Perspectives on Race

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Wallet or a Gun: The difference isn’t rocket science

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While on youtube I found a clip about various incidents in which African Americans were shot by police officers because they were thought to be holding a gun. Among the items they were actually holding was a wallet, a spatula, and a candy bar. While the clip is wuite hilarious, it is also depressing to realize that these were real people who died for nothing. It’s a bit long, but more than worth the watch.


Written by mzlisarenee

April 11, 2010 at 4:55 am

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  1. This is so sad because it’s a senseless killing by ironically the authority figures whon are supposed to protect and serve. Also some of those items are just ridiculous. What’s more disturbing is alot of the times these cops get off with this crime. When people accidently kill others they definetly have to pay for their consequences but when cops do it they just go through the motions and miss the proper price they are supposed to pay.


    April 13, 2010 at 2:37 am

  2. I remember seeing some of these stories on the news. It is flat out racial profiling. How can you mistake a wallet for a gun? come on mow. THEY WERE SHOT BECAUSE THEY WERE BLACK!! It is really sad that a 17 year old boy got shot because of a the officer “thought” he saw a gun. What is America come to.This is why it gets me mad when people say that blacks are overreacting to racism. Obviously not..since you can be shot for holding a spatula.


    April 13, 2010 at 11:45 pm

  3. Ok I’m really sorry but that was hilarious. It’s really sad that a man had to go through these measures to get police to understand their point. And while they all looked annoyed and even infuriated, something tells me that officers in New York are going to think twice and maybe three times before they open fire on an African American person.


    April 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm

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