Two Pasadena, Calif., police officers in March 2012 shoot down unarmed college student Kendrec McDade, 19, claiming they thought he had a gun in his waistband. No one is arrested. The district attorney clears the cops.
Johannes Mehserle, a subway cop in Oakland shoots Oscar Grant in the back of the head as Grant lay face down on a BART station platform. Mehserle is acquitted on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges. He serves eight months of a two-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.
The List Goes On
Now, George Zimmerman.
The not guilty verdict out of Sanford, Fla., last night was clearer than the tears that rolled down the faces ofTrayvon Martin’s heartbroken supporters, louder than the gunshot that ended the 17- year-old’s life that fateful night more than a year ago.
It was chilling. It was saddening. And it was utterly and completely expected.
The message behind the verdict was clear also: In these United States, black life continues to mean nothing. It exists solely at the will and whim of white folks.
What else can you possibly be saying when a child-killing piece of crap like George Zimmerman is allowed to walk? When you acknowledge that Zimmerman racially profiled and zeroed in on Martin for no real reason, followed and then chased the boy, grabbed him, got into a fight with him and then shot and killed him? When, even after acknowledging all that, you still decide that Zimmerman has done nothing wrong?
What, really, does that leave for black mothers and fathers to do, to say, to their children?
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