Black livez don’t matter – and neither doez video!


by Mumia Abu-Jamal

The trial of the killer cop who shot an unarmed Black man (named Walter Scott) is off. Hung jury.

If the videotaped killing of Scott wasn’t shock enough, the hung jury certainly suffices. The images are, to say the least, chilling.

Killer cop Michael Slager, 33, calmly shoots at a fleeing Walter Scott, 50.

A nonchalant Slager stands over the body of Walter Scott, the man he just murdered.

A middle-aged Black man is seen fleeing in terror from a calm, younger white man. The runner appears to be one unaccustomed to running easily, yet he is running, away from the calm-faced white man wearing a dark uniform.

The white man pulls a weapon, aims and fires, shot after shot, after shot, after shot. Eight shots in all. A Black man, clad in a bright green shirt, crumbles to the green earth and breathes his last. The white cop calmly bends over and picks up a dark object with wires hanging from it, walks back to the body and drops it nearby. He looks as if he’s strolling on a beach in the Bahamas, with not a care in the world.

Walter Scott

But video, apparently, wasn’t enough, at least to one of the jurors hearing the case, who refused to convict ex-cop Michael Slager of the killing.

The murder of Walter Scott, caught on tape, proves, if proof were needed, that Black lives don’t matter, at least for that juror. And guess what? Apparently, videotape doesn’t matter – when a Black person gets killed by a white cop.

Remember when MOVE member, Delbert Africa, unarmed – his upper body bare! – was beaten, punched, kicked and stomped by several Philadelphia cops? A white judge dismissed the video evidence of his beating and acquitted three cops.

The beating of Rodney King, on tape, by LAPD – remember? A predominantly white jury ignored the video and acquitted the cops.

The murder of Walter Scott, caught on tape, proves, if proof were needed, that Black lives don’t matter, at least for that juror. And guess what? Apparently, videotape doesn’t matter – when a Black person gets killed by a white cop.

The Black Lives Matter movement exists because, well, Black lives don’t matter.

Even if the taking of those lives is shown on videotape.

© Copyright 2016 Mumia Abu-Jamal. Keep updated at www.freemumia.com. His new book is “Writing on the Wall,” edited by Joanna Hernandez. For Mumia’s commentaries, visit www.prisonradio.org. Encourage the media to publish and broadcast Mumia’s commentaries and interviews. Send our brotha some love and light: Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335, SCI-Mahanoy, 301 Morea Road, Frackville, PA 17932.

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2 thoughts on “Black livez don’t matter – and neither doez video!

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    So true!!
    ‘The murder of Walter Scott, caught on tape, proves, if proof were needed, that Black lives don’t matter, at least for that juror. And guess what? Apparently, videotape doesn’t matter – when a Black person gets killed by a white cop.’

    • It is true and has always been true, and it truly is a damn shame that as a parent i must talk with my children and grand-children and teach them this truth as soon as possible. Yet i am a racist and radical. Truth be told i am what i am and i am a revolutionary just as my ancestors were revolutionaries, rebels & runaway slaves.

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