None so blind

We wonder why white police officers are so quick to lethally target black men. The North Miami Beach Department provides a clue: their sniper training program used mug shots of young black men for target practice. Real, still alive (for now), young black men.

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A National Guard Sgt. happened to look into a pile of garbage at the Medley, Florida, shooting range and spotted a photo of her brother with bullet holes in his face and head.

The chief has apologized: he didn’t know about it. They used mug shots of whites and Latinos, too. The sniper training program has been suspended. But symbols become reality and this is a powerful one.

Black equals bad.

Aim high.

Shoot to kill.

What happened to “disable”?

What happened to good sense and sensitivity?

4 responses »

  1. As always, thank you Norma for shining a light on the horrors of racism.

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  2. Dear Norma, I find it so hard to know WHAT to say in response to the heartbreak of this continuing legacy. Looking forward to seeing you while I’m up here. belvie

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  3. Is this blog still active?

    Gigi Silverberg🌺 Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 941-993-3695

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