OpEd: Are We All Just One Bullet Away From Becoming a Hashtag?

One Bullet Away

After what should have been a routine traffic stop, another black body lay lifeless in the street.

Last Saturday, an unarmed black man named Walter Scott was shot 8 times in the back by a white police officer. Cause of death: driving while black with a broken taillight. Officer Michael Slager unloaded his weapon 8 times until Scott fell to the ground. He reported the incident stating, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser.”

Haven’t we heard this story before—scary black bodies and crippling white fear?

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