Overwhelming* Silence: White Silence and Alton Sterling

I want to start by being very specific about who I am talking to; this post is meant for people who look like me, those of us with white skin.

Many of you woke up this morning and heard the news about Alton Sterling, the 37 year old man who was shot and killed by the police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The sickening feeling in your stomach probably hit you hard as you watched the cell phone footage of a police officer charging and tackling Sterling to the ground. You knew what was coming next. And, within seconds you saw it: the police officer mounts Sterling like a UFC fighter. There is no confrontation. No struggle. Sterling is subdued and then another officer yells “Gun. Gun.” The officer on top of Sterling pulls his gun and within seconds fires multiple rounds killing Alton Sterling.

This morning my Facebook feed is full of yet another hashtag, #AltonSterling. So many of the Black and Brown people I’m connected to have no need to see the video. They say as much. They already know what happened, and, sadly, how this will play out. There is outrage; there is disgust; there will be calls for patience and to let the system work; what there won’t be is justice. And this is where I find myself this morning. Pondering my role in justice. What I’ve come to is overwhelming in its simplicity and crushing in it’s complexity. We are responsible for justice.

I don’t mean we in the vague and generalized sense that it is often used. I mean we, me and you, people with white skin. The reason this genocide against people of color continues is because far too many of us remain complicit in our silence. I thought about not writing this this morning. I thought about just retreating in my feelings of disgust, outrage, and grief. But that is not my job. Every time I, or anyone of you, retreats into silence we breath life into the killing machine. downloadEvery time we urge restraint or make apologies, or rationalize this brutality we are degrading our own spirit. And make no mistake this is a spiritual endeavor. Our souls are being crushed under the weight of whiteness. How much longer can we take it? How much longer can we acknowledge how broken our world is and ignore the weapon used to break it?

I also don’t mean justice as in jail time for the police. Though that would be something, I think. I mean justice as in creating a world that truly values the lives of Black, Brown, Asian, and Native people. I mean a justice that leaves no need for an Ethnic studies curriculum because truth-telling is already the curriculum. I mean a world where #BlackLivesMatter and Native Lives and Latinx Lives and Asian Lives. I mean a world where Donald Trump would be embarrassed to show his face, and my students wouldn’t chuckle at the idea of not having to struggle. I mean that kind of justice. We are responsible for ushering that world into existence.

The first step to creating this justice is to understand how it was sidelined in the first place. We must understand the way that whiteness — fitting into the Anglo-Saxon archetype –has been valued historically via formal avenues such as legislation and school curriculum as well as informal ones such as social customs,traditions and practices. Because much of this is passed down through generations, or happens away from public scrutiny, or is largely implicit it is necessary to learn and then unlearn this sordid history and way of being. Once we can come to grips with the ways whiteness keeps us from our own humanity and strangles our souls there is no other choice then to struggle for this justice. We won’t struggle because we are trying to help anyone else, or feel bad for them; we will struggle because our own freedom, our own humanity, is tied up with everyone else’s. As we continue to bear witness to whiteness destroying communities of color while cannibalistically devouring those of us with white skin this unlearning is the only choice we have if we ever hope for peace.

This last week a petition went around calling for the firing of Jesse Williams because his speech at the BET Awards was “racist.” When Shonda Rhimes heard about it she shut it down quickly, this is positional power, and it’s a real thing. Well, white folks have positional power in society. Once we have unlearned whiteness (and even before that) we need to be using this power not to simply name our privilege and then cower behind guilt, that is about as weak as weak gets; we need to use it to stand up and demand fundamental, radical, structural changes. To fail to do this is to betray humanity, it is to betray ourselves. There must be no compromise here. There is no compromise with the humanity of our brethren. This is especially true on days like today, days when whiteness has taken another life. Left another family fatherless. Left another community in mourning trying to survive loss. These are the days when our voices need to be the loudest, they must be clarion voices calling for the dismantling of whiteness.

The silence is deafening and it must be broken. Lives, ours included, depend on it.

*The title of this piece was initially “Deafening Silence” but if was brought to my attention this was abelist in casting being deaf as a negative. I have changed it to be more inclusive.

