a busted taillight and as he reached for his ID the officer shot him. This again being recorded on video, in fact live-streamed on Facebook. Once again, Castile had a gun (which was legally registered and he informed the officer of that much) and the officer just shot him. The officer in this case shot (four times!) first and asked questions later. And there was a little 4 year old in the back seat watching this.
This is wrong. Why are so many innocent black people gunned down? I’m sick and tired of it all! I could’ve been Philando Castile. I could’ve been Alton Sterling. When will people realize that not all policemen are noble people who protect the population. There are some bad policemen out there and they need to be called out.
And to those that say #allivesmatter as a rebuttal to #blacklivesmatter, no one is saying black lives matter and the rest be dammed (pardon my language, but I think this situation is deserving). The idea of it is that there seems to be far too many innocent black lives lost to police brutality (or as I call it, 21st Century lynching). To say #alllivesmatter is to silence the thought that racism is alive and well in our society. The first step to solving a problem is admitting one exists. I mean even the KKK doesn’t think they are racist! Racism is alive and policemen can be racist. Not all are, but some are. I’m and tired of defending my right to exist and speak out against injustice. I refuse to be silent in the face of injustice! That’s my two cents.
My sources and more information:
Philando Castile’s case