Dr Rick Wallace

Dr Rick Wallace checks in with indepth perspectives on the issues impacting/trending in black America.

This episode: Police Involved Shooting Involving White Woman Sets Stage for Direct Comparison

Recent reports of a police involved shooting in which a 40-year-old White woman from Australia was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota has set the stage for many comparisons that will take place over the coming weeks. You see, this woman was shot and killed by a Black police officer whose only justification for shooting her has to be he feared for his life.

While it is currently being reported that the woman was unarmed, she did have her cell phone in her hand. Whether the police officer thought that she was holding a gun is not clear. What is clear is that while sitting in the police cruiser, officer Muhammad Noor pulled his service weapon and discharged it at least one time (there are reports of multiple shots being fired) striking the woman in the abdomen — subsequently killing her.

Some comparisons are already being made, such as the fact that the normal protocol of withholding the officer’s name during the initial stages of the investigation. In this case, the officer’s name was released to the public in less than 24 hours after the shooting. Another comparison is in the way that the victim is being portrayed. There is no digging into her past to unearth negative information that will cast her in a negative light. Instead, she is being held as the All-American mom, yoga teacher and spiritual healer. You can already see where this is going.
The goal of this video is not to point out the obvious differences, but to illuminate why those differences exist. You see, when the media reports that the community is in an uproar, it is not referring to a group of socioeconomically challenged Blacks, but to socially and financially mobile Whites. There is a group with economic influence that is upset about an issue — meaning at the very least they will receive a hearing in front of the powers that be and their concerns will be heard and taken into consideration.

When Blacks take up our picket signs and we rally for a cause, the lack of the presence of any type of economic or financial foundation relegates our protest to being tantamount with a collective temper tantrum. We are not heard, we are ignored. Until we develop the capacity to apply negative consequences to hostile actions levied toward us, we will remain helpless in our pursuit of justice.