I do not wish to make fun of the dead of a beloved animal but I am incredibly sick of people valuing the lives of animals over those of their own species. This is a misanthropic time we live in when outrage over a lion being killed can be so strong while our attempts to highlight the death of human beings struggles to get attention. Black women are dying and people don't seem to give a shit.
Tanisha Anderson lived with Bipolar Disorder and was having a bad spell of feeling disoriented and confused. In desperation her family called 911 in order to get her help. Instead of an ambulance the police showed up. She was slammed to the pavement by a cop where she was handcuffed. She was dead before she reached the hospital and her death has been ruled a homicide
In 2012, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was killed by an off-duty cop who, feeling threatened for his life, fired at a group of five people in a dark alley. The cop who shot Rekia Boyd dead was found NOT GUILTY of involuntary manslaughter. Why? Because in such a case it must be proved that his behavior was reckless. The judge said that his behavior was "beyond reckless" so he was found not guilty. He should have been charged with murder but COULD NOT because he had already been charged with involuntary manslaughter. This man is FREE. What the fuck?
There are many more that are named under the #SayHerName
hashtag but my question to you is why do we get so upset about the death of an innocent lion but the death of an innocent black woman can barely get a blip on the news radar?
Black women are hit with a double-whammy of discrimination as they are both black AND women. Just look at the incredibly racist and sexist reaction to Serena Williams, treatment that would NEVER HAPPEN if she were white. If one of the best athletes of our time receives this amount of abuse just imagine what it is like for regular folks struck with fear as they see that white supremacy is alive and well and seemingly nobody in their community is safe? That the victims themselves will be blamed for ridiculous reasons like they had pot in their system or they had sagging pants in pictures on Instagram as if that somehow makes it okay to condemn someone to death without even so much as a trial hearing. This is not Mega City One and no cop is Judge fucking Dredd.
The USA has been trained to keep the blinders on, to ignore the minorities and fringes, to expect them to come into our field of vision rather than looking for ourselves. This has to stop. I know that lion was awfully sweet and everything but FUCK that stupid fucking lion. People are dying right under our noses and we get angry and defensive because talking about race makes us feel icky. It's not just going to go away, clearly it hasn't otherwise cops would not be able to murder innocent people and get away with it. This is America in 2015. Get the fuck over your stupid, petty issues, your dead animals, your fear of having an actual conversation about race and get a fucking clue.#SayHerName #BlackLivesMatter