Perhaps you have heard about Tamir Rice. Perhaps you have even read a bit about his story. Maybe you were even one of those brave enough to watch the video. If you were, I applaud you. Let’s be honest, watching what police officers, men sworn to protect us, did to a 12-year-old boy within an instant of arriving on a scene makes me sick to my stomach.
But apparently not everyone agrees with me. There are post out about people responding in an incredibly racist way about Tamir’s murder (yes, this was murder). I would love to go on this long rant, properly tearing apart these rude, foolish, inhuman people and their attempts to cover up the murder of a Black Boy because they are uncomfortable admitting the truth. I would love to lay out why the cops were wrong (as if the video does not already do that). I would love to get into a discussion about systemic racism within police forces, but I will not.
But the fact is, it has already been said. Charles M. Blow lays it out very well both on the air and in this article. Time and again about Tamir it has been said. But no one listens. It has been said so many times in this country, but we prefer to live in ignorance.
Here is the issue – your ignorance, your need not to feel uncomfortable and step up to the table, it is killing people. Literally. Your racist words. Your racist actions. Your racist INACTION are all leading to death.
Can you live with that? Because others cannot and are not.