White people aren’t afraid of Black children. They project that fear out of ignorance and sheer laziness, and while it may seem like an innocent habit for White folks who grew up in environments that didn’t encourage diversity — it’s time to stop playing games and face reality.
Antwon Rose Jr. was a teenager who was supposed to enjoy his youthful years — the way his White counterparts are permitted to do — but now he’s dead.
He was surrounded by violence and like many young Black students — he witnessed cops beating up his comrades. He was only 17-years-old, and yet he was fully aware of what injustice looks like. He knew that he would die at the hands of a system that operates on the premise of his expendability.
Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, PA, is evidently a notorious playground for bullish police officers who are ready and willing to use excessive force without cause.
Antwon attended that school, and based on testimonies from those who are have witnessed the casualties of war — it’s clear that cops who are stationed in school hallways, are not there to “protect and serve.”
Their deadly agendas give them license to mutilate Black kids at will.
It’s heartbreaking to internalize the fact that Black children are being abused in broad daylight by cowardly assholes with badges — who possess a level of hatred that is best described as incomprehensible. The very notion that law enforcement is given the freedom to train their squad with manuals that contain directives on how to turn high schools with a mostly Black population — into battlefields or even torture chambers — is a difficult pill to swallow.
These Black kids are unarmed and helpless and they’re not in a position to defend themselves from the avalanche of punches, body slamming moves and the tight grip around their necks. Even Black girls are subject to the cruel punishment of having their heads slammed against their desks or being verbally abused by rogue cops who are disgustingly using innocent Black students as punching bags to let off steam.
Antwon Rose Jr. was killed by a White cop in East Pittsburgh — who was inexperienced and racist.
Officer Michael Rosefeld, 30, was formally charged with one count of criminal homicide for the shooting death of a Black teenager who was running away from the scene. He was fleeing out of fear because he had already been privy to the gangster mentality of cops, and the only thing to do was to try and escape his fate.
In his attempt to save his life — Antwon lost his life.
He died because his murderer was programmed to fear Black people.
Or maybe Officer Rosefeld fired three shots at the Black teenager because he believed that his “fear” would justify the tragic outcome. Perhaps the racist cop was simply following protocol, and assumed that shooting at Black people is standard procedure — especially when they’re “running while Black.”
Antwon may have died at the hands of the system — but he was already comatose while his heart was beating.
There’s a deep sadness in the truth of how Black teens like Antwon are languishing — under the guidance of adults who are willingly feeding them to the wolves. The dysfunctional atmosphere at Woodland Hills High School that’s breeding the expectations of how enrolled students have already been sentenced to life behind bars or worse — is the crux of the disease of police brutality that’s infecting the future of young Black America.
As the investigation unearthed the prison-like methods of discipline that police officers are radically implementing on young and impressionable Black lives — the school representatives and the police department that supplies the well-armed soldiers of war — refused to cooperate with reporters.
The District Superintendent Alan Johnson is keeping up appearances by publicly dismissing the gravity of what is essentially a national crisis.
Johnson adamantly insists that the horror stories of physical and verbal assault by police officers that are hired to maintain “law and order,” is being blown out of proportion.
He released a statement in defense of Woodland Hills that counters the damning evidence of abuse, and also seems to downplay the 2017 lawsuit that was filed against a brutish White police officer, Stephen Shaulis, who had a pattern of repeatedly abusing Black students.
His unlawful acts include berating a student with insults — before “putting him in a headlock” — “dragging him down the hallway” — and eventually “tasering him three times.”
Shaulis performed these acts of violence — unprovoked — and at the time — remarkably got away with it. The Black victim was inexplicably charged with “resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.”
But — his appetite for punching and tasering Black boys and girls caught up with him — and due to mounting incidences of misconduct — Shaulis was relieved of his duties and placed on paid leave.
But — then he returned to the school to serve as the football coach — before resigning shortly after his appointment.
Interestingly enough — Superintendent Johnson recently announced his resignation after the school year in February, and claims that his abrupt decision is motivated by his observation of the “school district needing a new start.” And he is still perpetuating the lie of how Woodland Hills “isn’t an abusive school.”
He also adds that he’s “proud of the things we do.”
It’s mind-boggling how we’ve gotten to the place where violence against Black children is now a normalized offense that sparks very little outcry or concern.
School officials that are tasked with the responsibility of providing a safe environment for young minds to develop and flourish — have turned their backs and closed their eyes. This attitude of nonchalance has turned school hallways and classrooms into wrestling rings for one-sided matches between cops and students with timid teachers as helpless referees.
Black children are imprisoned across the country even before they commit their first crime or make the kind of societal mistakes that White kids are able to make, and then boast about when they grow up to become overpaid corporate sharks.
Tamir Rice was supposed to turn 16 this year — but he was murdered by White cops who thought the 12-year-old boy playing in a local park in Cleveland — was a grown man wielding a firearm.
The awful White lady who harassed a young Black girl for selling cold water on a hot day, is still defending her stance, and is currently playing the award-winning role of victim — with White tears as special effect.
How can we forget the video of the Black girl who was ripped to shreds by an officer in her classroom — while students watched and her teacher stood with no authority. The verdict was that she deserved to be thrashed around like a ragged doll.
But — the question isn’t whether or not Black kids should be policed like prisoners of war — because any human with working faculties already knows the answer.
White people have the assignment of tackling why they’re possessively holding onto the invisible fear that propels them to demonize Black children in an effort to justify their deadly biases.
White children are allowed to blissfully furnish their youthful vitality, and when they grow up, they’re still regarded as flawed humans who can’t be held accountable for the consequences of their disposition.
If Antwon Rose had been a White teenager — running from the law — the cop would’ve instinctively figured out a way to capture him without the use of force or weaponry.
Young White men who shoot up churches are captured with care and consideration — and if they need a burger and a drink on the way to the station — after exerting all that energy killing Black parishioners — that’s the least police officers can do to keep their captive alert.
Young White men can drive blindingly drunk and cause a wreck that paralyzes and kills innocent motorists and passengers. White privilege allows them to seamlessly survive being booked before enjoying brief careers as outlaws. They live through being captured and locked up — before being released into the open arms of society.
Young Black boys can’t even survive the mishap of being lost.
And if they dare knock on the doors of White people who ridiculously freak out at the presence of Blackness in any form — the instinct is to collect their guns to shoot the invader who is threatening their lives.
Brennan Walker is the 14-year-old Black boy who almost died because he needed assistance finding his way back home. The frightening incident made the news and now we’ve moved on.
But — you can bet on the fact that Walker has now become a prisoner of the nightmare that engulfed him the day he miraculously dodged bullets from the gun that was aimed at his back.
White people aren’t scared of Black kids. They’re scared of what will happen when they no longer have the privilege to guard their ignorance.
We see how even the media plays the game of presenting White offenders as young and innocent before proven guilty — versus Black offenders who are viewed as criminalized adults at the ripe old age of 12.
The cowardly act of normalizing the cruel treatment of Black children in America is basically the factory that keeps the prison system thriving, and our streets littered with bodies of victims who knew what was coming, but didn’t stand a chance.
The heartbreak over Antwon’s brutal killing is immersed in the callousness of a White cop who didn’t act in self-defense — but rather chose to end the life of a Black teenager because of the belief that Black lives simply don’t matter — especially in Trump’s America.
White people aren’t afraid of Black children. They’ve perfected the act of weaponizing fear against the ones we love the most — and now it’s time to turn those tactics against them.
The lives of Black children depend on it.