I literally cried yesterday after watching Terence Crutcher be shot and killed. The worst part of it all is knowing that his car stopped on him and instead of the police approaching him and seeing if he had or called triple A, they approached him with aggression. Assuming he was “a bad guy” simply because he was a black man.
It’s heartbreaking to know that I could be the next Sandra Bland, my husband could be the next Terence Crutcher, my son could be the next Tamir Rice, or my daughter could be the next Renisha McBride. This is the reality black Americans live every day. Your history good or bad doesn’t matter. Your family doesn’t matter. Your life doesn’t matter. It is absolutely disgusting to live in a country where people believe it’s okay to boo the President of the United States but get offended by a football player not standing for the National Anthem. It is absolutely disgusting to live in a country that is offended by the Black Lives Matter movement but falls silent every time an unarmed black man is killed by people who took an oath to protect and serve.
Many of us are sad and disgusted by the death of Terence Crutcher. Several athletes took to Twitter about the shooting of Terence Crutcher:
#enoughisenough from @realjohngray – A terrorist in New Jersey bombs New York has a shoot out with cops and gets grazed with a bullet. And safely arrested. A man with car trouble in Tulsa gets TAZED then shot. And then they stand there. Don’t offer him aid, comfort, nothing. No gun. No criminal activity. And I’ve heard people say “he should have complied”. As if that has ANYTHING TO DO WITH KILLING AN UNARMED MAN. Stop making excuses. His color got him killed. If that was a well dressed non-black female, do you think the helicopter pilot would have said “she looks like a bad person” in the same manner they said Terrance Crutcher “looks like a bad person”? Of course not. His color was the only thing that made him bad. From 500 feet in the air. I’m tired man. And I’m scared. Cuz I’m big and my skin is brown. Lord don’t let my car break down, don’t let me be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Don’t let me reach for my phone or do anything threatening. Jesus help THIS NATION.
Tell me this, how does an unarmed black man whose car is stalled and needs help get shot and killed by police officers, while the NY and NJ bombing suspect who actually shot at police officers gets apprehended and is alive? I guess being black is worse than being a terrorist. Even with your hands up, no gun, and in need of HELP, being black is still a crime.
My sincerest condolences to Terence Crutcher’s family
We must come together MORE! We must show our strength as a Black Community MORE! Or we will continue to wake up to stories of US being shot down like WE don’t matter. We must show that we matter to each other MORE! We must all do MORE! #TERENCECRUTCHER #WEAREMORE
What has to happen for us to be treated as equals? I hope law enforcement and the judicial system do not believe this is something that will continue slide under the radar and go unaddressed.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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