I’ve been torn about how to react to news of the killing of the 5 year-old little North Carolina boy that’s making the rounds on social media and NOT the mainstream media. As he rode his bicycle, the perpetrator (his next door neighbor) walked up to him, placed a gun to his head and executed him in broad daylight. Because the child was white and the shooter is black, many are contrasting the news coverage (or lack thereof) and reaction to this killing to the reaction to the death of George Floyd.
Though he was no saint, George Floyd didn’t deserve to die in the fashion that he did. BUT… George Floyd was a 5-time convicted felon. He once held a pregnant woman at gunpoint while she was assaulted, threatening to shoot her in the stomach. He was well-known by the police. We gave George Floyd four televised funerals, a folded American flag, over 70 days of rioting and millions upon millions of dollars donated to his family. Hollywood held massive protests for George Floyd, including the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL players, paid tribute to this man.
What does this child get?
Where is Lebron James, Malcolm Jenkins, J.J. Watt, Dwayne Wade, Odell Beckham Jr. Demarcus Lawrence, Lamar Jackson, Carson Wentz , Derek Carr, and others? Did these athletes tweet or post that they’re “heartbroken” at the news of Cannon Hinnant’s execution death? Did Black Lives Matter even condemn the actions of Darrius Sessoms? Of course not! Why do you think the mainstream media never covered it? It’s not the agenda. We all know that if the colors were reversed, we would never hear the end of it. But because the color of skin is what they are, most people will never know that this heartless crime took place. The way the media is manipulating us is to purposely to divide us.
This child was sinless. He saw no color. He’d committed no crime. I can imagine him smiling at the approach of a neighbor, who he’d likely seen before, never suspecting that he was about to be harmed, much less have his brains splattered on his own lawn. There will be no protests, no riots, no cries for justice. Young black men won’t be targeted and killed in retaliation, as many police officers have been. Hollywood celebrities won’t provide him with a golden casket or fund multiple funerals in cities across America that will be televised and broadcast live across social media. “Black privilege” won’t become a trendy phrase and this child’s name won’t trend on Twitter. Tens of millions of dollars won’t be raised to support the battle against systemic child brutality and abuse, and “CHILDREN’S LIVES MATTER” will never be painted on Broadway in New York and have justice for Cannon billboards put up all over the town thanks to Oprah.
Black Lives Matter doesn’t care about the gun violence happening in Chicago and New York. Black Lives Matter doesn’t help the black kids in the ghettos and doesn’t try to help those kids stay out of drugs and gangs. It’s a group that only shows up when a white cop ( who really never should have been allowed to stay a cop) kills a black man. And the fact that every Sports League; NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL paid “homage” to George Floyd and Black Lives Matter is a joke. These leagues don’t have backbones, instead they want to appease their players. These players don’t understand that the reason we should stand for the national anthem is to honor all those lives that we lost on 9/11. Those innocent people were all of different colors, religions, backgrounds, yet we HONOR them simply because it happened on our soil.
Holding a sign, wearing a T-shirt, chanting a song, taking a knee, or going on your soap box ( Twitter and Instagram) isn’t going to change a damn thing! It’s the actions that will finally make a difference. Getting your hands dirty to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
I believe that we are all created in God’s image. I believe that an evil, wicked hatred is spreading in our nation like a cancer. My heart breaks over the division we are seeing. People have become so jaded. They look at everything that happens and have to “add” color to it. They look at everything that happens and have to blame someone for it. Instead of showing compassion and kindness towards everyone. That is the one thing I remember from 9/11- the kindness that everyone showed each other afterwards. We cared about one another. Not because of skin color, but because we all bleed red.
I pray daily for our nation and everyone in it.
His name was Cannon Hinnant. He wasn’t racist. He wasn’t violent. He wasn’t a criminal. He was an innocent five year old boy.
When you honor a black man who was a criminal just because he was killed by a cop- you aren’t changing the narrative, you are continuing the narrative.