After coming across this video yesterday (which was released last month) I pondered, is there such a thing as Black Innocence? I mean in between DWB (Driving while black), WWB (Walking while Black), FWB (Flying while black) and basically BBBW (being black while black), the innocent until proving guilty idea doesn’t really apply to us. This isn’t to say that we are all helpless victims with “the man’s” foot on our necks, because let’s be honest some of us not only bring it on ourselves but sometimes makes it harder for the rest of us.
See video below.
No, this is for those of us that are actually in the wrong place at the wrong time at the same time (“fitting a description”) or doing what they are suppose to be doing, but aren’t giving the same legal leeway as other nationalities are. Being gunned down while running un-armed towards police for help after a car crash, firing a warning shot just to scare an abusive ex-husband off, but not being able to use the stand your ground defense or an 8 year old shot in the face for what seems like nothing more than just playing tag, are all signs that we are not always given the same benefit of the doubt or that our lives don’t mean much.
So what do you think? For those of us that aren’t cutting the fool, but have still been victims of preconceived notions, sense of others entitlement and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, is there such a thing as Black Innocence?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.