I thought that I had made a grievous error when I awoke this morning to reports that Philando Castile had been murdered by a ‘law enforcement officer’ in Minnesota while sitting inside of his vehicle with his girlfriend and his child. My mind was a bit confused because I had just written about this story, however, the deceased name was Alton Sterling; I mused to myself, how could I have made such an error? Not only did I get the name wrong, but I also apparently got the entire context around the murder incorrect.
I now realize that I was confused, however, not for the reasons that I was thinking. My commentary yesterday was correct, Alton Sterling had been murdered by two so-called ‘law enforcement officers’ who pinned him down and then pumped numerous bullets into his body in front of a crowd of African-American on-lookers who were apparently paralyzed by fear as they did nothing to aid the brother. My aforementioned statement regarding confusion flows from the fact that I apparently refused to believe that so-called ‘law enforcement officers’ would kill yet another brother so quickly.
As I am certain that you have heard Philando Castile was riding in a vehicle with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and what appears to be their child when he was stopped for some reason by officers.
Reynolds can be heard saying on video that the officer “asked him for license and registration. He told him that it was in his wallet, but he had a pistol on him because he’s licensed to carry. The officer said don’t move. As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times.”
A distraught Reynolds is heard on video saying “Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him! You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”
The video also shows a uniformed police officer holding a pistol on the couple from outside the car. The officer can be heard saying, “I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand out.”
I have repeatedly heard that “we are at war” with law enforcement officers from many of my revolutionary minded brethren and sisters. I vehemently disagree with that contention. I definitively state that “we are NOT at war.” We are being hunted and killed by a hyper-aggressive enemy whose bloodthirst apparently will never be satisfied. It is beyond time for ALL African-Americans to arm themselves, as is their Constitutional Right, and be prepared to use those weapons to protect themselves and their loved ones. In the words of O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, “I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.”
Stop looking for this daily slaughter to subside, it never will; at least not until you do something definitive about it. Continue to pray about it if you so choose, however, keep in mind that faith without works is dead. Stop being meek lamb and allowing these wolves to issue unbridled attacks without any consequences attached to their actions. It is time that we revert back to the old-school admonishment that “you gotta bring some to get some.”
©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016