Friday, March 30, 2012

I Think I'm Going To Be Sick...

Today was a bad, bad news day. First there was this story on TheYoungTurks this morning

I totally get what Steve Oh is saying, that this gross negligence could be just as much a "poor thing" as a "black thing". 

However, here's one that's definitely a "black thing"

Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68-year-old African-American Marine veteran, was fatally shot in November by White Plains, NY, police who responded to a false alarm from his medical alert pendant. The officers broke down Chamberlain’s door, tasered him, and then shot him dead. 

Unknown to the police officers, the entire altercation was recorded by a device inside his home. The police officers were responding to what they thought was a medical emergency, and when he told them he was alright and to please leave they called him a nigger, broke down his door, tasered him, shot and killed him in his own house. 

Not only is this policeman not in jail, his name has not even been released, so we don't even know if he is still on active duty since he murdered a 68-year old war veteran. To top it all off, want to hear the title of the newspaper article covering the shooting the next day?

"Officer fatally shoots hatchet-wielding man."
 or, how about
"Police Fatally Shoot Disturbed Man Carrying Knife."

Shit, there's only so much I can take in one day. I feel utterly sick for these people and their families. How in the hell does this shit still happen?

If anyone comes up to me and says "bah racism isn't a problem in the US anymore! We/they elected a black president!" in the next week I think I'm going to punch them in their stupid face.


Edited to add: and now they've had to go and add this story to this crappy news day. Wonderful. Good to know what actually matters to the people in power in the police force.  

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