Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, LaQuan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown. These are just a few names of black men gunned down for unjustifiable reasons: driving while black, walking while black. Most black men have experienced it sometime in their lives.
We’re told, “Just comply. Do whatever the officer tells you.”
Philando Castile did comply and look what happened. So, you can comply and still catch a bullet from an officer of the law. Let’s keep it real. If Philando Castile were white he would still be here to tell his story. If Alton Sterling were white, he would still be here to tell his story. The issue is not black men. When will the good officers hold the bad officers accountable for their actions? When will a black man’s life have value? All through history black people have bore the burden of fighting for our undeniable human rights under the Constitution (and we know this document was not written with us in mind). When you have officers of the law being acquitted everyday it angers me. Where is the justice for us? I’ll tell you where it isn’t; that is the court of law. The justice system has failed us for so long that we already know the outcome when a black man’s life is before judge and jury. The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have made the light even brighter on black men and our lives. We are being hunted down like prey by those who feel threatened.The establishment has made it perfectly clear: A black man’s life has no value and America is believing it. A change must come. A change will come.
Kendrick Henderson is a news and sports videographer, editor and writer. Kendrick hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended Tyler Junior College.
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