One of the strange things about scheduling something to post is that you never quite know what is going to erupt on those days you’ve designated a post to. Take the shooting of Michael Brown in a small Missouri city. I know that I am days and days late in commenting about this, but the thing that I have to say is rather short and to the point. Every time someone young and black gets shot there’s this scramble to question their history, what they were wearing, how they were talking and acting. It’s assumed, at least on some level, that they deserved it. Not in the way that anyone would have done the same thing, but more like the kind of thing where someone just says, “What do you expect?”
Does this sentiment sound familiar?
It should. It’s the same one that someone has when they tell rape victims that they should have known better than to get drunk at a party or to dress the way that they did. Questions about clothes and behavior are the same things the media and community and the prosecution ask when they’re taking time to further victimize the actual victim.
Society needs to seriously evaluate how it looks at black personhood and why they’re considered sub-human (because I believe that is the root of the issue) and society needs to look at women and why they are seen almost as property. The concerns of both groups need to be treated as if they matter and not just as if they’re people bitching needlessly. Until that happens, we can pretend we’re as civilized as we want to, but we really haven’t gotten that far.