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143 thoughts on “Overwhelming* Silence: White Silence and Alton Sterling

      1. Actually Im not… Gregory Davis .. I’m infuriated BY ALL THIS VOILENCE! I’m so sick of innocent people getting shot, for no other reason than their colour of skin!!! what the hell is this all about! This supposed to be the 21st Century, but this incedious rasism that seeps into our lives is horrible… I wish we could ALL live in peace… I’m a white female… horrified at what is going on…

      2. Gregory people like you is why I don’t give 2 shits about black lives. Your ignorance is your problem and blaming “white” people. Get over yourself, get educated, and stop the violence. Fighting fire with fire will never work. P.S. I am Native America and white, I am discriminated against on a regular basis by minorities mostly at my place of work and you don’t see me crying about it.

      3. Jennifer, I literally see you crying about it right now in your post. Also, what an awful thing to say. Shame on you.

    1. I disagree, entirely. BLM doesn’t need to make police brutality about petty sociology, incorrect definitions about exactly what is Caucasoid/Caucasian (all of western Eurasia, not just Anglo-European) or “white” (all of Eurasia has white-skin gene less southern India), mixed with some Afrocentrism & racial generalisations. Police problems, judicial problems, should be seen as American problems, because then, everyone has a cause to go march for them. I do not believe in so-called “white” privilege. I do, however, understand that there is a legacy of “black” unprivilege internationally going as far back as unknown and/or lost prehistory, relevant here being within the USA & colonial BNA (even disregarding the much, much worse Latin America). Where privilege exists for fewer, unprivilege exists for far more, where one is treated worse for race, whether be by biological definition or more loose social construct, as opposed to the “other” being unjustly treated better relatively. If BLM weren’t so fringe, then I would support them. I shall never support BLM as a movement due to their behavior & outer-messages, not to suggest that I don’t support their core messages. I do, entirely.

      Whether I’m white or olive or brown as a Caucasian is irrelevant, because I’m still Human. “Black” African-Americans are as American as our oldest & most prominent families.

      1. You don’t understand what is meant by BLM. I didn’t at first either. It means Black LIves Matter TOO. Not just white people. Because there are white people out there still in 2016 who think that white people are better than black people and now they are shooting unarmed black people on a regular basis.

  1. Every ethnic group, at some point, in its history, has been enslaved: Anglo – Saxons to the Normans after 1066 (Yes it was a long time ago, but the Normans were brutal); Chinese and Indians to the Mongols at different times; slaves to the Athenians to support their golden age (Who do you think was growing the food for all the people creating the “Greek Golden Age?”); 65 million people, today, according to the UN, who are living in some form of slavery, mostly in the Middle East and Southern Asia. Whiteness has nothing to do with repression. Repression has to do with power. The vast majority of Whites do not have power. They don’t live in New York, DC, or LA. They live in “fly-over” country. Ask a White coal miner in West Virginia if he thinks he has power when President Obama has said that he is going to put the coal companies out of business and eliminate their jobs, or when Mrs. Clinton says the same thing but promises job training for coal miners for jobs that do not exist. These coal miners are as powerless as any minority in any inner city neighborhood. They just don’t get the news coverage because the media is not just a cab ride away. It is not just coal miners. There are lots of poor Whites who have many of the same problems that poor minority people have, they just don’t get the coverage. It is not about being simply White. It is about being poor, uneducated and living a life-style that contributes to continuing to live like that. Asians in the US are doing better than Whites. They are a people of color, yet they are doing very well, thank you. So it cannot just be color, there have to be, at least, some other factors. It is not just about “Whiteness”. It is about power, who has it and how they use it. It can be used to repress or it can be used to advance. How it is used will eventually determine the fate of a society.

    1. Yes, it is about power. But I would ask you to consider who has the inordinate amount of power in our culture? In addition, I would ask you how the people in power got there and how they remain in power?

  2. Although your writing is eloquent, I really don’t understand exactly what you are asking. You call for structural change but that is easy to say and much harder to create and implement. What specifically do you think would have prevented this incident?

  3. Here is the real truth, are you ready ?

    Don’t break the law. ???

    What ever race you are, be responsible for your own actions. We made these laws. THE PEOPLE. Yet we’re shocked when someone with a known criminal record gets treated poorly. BLEEDING HEARTS OF THE WORLD UNITE.

