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I’m Calling it Black.

On Friday September 16th, unarmed #TerrenceCrutcher was shot and killed by police. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/us/video-released-in-terence-crutchers-killing-by-tulsa-police.html?_r=0

As a child I was taught how to respond when approached by law enforcement. Be respectful, follow instructions, don’t make any sudden movements. How is that applicable today. The evidence indicates that no matter what, I am at the whim of poorly trained officers who believe they are under siege. Which is perplexing because we are at a 40 year low on crime.

Some of you have heard the term DWB, ‘Driving While Black” Today it stands for Dying While Black. This is my reality and it sucks!

Depending on the source, 697–782 people have been killed by the police in 2016. Over 40% of those deaths are people of color.

Tweets don’t begin to comfort the families robbed of loved ones. They do not bring the police, (represented by their unions) to account for the killing of unarmed people. This is why I urge all of you in your mourning, outrage, and disgust to act. Act by voting. Act by protesting. Act by contributing to Campaign Zero. Change has to happen at the Police Department, and one of the most effective ways to do that is to change the very contracts that protect them and implicitly encourage the false narratives we read after each shooting.

Do something, donate something, and please tell those close to you that you love them. Because sadly, if you are black, it may be the last time you see them alive.

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