Shaun King on The Reality Of Being Black In America


Last night I planned a Christmas message for the show. I was going to tell you to watch less news, love on your family and friends, go see Fences & Hidden Figures, and do some good in the lives of the people around you.

Then, late last night, while I was literally writing out my notes, my friend and Morehouse brother Lee Merritt, who is an attorney in Dallas, sent me a video that shook me to my soul.

In Fort Worth, Texas yesterday, a 46 year old mother, Jacqueline Craig, reported to the Forth Worth Police Department that a fully grown, bearded white man in her neighborhood, put his hands on her 7 year old son and choked him. Her teenage daughters were with her while she was making the report and had sense enough to record her making the report on Facebook Live.

Clearly, black folk already know good and well, that something simple like this is never simple with police in our country. It’s good that she filmed it, because what unfolded, and what this racist officer said, would not be believed, had it not been captured on film.

As Jacqueline, calmly and reasonably explains to the officer what this man did to her 7 year old son, she tells him that the man said he confronted her son because he threw a piece of paper on the ground. As she proceeds to tell the officer that he then choked her son, the officer actually asks her, “why don’t you teach your son not to litter” – then proceeds to basically tell the mother that the man had every right to choke her son.

As any rational human being would, the mother gets upset. She’s holding it altogether, but she’s stumped. And I get it – because when I saw this man, in response to her saying her 7 year old son was choked, when I saw this officer ask her why she didn’t teach her son not to litter, my blood started boiling. When I first saw the video, I didn’t know what was about to unfold and thought I had seen the worst. I was already so angry I was almost shaking.

I have a 7 year old. If a man choked my 7 year old, police might be filing a police report for murder. And to hear this cop basically say that Black Lives Don’t Matter, and that it was all because she hadn’t taught him right, infuriated me. Jacqueline then told the officer that his words upset her. He then responds and basically says that if she doesn’t shut up, he’ll be upset.

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Source: Black America Web | Shaun King, Senior Justice Writer, NY Daily News