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Another City, Another State, Another Black Man Dies at Hands of Police

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What happened to this young man must not become the norm, if this is still America. Don’t allow this to become the norm.

BY ANGELA JOHNSON


I cried for Casey Goodson this morning.

He is the young family man who was murdered while standing on his porch in Columbus, Ohio by Jason Meade, allegedly, a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy.

Goodson had just returned home from a dentist’s appointment and was holding Subway sandwiches for his family when Meade shot him in the back three times, as reported by multiple national news outlets, including USA Today, National Public Radio, The New York Times and BBC. com.

Goodson lay in a pool of blood at the entrance of his home where his five-year-old brother and grandmother saw him die.

It feels like open season on Black people. “We hunt Black people” seems to be the motto of many so-called law enforcement agencies that are supposed to “protect and serve.” And honestly it has been open hunting season on Black people since we were dropped off in these here Americas, at least
since 1619.

“Hunting season on Black people” has been
open since slavery began 400 years ago, and it never stopped since the so-called ending of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation. Black people have never stopped being murdered by police. Period. Think about it. Let that sink in. Since slavery, they have never stopped hunting Black people.

“They” are the racist institutions and the people who look away. And please know this, no matter what is said in the media or public relations machines, the police are there to protect property NOT people.

In just about every conceivable scenario that involves the so-called upholders of law and order and a Black person, the odds are high the Black person could turn up dead.

A Black man is 2.5 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a white man, according to the research article published last year in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences titled “Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race-ethnicity and sex.”

To me, it feels a lot more like 85% of the time the Black man ends up dead when dealing with any type of law enforcement person. There is practically no scenario involving a Black person with the law, where the Black person is safe or where the cop is there to protect the Black person. More times than not, the Black man will be murdered by the police officer or sheriff’s deputy for any reason or no rea- son at all.

I suppose there may be some, a very few, good apples in the barrel. But how good could they really be when they look the other way and say nothing when their killer-cop colleagues systematically snuff out the lives of Black men and women every day.

So, there are two pandemics. The first pandemic is old as the enslavement of Black people and people of color. This pandemic of murderous law enforcers has plagued Black people since slavery.

This pandemic was never abated, or stopped since the fake proclaiming that slavery was over on Jan. 1, 1863. Slavery didn’t go anywhere except into hiding, but it’s been there all of the time. Racists are not wear- ing the sheets anymore; they wear a badge now.

Tamala Payne who is Casey’s mother says she is destroyed by what happened.

“What I believe in my heart happened is that my son was murdered in cold blood,” she has told numerous TV news reporters from CNN to CBS.
Say their names: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Latasha Harlins, Sandra Bland, Rodney King, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Andres Guardado, Casey Goodson. These are just a few of the hundreds of Black and Latinx people who have been murdered by law enforcers.

When is the killing going to stop? Why aren’t we trying to find a vaccine for this pandemic of police violence and brutality? What are “we the people” going to do about it?

I don’t care about defunding. That is about them.
I’m talking about us; we have to save our own lives. We cannot count on the law enforcers to save our lives because to them it’s “Open Season on Black People” – and always has been.

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