By: Keisha Thompson. August 4, 2018
There is no law explicitly prohibiting racist white individuals from killing Black Americans and no anti-lynching bill to stop white individuals from killing Black individuals. Many Black individuals die at the hands of white racist offenders and no one is held accountable. There is no anti-lynching law to protect Black Americans.
The habit of white individuals killing Black Americans is nothing new to American society. From the days of slavery, Black Americans have been killed by white individuals while nothing is done to stop it from happening again.
In Mississippi in 1955, Emmett Till was lynched. The men accused of the crime were charged, but were found not guilty by an all white jury. The federal government recently reopened the investigation into Till’s death based on new information. Sixty-three years after the incident, the details of the murder are still not clear. The only absolute in the case is Till’s death and the manner in which it occurred.
Till’s death is not the only incident of white mobs hunting and lynching Black individuals. In 2012, George Zimmerman followed, shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was charged and found not guilty.
Zimmerman is not the only person to shoot and kill a Black person. Many employees of the police departments across America habitually kill unarmed Black individuals. Moreover, the police officers are not held accountable for killing a Black person. It happens daily and the list of Black Americans killed by white America continues to grow.
Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke faces a capital murder charge for shooting Laquan McDonald sixteen times and killing him. He is the first police officer to be charged with killing a Black male who was walking away from him. The jury is still out as to whether he will be found guilty.
The idea that a few white individuals require a law to inform them that it is illegal to kill a Black person is appalling and very insulting. These individuals need a bill to hold them accountable for their actions as if it has always been acceptable for anyone to kill another human being. Under the law, it has never been acceptable for a Black person to kill a white person.
Here again, the weight of the law shifts to accommodate the offenders. When a Black person commits a crime, the government prosecutes to the full extent of the law and delivers the maximum sentence. However, when the offender is white, they usually do not face any criminal charges. Also, in the case that the individual is charged, it is unlikely for the person to be found guilty.
Even animals receive better treatment than a Black person in America. There are laws prohibiting individuals from committing violent acts against animals. It is against the law to beat, starve, abuse or kill an animal.
Thomas Jefferson believed that Black people at the time were nothing more than animals in the front yard. However, today it is worse. A police dog’s life is more valuable than a Black person’s life.