“Back turned don’t shoot” is written on a placard held up by demonstrators as they gather in front of the North Charleston City Hall, in South Carolina to protest the shooting of a 50-year-old African American man called Walter Scott. Michael Slager, a white officer has been videotaped by a passerby apparently shooting the African American unarmed man who is running away from Slager with his back turned.
The African American community is outraged by the video and if it was not for the video it would not have been possible to understand that Walter Scott was unarmed and had his back to the white police officer and that he ran for his life.
With the investigation currently happening, the facts that remain unchangeable are as follows: Walter Scott was unarmed, he was running away from the cop, there was no struggle of the teaser gun on Walter’s part, he had his back to the cop and Walter was black.
The demonstrations by the black community are understandable, and it is believable that Walter was shot because he was black. Walter Scott was a peaceful man, a brother, son and a father.
According to a ProPublica analysis, Police were 21 times more likely to shoot and kill black teen than white teens, ProPublica reports, “One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring — 185, more than one per week.”
Nytimes reports that the federal prosecutors are investigating the death of Eric Garner, who died last year in Staten Island after a police officer put him in a chokehold, an episode that a bystander captured on video. A video taken in Cleveland shows the police shooting a 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, who was carrying a fake gun in a park, both the victims namely Eric Garner and Tamir Rice were black. According to a report, the 12-year-old boy appeared to be 20-year-old to the police, and Mr. Garner was a 6’3’’ giant of a man who harmed no one and had a history of breaking up fights, all in all a peaceful man. Hence the white policemen – the common race in all of these crimes is the race of white perpetrators – act aggressively toward the African Americas based on their physical appearance.
Had the United States really gotten rid of the colored war? Or the America still fights the war in silence, perhaps covering it up as the time goes on. The shootings of African Americans suggest that being a person of color has got to come with shortcomings, and the primary factor of this is that you are considered a thug immediately – harassment, bullying and racism second that.
Delores Jones-Brown, who is an interim director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College in New York told Color lines in 2007, “There is a crisis of perception where African American males and females take their lives in their hands just walking out the door.”