Kimani Gray's Death: Racism or Delinquency?
Kimani Gray's Death Was Labeled as Racism, but I Disagree
Three months after America was outraged that a teen boy shot and killed 20 young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, another teen boy allegedly pointed a gun at two police officers with the intent to kill.
Kimani Gray, 16, was shot and killed seven times by two New York police officers in East Flatbush, Brooklyn after he pointed a gun at them. Instead of labelling this teen boy as a juvenile delinquent who should not have a gun, residents have responded with anger.
They are angry because they claim the shooting was racially motivated and because some of the bullets hit the rear part of Gray's body: his rear left shoulder and the back of his thighs. However, two witnesses to the shooting said that the police officers told Gray, Don't move" and another witness said that they told Gray to "freeze."
However, Gray did not follow their orders and was shot seven times.
While a vigil was held, some residents rioted and even tried to destroy a Rite Aid store. Their actions have led to at least 46 arrests.
This scenario is not unique: a black person gets shot and killed by police and people say it is racism. New York has had its moments of police officers killing unarmed men like Sean Bell, but not every shooting death by a police officer is racism, esp. since the majority of police officers are white.
I lived in New York and I know that it is safe, but I have also never lived anywhere that was unsafe and made me feel like I needed to carry a gun. Nonetheless, the civil rights movement did not happen so people can say that everything is racism. As a black person, this upsets me because a black athlete can get caught doing steroids and get punished, but people will still claim racism.
In the shooting death of Kimani Gray, racism is being used as an excuse for poor parenting. Why didn't Gray's parents teach him about respecting the law and obeying police officers? Why didn't they teach him not to point guns at police officers? These are the questions that need to be addressed. Maybe instead of destroying a Rite Aid store, black people can have a town hall meeting and discuss how to guide young black boys and even young boys so they do not end up dead or in jail.