    Did the police officers murder this man? Probably. Should they be punished? Yes, by the same LAWS the victim should have followed. The same laws that govern evey person in this country.

    P.s. Except Hillary Clinton of course.

    1. Yet when people haven’t broken the law and comply with it, they are still shot! It’s not “don’t break the law,” that’s a simplistic sweeping the problem under the rug and blaming the victim. The victim who was subdued, tazed, and was not resisting arrest…why was he shot multiple times by a cop who had him under control? Is the cop judge, jury and executioner? And the other victim was attempting to comply with the law, and was shot anyhow. I cannot even fathom why. I don’t think a broken tail light is worth a human life. (And as far as HRC goes, if the Republicans don’t like the results of an investigation ,they’ll start another one until they get the results they like. 20 years and still nothing except wasted taxpayer money).

    2. Did Alton Sterling break the law? Louisiana is an open carry state. And if he was carrying the gun illegally, as in he was not allowed, or the gun was stolen, did the cops investigate that before killing him? No. And how about Philando Castile? Mr. Castile got pulled over for having a tail light out. That should have been a fix-it ticket.

      1. Actually the police were called because of Alton Sterling brandishing his weapon and threatening a homeless person.. So yes, he did break the law..

    3. YOU are a complete DUMBASS! Not everyone is breaking the law that are being murdered by cops. And when the person is being held down on the ground by 2 cops- that is being subdued so there was no need to shoot them in the back several times. Except that they are eliminating another black person. The cops who do that should be in prison.

    4. That’s a simplistic thing to say : ‘Don’t break the law!” the problem is much worse than that. Some of these victims don’t even know what law they broke or if they broke any laws because the white policeman has already decided he’s not going to take any ‘shit’ from a black person; gets angry and starts shooting! No conversation, no questions, nothing…..this is what’s wrong.

      I’ve been stopped by police and I know how it’s supposed to go. Because I’m white, they tell me the problem and I say I’ll fix the tail light or whatever.
      End of conversation.
      The problem is that we have two standards.
      This morning I woke up thinking I wish that every police department in this whole nation would have a statement read about the way it’s suppose to be: the way police officers have the responsibility to protect every person, not just whites. Bw civil, give the person a chance to respond. But the way things are going they police act as though we are still a segregated nation and the police rule, just like they did/do in the South.
      We must change this culture of police violence or we will destroy ourselves..

      1. If you specify the constructive change(s) you want, submit them to your state and Congressional representatives and local police department. Catharting here can only do so much.

    5. Attaboy Phil. Stick your chest out and tell everyone what a good law-abiding citizen you are, how you love mom and apple pie, listen only to church hymns and never ever break so much as the speed limit. Except, you do, and you’re not fooling anyone with your bravado. 94% of police killings are never prosecuted. Making excuses will make you feel better, but it won’t make the problem go away.

      Oh, and Phil? If you don’t mind, define “Bleeding Heart” for me. Apparently, I don’t now what one is, since I’ve always considered compassion and empathy to be virtues.

  4. Bringing up race and bigotry starts in the heart. everyone can do this, because we have a fallen nature. we’re all human. quit blaming the color of skin and search out your own heart. we all come from one original “man” once you realize this “the race card should never be brought up. I am not “white ” by the way.

  5. Strange regarding the white silence because from looking at my facebook feed there appears to anything but silence regarding the outrage toward the man being shot while on the ground or the other shot in his car. Some of the profile pictures look awfully light skinned when taking the claim that whites do not care into account.

    1. Adrian, I have posted this as well as the shootings on my Facebook page. I am outraged by all the cops murdering unarmed black people for no other reason than they are black. It is HORRIBLE! I have white skin. But that does NOT mean I am better or anything like that. Black people are people the same as me. I realize and see that black people are NOT treated the same as me. That is WRONG. I am not silent about this. Because to me there is no difference between us and that is how I act and live my life. I speak up when I see something. Not all white people keep silent. Not all white people agree with what’s going on.

