Ah, if only we could look away from all those who cry, “I can’t Breathe.” But we can’t. We mustn’t. Jonathan Capehart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and member of the Washington Post editorial board, writes about politics and social issues. His recent editorial in the Post was titled: “Being Black in America is Exhausting.” As the white grandmother of four biracial young men, let me tell you what else it is. It’s terrifying.
I’m confident Capehart would agree with me. He says “‘Tired doesn’t just refer to the trauma of the Derek Chauvin trial or seeing replays of the video of the former Minneapolis police officer killing George Floyd. Nor does “tired” just refer to seeing Daunte Wright being shot by a Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer after being pulled over because of an air freshener dangling from his rearview mirror, as his mother has said. Or because of expired tags, as the police said. No, “tired” is all of that, plus whatever personal trauma we carry with us.”
I Can’t Breathe
According to the New York Times, since the Chauvin trial began on March 29, more than three people a day have died at the hands of law enforcement. Blacks and Latinos represent more than half of the dead. Let me be clear. I write mystery thrillers, and in every one of my fourteen series, the heroes are cops, special agents, Fibbies etc. etc. I have a team of law enforcement consultants who help me keep my books accurate and realistic. They represent the true heroes in uniform who spend their lives protecting us. These professionals also are the first to say that the Derek Chauvins’ and Kim Potters’ (and any other cop who ignores “I can’t breathe”) have no place in the police force they honorably serve. They also are the first to say that we need to dramatically rethink policing in this challenged world of ours.
Now that the verdict is in, please tell me that perhaps, just maybe…we’ll never have to hear I can’t breathe again.
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