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And so, it’s come to this.

This post originally started last night as a long dissertation on how I didn’t understand how, once again, some of us would try to explain and justify the killing of yet another black kid by police in Ferguson, MO.

How some people–including the very same group of people being victimized regularly–are quick to classify an understandably angry group of protestors as a “mob”, anticipating a riot, putting the deceased’s life under a microscope to find some justification for their life being lost, etc.

But this ain’t about that, today.

This is not another entry where I express my pain and sadness over black life lost unneccesarily by those who are sworn to serve and protect, not shoot unarmed kids.

The purpose of this entry is twofold:

First, to clear something up. Michael Brown, no matter how much of an adult he appears to be in pictures posted on social media, or in the stories that are sure to surface in the days to come, was a kid.

A college student to be in a matter of days, yes–

–but still, a kid.

A seventeen year old kid whose offense was allegedly stealing candy.

Who apparently deserved to die for the crime of theft and for being an unarmed black youth unfortunate enough to be caught by police.

For the record, I used to be one who would watch “reality” shows like Cops and scoff at black suspects who attempted to run from police and when caught and asked why they ran, said, “I was scared.”

Now, I can understand. The fear isn’t of getting caught and going to jail. It’s fear of loss of life.

Which brings me to my second point, and the original focus of this post:

Black kids are already viewed as mini-adults. There are a lot of reasons for this, which I won’t delve into tonight, but I have a theory:

Since they are viewed as such and treated accordingly, why not train them in the ways of adults?

And no, I don’t mean teach them the law and the proper ways to interact with authority. Many of us have these conversations with our children, and it does not change the way that they are treated.

No, I mean, teach them to record these encounters. To stream them, live, if possible, so the world can see exactly how they are treated by law enforcement.

And, if push comes to shove, teach them how to defend themselves properly.

As a wise man once said, I’d rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.

This theory first dawned on me when seeing this video on a friend’s Facebook page, and my first thought was that if this had been a young black child learning how to shoot like this, it’d be hell on Earth in the comments section.

So from here, let this post also serve as one of many memorials to Michael Brown in the next few days–but do not mistake the message behind it as simply this.

This is a call to action. Because once the signs disappear, once the outrage dissipates, and once this is forgotten about by all except those who love and knew him–

–what will you do next?

What will we do next?

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Written by aceviewblogger

August 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

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