  6. I agree with the sentiment that it is disturbing but this article also disturbs me. You will not watch the video, and yet have formed the conclusion. This means that you are condemning the police officers for their profession, and/or their color immediately. How will eye for an eye solve the problem? You are guilty of the same thing that you accuse. We are far past a society of seeing as one group – be it race or religion. We are smart enough to know that individuals in every profession, every belief, and every race can be different and the same. Remaining against one lump group merely flips the same coin and is just as ignorant. Screaming in ignorance may be worse than staying quiet! Bias is wrong at any level, and screaming bias may be politically cool these days but that does not justify your end either. No solution can be found in ignorance. To see the ignorance, we each need to ensure that we as individuals treat everyone equally. This means remembering all atrocities committed by all races, all beliefs, and on. It means working on yourself so you can view a situation, every single situation, to find the truth in it and not make a judgement nor condemn any man prior to doing so. It means each individual doing their part to see the bigger picture and not allow race to define their view. We will only waste our voices if we do not. We harm ourselves, and then our communities. It is time for change, and it will take each of us to do it. It is not condemning white people. It is finally, being together.

  7. I, for one, am not silent. I am a white woman. Both of my parents parents came through Ellis Island. My father of Italian decent, my mothers people from England. My mother was not allowed to date my father because he was Italian, after all, how low can you go. But they sneaked around and got married. They lived within there means. They had a little apt and worked hard, my Dad worked anywhere he could find work. They saved up enough money for my Dad to build a house, and HE built the house. They struggled, at times, to meet there $52.00 a month mortgage. We lived in a little steel town, my father eventually got a job there and my mother worked in a bakery. This little town knew no color. We all knew each other, white and black. I spent the night at black girls houses and they spent the night with me. We had pajama parties, both black and white girls were there. My daughter called my best friends, who ironically was a black girls Mother, Grammy. Color is not anything to me. I may use it to discribe myself as white, only so you know to look for me with white skin. I also say I have brown hair. I mean nothing by it. I’m not feeling superior about being white OR being a brunette. It’s a description, nothing more.

    When there is a shooting by a police officer, I want to know why. I also want to know the entire story, not take for granted that the emotional voices and faces on the news is the entire truth. The news are trying to get ratings, so they will film a street corner if there is not a body or a face to film instead,. They have one goal. That is ratings and filling a time slot. Period.

    When someone gets directions from a police person, Do what they say!! It’s really not that hard to grasp, do exactly as they say. End of story. I have been stopped by police over the course of my life, I have never not followed directions from a policeman. But then again, I’ve never committed a crime!! When I got stopped by a policeman while driving my hands are on the steering wheel and remain there until I am asked to see my driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. I ASK the officer IF I can retrieve it from my handbag. It’s not that hard of a concept people! Be respectful and cooperate. Again, I’ve never committed a crime. If you are stupid enough to have an illegal weapon with you the police have every reason to suspect you. If you are a repeat offender of the law and have an illegal gun with you the police are going to be suspicious of you. If you are a convicted felon and you have ANY gun with you, you are simply as dumb as a bag of hammers!

    Even Eddie Murphy, who is a black man, knows what I just said. I know so many black people that are good, honest people who take care of business and would never commit a crime.

    I’m sick of black people who think it’s ok to destroy property when they don’t get their way. There are laws that we ALL FOLLOW, get used to it.

    I never owned a slave, nor did my parents, nor did their parents. I owe you nothing. I offer you respect and compassion, but I’m not paying your way. Show yourself respect. Show respect for your family and your neighbor, don’t be looking for them to carry you!!! Support yourself. If you can’t AFFORD A BABY DONT HAVE ONE AND DONT MAKE ANY. Be responsible. Yes, there are days when you don’t feel like going to work, there will be party times you will miss, so what!! Pay your own damn way and stop pulling your race into the ground. I can’t even imagine What Dr. King would think if he saw what I see. Rest his soul. Get real people, get real.

    1. Impressive — you almost got racist bingo. Whoever would have guessed from your post that you’d be from Florida? Thanks for leaving your phone number though, for some reason.

  8. Your perception of what happened and mine are very different. As a former police officer, I saw a guy actively fighting the police. I saw the police call “gun” and tell him to stop reaching for it. I saw him continue to reach for it. I saw them prevent him from shooting them. In the same circumstance, I would have done the exact same thing.

    I think it’s incredibly premature to sit in judgment here. We don’t know what led up to the incident. We don’t know what the officers knew about the guy. We do know that they thought he had a weapon. We do know that he continued to fight them after they told him to stop, and made clear that they thought he had a gun.

