Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Don't Punish Me With Brutality

I don't like talking about race all the time. Sometimes, I intentionally post some light-hearted musings to avoid some heated issues of the day because like many, I'm too angry about them and I would like time to think objectively. But in the words of Marvin Gaye: "What's going on?"

So it was late last and this week of various police brutalities focused on black men regardless of status (actor Jeffery Wright being tasered while he was face down, a promising baseball player, Robbie Tolan shot in his Texas driveway and an unarmed 22-year old man shot and killed in Oakland).

The above video is with Wright along with Josh Brolin in New Orleans while filming the movie "W." Recently, the video was released and the charges were dropped against them (hmmm).

About Robbie Tolan (son of Hall of Fame Baseball player Bobby Tolan)was shot because of racial profiling - he lives in a predominately white neighborhood and the Police thought his SUV was stolen. Tolan is recovering from the hospital, we don't know if the same can be said of his career as a baseball player. But thank God he (the most important factor) survived.

The same could not be said of Oscar Grant (in the photo). An unarmed black man shot and killed by a Bart's cop. He was just 22 years old! The guy was already face down to the ground but the cop shot him anyway. And folks of a different race marvel at the outrage that took place in Oakland? They were ANGRY! That could be your brother! That could be your son!

You wonder why in a city (Oakland) on election night not one crime was committed but rather the streets were filled with jubilation because of a giant step forward in history. Only for two months later, to find out history hasn't really changed for them: they would rather be gunned down before asking questions. And the same streets filled with the promise of the future in November could show a people's anguish and outrage in January.

Tag: Police Brutality, Oscar Grant, Robbie Tolan