by Joannie on October 26, 2014 - 11:35am
The article Killing of John Crawford: Injustice for all. By Jesse Williams from the CNN published October 1, 2014 demonstrates the whites views on black people how they are mostly dangerous and killers. This false accusation could lead to killing. In this article John Crawford was a black men shot by a white cop Ronald Ritchie, who assumed false assumption about the black men. The police officer said he was pointing a gun to children’s and he was loading it. Crawford was in Wal-Mart in the toy section where the seen was taken from surveillance video and there is no sign of Crawford loading a gun or even pointing it at anyone. When Ritchie called 911 he lied on his statement, he should of known better because he knows that assumption about black are often wrong. When the police saw Crawford they shot him immediately, letting him no chance of defense. In Ohio it is legal to carry a gun. Ritchie assumption on blacks, clearly false assumption is what made him choose to shoot John Crawford.
As we have been studying in class, stereotypes are made everyday, Assumptions also but when is it going to stop leading to killing. John Crawford was killed for doing no crime. Crawford had just the right wardrobe, size to make Ritchie feel unsafe. As Jesse Williams mention it is not the first time a black men is kill because of false accusation. We get this idea from the movies, the media we see the black men reach into his pocket for his phone and the cop shots him non-stop, because they feel in danger. This has happen so many times, the white use this as a sort of privilege. This article was really good to demonstrate the injustice also the example he uses. If it were to be anyone else like a kid playing with a toy gun and pretending to shoot never would of the police felt in danger and the need to shot. He also uses the example of the old lady and leaving her bag on the bench and someone calling the authorities to say it was a bomb. Williams has a good point when he mentions, “Being a police officer can be very dangerous. Incidentally, so can being black in America. Time and time again when law enforcement engages African Americans, they skip the protocol and get right to the violence”. This is what happens to Crawford and many other black men who were killed by white officers for their wrong assumption on blacks. I can’t believe that this police officer was not charged especially after mentioning that in Ohio it is a crime to make false alarms. He clearly made a call to the police and lied and the surveillance video had all the evidence that Crawford was not in the wrong. I approve with Jesse William comment “There is no moral or legal justification for Crawford’s death at 22”. It is the sad truth as we continue to see in class that this is and still will happen, they die innocently while criminals are running the streets they are just not what they call “fitting the description” they are not from a minority group. This article from Jesse Williams was a very strong article the facts where relevant and the example uses made you understand. It is disappointing to see that false alarms lead to killing and still will.
CNN. (2014, October 01). Killing of John Crawford: Injustice for all. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/30/opinion/williams-crawford-walmart-killing/index.html?iref=allsearch