Monday, January 14, 2019

Violence, Not Racism, is Killing Black Youth

By Medium, Jan. 12, 2019

On December 30th, seven year-old Jazmine Barnes was murdered as she sat with her mother and sisters in a Walmart parking lot in Houston, Texas. The murder of a black child usually doesn’t make national news because it is all too common. In this instance it did. When the shooter was identified as a white blue-eyed male there came an outpouring of outrage by community advocates, lawyers, and Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. All used this senseless and vile murder as a political organizing tool. In front of a rally protesting the murder, the Congresswoman declared: “Do not be afraid to call this what is seems to be — a hate crime”. Black Lives Matter advocate Shaun King and Lawyer Lee Merritt joined in offering $100,000 dollars to find the racist killer. Community leader Deric Muhammed stated: “We are thoroughly convinced that this killing was race related”. He then challenged law enforcement to prove him wrong. The Houston Sheriff did. The killers who mistakenly shot at the wrong car were black.
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