Daunte Wright. When Does This Ever Stop?
The China Syndrome was a theory that if a nuclear power plant
experienced a critical mass melt-down, the energy of its out of
control core would simply keep on burning down and down through
the Earth’s core, headed for China. And here we now are with our
own racial inequality China Syndrome, with the slaughter of Daunte
Wright. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any lower, any
worse, yet another innocent Black life is snuffed out on the streets
of every-day America, by law enforcement either not fit for
purpose, out of control, or most likely both.
Daunte was twenty years old. Not even a third of three score year
and ten. And now he has forever gone, shot dead in the chest by a
police-woman who claims to have been reaching for her taser, not
her firearm. This murder was committed by one officer Kim Potter
of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police. She had been with that
particular force since 1995. That’s 26 years and some-how we are
supposed to accept that a “professional” of that service and stature
couldn’t make a determination between a taser and a firearm?
People, we have gone so far down the Alice in Wonder rabbit hole,
we too are doing our own version of the China Syndrome.
That the trial of Derek Chauvin is happening a mere ten miles away
from this latest atrocity just makes it an even more of a rancidly
racist pill to swallow. Little known fact – the motto of the state of
Minnesota is “L'etoile du Nord”, which translates as “the Star of the
North.” That’s great, except that it’s really not at all. Not now.
Maybe something like “If you’re Black and out and about, watch
Yet if only it was Minnesota that has had this anti-Black police
problem. As we all know, it is not. Far from it. Every day we wake
up, there is every likelihood that we will tune in or read about yet
another Black American being gunned down by a white American cop.
There is a lop-sided debate currently raging about whether or not
“white privilege” exists or not. That it clearly does is self-evident
to anyone with a semi-functioning mind. However, to clarify,
consider the following:
White American in his car gets stopped by a cop: “Damn, like I need
this. Late to work already and now I get a ticket on top of that.
What a day. At least I’m not going to get shot.”
Black American in his car gets stopped by a cop: “Damn, I may
actually, for real, get shot here. What a day. I could genuinely end
up being killed.”
American police forces across the country really need to have a
word with their public relations teams because on the basis of what
continues to emerge day after day, Black American death after
Black American death, their mission statements are increasingly
becoming stained with innocent blood red.
Yet if Kaepernick or James take a knee or make a social media
stance about such injustice, that is somehow reprehensible? How
does that work? After a Civil War? After a Civil Rights movement?
After the first Black President? Still, we are supposed to bend our
knees and tug our forelocks before these criminal cops and their
political backers across the length and breadth of this country of
supposed liberty? As preposterous as it is breath-taking.
Derek Chauvin needs to be sent down for LIFE. Kim
Potter needs to go for the same. Maybe she could take a prison
course in identifying the difference between a gun and a taser? The
underlying, still not defeated Confederacy, that underscores this
country, needs to be sent down for ever.
Daunte is another name, another face, and sadly another victim, of
white America’s incessant onslaught against its own Black people.
The vast majority of the Democratic party that say they will go to
war for the people that they proclaim to represent is a transparent
fallacy that not only do the majority of American people see
through, the rest of the world does too.
If America was a non-white, non-Western nation,
Its own State Department would long ago
have declared it to a be a racist, failed state, ripe for the
application of punishing international sanctions.
Can Black America endure much more? It shouldn’t have to. But if
needs be, it sure as hell will. We have Daunte, George and millions of
others on our side. You in comparison have nothing more than a
faded, jaded, hollowed out history of failure.