Tamir (1:50) by Mumia Abu-Jamal



10/11/15 © ’15 Mumia Abu-Jamal



Question: When is a child not a child?


Answer:    When it’s a Black child.


That question and answer came to me when I heard that the police killing of 12 – year- old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, was ruled “justified” by two so-called ‘independent’ boards of inquiry recently.


The cop was justified, they ruled, because he saw a gun.




Did it matter that the gun was a toy?


Or that Tamir was a boy?


No. Both facts were declared irrelevant.


And a beautiful Black boy is dead.


What kind of system is this, where a child’s life can be so easily, so utterly, dismissed?


What kind of country is this, where this can happen?

For almost a year, state forces dithered around the case. Now they have issued their cold, leaden decision:


No biggie.


The cop was scared.


It’s justified.




What’s next? Killing pregnant women? Pregnant Black women- who are suspected of birthing Black boys?


In the name of protocol; in the name of tradition; in the cold name of fear; children are killed, so that killer cops can feel safe.


If this be the system supported by Black taxes and Black votes, then such a system must be abolished)


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