Those Names

Police and protesters carry a seriously wounded protester into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel during a march Sept. 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brian Blanco / Getty Images

Yet again, a senseless act of violence has taken hold of the news. I would like to pretend like this matters but it doesn’t. Keith Scott, another black man who lost his life for no good reason, will soon be forgotten. Just like every other black man who has seemingly lost their life due to the fact that their skin color enrages some because… well, reasons I guess.

This snippet from NBC news should sum it up pretty clearly:

Keith Lamont Scott was calmly walking backward when Charlotte, N.C., police shot him to death this week, a lawyer for Scott’s family said after relatives were allowed to watch police video of the shooting.
In a statement Thursday night, Justin Bamberg, a lawyer for the family, said Scott, 43, exited his vehicle “in a very calm, non-aggressive manner” when ordered to do so by police Tuesday afternoon outside a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

He was walking backwards.

When I first heard about this tragedy, no, thats the wrong word, it is a travesty. When I first heard about this travesty I was reminded of every other event in recent history that this mirrors.

What makes me truly sad is I cannot remember all their names. I can’t even remember a few of them. These were fathers, sons, friends, men, just like me. Now, they are forgotten in a sea of media spin and political rhetoric.

Not long ago I openly criticized Colin Kaepernick. Now, I think I may take a knee as well. This is not okay. This is not right. The more we ignore it the more we become explicit in all of it.

Read this article on acts of police brutality in 2015 and take a minute to let it sink in, we live in troubling times and worrying about Trump or Clinton is nothing more than a distraction from the action we should actually be taking.

http://mappingpoliceviolence.org/unarmed/