Ways the Media and Police Justify the Killing of Unarmed Black People

There is a prevailing notion in this country that when an unarmed black person is shot by the police, there must have been a valid reason. In the spirit of fairness, it doesn't even have to be at the hands of the police. Black victims are routinely put on trial in the media with an unspoken but clear suggestion that they deserved what they got. Here is a rundown of some of the reasons unarmed black people deserved to die.

That toy gun looked real

The hoodie made him look suspicious

He sold marijuana

He smoked marijuana at some point in his life

Marijuana made him crazy

There are pictures of him making "gang signs"

She shoplifted from Wal-Mart

He wore a grill sometimes

He was committing a petty crime

She was intoxicated

He was jaywalking

He was playing loud music

He kinda looked like that other guy

He was a graffiti artist

He accidentally startled a cop

His wallet looked like a gun

She was bipolar and schizophrenic

He had a juvenile record

He touched his waist area

She was double parked and her cell phone looked like a gun

No one is suggesting that black Americans are saints who never commit crimes or do things that call for police action. But I have to say, it sure is funny how many actions become a death sentence when a black person is the one doing them.

Image by Jim Cooke