    I’ll turn this around: if you’re trying to arrest a guy, you feel a gun in his pocket, you tell him to stop, and he continues to try to get that gun… what are you going to do, exactly? You’ve got a family to go home to. You want to live. What, exactly, are you going to do?

    1. I saw two cops holding a man face down on the ground. I did NOT see him reaching for a gun. With two cops on top of him- I am not sure if he could even reach anything but the air with his hands the way they were on top of him. Then I heard on cop yell “gun” over and over. I know how the cops love to use the excuse that a black person had a gun that they didn’t have. He may have had one but I did not see him reach for anything in the video. Then I saw a cop shoot this black man in the back several times. I agree that these cops have made themselves judge, jury and executioner especially for black people. I know not every case of a cop murdering a black person – the cop is afraid for their life, I also know that not all of them have guns or have a gun trying to point it at or shoot at every cop who has murdered a black person. I also know the cops are a good ole boys club like the military- which I was in. I know how they operate. That’s why there are some of these cases where several cops have unloaded their weapons on an unarmed black person and some have reloaded and unloaded their weapons again. Knowing the person or people were dead well before they unloaded their weapons the first time. Because of no matter the situation ALL cops stick together on everything no matter what. So I know the cops lie to cover their asses and the asses of their fellow cops.

  9. A convicted felon and child rapist is waving a gun in front of a store and the police were called. I do not know what video you were watching, at no time was he subdued. One office had his left arm controlled the other was on his chest. The right arm under the car was moving toward the right side where he just happened to have a gun. He was told not to move again or he would be shot. He moved and he was shot. If that was a black cop we would not be having this conversation. If it was a white man we would not be having this out cry. So who is the real racists here? To blame “white people” for this is stupid. Don’t go to a store and wave a freaking gun around and no one calls the police. Comply with the directions given by the police officers and you don’t get shot. It’s that simple people.
    Keep spreading the hate. That is all you are doing here. So does someone deserve to be shot for “just waving a gun around outside a store?”
    What person in their right mind on this tread is willing to go and wave a gun at the store clerk and expect for the day to be sunshine and rainbows? Would any of you be willing to go down and test a cop today? I tell you what, go find a law enforcement office of any ethnic background, your choice, and test this same scenario and report back and let me know how your day went. Fools.

    1. I don’t know what video YOU watched but the man in Louisiana WAS subdued! He had two cops on his back – he was face down on the ground with 2 cops on his back! He was completely subdued. He wasn’t reaching for anything- I don’t see how he could with 2 cops on his back and he’s face down on the ground. Then I saw 1 cop shoot the man on the ground several times in the back. That is murder. Cops are a good ole boys club like the military- which I was in. I know how they operate. .That’s why there are some of these cases where several cops have unloaded their weapons on an unarmed black person and some have reloaded and unloaded their weapons again. Knowing the person or people were dead well before they unloaded their weapons the first time. Because of no matter the situation ALL cops stick together on everything no matter what. So I know the cops lie to cover their asses and the asses of their fellow cops. These cops ARE WHITE and murdering BLACK people. These cops have declared war on the people they were sworn to serve. But there are white people out there like you who think they are better than black people – these are the cops who are murdering black people. It seems like they are thinking- one less black person in the world- no one will miss them. Well guess what? That’s another lie! People do miss them. Because they ARE people the same as any other. This is a problem when these cops have declared themselves judge, jury and executioner which they are not!

    2. C.P., like Jules said, what were you watching?? Where was anyone waving a gun around at all, much less to a store clerk?? The story, which we have no reason to disbelieve, is that a homeless man kept hounding Sterling for money and would not stop, to the point that he showed him his (yes, illegal) gun, with no report of pointing it, even taking it out, etc. The homeless man then called the cops to report that he was threatened with a gun. Instead of trying to de-escalate (or prevent any escalation) by turning their weapons on him and demanding that he put his hands up/get on the ground/etc., it appears that they instead went straight to tackling him. Once he was already on the ground, as you can clearly see in the video, someone (possibly the homeless caller, it’s not clear) yells “he’s got a gun!” – not that he was reaching for it, at all – just that he had one, though the officers then, even though they were on top of him and had him restrained, shot him point blank.

