It’s so hard to watch the news anymore, especially right now. I always know that in the news, the police officer will always be touted as innocent, trying to protect the public from a dangerous Black Man (in this case, a Black boy). There will be interviews with the officer’s family. People will listen to whatever made-up bullshit the officer has to say to protect himself. And in the end, the officer will appear as more human, and will get a slap on the wrist. And that sickens me. The fact that an unarmed Black boy was gunned down and left in the street… And this guy is trying to make him look like a dangerous criminal? White privilege will let you get away with anything.
This is why social media is so important. It’s now that I’m seeing just how much the media is skewing everything to fit a different story, an alternate reality. I used to think social media was too unreliable, but it’s proving to be what is keeping me actually informed.