My fourteen year old brother has a solo trip planned to come visit us here in MN and he doesn’t want to come anymore because he is afraid to travel (alone) lest he face a similar fate. He’s fourteen years old.
He doesn’t have his driver’s permit yet but tonight, we had to educate him on how he should act if he ever were to get pulled over by a police officer. Because statistics, and the events of the past few days tell him and us that more likely than not, being the color he is and encountering a police officer could end up fatal for him. Fourteen years old.
To those of you reading this and already rolling your eyes or thinking “calm down…” I ask you to stop. Stop with the “well he shouldn’t have…” or the “well he was no angel” or the “black on black crime” spiel. Do not redirect the discomfort of the truth.