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Fear vs. Justice: One more Black man down

SUSAN K. SMITH | 4/9/2018, 11:21 a.m.
Stephon Clark, a 22-year old African American father of two, is dead – police having shot at him 20 times, ...

How is it that the officers who shot Clark were afraid for their lives? He was running away from them. The report Friday said he only turned after he had been shot.

The “investigation” spectacle is not going to assuage any feelings of anger and frustration. It is a superficial exercise that police all over this country put in place to quell protests from angry family and community members. The goal of police departments in cases like this is too often to save the police officers, no matter what.

And they’re pretty successful at it.

But this continuous disrespect and disregard for young lives is too much to bear. Each shooting takes the oxygen out of the air of affected families and community activists who courageously and tenaciously fight the system that allows state-sanctioned murders to continue basically undisturbed.

Black people are no longer property; Black people are humans with feelings and emotions, goals and dreams, hope and faith. Black people are human beings who, despite systemic conditions that makes it hard to live dignified lives, deserve dignity.

Black people’s lives count. This society does not get that, understand that or apparently believe that.

Another Black man down is of no consequence or concern to far too many people. But the blood of all these slain is crying from their graves. Truth, crushed to the ground, will rise, and the truth of the corruption which is caused by white supremacy will rise again and again until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Rev. Dr. Susan K Smith is available to preach, and give workshops or hold seminars on the issue of how religion and politics have been ineffective in destroying racism. She is working on a book on the subject at this time. To book her, visit revsuekim@sbcglobal.net, or visit http://www.crazyfaithministries.org.