Philando Castile, I’m Sorry.

I’m sorry that we live in a country where your life means less.

I’m sorry we hold police officers on a pedestal and acquit murderers.

I’m sorry your right to bear arms is not actually a right at all.

I’m sorry Diamond and her child were forced to witness the seven gun shots and the horror afterwards.

I’m sorry you did everything right, and still got killed.

I’m sorry your lady even felt the need to live stream a traffic stop at all, I’m sorry that this was your reality.

I’m sorry the NRA is not outraged by your story.

I’m sorry America has failed your race, I’m sorry this is even about race but we all know it is.

I’m sorry for your mother’s loss.

I’m sorry your family and friends had to sit through a trial, only to have a jury hand down zero punishment.

I’m sorry there are ignorant people who justify your death.

I’m sorry you were pulled over 49 times in your short lifespan.

I’m sorry that I cannot begin to understand what your people go through on a day-to-day basis.

I’m sorry for the choices the officer made.

I’m sorry Diamond’s daughter will forever remember that a person who is supposed to protect and serve took your life, right in front of her eyes.

I’m sorry for the emotional scars that will forever be in your place.

I’m sorry that my apologies and sympathy can’t do more.

I’m sorry America is moving backward.

I’m sorry that being a stand-up citizen wasn’t enough.

What does a black person need to do, to not get shot?

RIP, Philando.

Seriously, STFU: All Lives Matter

Would you go to a cancer walk and feel the need to tell people that MS is also a disease?

Psst… Just so you know, Alzheimer’s matters too.

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For those of you preaching a sermon about us all being one race – the human race – please, wake up. While technically yes, we are all part of the human race and it’s a pleasant idea that we’re all granted the same opportunities…but we’re not and that’s the problem.

When did you all become so passionate, anyway?

I couldn’t help but notice that most of you who are vocalizing your right to matter too were silent after Philando Castile and Alton Sterling’s lives were taken, yet after police were murdered in Dallas a bunch of folks seemed to be offended that there wasn’t quite enough outrage over the police officer casualties – because not only do all lives matter – blue lives matter too. Obviously blue lives matter because everyone knows that a cop killer wouldn’t go free.

There is a difference between what happened in Dallas and what happened to Alton and Philando.

If one morning an officer is putting on his uniform and feels afraid he has the right, and the ability, to walk away from the profession. In no way, shape or form am I implying that since they knew the risk involved that it is less of a tragedy, I’m simply trying to put it in perspective. Black men are afraid and there is nothing they can do about it except stick together, support each other and hope they don’t end up at the wrong place at the wrong time.

You can smear All Lives Matter across your Facebook wall but that doesn’t change the fact that last night, tonight and tomorrow there are black mothers who are going to sit down with their sons before bed and have a discussion that I can’t begin to comprehend. I am not able to wrap my head around it because of something called, white privilege and if you want to pretend it isn’t real – I regret to inform you that you’re living in a fantasy world.

If you truly believe that all lives matter, prove it. Proclaiming that your race matters too is greedy as fuck. Let them have this – this is not about you, white people.

The ignorant arguments that are floating around this madness imply that there’s a higher chance that the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were justified rather than assume a police officer made the wrong choice.

Is a cop more innocent until proven guilty than the black guy he just killed?

I’m just wondering, is that because he had special training and took an oath to protect and serve? Meanwhile, the Bahamas issued a travel advisory warning their citizens to be wary of our cops…[“Young males are asked to exercise extreme caution.”]

Stop talking about black-on-black crime, stop talking about their criminal records (or lack thereof), stop using the word thug and for the love of God, please stop talking about us all being part of the same race while spewing this garbage.

I believe if Alton and Philando were young white men they would still be alive – end of story. That is why the Black Lives Matter movement is important and that is why they don’t need to share it with anyone else.

All Lives Matter? Seriously, STFU.

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