We can blame it on anything. The Republican National Convention did have a fair say of what was and wasn’t news last week. Now this week we turn our attentions to Philly and the Democratic National Convention for the latest batch of headlines.
For those of you who can’t remember what happened last week, the man with his hands up is Charles Kinsey. The man sitting next to him is Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto. He has autism. Neighbors called the police claiming a man with a gun was in the area. Police found Arnaldo and assumed the toy car Arnaldo was playing with, was the gun. Kinsey, a behavioral therapist who works in Soto’s group home, attempted to de-escalate the situation by getting Soto to sit on the ground. Kinsey then immediately placed his hands in the air and explained his occupation and relationship to Soto. Police responded by shooting Kinsey.
Why is this no longer relevant? Another black man is gunned down by the police. Where is the outrage? Where is the fury? Where are the protests? We all remember what Philando Castile made us feel. We saw the way Baton Rouge mourned for Alton Sterling. Why are we so quick to forget about another innocent black man being shot? It’s happening again.