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I'm writing a book entitled "Uprooting the Spirit of Racism," and in one section of the book, I'm trying to highlight how black people experience the police. Specifically, how it's different from how many white people experience the police. There's a narrative going around that says what happened to George Floyd was just an isolated incident or, as the president says, "a few bad apples." It's simply not true. Four years ago, it was #PhilandoCastile. This year it was #GeorgeFloyd. The issue is a system of policing that is discriminatory against black men, particularly unarmed black men. If we don't address the racism in the difference between how the police treat black men, there will be more George Floyds.
In this video, we will see an interaction between a SWAT team and an unarmed man. The man empties his pockets. He is shirtless. What you don't see in the video, that was in other news coverage, is that there was a mistake made by the courts, and the man has already been to court for his offense. What you also won't see is that there was an incident between this man and one of the police officers on the scene, just like there was history between George Floyd and the officer that killed him with his knee-to-neck procedure and history between #BreonnaTaylor 's boyfriend and the cop who shot up her apartment and killed her. You also won't see in this clip that the police officer said that this man was not complying with instructions.
This is a disturbing clip. It shook me a little. I hesitated to show it, but we need to keep seeing things like this. We need to stay on edge and not let things settle until there is change. Maybe it will help someone understand why people are still protesting. George Floyd is dead, but there have been no widespread changes to police policy. In fact, there are initiatives afloat to reduce the wear of body cameras by the police because of the cost of storing the footage. In the black community, there is a phrase, "stay woke." We have to keep paying attention to this issue. You don't want riots and unrest? Then help take action to ensure that changes are made to America's system of policing vs. allowing racism to continue under the guise that there are just a few isolated incidents. I keep hearing the phrase "All Lives Matter." When people say that, they believe that it’s true; it’s just that they haven’t finished the rest of their sentence. What they really mean is that“All Lives Matter, it’s just that Black Lives Matter less.” Maybe they should add those words because of incidents like this. In the future we should interpret “All Lives Matter” as “All Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter Less.”
In this clip, in broad daylight, a man that is unarmed, shirtless (obviously no weapons), complying with instructions (hands up), standing less than two feet away from his family, became a victim of SWAT Team brutality, right here in Arizona. This is not Baltimore, inner-city Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn, or wherever it is supposedly a "bad" place to be. Thank you to my friend Benjamin Taylor who represents victims like this! PLEASE WATCH IT! We watch so many cute things on TikTok or little mindless things elsewhere. I CHALLENGE YOU TO WATCH THIS and tell me that it doesn't seem like BLACK LIVES MATTER LESS.
The Bible says faith without works is dead. Yes, we need to pray, but what actions will you take that make your faith a living faith? Will you speak out against the false narrative? Will you share a video like this? Will you reconsider how you vote? If you have influence in your community, will you use it to help those in the minority who experience America and her system of policing, differently than you?
The police didn't know about the mix-up, but who deploys a SWAT team against one man? How does a shirtless unarmed man get shot three times while complying?
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