His energy ran low and he collapsed outside of the community church. Completely out of breath, Brooklyn looked up at the distinguished steeple and screamed at the top of his lungs, “Why don’t you help us! Why don’t you come back and help us!” – excerpt from An Angry World
Shooting Death of Philando Castile Marks A National Epidemic
Falcon Heights Minnesota
by Kendall F. Person
Everything about this one was wrong, even this sentence. So many shootings of Black men in America by officers of the law who are sworn to protect and serve, occurring so often, that we now have frames of references. So openly violent, that if not for the entirety of the gripping and ultimately tragic video – the voice of the little girl, the darkness which amplified the sound, the epic breakdown of an incredibly strong woman, who held it together and broadcast her plight to the whole wide world – news of another shooting would have been garden variety and not even noticed outside of the famed Twin Cities in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
And please, not in Minnesota, perhaps the most welcoming state and above the fray of all 50 of the United States of America. Not to a former honor student. Not to a working man. Not in front of a 4 year old little girl. Not for a bad headlight. Not for doing exactly what the officer of the law asked him to do. And not with a precision of hate so absolute, that he continued to point his gun directly at a human being as he lay dying, then dead.
It has long since been beyond the imagination. Ferguson and Baltimore exposed the systematic ‘fire away’ mentality that has been allowed to spread across our nation. It was never a coincidence, no matter how us hold outs tried to believe it was. It is not remorseful or accidental nor was the shooter in actual fear of their lives. He shot him dead after a routine traffic stop and never stood down even after Philando Castile was dead. The officer was at war. And the 4 year old little girl’s lifetime of ghosts be damned.
The culture of hatred spewed from our elected officials has saturated the country. It has poisoned the well. We are one nation, that is tearing itself apart. And we are watching it and we wave our flags and say we love our nation and yet we care so little about it, that we no longer even try to stop it. Who do we think we are? Do we actually believe that God Almighty is pleased? Do we actually think, the rest of the world inhales it as normal and sane for a super power to implode and then sell it days later like “Oh well.” Do we actually believe that we are creating a better land for future generations? They see us. They hear us. And they will become us only worse.
This was wrong and yet this is real. And this national epidemic has to have our full attention. On all levels. In every community.In education, in policy, in training, in family. Together. For united we stand or divided we are doomed to living in angry world of our own creation.