Eric Garner & Other Black Men Killed In Police Custody philton4 January 12, 2018 Black Lives Matter Your browser does not support iframes. We’ve been here before and we’re extremely tired. Over the course of the last month, NewsOne was forced to revisit our gallery that lists the shooting deaths of Black men killed during police encounters, to add the names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, while also documenting the two-year anniversary of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The men in this gallery died in predominantly Black cities across the nation like Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Staten Island, and Ferguson, hundreds of miles apart. But the aftermath surrounding their legacies fulfills a similar narrative. We rally and march in their honor. Fight and advocate on TV and social media for the need to validate Black lives. Legislators and pundits debate taking action or waiting for more information. Administrative leaves are placed on the officers involved and in some cases, indictments reign down. It’s too early to tell if the officers involved in Sterling and Castile’s shootings will be brought to justice, but in most cases of the men listed here, the officers were allowed to walk. Sterling and Garner’s families wait for the conclusion of DOJ Civil Rights Division investigations, while Castile’s family and friends recently called for the DOJ to step in. In Brown’s case, a grand jury declined to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson, but an investigation by the DOJ uncovered years of racially biased enforcement against Ferguson’s Black citizens. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for Black Americans. A suffocation from repeatedly watching death unfold in living color. A stark reality remains that no one has a clear set of solutions: Do we blame Black America and tirelessly dismantle the theory behind Black on Black violence? Should we start with our broken education system? Do we re-examine our legislatures and the laws? What about blaming the media and a lack of diverse, positive representation? Do we call on celebrities to speak out? Do we dismantle the police and advocate for community policing? Nicholas Kristoff offers an important caveat in his most recent New York Times article titled, “A History of White Delusion”: “A starting point is for us whites to wake from our ongoing mass delusions, to recognize that in practice black lives have not mattered as much as white lives, and that this is an affront to values that we all profess to believe in.” A 2016 report by the Pew Research Center on the state of race relations shows a lengthy gap between Whites and Blacks; 88 percent of Blacks said the country has far to go before Whites and Blacks will be viewed as equal, while 53 percent of Whites agree. Forty three percent of Blacks doubt needed changes will occur, while only 11 percent of Whites feel skeptical. In a separate study, the Center examined the imperative divide that exists when it comes to attitudes towards the police within America. According to a 2015 report, 71 percent of Whites said Blacks and Whites are treated equally, while 36 percent of Blacks agree. As police shootings become a difficult standard to accept, this number reflects that the majority of the country is off tone with what is really happening in Black America. One of the most important things that will turn the tide are non-Black allies who aren’t afraid to discuss and reject and dismantle White privilege. They must also not fear saying “Black Lives Matter,” with an understanding that an invisible “only” doesn’t exist. The denial and silence, along with institutional policies along state and federal levels, keep us mired down, unable to accomplish the change we desperately need. “Fatigued” is not a strong enough verb to describe our sentiment. The word “enough,” hasn’t ended the senseless murders. The men in the below gallery were fathers, like Sterling, Brown, and Castile. They were brothers and sons. Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin were children. Others, like Akai Gurley, were killed for walking down a stairwell, or like Jonathan Ferrell, shot because they asked for help. The nation cannot withstand one more Black life taken this way. Not one more. SOURCE: The New York Times, Pew Research Center SEE ALSO: #SayHerName: 22 Black Women Who Died During Encounters With Law Enforcement Do Black Lives Matter To The NRA? 41 Black Men & Youths Who Were Killed By Police 41 photos Launch gallery 1. Anthony Lamar Smith, 24 Source:Getty 1 of 41 2. Ramarley Graham, 18 Source:Getty 2 of 41 3. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31 Source:Getty 3 of 41 4. Trayvon Martin, 17 Source:Getty 4 of 41 5. Wendell Allen, 20 Source:Getty 5 of 41 6. Kendrec McDade, 19 Source:Getty 6 of 41 7. Larry Jackson Jr., 32 Source:Getty 7 of 41 8. Jonathan Ferrell, 24 Source:Getty 8 of 41 9. Jordan Baker, 26 Source:Getty 9 of 41 10. Victor White lll, 22 Source:Getty 10 of 41 11. Dontre Hamilton, 31 Source:Getty 11 of 41 12. Eric Garner, 43 Source:Getty 12 of 41 13. John Crawford lll, 22 Source:Getty 13 of 41 14. Michael Brown, 18 Source:Getty 14 of 41 15. Ezell Ford, 25 Source:Getty 15 of 41 16. Dante Parker, 36 Source:Getty 16 of 41 17. Kajieme Powell, 25 Source:Getty 17 of 41 18. Laquan McDonald, 17 Source:Getty 18 of 41 19. Akai Gurley, 28 Source:Getty 19 of 41 20. Tamir Rice, 12 Source:Getty 20 of 41 21. Rumain Brisbon, 34 Source:Getty 21 of 41 22. Jerame Reid, 36 Source:Getty 22 of 41 23. Charly Keunang, 43 Source:Getty 23 of 41 24. Tony Robinson, 19 Source:Getty 24 of 41 25. Walter Scott, 50 Source:Getty 25 of 41 26. Freddie Gray, 25 Source:Getty 26 of 41 27. Brendon Glenn, 29 Source:Getty 27 of 41 28. Samuel DuBose, 43 Source:Getty 28 of 41 29. Christian Taylor, 19 Source:Getty 29 of 41 30. Jamar Clark, 24 Source:Getty 30 of 41 31. Mario Woods, 26 Source:Getty 31 of 41 32. Quintonio LeGrier, 19 Source:Getty 32 of 41 33. Gregory Gunn, 58 Source:Getty 33 of 41 34. Akiel Denkins, 24 Source:Getty 34 of 41 35. Alton Sterling, 37 Source:Getty 35 of 41 36. Philando Castile, 32 Source:Getty 36 of 41 37. Terrence Sterling, 31 Source:Getty 37 of 41 38. Terence Crutcher, 40 Source:Getty 38 of 41 39. Keith Lamont Scott, 43 Source:Getty 39 of 41 40. Alfred Olango, 38 Source:Getty 40 of 41 41. Jordan Edwards, 15 Source:Getty 41 of 41 Source link Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.