Dear Black People, You Will Not ‘Good Person’ Your Way Out Of Racism

A few years ago, I wrote a blog titled, “The Inconvenient Victim,” about a young Black man named Stephon Clark. Stephon Clark was a 22-year-old Black man who was killed in the back of his grandmother’s home by the Sacramento police. Clark’s name instantly became yet another name in the long list of Black men, women and children who have been killed by the police. As news of Clark’s death spread throughout the nation, so did revelations of the disparaging comments he made about Black women. I labeled Clark the inconvenient victim. While many people disagreed with me, I stood firm — I do not get to choose the victim when fighting injustice. Every victim of police brutality will not be a perfect victim.

And so we find ourselves with Jonathan Price, a 31-year-old Black man, killed by Shaun Lucas, a 22-year-old white officer who had only been on the police force for six months before the fatal encounter with Price. According to The Washington Post, Jonathan was trying to break up a fight at the Kwik Chek, a local convenience store in Texas. Officers received a call about a “possible fight in progress.” Eyewitnesses said, “When Lucas arrived around 8:24 p.m., Price offered a handshake and asked him multiple times, ‘You doing good?’” according to a publicly released affidavit written by Texas Ranger investigator Laura Simmons. Price apologized for broken glass on the ground (presumably from a bottle of juice Price dropped), saying that someone tried to “wrap me up.” Lucas told the investigator that he believed Price was intoxicated. According to the affidavit, he tried to detain him, and Price responded, “I can’t be detained” and resisted, prompting Lucas to pull out his Taser. While being Tased, Price continued to walk toward Officer Lucas,” Simmons wrote. “Price appeared to reach out and grab the end of Officer Lucas’ Taser.” Lucas fired his gun four times, Simmons wrote, hitting Price in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.”

A social media post by Jonathan Price.

In minutes Jonathan Price’s name joined the chorus of names shouted worldwide as America faces a racial pandemic.

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