Betty Shelby of the Tulsa Police Department. Tulsa Police Department and her victim Terence Crutcher, 40

    Betty Shelby of the Tulsa Police Department. Tulsa Police Department and her victim, Terence Crutcher, 40

A Black man was unarmed and fatally shot by police. This isn’t a new news story. Yet, we are overwhelmed and confused by it. No matter how often we chant “Black lives matter” or retort “Blue lives matter,” the pain is real. This particular story hits home, yet again, because he was a father of four who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The same city where Eric Harris was murdered by a play cop who was funding the Sheriff’s department.

On the evening of Friday, September 16, 2016, when helicopters arrived on the scene and flew above the intersection where Terence Crutcher’s SUV was stalled, one of the men can be heard on the radio saying: “time for a Taser.” He then says: “That looks like a bad dude, too. Probably on something.”

Dr. Tiffany Crutcher’s public response to that comment, that is based on pure conjecture and bias, “The big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father,” she said. “That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College, just wanting to make us proud. That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all of his flaws, every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”

This is her twin brother you are talking about. And he is now dead. During a discussion in Atlanta last evening, Monday, September 19, 2016, Lynell Cadray, associate vice provost of Equity and Inclusion at Emory University had this to say about unconscious bias during her presentation titled “Conscious of our Unconscious: Implicit Bias Exercise”: “[It’s] pervasive, subtle, association in the brain that operate outside of conscious awareness. [It’s] unconscious thoughts, acts and learned behaviors based on life experiences, media, images and learnings. The unconsciousness automatically connects two things or two ideas in your mind and when you think of one you think of the other.”

It’s a subject I also spoke about this summer during a technology and film conference. We can all agree this bias can be expressed implicitly or explicitly, unfortunately for Black America, it’s expressed in the unlawful shooting of unarmed Black men and women. And it’s ends in murder!

Details about Terence Crutcher’s fatal shooting by Tulsa officer Betty Shelby

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  • Mansgame

    And people freak out over a football player doing a silent yet respectable protest before games.

  • John J Rouse

    Live like a thug die like a drugged crazed thug. 40 years old and still in college? Come on man!

    • tony

      I would come up with a educated response. But after looking up your comment history, you racist POS doesn’t even deserve one. Hope you enjoy hell with the rest of the derelicts like you.

      • John J Rouse

        “Educated response” don’t make me laugh. Are you another pathetic groid that stays in free college like this dead drug addict because you know you can’t make it out in the real world? I’ll say hi to Trayboon and Mikey Brown for ya.

        • Tammy Battle

          John, you about just ignorant as your name. There are plenty elderly whites that return to college for FREE, blacks are not the only one. One thing I can say about you, IGNORANT RACIST FOOL.. Who don’t have a clue, but rather assume. You are the perfect example of a dumb azz.

          • John J Rouse

            Not that many. Reason why so many blacks do it because no one wants to hire their illiterate, dumb ass

          • Tammy Battle

            John you the only dumb ass, plus retarded I might add. It’s funny how childish and ignorant you acting, but I guess you acting the way you were raised.

          • John J Rouse

            Speaking of retards. Your race is full of them. The average IQ of a pure negroid is 75 and mental retardation is 70

          • Tammy Battle

            You want to make this about race, let’s make it about you. Since your IQ is below freezing. People like you are beneath me, and since you want to focus on the black race, why don’t you go figure out why people like you rape little girls or boys or why your people can’t keep their hands off their students; but instead they have relationships with their students. Why your people killed other people and eat them. You know what I’m done talking to someone who is a waste of sperm.

          • John J Rouse

            People like me don’t rape kids, it’s people like you. Google African infant rape. It’s an epidemic. We don’t call you rape apes for nothing.

          • Tammy Battle

            Yes, you do rape kids more boys than anything.. I guess John Wayne Gacy or Jeffery Dahmer was blue people.. NOT. You the white apes you racist bigot. BTW where’s your proof, don’t have any. It’s sad when you have to lie also.. SMH Like I said you the ignorant one, BJS shows the statistic on what race rape the most. Since, you uneducated as well BJS stands for Bureau of Justice look it up, ass wipe.

          • John J Rouse

            Negroids are 13% of the population and commit 31% of all recorded child rapes. Do you low iq apes understand basic MAFF?

          • Tammy Battle

            Bye, $itch. I’m done talking to a racist bigot bastard.

          • John J Rouse

            You must not talk to yourself then, ho.

          • John J Rouse

            Because we are tired of TNB doesn’t make me a racist, and since its YOU who is an uneducated baby machine TNB mean typical nigger behavior.

          • tony

            And you say your not a racist yet two seconds later you use a racist slur. Yeah you’re educated all right. Like I said a waste of skin.

          • Demessi

            As if he were raised.Probably not even born he most likely hatched….
            If you catch my drift John is something less than human.

          • Tammy Battle

            Demessi, you are correct John is definitely as waste of sperm.

