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Of Course The Officer Who Killed Philando Castile Was Acquitted, Because Nigger Hunting Season Is (Always) Here

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I’m trying right now to find the right words to articulate the surreal inevitability of police-involved killings like this and the verdicts that follow. And I am not able to do it without repeating the millions of words I and countless others have already said when trying to find the right words to articulate the surreal inevitability of police-involved killings like this and the verdicts that follow. And it’s not just the words that are repeated. It’s the phrasing. The points. The punctuation. The pivots. The references. The rising action. The angles. The quotes. The climaxes. There doesn’t seem to be much of a point in not making the entire process templatic, and changing/inserting relevant details about the city or the cop’s name or the number of children the murdered Black person left behind when necessary. After you’ve skinned enough cats you eventually run out of cats.

Still, I’ll try. Philando Castile is dead and the police officer who killed him is free — acquitted of all charges by a jury of his peers — because it’s nigger hunting season and that’s what’s supposed to happen when something is in season. You buy a gun and some camo. You stalk them. You hunt them. You shoot them. And if the body’s big enough you get a trophy. (Or perhaps just a raise.)

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • KeciB

    Although I knew what the outcome would be, I still can’t help the rage i feel and the tears i want to shed. It’s all so very tiring. Justice doesn’t exist in our America. Baldwin said it best:
    “Well, if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected — those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most! — and listens to their testimony. Ask any Mexican, any Puerto Rican, any black man, any poor person — ask the wretched how they fare in the halls of justice, and then you will know, not whether or not the country is just, but whether or not it has any love for justice, or any concept of it. It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

  • Cheech

    Fuck.

  • HouseOfBonnets

    Not surprised….. Just fuck everything at this point.

  • LadyDee

    Not surprised but still hurt. The system doesn’t care about our lives. They could come up with a million reasons (no lady gaga) to justify killing us. It just perplexes my soul.

  • VY is the GOAT

    In the words of Ice Cube:

    “When something happens in [America], nothing happens. It’s just another neega dead.”

    This hurts.

  • Emily Harris

    ____________. That’s all I got besides that knot in my stomach.

  • BlackSnake

    Police body cameras was supposed to be the answer. Except when stuff is caught on tape, STILL. NOTHING. HAPPENS.

    • Val

      I mean, the Rodney King case taught us that 20 years ago.

  • Zil Nabu

    I have nothing.

  • Erica Nicole Griffin

    We ain’t meant to survive, cuz it’s a set up.

  • manofmorehouse

    I think we all have to come to the realization that white people don’t give a eff about us. Pictures, videos, statistics, etc showing us being victimized dont mean s h i t to them, as a whole. This doesn’t outrage them in the same way it would if a dog was shot. Think about that.

    • KeciB

      This right here. It would take white outrage for a change to come because our black voices mean nothing to them. They value their whiteness and their pets more than they value human life in general. Prime example was Katrina, they were more worried about getting the pets out than helping the people stranded.

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