The problem with white America and shooting brown people and demonizing us is that NONE of us can ever be free from scrutiny.
Some of y’all that know me, if I ever got shot and kilt by a cop, I have shit they can pull of from my past to make me look like I probably deserved it. They’ll bring up the under age drinking, and the fact that I got expelled from 2 schools for fighting people and threatening people with violence. They’ll say it was a pattern and I fit into whatever the hell story they’ll invent to protect the cops.
They’ll point out the rap and other music I listen to with lyrics that aren’t exactly whitebread nice. Just remember that. If you like me, just know that if I got killed, they would make me a violent, degenerate, imminent criminal who needed to be snuffed out before he got to working on it, they’d do it in a heartbeat.
Almost nobody who grows up in neighborhoods like the one I grew up in grows up without ever making a mistake. It’s a tough place. Pointing that out to invent a “thug” persona to justify killing us just continues the cycle of disposable brown bodies, existing for other people’s use.