|Lebron can't save you|
That is a horrible situation but the 1st thing that came to my mind was why, in the current state of affairs that we live in, would black parents allow their child to be outside by himself with a bb gun? We know that the police and nuts like George Zimmerman are lynching us. It shouldn't be like that but it is. No father around, that is too bad. The mother cannot criticize another man for a situation that she allowed her own child to be placed in.
I think black people try to put pressure on celebrities to take the pressure off of themselves to actually do something about the situation we are collectively in. Granted the athletes do have power & influence, but that is shameful to look to anyone outside of your own household to speak up for or do anything else for your own family. With that said, its a huge slap in the face that the officer is not even behind bars for murder.
|Just because he wore a mask doesn't mean he's a superhero|
This doesn't let the cop off the hook but Tamir Rice's mom dropped the ball and had him growing up in a fucked up situation. She had several children with different baby daddies and Tamir's father apparently was not in the boy's life. Basically, they weren't model parents and that is not the proper situation to prepare a Black child for growing up in an increasingly hostile environment in America. It's not their fault that the cop was a racist bastard and a criminal, but it's not cool for Tamir's mother to try to shift the blame to Lebron James for not speaking out on the death of her son. She should have known how racist this society is and that it is dangerous in this climate for a Black child to walk around with a pellet gun by himself.
Nobody is ready for that discussion. Point the fingers in every direction but at yourself for problems in your own household. That's like trying to shave a mirror instead of your own face.
Are we really surprised by this horrible murder? In America, the first "Police/Sheriff” squad was founded after slavery ended in the South. The police, were not about equal protection of the people then or now. For the most part, sheriff became the new title for what previously was known as the overseer. The police were about keeping Blacks oppressed and whites safe. The slavecatchers became police officers with a task to keep Blacks in their place. That place being at the bottom of the social structure of this great nation.