I have my blog entries usually written a few days in advance and listed on a queue with scheduled times to post. This week, I had planned on addressing a serious topic early in the week and then posting a lighthearted entry about cheesy, typical 22-year-old problems. However, in light of recent tragedies, I felt the latter to be dismissive of what’s going on in the world around us.
This week, two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed by police within less than 24 hours of each other. Videos of slaughterings of these two men quickly circulated the web, both of them proving clear as day that neither man attacked an officer, nor did they resist arrest.
For the most part, I saw a large amount of people expressing disdain and outrage over the deaths of these two men, which, I feel, is an appropriate reaction. People need to be aware of the police brutality that takes place on this country and of the systematic killings of PoC.
It’s like there’s a never-ending cycle; PoC is killed by police, criminal history is dug up, mass media attempts to justify the murder of said PoC, and repeat. Whereas with white people, mass media uses a flattering photo as opposed to a past mugshot, their accomplishments are listed, and then they are let off with a slap on the wrist (i.e. Brock Turner only having to serve six months for raping an unconscious woman).
When a PoC is killed, the media will dig deep into the deceased’s past, looking for photos of them posing with a gun or any sort of drug or gang related paraphernalia. However, when people like Tomi Lahren post pictures of themselves posing with guns, they are labeled as a “good ol’ God-fearing American”.
Speak of the devil, I, and I’m sure many others, waited yesterday for Lahren to come forward and speak up on what had happened earlier. The sad part was that her response to the slaughtering of Alton Sterling was not surprising in the least.
She was quick to label the Orlando shooting as stemming from “radical Islam”, but when it’s clear that Sterling was not reaching for a weapon, nor was he resisting arrest, she basically dismisses this, and says “make your judgements based on what you actually know” and “the only evidence we have is a crappy cell phone video”. If you’re absolutely dying to lose brain cells today, Lahren’s video can be viewed here.
It’s very disheartening to witness these tragedies taking place, but I hope that it’s coming to light that police brutality is prevalant in America. It’s time to acknowledge privilege, speak up, vote, contact your local government officials and make a change.