"I was thinking that I don't want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said," Omari said.I don't know about you, but those words coming out of the mouth of an 11 yr old child just breaks my heart. You will be even more upset when you learn that the person who pulled a gun on this beautiful child was a cop!
According to Ed Krayewski reporting for Reason.com, young Amari and his friends were building a "tree fort" behind their homes when a "concerned" neighbor called the cops. The neighbor said that she was scared that the boys may be in danger from "hazards." Police from Henry County, Georgia, responded to the call.
two officers, one with his gun drawn, rolled up on him and a few of his friends as they built a fort in the trees behind his home.Questions: HAVE WE LOST OUR FRIKKEN MINDS?
Can you please stop terrorizing, harassing, criminalizing, and killing our children?
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"Black boys are treated as problems well before we are treated as people"There is a need to revisit Javon Johnson's talk with his 4 year old:
I'll be honest. I'm not happy with the way we raise our black boys. Don't like the fact that he learned to hide from the cops well before he knew how to read. Angrier that his survival depends more on his ability to deal with the "authorities" than it does his own literacy.
We both know too many black boys who disappeared. Names lost. Know too many Trayvon Martins, Oscar Grants, and Abner Louimas, know too many Sean Bells and Amadou Diallos. Know too well that we are the hard-boiled sons of Emmett Till.
Be aware of how quickly your hands move to pocket for wallet or ID, be more aware of how quickly the officer's hand moves to holster, for gun. Be black. Be a boy and have fun, because this world will force you to become a man far more quickly than you'll ever have the need to.