“23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America”
An exclusive video with MIC shows some of the world’s famous black celebrities coming together in order to take a stand in the battle against innocent black individuals who are being killed at the hands of the police. Alicia Keys was able to gather 24 celebrities in order to ask for the change that is much needed.
Philando Castile became latest black man who was murdered by police last week, whilst his girlfriend was live streaming on Facebook and his 4-year-old daughter was in the back of the car. He is just one name on the ever-growing list that we have seen form before our eyes.
Each time I see “Black Lives Matter” trending somewhere, it angers me purely for the fact that it shouldn’t have to be taught to society, this shouldn’t be secondhand thinking for anyone. Each time we have to see the families of each victim questioning as to why these acts have taken place yet again.
President Obama addressed the issue whilst he was at the Dallas memorial on the 12th July. Obama’s speech was set on creating some unity, not blaming every police officer for providing “unequal treatment” (to say the least), whilst also openly stating that unequal treatment is very much present.
Police officer Jeronimo Yanez had stated that he was ‘reacting’ to the actions of the driver and that this had ‘nothing’ to do with race. This has everything to do with an institutionally racist, predominantly white police force that still feels an air of superiority over black men.
The first half of 2016 has gone, 523 is the estimated number of deaths for ‘people of colour’ this year alone. Does someone want to do the math?
We’re living in a society, which has anyone who isn’t white labeled as a threat of some sort. Honestly, this isn’t new information to any of us. It has just got to a point where people are demanding their rights backs.
Is this really “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave”??