I don't understand why people have such a difficult time understanding that if you look and act a part, perceptions will see you the part. Seriously, a stranger comes uninvited in your house, your babies in your arms, your pocket book and jewelry on the table, and he/she's holding a knife, or has a crazy look, something no different that you see on mug shots every day at a post office, etc...; and tell me your going to stand there and offer coffee, invite them in with open arms?
The masses are so stupid, so easily manipulated (which is why the media/banks/politicians/Hollywood) own your asses!
Let me answer for you if you are that person and a stranger walks in your house and you happen to have a gun or knife or club in your hand, your going to beat them down, shoot first, ask questions later because if you don't act, in a split second it could be your life, your kids, your livelihood to lose.
You certainly are not going to think, oh... this complete stranger is such a sweet person, with a good heart, I know they have a criminal record, but they are here to be real swell!
If your hand is in the cookie jar, well, guess what, people are going to think you are eating the cookies, PERIOD!
So, good or not, you wanna act like a thug, expect to get treated like a thug. This isn't to defend cops either, but I'm pretty sure lots of cops are good people, with good hearts, and no different that you and me, and certainly not much different than the movie portrays Grant. In actuality, my guess is that they, and you, actually take care of your families and don't have a criminal record that goes back forever (unless you call being a cop a criminal)?
I happen to be privy to some info about Grant, to be fair, I have to call it hearsay, but the sources are highly reliable. Apparently he's avoided charges in some very serious criminal cases, that if he was charged he would end up doing very serious time. But, he has been fairly clever, and so his criminal record is just "petty" in appearance, which has the effect, oh, he didn't kill anyone, so he is a good guy to most of you. What is fact, despite he's avoided the major charge, he has a history of criminal trouble and has been investigated numerous times, leaving a long trail of victims (with no idea how many more unrecorded) in his wake spanning over this sweet young mans 22-years of life. His family is somewhat notorious, proving the saying, "the apple don't fall too far from the tree.", I'm sure they are/will put his death $$ to good use, bettering their lives and community.
I wouldn't surprise me if the BART cops weren't even aware of who he was and what they were dealing with, but in the video I viewed there appeared enough that these boys/men were not complying, and I wonder, somewhat combative. I didn't see the cops do anything without some kind of invocation FIRST by Grant. And, to break it down simply, if you get what I am saying above, I am sure you'd do the same. These are young, strong, street smart boys; who look and act like thugs, so if you were the cop are you seriously going to turn your back and not be "on-guard" ready for anything?
The guy who shot him, I have no clue about... maybe he panicked, maybe had had an itchy trigger finger; but if you don't give someone a reason to break you down in the first place, you will most likely avoid trouble.
1st rule, if an authority tells you to put your hands up;
if you want jaw with them, fine, but put your hands up. He starts
poking you with a stick or punches you, then there is nothing to argue,
we got a bad cop.
However this turned out, I don't mean to say you get what you deserve, but Grant has pushed that envelope all his life, that he's decided to become an angel after all the hurt he'd left in his previous 10-15 years of his life, unfortunately, fate decided it was too little to late.
Of all things, I agree that the black youth probably has the worse chances in life. Don't blame that on white people, blame that on the leaders of this, YOUR, country; they are the ones who put "we the people" against each other. It's like hating Muslims or Jews or whomever... last I checked it was a small group of individuals who give a bad name for a whole lot of others; like our government, banks, energy and oil companies make a lot of the world hate American's.
Why do you hate anyway, it's because your are too
stupid to think for yourself, and let the TV/media tell you how to
think. So, the Muslims, Jews, Arab's, etc... they are your enemy?
Nope, nope, nope. You are a puppet and the White House is pulling your
strings, and laughing all the way to the bank. Obama proves that it
doesn't matter black or white, he is an uncle Tom like no other, and it
is business as usual. Don't kid yourself with little shit, things are
I walk into a bar or workplace that changes all the time, I have no idea who is good or bad, but I want to get along, so I do get along with peoples of all kind, including criminals. Most of us are good inside, the bad is a just a reflection of hard times and desperation which becomes a false identifier of what is in our hearts and our intentions, and I'm sure this was no different for Grant or the cop who shot him, both of which I am sure I could have cherished as friends if I got to them personally. But like I said, you carry a toy gun and point it at a cop, don't be so surprised when you get riddled by 100 rounds.
Grants death has resulted in nothing good, as life, conditions, are no better for blacks or any people (race/religion/color, etc); and, if anything, his death has only widened the racial divide, where people hate because of a perception that was created by media and the leaders of this country for centuries. As a politician, what better way to get away with murder than to keep "we the people" so busy hating and fighting each other that we can't see that they are screwing us all.United We Stand, Divided We Fall... division is ruling the day, do something...