      While, yes, it happened that in this case he had a record, did the police know that? No. While yes, in this case, he did have an illegal gun – IN HIS POCKET – which he was certainly not by any stretch of the imagination “waving around” – did the officers know that? NO – they only had the report of a less than credible source who felt wrong and could as easily have made such a call completely falsely. Instead of confirming any of this, or even holding Sterling at gunpoint to see if he would voluntarily let them pat him down and find the gun, they tackled and shot. THIS is what’s completely wrong about their actions.

      I have no idea what story you were following that you think anyone was “waving a gun” at all, much less at a store clerk, but it certainly wasn’t this one.

  10. I have seen a lot of comments about how Sterling was a bad man and therefore we shouldn’t object to his treatment. That he should have known better than to resist a police officer.

    Resisting the police is now apparently a capitol offense. The police can act as judge, jury, and executioner. At least in this case. Doesn’t matter that none of the victim’s actions or deeds warranted a death sentence.

    There was another police shooting today. Philando Castile. Look him up. Never arrested, never in trouble with the law, worked at a school. Stopped for a broken taillight. The policeman asked for his license, and Castile, before reaching into his pocket, politely notified the policeman that he had a gun and a license for the gun. The policeman panicked and shot him 4x. I say panicked because that is my estimate of his behavior afterwards; Castile’s girlfriend, in the car along with her young child, streamed it to facebook. You can find it if you look, I’m sure.

    Can you imagine if the cop stopped Wayne LaPierre (NRA president) for a broken taillight. LaPierre, about to get his license, informs the cop that he has a gun. Do you really think the cop would have then just shot him, as he did Castile?

  11. Somebody is full of white guilt. Stop defending criminals and blaming white for their actions. Political correctness will be the end of this country.

  12. If you go by The Guardian’s count: 561 people have died by the police this year. 275 White people, 13 Native Americans, 136 African Americans, 86 Latino, 10 Asians, and 41 other.

  13. Another tragic/preventable loss of life. The linked article states, “…we [white people] need…to stand up and demand fundamental, radical, structural changes. ” The specifics of those changes and the intended recipients of those demands (e.g., legislators? heads of police departments?) need to be spelled out. The question raised on the banner, and the answers I hear few offering so far, would be no less relevant if directed to HIG (humans in general), i.e., how and when will all of us reduce violent behavior?

    1. With all the love and compassion I have in my heart, I hope your statement is wrong, Mr. Davis. I pray our children and their children are much smarter, kinder, accepting and empathetic than my parents and grandparents were. I pray we all wake up one day and embrace the color filled world we live in and never see our neighbors in the ignorance that is only “black and white”.

    1. There are a lot of racist comments, to be sure. Sadly, we don’t get to pick our relatives and we don’t get to pick the people who share our skin tone. I can assure you that we’re not all like that, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that too many of us are.

  14. Whether I’m white or olive or brown as a Caucasian is irrelevant. I disagree, entirely. BLM doesn’t need to make police brutality about petty sociology, incorrect definitions about exactly what is Caucasoid/Caucasian (all of western Eurasia, not just Anglo-European) or “white” (all of Eurasia has white-skin gene less southern India), mixed with some Afrocentrism & racial generalisations. Police problems, judicial problems, should be seen as American problems, because then, everyone has a cause to go march for them. I do not believe in so-called “white” privilege. I do, however, understand that there is a legacy of “black” unprivilege internationally going as far back as unknown and/or lost prehistory, relevant here being within the USA & colonial BNA (even disregarding the much, much worse Latin America). Where privilege exists for fewer, unprivilege exists for far more, where one is treated worse for race, whether be by biological definition or more loose social construct, as opposed to the “other” being unjustly treated better relatively. If BLM weren’t so fringe, then I would support them. I shall never support BLM as a movement due to their behavior & outer-messages, not to suggest that I don’t support their core messages. I do, entirely. “Black” African-Americans are just as much American as our oldest & most prominent families.

