A Sad Mystery

There was a time when we would hear about police violence and people of color. We would see evidence, but without excessive documentation and a stand-up witness, it was easy for folks to just look the other way with little effort.

Today, technology has changed everything. We have the ability to capture real-time evidence of the good, the bad and the ugly.

We also have a much better idea of what happened in the absence of cameras.

The ugly part is that it hasn’t changed much. It seems that the only thing it’s changed is that we now require a bit more effort from those who are determined to look away as injustice persists.

Two years ago, in November, we learned that Darren Wilson would have no consequences from killing Michael Brown.

Last December we learned that the police who murdered Tamir Rice just seconds after pulling up in their car would not face charges.

Today, a judge declared a mistrial in the murder of Walter Scott, a Black man who was shot in the back by police, who then attempted to plant a weapon on him.

There was a video of the whole thing.

One juror said he just couldn’t find Michael Slager guilty.

That juror looked away. When the judge heard about the hung jury days ago, he sent them back in to work it out. That juror essentially turned his chair around.

That’s a lot of effort.

And now more jurors “have questions.” #really?

And so, now, with a video that shows a man being shot in the back, there is no justice. Oh, sure, his family has already reached a settlement with the city, but the larger question of social justice…it remains unanswered.

So, how do we talk about this? Do I just tell Hope, “Ooops, they did it again?”

It really does become exhausting having some kind of hope that one day my daughter will be able to really see justice.

It’s like I’ve concluded that I won’t see it. My parents probably have only seen it fleetingly, but probably not.

What does the future hold for us?

And in the current national climate?

What should those of us parenting children of color think? What should we teach them? What will keep them safe? What will ensure they get justice if they ever need it?

It is a sad mystery.


About AdoptiveBlackMom

I'm a single Black professional woman living in the DC area. I adopted my now adult daughter in 2014, and this blog chronicles my journey. Feel free to contact me at adoptiveblackmom@gmail.com, on Facebook at Adoptive Black Mom, and on Twitter @adoptiveblkmom. ©www.AdoptiveBlackMom.com, 2013-2022. All rights reserved. (Don't copy my ish without credit!) View all posts by AdoptiveBlackMom

8 responses to “A Sad Mystery

  • Beth H

    I wish I had answers. How have you handled this so far? What do you tell Hope?

    • AdoptiveBlackMom

      I haven’t even brought it up. We were engrossed in other issues last night, that I just kept this one to myself. I’ll tell her the truth. What else can I tell her? I certainly can’t tell her that Walter Scott or his family got justice for his murder. 😦

  • Kurt

    It’s a cold, harsh, world. Children need to know they are loved and supported, but by the same token children need to learn how to face that cold, harsh, world.

  • NickyB.

    Just a damn shame. Don’t even know what to say to my children. Sad.

  • Trauma Mama S

    I’d been so glad the officer was charged when it happened… and was so angry reading about the mistrial last night.

    • AdoptiveBlackMom

      I was relieved to hear about the charges–though how they could have avoided charges in the face of the video evidence would have been as stunning as it was with Tamir Rice. But we have learned to be cautious about believing in justice at every step of the process. It’s a shame.

      • Trauma Mama S

        It’s horrible…
        You know, had my husband done what this officer did when he was in Iraq or afghanistan, he’d be in ft. Leave worth right now. It is just ridiculous that we seem to afford our military “enemies” more rights than we do black (especially black male) American citizens.

        So sad the charges didn’t bring anything about. Perhaps a manslaughter charge would have stuck, but the video didn’t show manslaughter now, did it?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

K E Garland

Inspirational kwotes, stories and images

Riddle from the Middle

real life with a side of snark

Dmy Inspires

Changing The World, With My Story...

Learning to Mama

Never perfect, always learning.

The Boeskool

Jesus, Politics, and Bathroom Humor...

Erica Roman Blog

I write so that my healing may bring healing to others.

My Mind on Paper

The Inspired Writing of Kevin D. Hofmann

My Wonderfully Unexpected Journey

When Life Grabbed Me By The Ears


things are glam in mommyhood


an adoption support community

Fighting for Answers

Tales From an Adoption Journey


Because of course race and culture matter.

SJW - Stuck in the Middle

The Life of Biracial Transracial Adoptee

%d bloggers like this: