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

out”?


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 relati