50810619993_c1cddf0c7a_c

Police officers’ ‘restraint’ on Capitol Hill is no victory for a racist America

When I saw the CNN headline about the heroism of police during the Capitol insurrection, I did a double-take because I wasn’t sure I’d read it correctly.

“New radio and video footage from Capitol riot shows a coordinated attack and officers’ restraint,” it said.

In that moment, the anger I felt was visceral. While I will always have empathy for the Capitol officers who fought valiantly despite being betrayed by everyone from their police chief to America’s commander-in-chief, one question overshadows everything else. Would the police have shown such tremendous restraint if the Capitol Hill rioters were Black?

In my view, the answer is a resounding no. In a society where white life is seen as more valuable, everyone, even Black police officers under attack by a racist Capitol Hill mob, thinks twice before shooting at white people. Black people don’t get the same consideration. 

That’s why, when Harvard researchers concluded a four-year study of police shootings, they found that Blacks, on average, were more than three times as likely as whites to be killed during a police encounter. That’s no accident. The value of white life is taught to every American from the time we are born.

Read Full Article Here on The Philadelphia Inquirer

Photo: Capitol Breach. By. Brett Davis

Creative Commons License

Leave a Comment
placeholder_advertisement

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Subscribe for More

Join ManUpPHL tonight at 6 pm on Facebook live as we discuss mental health, trauma, and how to heal in the age of gun violence with @helena.fontes.73
Join me now at #EatibleDelights Catering at 1540 E. Wadsworth Ave. I’m signing books! Come by and #BuyBlack
My wife’s shirt from Northeast High 1985. If you look carefully you can see both our names— LaVeta Hewlett and Solomon Jones. Who knew that all these years later we would be married with children? God is full of surprises.
The #COVID monster has nothing on me. I got my shot!
At 8 am we talk to @PPDCommish #DanielleOutlaw about the gun violence happening in #Philly on 900 AM/ 96.1 FM  WURD @onwurd
I got my first shot of the Moderna vaccine in January from a Black nurse at a Black church in North Philly. Dr. ⁦‪@alastanford‬⁩ filmed it. Got my second shot in February. I’m glad I did. Do your research and do what’s best for you. But if I did it anyone can.
Join Great Commission Church for our online Good Friday Service today at 6 pm on Facebook. I will be delivering the 7th last word from Luke 23:46
Join @ManUpPHL as we continue our push against gun violence. Go to ManUpPHL.org to join, to donate, or get help.
Today at 8:40 am on WURD Radio, #Kwasasings. Make sure you tune in to 900 AM/ 96.1 FM @onwurd
Today at 8:40 on 900 AM/ 96.1 FM WURD Radio Kwasa sings! Tune in and be blessed. The sista can sang!
Meet me now at Eatible Delights at 1540 E. Wadsworth Ave. We’re here until 2 pm! Get a book and get a grub!
I will be doing a book signing at Eatible Delights Catering at 1540 Wadsworth Avenue today at Noon. Join me there!
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments