Last night in my hometown a man named Lucas Dane Stevens fled police in his vehicle leading to a high-speed chase in which he rammed a patrol car, then pulled a knife on officers after fleeing his car on foot.
He was on methamphetamine and had 5.2 grams of the drug on him. And he had a knife. The cops didn’t think he had one, he had one, and he tried to hurt them with it. Nonetheless, he’s alive and well and sitting in an air-conditioned jail on a $173,000 bond.
Unlike Michael Laney of Charlotte, North Carolina, Stevens was arrested. Stevens was not handcuffed and shot in the back of the head and written off as a “suspect” simply because he was riding a red scooter.
One of these men had a weapon. One did not. One was on drugs. One was sober. One is alive. One is dead. One was the suspect. One was the victim.
One is white. One is—was—black. That’s all it takes, folks. That’s white privilege. Check yours, fellow white people. Seriously. We call 911 for help all the time and don’t get shot execution style. This shit has to stop!!
“The Obama administration said today that it would stop deporting, and start granting work permits to, immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children.
[…] It’s a grant of official legal status to those who immigrated illegally. Rather than just nudge officials to look the other way at law-abiding immigrants who came as children, the administration is formally offering them legal sanction. Obama is unilaterally imposing the DREAM Act.”
(via Daily Intel)
13 years old, outside doing his chores & now he’s dead because an old man with a gun decided he had to be responsible for the break ins. And of course people are already trying to give the killer excuses (some fucker on Huff Po went so far as to say that if the kid had been involved in the break ins this his future value to the community was minimal), and no one’s talking about the fact that this child was killed because we live in a society where the color of his skin makes him a suspect & worthy of a death sentence handed down by whatever white man wants to administer it. 13 years old & he’ll never get to grow up. I’m choking on rage & grief & fear & it wasn’t even my son. But it could be & a whole lot of people will sit there and give money to help a child’s killer get away with it. How many dead black kids does it take before America confronts itself?