On July 7, I awoke to watch the video of a young black man dying in his car after being shot multiple times by a law enforcement officer.
Yet again, social media reveals what people of color have repeatedly been saying is a reality they live with daily.
Racial bias exists within the police force and it is exhibited in the murder of young black men and women.
Racial bias exists within the police force and it is exhibited in the lack of accountability for the officers who perpetuate this murder.
Racial bias exists within this country whose economic foundation was based on the extermination of indigenous people and the forced labor of enslaved people kidnapped from Africa.
The cry “Black Lives Matter” is accused of being anti-police. Nothing could be further from the truth. “Black Lives Matters” is a statement railing against bad policing practices that led to the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and so many, many others.
How many times must a smart phone capture deadly racial bias before those of us who are white awaken to the truth that all lives will matter only when black lives matter?
Tim Kutzmark, Fresno