Attorney Representing Zach Hammond's Parents
(*data as of August 8, 2015)
(*data as of August 8, 2015)
Conclusion 1 : Three times as many black people are among the unarmed dead as there should be.
Conclusion 2: Whiteness appears to act as a bullet proof vest when out of control, violent police officers are around.
Conclusion 3: Zach Hammond appears to have been one exceptionally unlucky white male.
Conclusion 4: White people just like Hammond are destined to get unluckier and unluckier for so long as #BlackLivesMatter isn't taken more seriously by a wider range of people.
The police have had lots of practice moving with impunity because there has been little or no outrage from the white community over black deaths until Trayvon Martin Verdict and the birth of #BlackLivesMatter two days later.
And post #BlackLivesMatter the white outrage over the deaths of black people is about 10 to 20% of what it will need to be effect change in our criminal justice system as white people are 69% of our country's population.
'It’s sad, but I think the reason is, unfortunately, the media and our government officials have treated the death of an unarmed white teenager' in the same invisible manner as any black person who was killed by police prior to #BlackLivesMatter because Hammond's parents, as represented by Eric Bland, and most of their white neighbors didn't give a damn about police shooting people unjustly when the injustice was based on race.
The lesson for all the Hammonds out there is kindergarten simple. If you care about injustice everywhere, even when it's based on race, you reduce injustice everywhere.
If Zach Hammonds white parents and white grandparents and all their white neighbors had been concerned about police murdering black people sans consequence for decades,WE WOULD ALL have a check and balances system in place that doesn't involve police departments, prosecutors, and judges circle-jerk investigating themselves after somebody winds up dead over something as stupid as 10 grams of marijuana that'll probably be legal in all 50 states before 15 years has passed.
When you refuse to wink at injustice happening to people who don't look like you, you decrease the chances that injustice comes knocking on your door. #BlackLivesMatter supporters who are black, white, asian, latino, native american, middle eastern etc., all of us, figured this out long ago.
So I can tell Zach Hammond's family and their representative, Eric Bland, exactly where the outrage for their son is. The national outrage over the death of their son is probably located in the very same place as their own outrage for Yvette Smith, Rekia Boyd, and Natasha McKenna and 99% of unarmed black people, male or female, killed prior to the Trayvon Martin Verdict and #BlackLivesMatter.
All that outrage is mixed together, sitting in a red, white, and blue box marked, "TSK-TSK IF THEY HAD JUST OBEYED THE LAW THEY'D STILL BE ALIVE." A box that wouldn't exist without their silent, colorblind complicity newly shoved under the #AllLivesMatter banner.