Tamir (1:50) by Mumia Abu-Jamal

10/12/15

TAMIR

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.

 

Period.

 

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.

 

Next.

 

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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