Death and Racism


The article on The Root hit me hard;

 Reject the “He was a good kid” or “He was a criminal” narrative and lift up the “Black lives matter” narrative.Those who knew him say Brown was a good kid. But that’s not why his death is tragic. His death isn’t tragic because he was on his way to college the following week. His death is tragic because he was a human being and his life mattered. The good-kid narrative might provoke some sympathy, but what it really does is support the lie that as a rule black people, black men in particular, have a norm of violence or criminal behavior. The good-kid narrative says that this kid didn’t deserve to die because his goodness was an exception to the rule. This is wrong. This kid didn’t deserve to die, period. Similarly, reject the “He was a criminal” narrative surrounding the convenience store robbery because even if Brown did steal some cigars and have a scuffle with the shopkeeper, that is still not a justification for his killing. All black lives matter, not just the ones we deem to be “good.”

It caused me to think back about why, during the George Zimmerman case, I did not debate nor defend against accusations that Trayvon was a “thug.”   Here we are again with Michael Brown, and there are folks trying to posture Michael as deserving of death because he was not a “good kid. “


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Thank you @XenaBb7 for the HT


One thought on “Death and Racism

  1. This is the same dilemma that was faced in the Civil Rights movement. Civil Rights leaders were concerned about how the people they chose would look to the public. It’s why Rosa Parks is remembered in the Civil Rights movement, but others who did similar actions were not.

    I am truly proud of what Rosa Parks did throughout her life, but this dilemma still remains: Do we have to prove that someone was a “good person” so that they don’t have to be unjustly killed?”

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