I keep reading all these articles about the Australian woman shot and killed in Minneapolis by police.
And it’s a terrible tragedy. My heart and condolences go out to the family of Justine Damond. No parent or spouse or child should ever have to wonder why the fuck a police officer would freak out and shoot their loved one for absolutely no cause.
That’s just it, though, isn’t it?
It’s taken a white woman who had called 911 as a witness to a potential crime getting mistakenly ( or intentionally, who knows) shot by a law enforcement individual sworn to protect her to enrage the community enough that people are losing their jobs. The Chief of Police has resigned. People are demanding that the mayor resign.
I guess its a good thing she was white or nobody would give a fuck, eh?
If it had been a black woman it probably would not have even made it in the news, because that fucking happens ALL THE TIME. We are almost desensitized to it. Or we make assumptions that she must have reached for a weapon or the officers had reason to fear for their own well being. They must have been justified somehow. Or we think that its an honest mistake.
If it had been a black woman we’d just have a bunch of black people from her community holding vigils and protesting. Grieving their loss and wondering how this could be happening over and over again and then a shit ton of police in riot gear would show up to keep the *peace* that they fucking broke to begin with.
But no. Thank God for Justine Damond being white. All it took was for a white woman to be the victim of the very same violence that black citizens have been subject to since forever for the city to be turned upside fucking down. Maybe it opened people’s eyes enough for them to experience the outrage of a human being who has no intention of doing harm getting killed by a trigger happy police force. Now a white girl got killed so some heads are rolling. There is an appropriate and much needed reaction happening and real investigations happening into the behaviour and the culture of policing in that city.
And although I’m sure it isn’t any consolation to Justine Diamond’s family, maybe her death will have a purpose. Maybe there will be some justice for her. Maybe her death will help to change these bullshit scenarios of police violence in the US.
Maybe it will be a step in the right direction.
But I’m not holding my breath.