    1. You don’t understand what BLM means. I didn’t at first either. But the truth is that it means Black Lives Matter TOO! Because there are still white people out there who think that black lives don’t matter. WE all know white lives matter- there are many things that show/prove this everywhere. Especially with this- these cops who are shooting unarmed black people for nothing. Or like this man in Louisiana yesterday- he was face down on the ground with 2 cops on his back- how he could get to anything – the fact is he couldn’t. They yelled “gun” so people would think that he was reaching for a gun. Then shot him several times in the back. These cops are showing the world every day that black lives don’t matter to them. Then what is supposed to be the justice system back up the cops once more showing that black lives don’t matter to them either. Cops are part of the good ole boys club- they will and do lie for themselves and each other. They think they are above the law and so far the so called justice system seems to think that too. But they are murdering black people. And the truth is that Black Lives Do Matter Too. They should matter to everyone the same as white lives. Sad to say that is not the case with everyone.

  15. For those of u claiming that somehow race isn’t an issue: How many instances can u name where a black officer shot a white civilian who did nothing wrong, and the black cop was not sentenced and did not lose his job? Exactly!

  16. Hi Ryan thank you for starting this debate. It’s a conversation that needs to be had. Painful issues evoke strong emotions.I posted about silence too…but on another topic. The thing is we need debates and discussion frequently in order to see change. From both sides of the divide.

  17. The store clerk never said he was waving a gun. If someone kneels on your chest you would probably be wiggling too.

  18. Bry
    July 8, 2016 at 12:50 am
    “For those of u claiming that somehow race isn’t an issue: How many instances can u name where a black officer shot a white civilian who did nothing wrong, and the black cop was not sentenced and did not lose his job? Exactly!”

    You might want to try a simple Google search, you might be surprised.

  19. “Once we can come to grips with the ways whiteness keeps us from our own humanity and strangles our souls…”.

    wow man… self-hatred much?

  20. Breaking news: WHITE MALE ADVANTAGE HAS SUCKED the life out of many people including white women, black women, then black males, and then the minorities as a group. People in power need to lead and create the peace and equality we need in this country. I don’t generalize that all white people are standing by in apathy to the black individuals issues in this modern day.

  21. I believe all lives matter and that as soon as we label a tragedy or violence by the color of the victim’s skin, we dig the divide deeper and feed the flames of racism. We need to mourn all deaths by violence, not just those killed by police but police killed by those who are at war wit h them. We also need to proactively reach across the racial divide through our churches, our schools, our social connections, even, God forbid, our politics and find common ground. I am not guilty because my skin is white. I am guilty because I have not made a large enough effort in my personal life to reach out with a smile and a conversation with people who are different from me

  22. While I agree with the above comments, it is sad that they need to be pointed out, however simplistically, to us once again. When I invite friends to my table, and I have friends of many ethical authenticities , I choose the man who’s laugh warms me from head to toe, the man who gives good advice, the woman who is my friend, the man who plays amazing music. I don’t choose because they have a ‘colour’ , maybe I am colourblind, maybe we should all be colourblind. Enjoy people for what they bring to the table.

  23. I don’t know what video you saw but there was clearly struggle. I didn’t feel a pit in my stomach, I’ll wait for the jury to decide, based on the evidence, what happened. And for all you forensic experts out there, (Jules comes to mind), if you weren’t there, you have no idea what happened. So stop pretending you do and wait for the evidence to be examined.

  24. But there’s nothing you and I can do
    You and I are only two
    What’s right and wrong is hard to say
    Forget about it for today
    We’ll stick our heads into the sand
    Just pretend that all is grand

    Moody Blues.

    Old song.

  25. While listening to this I was waiting for the punchline for his solution to this situation and all he seemed to come up with was redistribution of wealth, at least that’s what I took away from it. This is not just an economic system issue, this is a leadership problem…about the kind of culture that is guiding and directing how we interact as people

  26. this is all a hoax.. nothing ever happened except staged events to trick us into more fury, anger and division. question what you see and hear.. the evidence is all there. this is a diversion and a tactic and is all part of their plan. love each other and come together and question our government and try to get some real answers.. not just paid for news broadcasting.

  27. Reblogged this on Matt Miklic and commented:

    “The reason this genocide against people of color continues is because far too many of us remain complicit in our silence. I thought about not writing this this morning. I thought about just retreating in my feelings of disgust, outrage, and grief. But that is not my job. Every time I, or anyone of you, retreats into silence we breath life into the killing machine.”

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