So, unless you've been living under a rock since 2014, you've pretty much heard about all the cases of police brutality and fatalities against unarmed men and women of color. Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, Rekia Boyd (which hits close to home for me because it happened in Chicago), Mike Brown, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott. Tamir Rice. The 12 year old black girl in McKinney who was thrown to the ground by a cop. The list goes on and on and on and increases daily. You may have also heard about the #BlackLivesMatter Movement as well, unless that rock is really really cool.
The purpose of this thread is that I really want to get everyone's opinions on these cases and the #BLM campaign and truly see how you all feel about these events. Now, just so you guys know, the #BLM movement is not exclusive to black victims. The movement is also fighting for the lives of non-black men and women of color that are killed by authority figures such as cops and the federal government.
Me? I'm fed the fuck up. All of this is sickening and heartbreaking and makes me want to give up on life. It's also especially sickening and heartbreaking when I hear people both white and black (mostly white but it's especially heartbreaking when I hear black people do it) try and defend and justify these killings.
"Mike Brown was jaywalking and stole some cigarillos so he deserved to get shot six times."
"Sandra Bland was talking back to the arresting officer so she deserved it."
"Walter Scott was running away from the cop so he deserved to get shot in the black."
"Tamir was playing with a toy gun in Walmart so he deserved it. His parents were probably on welfare and people on welfare are criminals."
"That 12 year old was no saint and was talking smack to the cop so she deserved to get tackled."
It's like....NO. THE COPS are the ones who need to be held accountable. Why is your first instinct to shoot an unarmed person? I'm 100% sure cops are TRAINED to use non-lethal force against unarmed "suspects."
And the media is making it even more sickening. CNN, which at one point in time used to be incredible moderate, has now become a new version of Fox News. They take every opportunity to demonize every victim of this brutality. They even try to demonize the peaceful protestors of the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. They take the very VERY slim cases of looting in Ferguson and tried to make it seem as if EVERY protestor was just trying to loot and riot.
It's just.....UGH. I just want to give up on humanity sometimes.
Please guys, try to keep this as intellectual as possible. Remember this is the Intellectual Discussion section.