A black magazine argued that it makes sense that black people are not concerned about the recent police shooting of an Australian woman.
The Monday Root article, “I Understand Why Some Black People Couldn’t Care Less About Justine Damond” maintained that it can be hard for the black community to have sympathy for Justine Damond, a white police shooting victim, when society doesn’t treat black police victims the same way.
“Damond is receiving compassion, and rightfully so. But what about us? Why can’t society hurt for us as it does for Damond? The answer is simple: America has told black Americans, ‘Fuck you since 1619 Jamestown’ because our black skin does not register in white America’s psyche as worthy of mourning,” author Terrell Jermaine Starr wrote.
Starr argued that there is a difference in the way the city of Minneapolis handled the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black gun owner, and Damond, a white woman shot July 15 after calling the cops about a potential sexual assault outside her house. The city seemed to rally behind Damond after the shooting, Starr wrote. (RELATED:Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns Following Shooting Of Unarmed Australian Woman)
“Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges wrote in a blog post that the shooting ‘should not have happened.’ The city’s police chief resigned. Damond’s family lawyer, who also worked with the family of Philando Castile to get a settlement in his death in Falcon Heights, Minn., last year, said that Damond was ‘the most innocent victim’ of a cop shooting he had ever seen. Fox 26 Houston even posted an emotional message on its Facebook page memorializing her death,” Starr wrote.
It’s understandable for black people to not care about the Damond shooting because most black victims aren’t treated the same as Damond has been treated, Starr said.
“It’s a perfectly reasonable reaction. Black Americans are a heartbroken people, and some of us no longer have the capacity to express grief beyond our race. That’s not black people’s fault. That’s what unchecked white supremacy can do to its victims,” Starr wrote.
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