Me: Watching news coverage of the grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who placed Eric Garner in a choke hold, a method banned by NYPD.
My 5-year Old Son: “Mommy, why did they do that to him? That’s not nice. They didn’t have to kill him. Why did they do that?”
Me: After staring at his young, handsome face wearing a simultaneous look of bewilderment and innocence (yes, I used the word innocence to describe a child of color), I simply responded with… silence…
How do I explain to a 5-year old child that his presence will one day be considered deviant? Thoughts?
Not long after Michael Brown was killed, another young male of color was killed amidst the turmoil in St. Louis, Missouri.
Image from rollingout.com
Apparently, an encounter with the police resulted in his untimely death. As usually is the case, the precise details surrounding his death are being questioned by various persons involved. While some say he was unarmed and simply carrying a sandwich, others have contended that he was in fact armed and engaged in an active gun battle. (more…)