Well, the straightforward #1 answer is: dealing with Black men.
But now comes #2: being in a black neighborhood at night.
Imagine this scene in your mind……
It is a nice, cooler autumn night, a welcome change from the overly warm fall days recently. You are up that night, playing video games with your nephew, in your mother’s home. Your mother is in the hospital, and so is your sister, the mother of the boy who is beating you on the game. You have opened the front door to catch some cool breeze through the older house. It is about 2:30 in the morning, when the boy and you notice a light outside the house, and hear some noise. You go to peep through the window. You hear a man’s voice shout “raise your hands.” Before you can even process this command, you then feel something you never, ever have felt before. It is the bullet that has just taken your life.
“You” are Ms. Atatiana Jefferson, 28 years old, highly respected by family and the community. Ms. Jefferson was shot dead by a Fort Worth cop (who never said “this is the police” when he commanded this “threat” to raise hands, then immediately shooting her dead) early this past Saturday morning. He was a rookie member of a SWAT team sent out to the address, in response to a 311 call. 311, not 911 mind you. A neighbor across the street had called 311 asking for a wellness check when he saw the door open that night, knowing the resident had been in and out of the hospital. Now he blames himself, for that good citizen call resulted in this beautiful young lady’s life being taken ……
……for no other reason than FEAR this cop had, because he was in an older inner city, black neighborhood, did he kill Atatiana.
The story is all over the internet if the reader wishes to learn more.
But my post is really about this FEAR that white people, manifesting often violently in white cops, that continues to result in the deaths of black citizens. It has been clear for decades that there exist in the mass mind of white America a psychosis of FEAR triggered by even the thought of confronting black men, but it extends as we have seen to the FEAR of black boys and black women. Time and time again we see this played out, and time and time again we see police departments hedge, make excuses and protect the Blue regardless of the situation or circumstances or who wearing the badge was involved. Police are routinely protected by collusion between the PD and the DA, and time and again grand juries (if the case gets even that far) no-bill the defendant cop(s).
White America needs to wake up to the facts, and stop reading blogs and right wing news that attempt to rationalize the systemic racism of police around the Country.
I am in my 70’s, White and have lived in the inner cities of Texas for all my adult life. I have never had any fear of living in predominantly black/brown areas.
So what I surmise is that white cops have a FEAR of the unknown, and the primary reason Blacks and black neighborhoods are “Unknowns” is because the Whiteness and Racism of the cops creates a false narrative “black unknown” in their minds, predisposing many to react irrationally and go for their guns first.
This particular case, as so many other have, has many questions surrounding it, which deserve a thorough investigation by other than the FWPD, as her family is now demanding. Why was a SWAT team dispatched? Why did the team members not just go up to the front door and knock and say “Fort Worth PD. Please come to the door.” Oh, were afraid of being ambushed right? This is not an ambush scenario at all. They had FEAR, were programmed and ill trained to deal with other than the usual SWAT type calls, which impugns the FWPD management and policies in toto.
But why did this cop shoot the Atatiana? Oh, he saw somebody inside behind the window curtains, and decided to just shoot. Out of FEAR. After all, this was “the hood,” in his mind.
America must change. See my post, “Change Gonna Come.”
(UPDATE: The FWPD cop that killed Ms. Jefferson resigned; stay tuned to the story on line for developments.)(UPDATED: COP ARRESTED, JAILED!)