This. When an 18 year old boy feels the need to tweet this in 2014 and is killed by police in 2015, it's a crisis. pic.twitter.com/epUxElcXyd— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 8, 2015
I have no idea if the shooting of Christian Taylor was justified or not, but the implicit denial in this Tweet sickens me. On the night he died, Christian Taylor illegally entered a closed car dealership after midnight. Video shows him jumping on car hoods and smashing a vehicle windshield in the showroom. After that, he drove an SUV through the the showroom doors. According to police responding to this felony in progress, Taylor ignored their commands to drop to the ground.
In what universe, do those who see Taylor as an innocent victim reside?
Again, I have no idea if the shooting of Taylor was itself necessary or justified at the moment it occurred, but treating his 2014 tweet as some sort of prescient observation regarding the dangers faced by young black men is mindless bullshit.
Christian Taylor was not an innocent young black man, walking down the street, minding his own business. He was engaged in an off-the-charts bizarre crime at 1:00 am. He broke into a business, he destroyed other people's property and may have attacked police officers who were doing their job.
Of course, the shooting should be investigated and action taken against the officer who shot Taylor if the finding is that the shooting was unjustified. But for crap sakes, enough with treating Taylor as some innocent little boy who was gunned down in cold blood. If I was doing what he did, I'd expect that I might lose my life in the process. Why are expectations for young black men so damned low?