Endangered Species

Once again I can’t sleep.  I’m not sure if the cause this time is the regular insomnia or anxiety.  You see my son lives in Charlotte, NC.  My 25-year-old son.  My son who looks very similar to Jonathan A Ferrell aged 24 who will never see age 25.  Jonathan A. Ferrell, the former FAMU football player, who survived a car accident that was so severe, authorities said he would’ve had to climb through the back window to escape.  Jonathan Ferrell, who, after surviving a severe car accident from which he had to climb through the back window and walk about half a mile to the nearest home for help.  Jonathan Ferrell who, after having survived a severe accident from which he had to climb through the back window walk about half a mile to the nearest home for help, knocked desperately on the door only to have it slammed in his face.  Jonathan A. Ferrell, who after having survived a severe accident from which he had to climb through the back window, walk about half a mile to the nearest home for help, knock desperately only to have the door slammed in his face by a white woman who felt threatened, and called 911, reported that a man was trying to break into her house.  Once the police arrive on the scene, they see Ferrell coming toward them and attempted to stop him with a tasergun.(  I’m not sure how they were unsuccessful but) as he continued to advance, officer Randall Kerrick opened fire, shooting Ferrell 10 times and ending his life.  Being the word nerd that I am i understand how the use of words in the case was an attempt to make the shooting sound justified.  For instance, one account in an AP article says that he knocked on the door viciously.  The police report uses the word charged to describe his  movement toward them.  This is every black mother’s worst fear.  This is the reason that we teach our sons specific rules of engagement when dealing with white people, specifically white women and police. Please understand, I don’t blame this woman for being alarmed having been awakened from her sleep early in the morning by a knock at the door from an unknown man.  However, after listening to the 911 tape, I have to conclude that this is another case of racial profiling.  This white woman was awakened by a knock at the door early in the morning by a black man and assumed that he was trying to break into her house. ( Do burglars knock?  I don’t know I’ve never been robbed.)  Today, another black mother has her heart torn into a million pieces because a white person felt threatened.  Already social media is abuzz with the hate mongers saying “they must be leaving something out”.  No they’re not leaving anything out.  They’re adding things in to try to make it seem like this young man, only 24 years old, who looks very much like my own son, was a threat.  He was just trying to get help because he had survived a severe accident from which he had to climb through the back window to escape, walk about half a mile to the nearest house  for help only to have the door slammed in his face, and then be shot 10 times by a police officer attempting to protect white southern womanhood. How many of our sons will have to die this way before racial profiling stops?  As the saying goes when you assume you make and ass of you and me.

I can’t help but wonder how the woman who called 911 feels about all this…

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~ by Diva2de on September 18, 2013.

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