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Friday, 8 July 2016

Modern America; Still Scary.

I wrote the post below almost a year ago, on the 17th of July 2015 to be precise and it is rather disturbing to find out that things are still the same or worse even since a year ago , concerning the simple fact that #BlackLivesMatter in the United States of America.

I simply cosmonaut understand how people think it is OK to shoot in order to subdue, just like that. This week has been very traumatising to say the least, with the cold-blooded murders of #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile. I sincerely hope something gets done, and gets done FAST.


I came across the picture below on Facebook and to say I am appalled is to say the least. It feels like Blacks (in America) have been automatically programmed to fail at achieving anything with their lives, while the Whites have been programmed to see them as a threat always. Or why else would they use the picture of a young black male as GUN TARGET PRACTICE????

Imagine a young adult going for training everyday at such a range and shooting at such an image daily for weeks, in his mind he begins to see things and when he so much as perceives a threat, albeit nonexistence, he aims and shoots and thus hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter are born.

Remember the story of Eric Garner I wrote about here and here? Well, some justice was gotten from his case. I say some because, the city paid his family the sum of $5 million but they also cleared all the officers involved. It was so glaring in that video what happened yet the officers were cleared even though Eric gasped "I can't breathe" 11 times before he was choked to death.

There's a new case of a young lady, 28-years-old Sandra Bland, who went for a job interview, got the job, cheerfully stopped at a restaurant to enjoy a meal which she shared with her followers on instagram and then as she made her way home she was stopped by the police for a traffic offence and roughly taken into custody. I saw a video of her being rough handled by the police even as she protested that then police had slammed her head on the ground and hurt her while arresting her without batting an eyelid. Shortly after Sandra was taken into custody, it was reported that she had died by committing suicide in the cell. How is that even possible? What the hell is going on?  There are so many more cases like these almost on a weekly basis.  

If you go through Shaun King, a columnist's Twitter handle (@ShaunKing), you will feel your blood run cold at the height of Black deaths in the hands of police. 

Something needs to give and quickly too. 

By the way IALEFI stands for International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. Sigh.
I know for a fact that no matter how such issues are set up to have certain effects, the choice to be better and not succumb to prejudices always lies with us. Make the right choice by making the most and best of your situation. Don't let anyone put you in a box, remember that you hold the power to make things right.

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