          • Robert Slackware

            speaking of retarded. Why did he not arm himself after the play cop killed a black man? If nothing else obama is dumping murderers and rapists around the country in secret. Betty Boop could be one of them.

          • Tammy Battle

            You another stupid idiot trolling the internet. Bye fool!!!

          • Robert Slackware

            stupid is standing around with your hands up being shot.

          • Robert Slackware

            I’m armed, was trying to understand why HE was an idiot.

        • tony

          Pathetic huh. See it took me about a week to respond because unlike your sorry, broke, uneducated, loser racist ass. I actually EARN a living. I have a career that pays me over 120, 000 a year. Not to mention I also run my own landscaping company on the side. Plus im also getting in to the rental business. I don’t sit in my mom’s basement all day and night and spew racist [email protected]&t at people all day because I’m miserable like you do. You hate us because you fear us. You hate us because we succeed when your punk a$$ can’t. When I’m out with my wife, and I see racist a$$ losers like you staring at us I laugh. Because I know u all hate that she’s gorgeous and white and with me and not you. I love the hate because your punk a$$ can’t compete. I succeed through all the racism. I made it because dumb lazy idiots like you waste more time whining behind a keyboard then being productive. And that’s really ridiculous because the worlds made for you to succeed with all the advantages. As far I’m concerned you can think whatever you want of me. Because I know in the end you being a white man in this country, with all the privilege and advantages you have. You being a broke a$$ loser is just a waste of skin.

          • John J Rouse

            No, I don’t care enough about ya to hate ya. I’m just disgusted, like most of the country, by negorid bad behavior.

          • tony

            You cared enough to respond. Plus, you must not be that disgusted since apparently know soo….. much about us.

          • John J Rouse

            I can see it on my email.

          • tony

            Like I said your punk ass can’t compete, so you sit behind a keyboard all day waiting to troll a black person. What happened did you get laid off but they kept the black guy. Did your ex wife pull the old cuckold. Did a a black girl not give it up to you in highschool. Why you hate us so much man.

          • John J Rouse

            D….none of the above. I don’t hate y’all, there is just a problem in your community that no one wants to talk about so,it’s just easy to blame someone else.

          • tony

            Dude there’s s problem in every community. White’s to. It’s just in society ones cared about, the others isn’t. Do we have some blame to take. Sure of course we do. But THIS problem at hand doesn’t involve that. You act like there’s no racism in this world when obviously you proved that theory wrong by dropping the n bomb in another conversation on this board. You talk about accountability, but you can’t even be accountable for your own racist and hateful feelings. And trust me how you feel is in a lot of white homes in America. And that’s a problem. Period. So before you go start preaching accountability, and talk about us blaming others, maybe you should do some mirror visiting yourself. Or better yet go actually find out what’s going on in our neighborhoods instead coming up with laughable untrue statistics. Like I said in my earlier post, be productive.

    • Guest

      Since when is getting an education a bad thing? Maybe you should try, it you ignorant clown.

      • Robert Slackware

        When it is in rioting and looting. i.e. black studies degree.

        • Jazzman450

          You white folks should known! Look at history! White folks have done the same thing!

          • Robert Slackware

            I’m scratching my head trying to think of any. How about a clue?

    • Jazzman450

      So what?! Idiot! How do you know he was on drugs?!! White folks do drugs too! Ignorant a$$!!

      • John J Rouse

        You mean besides the fact that they found drugs in his vehicle? Whites don’t do drugs. We are too busy working and taking care of our families.

        • Jazzman450

          If you want to believe your own bull$hit, be my guest! What drugs did they find in his car?! We are too busy working and taking care of our families? That is funny! You white folks are dropping like flies using heroin! Face the truth! Moron! Lol! Lol! Lol!

          • John J Rouse

            A vial of PCP. No, that’s blacks that use heroine, meth and crack. 86% of all,drug related,deaths are blacks. The goverment keeps on selling in to you. Guess it’s sorta like post abortion.

    • Jazzman450

      So, you have a problem with a person wanting to learn?! You are a jacka$$! Maybe cops need to stop acting like the thug cowards they are! Maybe you should do your homework on the thug cop that shot this unarmed black man! Her record is not clean!

  • Bob TheBuilder

    How stupid are Black people? No,really. EVERY Black that has been killed has NOT DONE what the police ask them to do. If you are told to GET DOWN, don’t run into your car! Maybe some day Blacks will be educated and simply listen to the police when told what to do. NOT ONE cop has walked up to a black and shot them. All shootings were a result of an altercation AFTER not obeying police demands.

    • John J Rouse

      Google IQ by race. That’ll,answer your question.

      • Jazzman450

        Idiot!

        • John J Rouse

          Yes, y’all are according to science.

    • Jazzman450

      Moron!

  • Jazzman450

    Thug a$$ cops need to be held accountable for their crimes!

    • John J Rouse

      Paid vacation. That’s good enough for me.