Tamir Rice and the rationalization of systemic racism

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  1. I even had a fake gun that made a little blast noise. I’d put these little plastic things in them that popped when I ‘shot’. Circa 1985, I was 7, and an airport/customs officer looked at my gun and let me board a plane with it.

    It does make me wonder what life might have been had I been a different colour.


    1. It might have made a difference, but we also live in a time when children shoot up schools, and 911 happened. Those things have created rampant fear. There IS systemic racism that needs stamped out! However, I don’t think even white kids could get away with the antics we did in our youth today.


      1. It seems likely that there are more Black people killed by police each year when compared to white people. When 80% of violent crimes each year are committed by Black people its surprising this disparity is as small as it is. The main focus of the Black community should be on striving to improve the Black on Black crime in this country. There are hundreds of times more Black on Black violence than White on Black. I have a lot of Black friends who can’t believe that the media is portraying this as a systemic racism issue. Maybe we need to look deeper into the issue of why there is so much Black on Black violence.


      2. Yeah…slight problem with the “black-on-black” crime argument. Most violent crimes are interracial because most such crimes are committed by people who know the perpetrators. The rate of white-on-white violence is almost the same as that of black-on-black crime. But hey, let’s not allow facts to muddy the discussion.

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  2. I do think there is a problem with the police in this country, having my best friend killed in an illegal high speed chase (1989), and my uncle beaten to death (innocent – we won a case). A major problem – you can’t have justice when you don’t have witnesses maintaining the same story (our witnesses all said the same), or making things up to try to strengthen their case. We have recently seen how this pans out. I do understand, as in the Michael Brown case, those videos circulating of him in criminal behavior, do not show a great guy. I do agree that being a criminal does not mean he deserves to die. But I also maintain that police officers also deserve to not die, and to go home to their families at night. I myself have been harasses for absolutely no reason, and even gotten my car tagged for no brake lights, when I had gotten new brakes (and the lights were tested BY ME) earlier that same day. None of this made me riot, or spew racial hatred, or protest in the roads, or resist arrest.

    My kids grew up in the early ’90s and no way would I let my son have a toy gun. Even 20 years ago, I could not risk my son being mistaken for having a real gun. It was all over the news even back then. and the risk for a toy gun made no sense. 20 years later, with all the school shootings, and in general everyone desensitized towards violence, I can imagine that the cops are even more jumpy and on edge. This does not excuse anyone for shooting children with toy guns, and I don’t blame the parents either. I say we put more thought into what will keep our children safe.


  3. Another tragic story that is happening weekly, my condolence to the family that lost the baby boy to soon . Reading this store I can’t help but think, If he was who they were looking for responding to a 911, what happen to Freeze drop the gun and show me your hands? I don’t see any police training here but something other than racism. This is the reason you can’t argue against racism or everyone would be shot by police and I mean everyone. I however do understand that it’s a pressure career and one of the biggest responsibility anyone can have and that’s making sure that people in our society is not breaking the law. There is a higher stander for that individual who were the badge because he or she has the authority to protect and serve us or arrest us. To mean tine order by reasonable easements and not breaking any laws or civic rights in the process. As a Black man in this country that never been arrested but have been pulled over but not issued and ticket or vehicle warning, detained in the back of a scud car for hours and then release for no reason, can never say that I feel I have rights as a citizen or safe in there custody for myself or my nephews and nieces from the police. Sorry but I can’t, not until I see some real changes from abusing authority to operating in it. I’m not saying that all officers are out of control but the ones that are is making it hard for the ones doing it right. The government department that issues legislature to state law enforcement need to act fast on how to get there house in order because this needs to stop NOW. The course that this is on nothing good can come from it. Thank You Ben Irwin for writing this peace and putting your name on it.


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