Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and other victims. — Part 1

On Medium, it says: “Tell a story…” — well I have a story. A well occurring narrative that African-Americans face in this country. We have all heard about the mysterious death of Sandra Bland. We’ve heard about Tamir playing in broad day with a toy gun — to be killed within moments of police officers arriving. We have heard about Trayvon being murdered because being black with a hoodie is considered “suspicious” — he must be up to no good. But it hasn’t stopped there. Within the past few days, the death of two African-American lives were lost: Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. This shows us that change is imperative in the judicial system and law enforcement. The perception of the black man in American is we cannot be trusted, we are violent, ignorant, aggressive, and criminals. There are countless stereotypes in our society; but this one ends lives of innocent individuals. How do police officers manage to detain and disarm white people without killing them but not vice-versa? Why is it that if a black person is killed, he somehow deserved it? Is the value of life based on race? The fact is it doesn’t occur to those that turn a blind eye to the system that is killing our people. It is a fact the same treatment is not given to minorities let alone African-Americans. Look at the statistics, the studies, and even the recent investigations. The FBI, universities, and other public/private institution have clearly laid out the truth for those to chose to seek. To be quite frank, the only ones who don’t see the truth is the privileged, and by privileged I’m talking about white americans.

How are paid public servants, officers that are paid on our tax dollars so willing to kill? We have videos of the abuse and somehow they’re ignored in court. Every single officer that takes a life under bad judgement DESERVES 25 years to life, like any other citizen.

I own two guns both registered and one is a hand gun, that I am allowed to carry in my glove box unloaded by law. I recently was pulled over for a rolling stop sign. It was the first time in my life, two not one officer came to up to my car. One asking for information, and the other to my right with his right hand near his gun. I sit back and ask myself if I had my gun that day when getting my registration and insurance. Would I be here today writing this story? You tell me? I am a business owner, a writer, an engineer, a role model to my younger siblings, and a support system to my mother who is widowed. What frustrates me is I could have easily been Philando. I could have easily been Trayvon in my old suburban neighborhood.

I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we have come.
-Jesse Williams

Here are some sources for those that don’t believe in prejudice, racism, discrimination, and unfair treatment of minorities. Reading is fundamental. I cited the FBI Ferguson investigation, a Harvard study, and a New York University study. Take the time to read them or don’t say anything.

Rodney ”RJ” Gainous Jr

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African-American technology entrepreneur, engineer, and author. Founder, CEO, and Product Architect of CodeSigned.