darrien_huntDarrien Hunt’s name comes at the most inopportune time for Black people in America. With Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, and John Crawford all killed at the hand of the police, it seems that “being Black” would definitely be synonymous with “be ready to die”. Instead of figuring out how to alleviate Black bloodshed, some of the media chose to vilify the victims. And then we have the Ferguson situation that evolved in a practical civil war. With all the madness occurring, adding another name to the list is the last thing America needed.

Heck, it is a few years past Trayvon for us to deal with the madness of being Public Enemy number 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

And yet, here we are again: shaking our heads at the unnecessary death of another Black person. This time, we have another Black man getting killed surrounded by an all-too-familiar turn of events:

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/XfgtTx) that police say they were called about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a “suspicious” man walking near businesses along Redwood Road while carrying a “Samurai-type sword.”

“When the officers made contact with Mr. Hunt, he brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr. Hunt was shot,” Utah County Chief Deputy Attorney Tim Taylor said in a statement.

Before the statement was issued, Susan Hunt told the Deseret News: “They killed my son because he’s black. No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away.

“Those stupid cops thought they had to murder over a toy. This is my baby. This is my family. And they ruined my family.” [1]

Alright, so let me get this straight: someone calls in because they see a suspicious man with a sword. Between that initial phone call and whatever transpired, something went awry enough for Darrien Hunt to be shot down. Sadly enough, this is becoming typical fare for Black people being killed by the police.

 

Oh, and Darrien was shot multiple times in the back [2]. Sounds strange enough to me!

Darrien Hunt Sheds More Light on Racism

The most ironic thing about this situation is that Darrien Hunt’s mother is actually white. This is a distinct factor because someone can’t honestly note that the “race card” is being pulled. You see, whether you are a Black person from two Black parents or just one, a realization of a “race card” being used goes without saying. How can the “race card” not be pulled when the police has kept that card within the deck for so long? People can mention the “race card” if they will, but no one mentions that Black people are in the middle of a game they don’t want to play.

Darrien Hunt and Reinforced Status Quos

The Darrien Hunt situation only reinforces that a Black person can be killed by the police regardless of guilt, possession of a weapon, or even criminal intent. Look at this summer’s incidents alone:

  • If you tell the police not to touch you, you are liable to be choked to death like Eric Garner.
  • If you carry around an air rifle you picked up in the same store you are shopping in, someone can call the police. Those police men can shoot and kill you like they did John Crawford.
  • If you get on the ground and put your weaponless hands up, the police can still shoot and kill you (a la Michael Brown). Oh, and questioning those police (as in protest) is synonymous to asking for a healthy heaping of tear gas.
  • Mental health issues? Forget about it! You might as well sign your death certificate and dig your own hole in the ground like Ezell Ford.

I’m not sure how people feel about this. However, I am not thrilled. I am not overly excited about living in a society that has cops that will kill me because of my skin tone.

Not for crime. Not for actually the things that I do. I am talking about the blessing of my genetic makeup being a curse to constables.

Darrien Hunt Conclusion

There isn’t much more to be said about this situation. Darrien Hunt was killed because he wasn’t like the rest of the 90 something percent of the population in Saratoga Springs, Utah. People can play the “race card” because they (unlike Black people) want to play the game. And we will still have people justifying the man’s death by looking up his past. In short, people should not complain about hearing “eff the police” when the police screw Black people all the time.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!

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A hip hop head that heralds from Gary, Indiana, Darcwonn now resides in the Atlanta area. When he is not teaching 6th graders how to make the most of what they read and write, he makes sure to write for his blog (www.chocolatecoveredlies.com), promote hip hop he enjoys for Emilio Sparks and Dead End Hip Hop, and review albums/music events and do interviews for Stacks Magazine. His educational pursuits led him through the throngs of Alabama State University, The University of Phoenix, and the University of Calumet – St. Joseph. On his down time, Darcwonn likes to relax, observe the world, and see his daughter grow into a young woman.