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Police shootings of Blacks aberrant behavior

This nation is in trouble. A terrible “reaping” is on the horizon

Sheryl Underwood, The Talk: ‘You don’t have to train the police not to shoot White people — why you got to train them not to shoot us?’

There is no question that the propensity by many cops to shoot Black people, first, and ask questions later is aberrant. Black and Brown Americans have long claimed this wanton practice, but the world is only now bearing witness through the lens of cell phone cameras.

The 2016 unprovoked cop killings of a Black couple as they slept in a parked car at 3 a.m. on a street in Inglewood, Calif., is just one more reminder.

To counter the assertions by many that better police training will curtail the urban gunslinging by cops, Sheryl Underwood of television’s The Talk,” asked the following “interrogative” in a recent segment of the show:

“You don’t have to train the police not to shoot White people — why you got to train them not to shoot us?”

Underwood’s question was poignant. The callous disregard of Blacks by too many cops is chilling. The ease with which they can take a Black life suggests a grievous matter of the heart. If bigotry and hatred reside there, no degree of training will change their behavior. Bigots are predisposed to devalue the lives of those who do not look like them, to despise everything about them, even to the point of committing murder!

There is no mystery why some cops easily discharge their firearms against Black people. Hate and fear are ruling factors. A secret racist can always hide behind a badge under the color of authority. The vile spirit in so many corrupt cops was long in the making. It goes back to the home. They were not born Klansmen, Nazis, and White supremacists; they were taught and indoctrinated in these perverse beliefs until they became reprobate, as the Bible reads — “seared with a hot iron!”

A contrary “spirit” is deeply entrenched in the core of a cross-section of America through institutional racism, perhaps the result of the nation never having atoned for the sin of slavery.

This nation is in trouble. A terrible “reaping” is on the horizon, as it is written in  Galatians 6:7 — “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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