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We Are Going Round and Round The Cycle of Systemic Murders

About a week ago, the entire nation held its breath and braced for the city of Minneapolis in the wake of the Derek Chauvin trial and the chosen jurors, who had the power to gift George Floyd’s bereaved family members with the justice that alluded those who were scarred with betrayals of a biased judicial process.

The former Minneapolis police officer and lifelong white supremacist was found guilty on all three accounts and currently awaits sentencing, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

While there was jubilation in the streets and in Black homes across the nation, there was also the cautiousness of staying woke and alert to the miraculous outcome of an open and shut case, that was anchored by the fact that the whole world witnessed the systemic killing of an unarmed Black victim, whose pleas to breathe were hauntingly ignored by his badged white killer.

Since the verdict was triumphantly handed down to a murderous bigot who failed to beat the system that built him, we’ve been hit with back-to-back tragedies orchestrated by brutish cops, outfitted soldiers of death, who only recognize the mandate of shooting to kill, when in the vicinity of Black folks.

Not even the Black youth is spared the worst case scenario, as evident with the slaughtering of Tamir Rice back in 2014. He was the 12-years-old kid, playing at a local park with a toy gun, when his encounter with a white Cleveland police officer turned deadly, due to the assumption that the unsuspecting Black child was a grown man brandishing a weapon at the general public.

There are plenty of commentators, both within and outside the Black community who truly believe that Ma’Khia Bryant, who was only sixteen at the time of her death, somehow earned the systemic violence that ended her life.

How does a trained police officer called to the scene of unfolding chaos, not have the disciplined temperament and overall professionalism to swiftly access the situation and take action in ways that won’t showcase the evidence of a young Black girl’s bullet-ridden body!

She was shot FOUR times?!?

Any argument that inconceivably endorses the shooting death of a Black girl, at the hands of murderous cop, who willfully chose to utilize extreme force to settle an active situation that could’ve been resolved without the bloody death of a minor, needs to be thoroughly examined to unearth the culprit of normalized systemic abuse of Black youngsters.

And now we can add Andrew Brown Jr. to the growing list of Black victims who are being terrorized by the police for minor offenses that shouldn’t demand the recruitment of a SWAT team.

Brown, a 42-year-old Black man from North Carolina was shot dead by assembled cops who were allegedly there to serve arrest warrants. The seconds-long footage presented to his grief-stricken family serves as proof of an execution, that left the victim with five bullets wounds, one of them hitting the back of his head.

Andrew Brown was sitting in his car, parked in the driveway of his home at the time of the shooting. The nightmare of an invasion by officers of the same law that’s rigged against you, is more enough to incite panic and desperation in a hectic moment that has become all too familiar.

It’s easy to place harsh judgments on Black targets who don’t live to tell the harrowing circumstances that converged with deadly intentions because of the expendability of Black lives, and how not mattering motivates the “shoot to kill” directives that law enforcement criminally maximizes.

Notable cable news networks are committed to extensive coverage that features staple anchors hosting hourly segments that exhaustively recycle politically-correct talking points, that assess the heated temperature of white supremacy in the marked instances of police brutality, after Chauvin’s guilty verdict.

We seem to be going round and round the cycle of systemic murders.

If only our influential, cultural shapeshifters can vocalize the need to abolish the problematic status quo, in the form of permanently dismantling the valves of white power that feeds rogue cops, who are addicted to massacring Black lives.

When do we have the serious and progressive conversation about immediate steps that must be taken to save Black lives?

At the very top of the list is the obvious decision to abolish the police.

How many more Black children have to be shot dead by white oppressors-in-uniform before we treat systemic violence against Black and Brown people as the national crisis it’s always been.

Enough talking and enough with endless debates!

Crimes against humanity is a constant existence for vulnerable communities that don’t have the law on their side, and we can’t afford anymore expertise analysis of what’s so clearly unjustified.

We need to stop spinning and stand strong in our convictions.


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