It’s difficult to pin a crime on an individual, when leaders of the group they belong to instruct their members to resist arrest, flee when told to halt, lie when questioned and steal whatever and whenever they can.
Human shields in Black communities have long been popular in the USA as a means to gain world attention for the purpose of addressing grievances. They just haven’t been called human shields.
When Black mothers and fathers, pastors and ministers, community and national leaders tell young Black people to run from cops, knowing they’ll get arrested or shot, then that’s not an actual suicide by cop. That’s the community throwing their own children in front of a loaded gun, hoping they get shot, so then the community leaders side by side with the parents can stand in front of the cameras and cry foul play to the rest of the world, for the purpose of gaining political capital.
That’s the primary reason why most non-blacks and others around the globe think that American Blacks don’t love their children.
Who could do that to one’s own child – for any amount of attention or personal or group gain – to use them in such a violent procedural game of war, a war they know in advance they can’t win?
But it isn’t the same as a real war where the youth of a nation go into military training with weapons, armor and strategies to stay alive while fighting the enemy that tries to invade their nation.
Israel sees Palestinians using their children in much the same way, and they come to the same conclusion: Palestinians don’t love their children.
These children aren’t equipped to defend themselves, the parents know it, but they sacrifice them any way.
Make the police kill one of our children and that will get us attention. Or, make Israeli soldiers kill one of our children and the world will make Israel give us back our land.
The family and the community are responsible for leading their own children to slaughter – for profit. That the children as a group blindly follow the orders of parents and pastors with terrorist tendencies, who would use them as their personal arsenal to effect social change needs to be looked at realistically and not through the prism of some snappy sound bites.
Homicide by pastor sounds more accurate than suicide by cop. The pastor didn’t pull the trigger, but he might as well have.