December 5, 2014
Last words of Kimani Gray, 16, shot 11 times by police after witnesses say Kimani adjusted his waistband.
Last words of Kendrec McDade, 19, an unarmed college student shot by police for clutching his waistband as he ran down the street.
Last words of John Crawford, 22, shot by police as he held a toy gun in Wal-Mart.
Last words of Oscar Grant III, 22, shot after being detained by police, despite being unarmed.
Last words of Michael Brown, 18, shot by police after holding his hands up and declaring that he was unarmed.
Last words of unarmed black youth gunned down by law enforcement.
“There are reasons why white gun’s rights activists can walk into a Chipotle restaurant with assault rifles and be seen as gauche nuisances while unarmed black men are killed for reaching for their wallets or cell phones, or carrying children’s toys. Guns aren’t for black people, either.”
“…if you live your whole life and then die without making a purposeful choice to become a white ally then American racism becomes your legacy.”
The fact is that being a B.B.M. has consequences. Being a B.B.M. is why I smile quickly. It’s why I don’t usually stand to my full height. I slouch and bend. When acquaintances haven’t seen me for awhile, I often hear, “I forgot how tall you are!” I know you did. It’s because I’m trying to make you forget. This is what being black in America has done to me, to others like me, and in some sense, even to you. It’s not that I think that I will be killed by a police officer. It’s just that if I am, it won’t be a surprise.
- W. Kamau Bell
Last words of unarmed black youth…
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