What is the likelihood the USA will become unsafe for African Americans under the Trump administrati… by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Have you forgotten that in July 2016, Charles Kinsey, a Black man and a behavioral therapist, was working with an autistic client when he was shot by a White Miami police officer? Or the 2014 death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by White Cleveland, Ohio police?
What about Walter Scott, shot and killed in North Charleston, South Carolina, following a daytime traffic stop for a non-functioning brake light by a White police officer who initially claimed Scot had attacked him, but who was indicted after video surfaced showing he had shot Scoot in the back?
And then there is Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old Black man who, in July 2016, was shot several times at close range while being held down on the ground by two White Baton Rouge Police Department officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The incidents cited above all occurred while a Black man, Barack Obama, held the Oval Office—long before Donald Trump. Black people have too often been the targets of racial bias resulting in violence—some officer-related, some by Whites consumed with hatred. And let’s not forget the many Black people who have been victimized by other Blacks.
Mr. Trump’s skewed rhetoric may give credence to those minds needing added legitimacy for their reprehensible acts, but let’s assign blame where it truly belongs: on those who commit the violence.