Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Thoughts On The Philando Castille Verdict
At this moment I can say that personally I feel numb anger if that makes any sense. Numb because of the incessant, and unmitigated blows of injustice received daily as a person of color living in America. This judicial system has continued to show us one thing. It’s not designed to mete out true justice equally, or blindly as we were once taught to believe in school. So what should we expect now from people of color when the wheels of justice continually fail us when it comes to our lives being lost at the hands of both “law enforcement and fellow civilians alike. How are we to act?
Blue lives aren’t being lost in the same fashion or rate that is occurring with black people in general. To throw up a hashtag about blue lives matter or all lives matter, is to try & distract from & drown out the fact that we as a people are screaming ENOUGH OF THIS BULLSHIT! The continuous acquittals of the guilty creates a social powder keg that will not be quenched with obligatory calls to “wait for justice,” and/or “protest peacefully” being extoled. Those who are sworn to protect and serve and uphold the law can’t be placed above it.
No citizen is safe if those who are to be held to a higher standard can willfully murder in broad day light with or without video accounts and subsequently have investigations led by the same agencies of the very people who perpetrate the crimes. We can’t talk about healing communities of color or creating a community relationship with those who patrol our neighborhoods when there hasn’t been an addressing of accountability for killer cops and civilians alike. What kind of a world is this we’re living in when a human beings life is extinguished at the hands of other human beings and no one is culpable?