Since when did the significance of someone’s death become a matter of race? Better yet, when did it become necessary to comment on whose death deserves more political recognition after it becomes publicly known? There are some who are disappointed with our President for making a statement about the death of Robin Williams before making a statement about the death of Michael Brown. For those who look like ‘us’, and feel most impacted by the latter’s death, I can see how this could make them feel some type of way. But the last time I checked, death is death.
I don’t see why the timing or how long it took to make a statement should be a priority, when both families were left to bury a loved one. Why question the sincerity of the POTUS when he gave (what I believed to be) a heart-felt statement about the tragedy of a family burying a child? He disrespected ‘us’ by acknowledging the death of someone outside of his race before releasing a statement about the death of someone within his own race? Is that really a fair assessment?
True indeed, the issues that led to each death are on opposite totems. If the causes of death is your beef; be enraged over the fact that our president has failed to address an issue in America that has warranted widespread publicity long before the death of Michael Brown. Be enraged at his failure to address the killings of other young black men who are slain by crooked law enforcement, daily. Instead of addressing the issue at hand, people are questioning his ‘blackness’, or how ‘down’ he is, merely because he acknowledged two recent deaths out of the correct racial order. Although the way these individuals died raises awareness to separate issues (race relations included); death itself is universal. It knows no color lines, and neither does the grief that follows.
Keep this in mind: Violence happens every day. Each and every family that has lost someone to violence deserves condolences. Compassion should be extended to anyone impacted by death, whether it’s due to military combat, black on black crime, or police on black crime. Realistically, the POTUS probably had political reasons for not immediately addressing the death of Michael Brown. But does that mean the family and fans of Robin Williams don’t deserve public acknowledgement and respect? Don’t they reserve the right to mourn over his suicide? Regardless of how an individual dies, shouldn’t everyone impacted have that right?
If it was your loved one, would it matter who received the President’s condolences first?
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