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Why is America killing Americans?

Jeffrey Travillion

Jeffrey Travillion

Walter Scott was not murdered by ISIS overseas, he died in his neighborhood. Walter Scott was not murdered by foreign drug dealers trying to evade his Coast Guard detail. Walter Scott was not killed by a deranged student with an illegal gun. Walter Scott was murdered by an American police officer, who had sworn an oath to protect and serve him. What message does it send to society when a number of American citizens, who are sworn to uphold the law, murder other American citizens? How should we evaluate these situations? These situations are unfortunate, but not altogether surprising. The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund recently named 76 unarmed black men and women who were killed in police custody in less than two decades. The response to these killings has not created an effective framework for community leaders and police representatives to address the root cause of the problem. Effective public leadership must honestly address the complexities of historically underserved communities and the opportunities afforded by community policing.

The political leadership of the South, which largely results from the implementation of Nixon’s Southern Strategy, has created a dynamic that looks and sounds like the “Old Confederacy.” Civility is a casualty of our new American political reality. I do not see any significant effort being made to address issues such as civic duty, poverty, and race relations. A “Stand Your Ground” culture defends those who murder children walking home in the rain, because they do not know them. Americans murdering Americans. It defends the murder of another because he plays his music too loud. Americans murdering Americans. All American citizens should be alarmed and demand that those who take an oath to serve and protect Americans actually serve and protect us all. 1946, Pastor Martin Niemoller wrote a speech about Nazi Party during the Holocaust that is as significant today as the day he wrote it. It says:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

The video of the death of Walter Scott is devastating on so many levels. How does a 50-year-old man with a busted taillight get shot in the back? What real threat did he pose? How could this officer have believed that this was the right thing to do? When an officer is found lying, how does it affect the perception of every other officer? The initial report given by the officer is not consistent with the details shown in the video. Fortunately, a young man taped the event and so the real truth could be known. This officer demonstrated the behavior that every African American parent fears when their child leaves the house. However, the family of the victim has not met this situation with hate and malice. They have professed a hope that this would never happen to another family. Will policymakers follow their lead and seek to address the real problems that are damaging America at its core?


3 Comments

  1. britishrose on April 19, 2015 at 12:29 am

    there has to be a word worst than evil to express all the problems with police calling them a bunch of pschotic sociopaths is just not advised ,but they know who they are with issues .. you want the answer as to why in this year and time cops are killing black men . just look at the color of our president , look at the bitterness the kkk , and nazis are wageing .. its a war on in these states we call united , , and our children are directly in the cross fires ., thanks to REV AL SHARPTON WE HAVE NO REAL LEADERS ANYMORE . .WERE ON OUR OWN .. black women are carrying the load , standing up to police about our race …. instead of them serving and protecting they want to lower self worth , and anger blacks . which is a wasp nest , so dont try it … united states citizen ship is not like it was and will never be any teach today try to teach civil right will be kicked out the club

  2. Benito Carmona on April 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Ferguson is everywhere, this time a camera was on site. Look at the guy with the broken neck in Baltimore….all because he was running while black. As that Latin song goes: “White man running? Athlete; black man running? Thug”. We have to come to terms that racism is back with a vengeance within police ranks across the country. Time for more education and a change in the curriculum of police academies. In Europe, for example, police are trained to shoot at the legs to disable but not kill. In the US they are trained to kill (and hope there is no one shooting video around).

  3. britishrose on May 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

    anyone wanting to contact me do so at [email protected]

    PROBLEM NUMBER 1 .. in our schools teachers are not allowed to teach about civil rights , and liberties .history for our kids is white history george washington , the bill of rights , clinton even ., but no teachings of slave history , harriet tubman , fredrick douglas or lincoln white kids hardly identify with any of these leaders … history is watered down in the mind .of children . a ghost of a pass that needs to be unburied ., we will never get to a day when white men see us as the human race … racism is a desease of the head .,
    all we can do is sit back and watch a new generation of children murdered 20 years from now it will be the same old two step … same politicians profiting off the backs of slaves most of their ancestors owned slaves .. . even obama relatives probably owned slaves. now they have a descendant of slaves running the white house how beautiful ….. now will they try to hide obama from thier children text books? they cant …. it would be hard as hell , he sets a monument the first black president the first black commander and chief of the usa .. haaa brilliant . i know we aint stupid we all saw how violent whites got once obama was in the house . we saw how they drew nasty photos and name called the first lady ..if barbera bush had been done that way heads would have rolled or laura bush even …. what does this type of behavior teach the kids of today? little boys are scared of police now …police need to get out in communities and show love to children . they are so bent on destruction from the head of the snake that they cant do that …. its really an organized crime to conspire to kill americans no matter the color ., monkey see monkey do ..
    the skinheads and kkk shake hands every day in the senate , at the police dept , in your bank , on board of directors for all the major companies whom dont want to employ black men . but give mexcan men all the jobs ….. no wonder the prisons are crowed, those drug dealer would not be there if they hadnt given up hope of someone being fair and offering them a job … doors slammed in their faces by racist who sit behind the desk and hire mexicans for american jobs .. huh …and turn around and call us lazy” to compensate for their doing …
    if we dont understand the roots of our history, and that we still in afight with no army: we will continue to be doormats to whites.
    racist whites ,, do i think all whites are prejudice ., no but the majority are the advocaries , the head of the snake. and i dont trust any of them . unless they are marching hand in hand with us